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.

If you would like to hear the interview in its entirety, please click on the play button below.

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.

To hear our talk please click on the play button below:

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.

To hear our show, please click on the play button below.

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

 To hear our interview in its entirety please click on the play button below.

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.


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