Impact Hub Berkeley is thrilled to present the inaugural Berkeley artHack series. The program begins with a moderated panel discussion on September 17th with local artists, technicians, and hackers at HUB Berkeley. Panelists will chat about their current projects and the local innovation landscape. We will explore the hacking concept within the Berkeley community and discuss our collective interest for this type of work in the Bay Area.
Guest Moderator: Ben Valentine
Ben Valentine is a Strategist and Contributing Author for the Civic Beat as well as a freelance cultural critic, curator and creator based in San Francisco. He recently organized “Global Space”, a groundbreaking exhibition for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art on the changing face of the individual in a neoliberal and networked world. Ben also co-curated the world’s first Tumblr Art Symposium, which included commissioned essays, panelists, an exhibition on the visual networked culture forming all over the world, especially on Tumblr. His writing has appeared on Hyperallergic, Idiom Mag, Salon, and C-Monster. He is currently preparing for a residency at the Internet Archive in San Francisco and working on a Spanish and English Twitter translation platform.
An ”An Xiao” Mina (www.anxiaostudio.com) is an American artist, designer, writer and technologist. In her research and practice, she explores the intersection of networked, creative communities and civic life. Calling memes the ”street art of the internet”, she looks at the growing role of internet culture and humor in addressing social and political issues in countries like China, Uganda and the United States. Her writing and commentary have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, Wired and others, and she has lectured at conferences such as the Personal Democracy Forum, ROFLCon and the Microsoft Social Computing Symposium.
Find her online at @anxiaostudio on both Twitter and Sina Weibo.
Danielle Siembieda is an art service provider and creative entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. She practices between genres of Social Practice, Institutional Critique, Intervention and New Media. Most of her work includes an emphasis on the environment and technology. Her most recent project, “The Art Inspector” was incepted in 2009 as a method to reduce the carbon footprint of art. This project has been funded Silicon Valley Energy Watch to conduct energy assessments on artist’s studios and take them through an eco-art makeover. She has been an artist in residence at the TechShop SJ where she create a body of work around cyborg politics and the anthropocene. Some of her other roles include being a board member of the Women’s Environmental Art Directory; art consultant to the SF Department of the Environment, member San Jose Public Art Advisory Committee; and Fellow Alum at SF Emerging Arts Professionals. Siembieda has a MFA in Digital Media Art at SJSU at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media with a focus on green technologies, sustainable materials.
Find more online via @Art_Inspector or www.artinspector.org
Kat Parkin recently returned to Berkeley, her hometown, after living in the Rocky Mountains for more than twenty years. She spent most of her time in Aspen, Colorado working in arts administration, teaching skiing (and life coaching) to children from all over the world while enjoying the nature and beauty of the Aspen. Her participating in Roaring Fork Leadership inspired her to give back to her community so she spent a number of years volunteering for a variety of non-profits, including the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Filmfest and was a mentor in the Buddy Program. In 2008, she was invited to attend Burning Man. Her life was transformed and the following year began volunteering for organization’s art departments: the ARTery and the Cafe Art Team. This past summer she started her own event management company, Off Playa Productions, and organized and lead a Burning Man-like event, called Berkeley Spark, an arts and music festival in downtown Berkeley. She is inspired by innovation and creativity and has a deep sense for fostering interpersonal relationships through arts and cultural events while collaborating on social issues effecting all of us living in the East Bay.
When & Where
Impact Hub Bay Area