Past Events

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Earshot (2016) was a result of the artist’s cooperation with human rights orga

Join us for a public Zoom conversation with artist and audio investigator Lawrence Abu Hamdan about listening, evidence-handling, and evidence-giving. A co-winner of the 2019 Turner Prize, Abu Hamdan explores the politics, as well as the aesthetics, of sound and voice.

"EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE." Community art laboratory and performances with Haitian and South American

Join us for “A Dream of Being: Arte Urgente,” an in-person discussion with Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow that will explore how they use art as a social practice capable of meaningfully imagining alternatives to repressive systems. 

OYSTERKNIFE

Join us for a multimedia dance performance with queer Black choreographic duo OYSTERKNIFE (Chibueze Crouch + Gabriele Christian). This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism.

Lauren Scarff of Georgetown and Allison Dean of UCSC interview a former detective in Timothy James Y

Join us for “Reasonable Doubts: Making an Exoneree,” the capstone event of a class pairing UCSC film and digital media majors with undergraduate students at Georgetown University to work together as investigative journalists, documentarians, and social justice activists intent on proving the innocence of five people currently b

(from left to right) Raissa Simpson and Maurya Kerr/ tinypistol.

Join us for a dance performance and film screening with director of PUSH Dance Company, Raissa Simpson, and and artistic director of tinypistol, Maurya Kerr. This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism.

Abolition. Feminism. Now. 2022

Join us for a conversation with abolitionist scholars Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Erica Meiners, and Beth Richie as they discuss their new book, Abolition. Feminism. Now.

(from left to right):  Larry Achiampong, Nuotama Frances Bodomo, and Aaron Samuel Mulenga

Join us for a conversation about Afrofuturism, space travel, and freedom with artists and filmmakers Larry Achiampong, Nuotama Frances Bodomo, and Aaron Samuel Mulenga. This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism.

Pamela Z, photo credit: Marion Gray

Join us for a live music performance by world-renowned musician Pamela Z and friends. Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. This event is part of Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism, a multidimensional and transcultural month-long festival on Afrofuturism.

Larry Achiampong, Relic Traveler, Still

Join us for an evening of short films by artists from across the African diaspora that engage the tropes of Afrofuturism, Pan Africanism, and speculative fiction to interrogate the past and imagine alternative futures. The screening, in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108, will start at 7 p.m.

The artworks of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, neuf series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.