Past Events

The Land Beneath Our Feet: A Film by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman The Land Beneath Our Feet
The Land Beneath Our Feet: A Film by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mitman

The Land Beneath Our Feet follows a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia’s past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights.

UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crocheting Workshops Crochet Coral Reef UC Santa Cruz workshop, October 2016
UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crocheting Workshops

Join UC Santa Cruz students and IAS interns Lucy Ashton, Sophia Dimatteo, and Gracia Brown as they lead crochet circles to create the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.​ 

The Folk Memory Project and Independent Chinese Documentary, Nov. 21-22 Investigating My Father, Wu Wenguang, 2016
The Folk Memory Project and Independent Chinese Documentary, Nov. 21-22

Wu Wenguang is a foundational figure of Chinese independent documentary film and co-founder of the Caochangdi Workstation in Beijing. In 2010, Wu launched the multidisciplinary and collaborative Folk Memory Project to document the gathering of oral histories from the rural survivors of China’s Great Famine (1958-1961).

"Look Back in Time" - Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory, San Jose ICA, November 13 Russell Crotty, "Field Charts for Nocturnal Recreations," 2005
"Look Back in Time" - Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory, San Jose ICA, November 13

Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory, the first traveling exhibition of the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), opens November 13, 2016, at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) with a free public reception 2-4 p.m.

Crochet Coral Reef Workshop, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, October 23 Crochet Coral Reef detail
Crochet Coral Reef Workshop, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, October 23

Join the UC Santa Cruz community to create UCSC's 'Satellite' Crochet Coral Reef. A workshop will be held at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center October 23, 2016, 12-3 pm.

UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Workshop, UCSC Campus, October 21 Crochet Coral Reef detail
UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Workshop, UCSC Campus, October 21

The Institute For Figuring began a 'Satellite Reef' program in 2007 as a way for local communities to participate in its Crochet Coral Reef project (2005-present). Satellites have been hosted in cities across the U.S.

"Crocheting the Chthulucene," Donna Haraway in Conversation with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, October 21 Crochet Coral Reef detail
"Crocheting the Chthulucene," Donna Haraway in Conversation with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, October 21

Co-creators of the Crochet Coral Reef Christine and Margaret Wertheim in conversation with Donna Haraway, 5 PM. 

Margaret Wertheim, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, October 20 Crochet Coral Reef exhibition detail
Margaret Wertheim, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, October 20

Margaret Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring will be in conversation with Matt McCarthy, UCSC professor of ocean sciences, Oceanographer Curt Storlazzi, and Michelle Williams, executive director of the Arts Council Santa Cruz County at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center's 2016 annual Ken Norris Memorial Lecture, October 20, 7-8:30 pm.

LASER (Leonordo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous), October 4 Black (W)hole installation show
LASER (Leonordo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous), October 4

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations.

Please join us in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed with presentations at 7 p.m.

Book Talk with T.J. Demos: Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology Decolonizing Nature Cover
Book Talk with T.J. Demos: Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology

TJ Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies.