Gerd Stern

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Gerd Stern is an Artist, original BEAT poet, a long-time friend of Allen Ginsberg and many others, one of the founders of KPFA,  Digital Media Artist Innovator, Co-founder of USCO and creator of Electronic Innovation of Immersive Multimedia Events…the list goes on and on.a_003

Gerd read his poems and spoke at the Blitzer Gallery, on Thursday, March 23rd. The Blitzer Gallery was showing some of his work from his time with USCO.

You can also see his work with USCO is at the BAMPFA exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, showing through February 8–May 21, 2017.

The US Company is a media art collective that continues today and had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. It was co-founded by Gerd and Michael Callahan. Gerd also founded Intermedia Systems Corporation which produced multimedia art internationally using stroboscopes, projectors, and audiotapes in their performances. The USCo and Gerd were greatly influenced by media theorist Marshall McLuhan.  

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Newton Harrison

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UCSC Professor Emeritus, Newton Harrison is the featured guest on KZSC’s Artists on Art. We discussed his work with Helen Mayer Harrison, the Harrison Studio, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and the event hosted by the UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Science, CELEBRATING HELEN AND NEWTON HARRISON – 45 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL ART, happening, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Digital Arts Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Harrisons have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Their most recent project is the Force Majeure.

Based at UCSC, The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure brings together artists and scientists to design ecosystem-adaptation projects in critical regions around the world to respond to climate change.

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Greg O’Malley

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Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.

We talked about Greg’s book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial oMalley_final_PBSlave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, that examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa and redraws the map of the forced African immigration during the slave trade era. Building on the scholarship of the Atlantic slave trade and the material in Voyages: A Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, he extends the study of the Atlantic slave trade to what he terms ‘‘final passages’’: the voyages of the intercolonial and intra-American slave trade. 

Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.

“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”

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Christine Wertheim


IMG_8575Christine Wertheim is a poet, performer, critic, curator, author of 8 books, crafter and collaborator teaching at CalArts. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about her upcoming Exhibit at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For FiguringThe Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:

FullSizeRender 3■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 with Christine Wertheim

■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

These events are FREE and open to the public. Permits will be for sale at the Performing Arts Lot and the Porter College Lot for $5.

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..

IMG_8580The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming, acidification of the oceans and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

In 2005, Los Angeles-based twin sisters, Margaret and Christine Wertheim tried a different approach to communications by starting the Crochet Coral Reef project. The idea was born from their love of the Great Barrier Reef, their oceanic neighbor, and their appreciation for handiwork and the community it can create, simply by participation. Margaret, with a background in physics, math and science communication, and Christine, a professor of experimental writing and feminism, created a revolutionary art program to engage the public in coral reef science.

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Nancy Peach

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On January 25th, the guest on Artists on Art was children’s book and rchitectural illustrator, muralist and Artist, Nancy Peach about her upcoming show exhibition of erotic art.

Nancy’s show begins as a part of the First Fridays Santa Cruz Art Tour for Feb. 3 and March 3rd 2017. The exhibit will be at Pure Pleasure Shop located at 111 Cooper Street and will be up for two months.

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Raj Westerberg

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Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 8.50.04 AM January 20th was a day of great sadness across the country across the US and the world.

In response, a group of protesters in Santa Cruz built a wall that came tumbling down. This performance piece uplifted a community of people that worked on building it, and was witnessed in-person and digitally.

UCSC Theater Technical Director and Artist, Raj Westerberg spearheaded 

The idea came out of a discussion with Raj’s friend, Micah Posner, former Santa Cruz City Council and fellow parent at their children’s school, Monarch Community School. Raj shared with Micah a vision he had the night of the election. They decided that with Micah’s community organizing skills and Ray’s set building and artist practice, the “J20 the Wall is Taken Down” began.

This project was inspired by the Monarch Bill of Rights which are based on the International Rights of the Child.

All scholars have a right:

  • to a peaceful learning place
  • to feel safe and secure
  • to be heard and respected
  • to be included
  • to learn at their own pace

This Bill is for everyone.

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Activism in Santa Cruz County

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The Artists on Art show for January 18th, 2017, featured spiritual activist and author, Ami Chen, community activist Miriam Stombler and Didje Koffa to talk about the protests happening in Santa Cruz County in response to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

On inauguration night, the eve before the Women’s March, we are having a peaceful gathering to affirm our core values as friends, family, neighbors, and community. Come and hear inspirational speakers, light a candle (or bring a flashlight), and sing songs of solidarity.

This is a family and kid-friendly event. Bring an umbrella and dress warm! We stand together – rain or shine!

Our program begins at 5:30pm with Candlelighting, candles will be provided, but feel free to bring a flashlight (weather may not be conducive for candles!)

Our moderator is Lani Bandhauer who will welcome speakers: Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, Brenda Griffin of the NAACP and activist, educator, and author Bettina Aptheker. Music and Poetry will be provided by Djide Koffa and Simone Cox.

This event is sponsored by Women United California. #unitetoignite

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Julie Snyder

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This American Life, Serial Producer, and UCSC and KZSC imgres-3-47-27-pmAlumna, Julie Snyder came to UCSC this past October and spoke at the Kresge Town Hall.

Not only did I have the pleasure to see her speak in person, I got to edit her talk for the show.

To hear her many insights into the state of media and truth, the future of radio, and pushing the envelope of journalism and storytelling, click on the play button below.

David Allen Sullivan

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screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-12-07-24-pmSanta Cruz Local, Poet, Author, Educator, and Artist, David Allen Sullivan spoke on Artists on Art about his new book, Take Wingwinner of the 2016 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize,  and his collaborative translation and poetry project with young Chinese poets.

Take Wing is a beautiful intimate collection of poetry that speaks lyrically of the process of letting go.

David is doing a reading from the book, November 8th at  Well-RED at Works/San José, hosted by Poetry Center San JoséDoors open at 6:30pm and performance begins at 7:00pm.

David’s other books include: Strong-Armed Angels, Every Seed of the Pomegranate, a book of translation from the Arabic of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet, and Black Ice.

David teaches writing at Cabrillo College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students. For more information please visit, David Allen Sullivan.

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UCSC’S IHR & the CLRC

fullsizerender-1September 28, 2016, Irena Polic, Catherine Ramirez, and Emily Mitchell-Eaton came on to Artists on Art to talk about talk about the upcoming event, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:  Citizenship and the Politics of Exclusion featuring leading labor and migration scholar, Bridget Anderson.

Irene Polic is the Managing Director of IHRCatherine S. Ramirez Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, Director, Chicano Latino Research Center & Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Non-citizenship: 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar came onto the KZSC to talk about the upcoming event, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:  Citizenship and the Politics of Exclusion.

This event is happening Thursday, October 6, 6:30-8:00pm, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (705 Front Street). It is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register in advance.  

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