Black Futures lecture
Spring 2023
Thursdays at BAMPFA Osher Theater. All talks are free and open to the public.
Events start at 12pm PT.

Berkeley Arts + Design partners with BAMPFA to offer public lectures in conjunction with courses at UC Berkeley. Join us every Thursday at noon to hear cutting-edge thinkers and makers share about their creative practice.

Thinking Through Arts and Design @Berkeley

This spring series is about 'Video Art in Context.' How have artists made use of the screen? What are the opportunities and hazards of using the screen as a vehicle for connection?

 A stunning roster of artists, curators, designers, and critics consider these questions and more. Developed from mixed media experiments of the 1960s through to new digital and virtual aesthetics of our current moment, video and media artists cross-pollinate amongst many art forms—including cinema, photography, painting, sculpture, dance, theater, performance art, design, and even in literature. In addition to experimenting artistically, video artists have also intervened politically, often addressing pressing issues such as climate change, racial equity, gendered power, and the ethics of technology itself. Join our weekly Thursday noon series to hear from local luminaries and international experts as they reflect on Video Art in Context – across the arts, as social intervention, and as a digital medium of circulation. For more information, visit


This public course and lecture series is funded entirely by a generous grant from the Kramlich Art Foundation, including funds for event programming and the tuition and salaries of Graduate Student Instructors. 

Arts + Design Thursdays is made possible thanks to support from the Big Ideas Courses Program in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley. In-kind technical support and presentation offered by BAMPFA and the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, Division of Arts & Humanities. For more information, visit

If you require captioning to access a pre-recorded event on our site, please contact Evelyn Thorne at Please expect 7-10 days for captioning to be provided. All recorded videos will be uploaded to the Berkeley Arts + Design YouTube channel with the consent of the featured speakers. Please see updates on COVID policies here

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