Dialogue & Round: A Workshop with Jiwon Chung

Friday, 03/24/17
175 Dwinelle Hall

GUH, along with the Department of Comparative Literature, was pleased to co-sponsor Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop- Turning tables: physical dialogues on mental furniture, human commodification, and the architecture of power. This workshop is part of the Dialogue & Round series.  

Jiwon Chung, artistic director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, collaborated with Carol Mancke, artist in residence in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, to present a workshop that use games and exercises to explore questions of social justice. 

During February and March 2017, Mancke created the installation Dialogue & Round in the newly opened Media/Maker Lab space (175 Dwinelle) and is curating a series of workshops and performances with students, visitors and staff that experiment with different forms of conversation and collaborative thinking.

Jiwon Chung is artistic director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at the Starr King School and past president of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed.

The focus of Jiwon's work is the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist and transform systemic oppression and structural violence, and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to individual, interpersonal and institutional change is informed by his background as a veteran, martial artist and over 3 decades of vipassana meditation.

Carol Mancke is an artist, architect and educator working at the intersection of art and cities through her practice, machina loci. (www.machinaloci.com).  A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture, Carol’s practice engages a range of time frames and scales from drawing, photography, sculpture and installation through to architecture and urbanism.  Her work has featured in solo and group shows in Britain and Japan, including the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in 2009. In 2011-12, she was artist in residence at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Australia. Carol was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London (2004-2014); has degrees from M.I.T., UC Berkeley and the University of the Arts London and is currently pursuing a PhD in fine art practice at the Royal College of Art in London.

In Table 18, Mancke  mapped international spaces of protest on a surface that facilitated discussion and debate in an installation at the Tate Modern in London in 2016.  She is now in residence at  the Department of Comparative Literature's new maker space at Dwinelle Hall.