MAPPING AND ITS DISCONTENTS
SUNDAY, 12/01/13 4:00PM – 4:00PM
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Twitter hashtag: #GloUH
Is a map a mirror, a window, a weapon, or a work of art? From lines drawn in clay to geographic information systems (GIS), humans for millennia have constructed an understanding of the world through visual representations of space. At this interdisciplinary symposium, mapmakers, users, and critics from the worlds of science, urban planning, architecture, history, and new media will examine the ways maps work.
"Mapping and Its Discontents" is part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a major 3.5-year project supported by the Mellon Foundation. In this joint project, the College of Environmental Design and the Division of Arts & Humanities are collaborating to bring together scholars and practitioners across disciplines to investigate humans and the environments they inhabit and shape.
Speaker Lineup (FOR FULL SCHEDULE CLICK HERE)
- Eve Blau, Architectural Historian, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Jon Christensen, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
- Zephyr Frank, Stanford Spatial History Project
- Robin Grossinger, Historical Ecology Program Manager, San Francisco Estuary Institute
- Katharine Harmon, The Map as Art, You Are Here
- Annette Kim, Director, MIT SLAB
- Laura Kurgan, Director, Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University
- Rebecca Solnit, Author, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
- Denis Wood, Geographer, Everything Sings
To register, go to our eventbrite page.
NEW COURSE INFO SESSION: NO CRUISING
MONDAY, 11/25/13 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Wurster Hall (Room TBD)
Come learn about a new course for Spring 2014, No Cruising: Mobile Identities and Urban Life.
No Cruising is a multi-disciplinary research studio investigating Los Angeles. This course will be taught by Margaret Crawford from the Department of Architecture, and Anne Walsh from the Department of Art Practice, and is cross-listed as Architecture 209 and Art Practice 218.
The course will involve multiple trips to Los Angeles and other special assignments, and enrollment must be approved prior to the start of Spring semester. Attendence at this information session is strongly advised.
For more information about the course, see our Academic Program page.
REIMAGINING THE URBAN: BAY AREA CONNECTIONS ACROSS ART AND PUBLIC SPACE
MONDAY, 09/30/13 8:30AM – 5:00PM
BROWER CENTER TAMALPAIS ROOM 2150 ALLSTON WAY, BERKELEY, CA
CURIOUS? READ PRE-SYMPOSIUM BLOGPOSTS FROM SPEAKERS ON GENTRIFICATION, STREET ART, TEMPORALITY AND CREATIVITY AT http://reimaginingtheurban.wordpress.com/blog/
Reimagining the Urban is a daylong symposium examining art, nature, economic development and equity in the Bay Area metropolis. Artists, curators, real estate developers, environmentalists and social justice advocates will gather to discuss the uses and abuses of the region’s creative and natural resources.
In recent debates over the role of art and design in urban life, “San Francisco” and “the Bay Area” figure prominently, particularly in discourses and projects that tout the importance of “creativity” in the vitalization of the urban. Recently, Richard Florida and others most closely allied with this ethos have acknowledged the limits and blindspots of the “creative class” discourse. Meanwhile, artists, civic leaders, curators, and community activists on the ground were already quite clear that the “creativity” theme only went so far toward addressing issues of immigration, social justice, environmentalism, and the stabilization of artistic and social welfare sectors.
This gathering seeks to take the temperature of current urban arts debates in the Bay Area, asking how artists, designers, and civic activists have redefined the local landscape and their relationship to it. If the “creative class” discourse celebrated the Bay Area in terms that many of us question, what alternate terms might we emphasize instead? How do different cultural practices activate and/or resist a contemporary urban landscape? How do artistic and civic sectors differently understand site-specific work? How have cultural and activist organizations embraced and simultaneously redefined the role of science and technology in the Bay Area landscape? How does a wider understanding of the environmental justice in the Bay Area redefine the role of the arts in re-imagining “urbanity?” Finally, what is the potential and what are the limits of cross-arts, cross-sector coalition-building …and what new skills and platforms are required to facilitate it?
Reimagining the Urban is co-sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, the Arts Research Center (ARC), the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in the Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the course The City, Arts, and Public Spaces: Methods Across Disciplines, at UC Berkeley.