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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated April 16, 2014

Please note that dates and exhibition titles listed in this schedule may change. To confirm any information or for image requests, please call the BAM/PFA Communications Office at (510) 642-0365 or write bampfapress@berkeley.edu.

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Current

Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258
March and October 2015
Off-site at David Brower Center and other locations to be announced

Upcoming

The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
Mid-May through June 2015
Off-site at Berkeley Art Center

Architecture of Life
Early 2016 through May 2016
BAM/PFA


EXHIBITION DESCRIPTIONS


Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258
March and October 2015
Off-site at David Brower Center and other locations to be announced

Born in Lebanon and based in Paris, electroacoustic musician Tarek Atoui (b. 1980) initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, concerts, and workshops. Using custom-built electronic instruments and computers that he sometimes assembles from discarded and recycled materials, Atoui’s work references social and political realities and presents music and new technologies as powerful tools of expression and identity.

For his MATRIX exhibition, Atoui will be in residence in March 2015 at UC Berkeley, where he will build instruments using 3D printing technology and other resources with art practice professor Greg Niemeyer and graduate students. This collaboration will inform a series of Bay Area performances in October 2015. During his March residency Atoui will present a lecture at the David Brower Center exploring his recent interests creating instrumentation for the hearing impaired, cohosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media and the Arts Research Center at Berkeley, exploring his recent interests creating instrumentation for the hearing impaired.

Atoui studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios, Amsterdam (2008), Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin) in 2006-07. He builds new software for each project and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.

Copresented with the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
Mid-May through June 2015
Off-site at Berkeley Art Center
Each year, BAM/PFA teams with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the works of graduating MFA students. As BAM/PFA closes its galleries in anticipation reopening in a new building in downtown Berkeley in 2016, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center. We are honored to present the work of six promising graduates as they embark on their careers—Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez.

Berkeley Art Center: 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Architecture of Life
Early 2016 through May 2016
BAM/PFA
Organized to mark the opening of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s new building, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Architecture of Life asks, Where does architecture end and the landscape, the body, and society begin? Blurring boundaries among categories and states of being, the fields of architecture, art, and science have the capacity to transform our understanding about the most fundamental conditions of life. The drive to discover and engage fundamental properties of form, structure, and material is evident not only in the design of buildings, but also in diverse practices of art and science. An architect’s aim to establish our physical location in space and time resonates across myriad disciplines. As architects refashion reality according to the inspiration of their imaginations so, too, can artists and scientists push the boundaries of known experience to both uncover and shape new realities.

Occupying virtually every gallery in the new building, Architecture of Life will include over 150 works of art, scientific illustrations, and architectural drawings and models spanning several centuries and multiple continents. Among the artists, architects, and scientists whose work we expect to include are Ruth Asawa, Louise Bourgeois, James Castle, Suzan Frecon, Buckminster Fuller, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ernst Haeckel, Stephen Kaltenbach, Frederick Kiesler, Fernand Leger, Otto Lehmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, A.G. Rizzoli, Tomas Saraceno, Kim Sooja, Hedda Sterne, Hyun-Sook Song, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Lebbeus Woods.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog including a text by the curator, BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder, as well as other related texts.

BAM/PFA: 2155 Center Street, Berkeley


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