Spring 2022 BCNM Events

06 Jan, 2022

Spring 2022 BCNM Events

Image credit: Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil

Mark your calendars for this incredible line up of speakers! This semester we welcome Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil, Adam Khalil, and Zach Khalil, to the Indigenous Technologies series. We'll also launch a symposium on Gail De Kosnik's term, the Media Crease, the subject of an in-progress anthology by the Color of New Media working group. At the end of the semester, we'll welcome St. Paul artist Seitu Jones in collaboration with the Department of Art Practice. With the expection of Seitu's talk, all of our events will be hosted on Zoom and require registration. You can also add our Public Programs calendar directly to your calendar here!

Monday, February 7

5:00 — 6:30 PM | Register here.

Tequiologies: Indigenous Solutions Against Climate Catastrophe

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil, ​Linguist, writer, translator, language rights activist and researcher ayuujk (mixe)

It is a myth of the West’s choosing: perpetual economic growth, advancing through a digestive system of sorts, one that uses technology as one of its core components. In its churn, ecosystems became goods; people, mere consumers. The myth turned the world into a place increasingly inhospitable to human life. An alternative, offered by Abya Yala, lies in separating economic development and the development of new technologies from consumerism. This would place technological creation and ingenuity once again at the service of the common good, not of the market. Technology as tequio; technological creation and innovation as a common good.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies, as part of BCNM's Indigenous Technologies Initiative and the History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by Alianza UCMX, Spanish & Portuguese, the Arts Research Center, and and The American Indian Graduate Program.

Monday, February 14

5:00 — 6:30 PM | Register here.

Discriminating Data

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair and Professor in New Media; Director of The Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University

In Discriminating Data, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun reveals how polarization is a goal—not an error—within big data and machine learning. These methods, she argues, encode segregation, eugenics, and identity politics through their default assumptions and conditions.

Presented as part of BCNM's Commons Conversations.

Monday, March 7

7:00 — 8:30 PM | Register link TBA.

AAPI in Hollywood: Breaking Through with Lasting Impact in the Industry

Daniel Wu, Actor

Melvin Mar, Producer

BCNM announces “AAPI in Hollywood” an evening event with internationally acclaimed actor and Berkeley native Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands, Tomb Raider) and Fresh off the Boat and Jumanji Producer Melvin Mar, about their experiences breaking into the industry and forging their own space within it.

This 90 minute panel is the first in our two part series on AAPI in the media and entertainment industry, and will be followed with the second panel event in Fall 2022. The event will be free of charge and open to the public, but will encourage attendees (alumni and general public) to make donations to the new Scholarship for AAPI and Media & Entertainment Creatives.

Monday, March 14

5:00 — 6:30 PM | Register here.

The Right to Be Creative

Margarita Kuleva, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

What is fair in contemporary society, and how do people negotiate fairness when there is a lack of clarity and governmental regulation? This question urgently needs to be answered in our time of uncertainty that is blighted by economic austerity and severe political crises. The answer can be found in the regimes of fairness devised by highly innovative social groups as digital creative sectors in Post-Soviet countries as Russia.

Presented as part of BCNM's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, the Department of the History of Art, the Arts Research Center, and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Wednesday, March 16

5:00 — 7:00 PM | Register here.

Symposium on the Media Crease

André Brock, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Georgia Tech

Karen Tongson, Professor of English, Gender & Sexuality studies, and American Studies & Ethnicity, and Chair of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Southern California

Join us for a a symposium on the Media Crease, featuring senior scholars André Brock and Karen Tongson. The Media Crease is the subject of a forthcoming collection currently being developed by the Color of New Media Working Group.

Presented in partnership with the Color of New Media Working Group.

Wednesday, April 13

5:00 — 6:30 PM | Register link TBA.

The New Red Order

Adam and Zack Khalil, Filmmakers

A public secret society of rotating membership, including core contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, New Red Order (NRO) collaborates with informants to create exhibitions, videos, and performances that question and re-channel subjective and material relationships to indigeneity. Orienting their work through the paradoxical conditions of Indigenous experience, NRO explores the contradictions and missteps that embody, in their own words, “the desire for indigeneity in the myths, dreams, and political foundations of the so-called Americas.”

Presented as part of the ATC | Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium and the Indigenous Technologies Initiative.

Thursday, April 14

6:30 — 8:00 PM | Register here.

George's Blues: An Investigation of George Washington Carver's Legacy as an Artist and Cook

Seitu Jones, Artist, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Seitu K Jones will share his explorations into George Washington Carver’s legacy as a visual artist, along with the rich color stains and paints Carver created for the residents of the South’s Black Belt. In his talk, Jones will share some of Carver’s recipes and the experience of working with students to build an outdoor oven to recreate some of Carver’s recipes.

Presented as part of BCNM's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium Lecture Series, presented in partnership the Department of Art Practice and co-sponsored by American Cultures.

For more on our lecture series:

BCNM's Indigenous Technologies Initiative

Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium 2021-2022

History and Theory of New Media Series 2021-2022


BCNM events are free and open to the public. All of our events (with the expection of Seitu Jones) for the Spring 2022 semester will be held on Zoom in English, in Pacific Standard Time (PST). We provide live-captioning in Zoom and offer a separate Streamtext window for live-captioning with options to customize text size and display. We strive to meet any additional access and accommodation needs. Please contact with requests or questions.