The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange


When: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5-6:50 pm

Location: Harold Frank Hall #1104, UC Santa Barbara

The UCSB Department of Art & College of Creative Studies presents The COLLOQUIUM, beginning on Thursday, October 3rd. The COLLOQUIUM offers a wide range of voices exploring the topics of contemporary art, theory, and cultural production by emerging and established visiting artists, as well as members of UCSB’s own distinguished Art faculty. All lectures are free and open to the public, held every Thursday from 5:00 to 6:50pm in UCSB’s Harold Frank Hall #1104. For directions to location, visit

Jenni Sorkin
Jenni Sorkin writes on the intersection between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. She is currently finishing a book titled The Rural Avant-Garde: Experiments in Ceramics, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. She has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has written numerous in-depth catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics. She has been an invited lecturer at Dia Beacon, Ohio University, the School of Visual Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, and the Textile Museum of Canada. She sits on the Editorial Board of Art Journal and in 2013, was Guest Editor of the Art section of Gulf Coast, a literary and fine arts journal based in Houston. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design at the University of North Carolina, Asheville (2012), the Getty Research Institute (2010-11), and an ACLS/Luce Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Art (2007). In 2004, she received the Art Journal Award. In 2010, she co-organized “Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance,” for the eight edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City.

Lisa Jevbratt

Lisa Jevbratt is a Swedish born artist and a professor in the Art Department and in the Media Art Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. For more than a decade she explored the expressions and exchanges created by the protocols and languages of the Internet and the Web, often manifesting as visualization software. She is now applying her understanding of these unintentional collaborations onto exchanges with animals of other species and their experiences of the world around them. In her ongoing endeavor “Interspecies Collaboration” she invites students to collaborate with individuals of other species and her current software-art project Zoomorph is software generating simulations of how non-human animals see.

Jevbratt’s work has been exhibited extensively in venues such as The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The New Museum (New York), The Swedish National Public Art Council (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and it is discussed in numerous books, for example “Internet Art” by Rachel Greene, “Digital Art” by Christiane Paul and “Art + Science Now” by Stephen Wilson (all Thames and Hudson). Jevbratt also publishes texts on topics related to her projects and research, for example “Inquiries in Infomics”, a chapter in the anthology “Network Art – Practices and Positions” ed. Tom Corby (Routledge) and “Interspecies Collaboration, Making Art Together with Nonhuman Animals” in Tierstudien [Animal Studies] Issue 1 (Neofelis Verlag, Berlin, Germany). Her current project Zoomorph -is supported by a Creative Capital grant.

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