Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
As part of our charge to facilitate art research in the laboratory culture of the university, ARC is holding a series of what we are calling "charrettes," opportunities for faculty artists and scholars to share work-in-progress with a trusted group of audience members. Our first charrette featured the work of UCB choreographer Lisa Wymore and her partner, Sheldon Smith, as they assembled a first iteration of "Apparatus," a piece that will premiere at ODC in the spring of 2011. Juxtaposing Antonioni's classic film "L'Avventura" with live re-enactments of selected scenarios that were projected in real time next to the original film; the piece strategically confused the relationship between the live and the mediated, the spontaneous and the scripted, the original and the copy.
At ARC, we have begun a series of “salons” in which we celebrate work of UCB’s artists and scholars on the Bay Area cultural scene. Our first gathering coalesced this summer around the work of choreographer Joe Goode whose extraordinary piece, “Traveling Light,” animated the historic Mint Building of San Francisco. Colleagues and Bay Area arts supporters gathered afterward to share some wine and speak with Joe about his process. The decision to make a precariously balanced piece of choreography in the Mint obviously had incredible resonance during a precarious economic time. The grandeur of the building, one that is in various states of repair and whose future has been the subject of significant debate, provided an amazing mise-en-scene for Joe’s explorations of the capacities and limits of human material.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Our colleague YEH Wen-hsin helped to engineer an incredible memorandum of agreement between UC-Berkeley and Taiwan’s educational ministry. To celebrate, the university organized the Berkeley-Taipei Forum in which two distinguished alums and Taiwanese citizens—Stan Lai and Kris Yao—were invited to speak about their work in theatre and architecture respectively. Along the way, they chronicled the impact of what they referred to as “the Berkeley Spirit” on their art practice. It was a privilege to be a part of the gala, to be in the presence of Stan Lai whose work I have admired for so long, and also to meet so many alums in Taipei. The attached video created by IEAS is long, but you can jump ahead to get a sense of the conversations.
Monday, November 22, 2010
London-based performance scholars and overall rainmakers Adrian Heathfield, Gavin Butt, and Lois Keidan of the Live Art Agency received a generous grant from the U.K.’s arts and humanities research council to fund a wide-ranging three-year research project. It was inspiring to be a part of their first symposium on why PerformanceMatters, though it was also poignant to be with a wide network of U.K. artists and scholars on the eve of the coalition government’s announcement of drastic budget cuts to education and research.