Art, Tech & Culture

Connectivity as a Human Right

Art, Tech & Culture
05 Feb, 2018

Connectivity as a Human Right

About Nick Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte is a technology visionary, who has not only pioneered research in computer-aided design, but has also reimagined the impact of technology on society through his art and philanthropic initiatives. In 1970, Negroponte exhibited "Seek," created with the MIT Architecture Machine Group, to probe the relationship between machines and living organisms and interrogate how design can be made accessible. Negroponte has championed the democratizing potential for technology throughout his career, including as the founder of the controversial non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world.

As a co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for its first 20 years, Negroponte created one of the first interdisciplinary spaces to investigate and create new technologies. In advocating for increased communications between specialized fields, Negroponte provided a blueprint for a new ecology of design-thinking that promotes innovation.

About the Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium

Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.


This year, we are excited to present Connectivity as Human Right with Nick Negroponte as part of the following series:

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities


09/25 World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Frank Foer, Journalist, New York
In partnership with the Graduate School of Journalism

10/23 Socially Engaged Internet-Art: Aesthetics of Information Ethics
Paolo Cirio, Artist, New York
In partnership with the Department of Art Practice

11/6 We must conjure our Gods before we obey them
Michael Rock, Designer, 2X4, New York
In partnership with the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning


01/29 Indexical Ambivalence
Kris Paulsen, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Ohio
In partnership with the History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

02/05 Connectivity as Human Right
Nicholas Negroponte, Architect, MIT, Massachussetts
In partnership with the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

03/19 Yugoexport Is the Name of this Oral Corporation
Irena Haiduk, Artist, Belgrade, Serbia
In partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

04/09 new art, flag art, good art, portal art
Ian Cheng, Artist, Los Angeles
In partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

04/16 Abolition Feminisms
Angela Davis, activist & scholar, UC Santa Cruz
A 2018 Regents Lecture

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