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Sonia Katyal on Mon, 9 Feb 2009 02:12:09 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> art: law: new media talks at hastings law school in SF--free public lecture series

dear nettimers:

I wanted to invite you to our lecture series at Hastings law school in
SF on visual art- I'm a law professor (works on art law and copyright
issues) who is visiting this semester and put together this fun series
of talks that you may be interested in.

The Art:Law:New Media lecture series is on the Hastings web, and I've
sent notices to a bunch of papers (SF guardian, weekly) and some blogs
(laughing squid, KQED, Upcoming.org)...but we could always use more help
getting the word out.  Please feel free to send around this link to your
friends, fans, and family--we'd love to get more public participation,
as it makes the audience that much more interesting and lively.  If you
might be able to post it to your events list, I'd very much appreciate

below is a summary of the talks--they are free, and open to the public. 

Many thanks and hope to see you there!

warmest regards,


Link to lectures:


The announcement text is below:

Art: Law: New Media

Hastings Law School, in collaboration with visiting professor Sonia K.
Katyal, invite you to an exciting new lecture series on art, law, and
politics. Inspired by the San Francisco art world and the rise of new
media, the Law School has asked a variety of award winning emerging and
established artists to share their perspectives on the role of art, the
law, new media, and the public and private domain. Each talk features a
different topic and is designed to facilitate a collaborative dialogue
between the artists, members of the public, and the community on the
role of art in law – or vice versa.

The lectures are free and open to the public, although RSVP is required.
The talks last from approximately 3:30 to 4:45. To attend, as seating is
limited, please contact Roslyn Foy at foyr {AT} uchastings.edu, and specify
the date you plan to attend, your name, and the number of participants.

February 11, 2009:  Reimagining Public Space -   JD Beltran, Johanna
Poethig and Matthew Passmore (Rebar)

What is the role of art in creating – or challenging – the line between
the public and private domain? In this inaugural talk in this series,
three established artists – one a conceptual artist, another a muralist,
and a lawyer-turned environmental artist – examine the possibilities and
challenges for creating community, activism, and dialogue in urban
spaces throughout the Bay Area.Does the law governing urban areas,
including everything from the Bill of Rights to parking regulations,
play a role in fostering – or inhibiting - artistic innovation, and if
so, how?Should the government play a role in fostering public art, and
if so, what role should it play? Special attention will be paid to the
role of the state, city, and local government in funding public art and
the infamous “culture wars” of the 1990s.How can localized activism and
engagement create and foster public art and protect freedom of artistic
expression at the same time?


J.D. Beltran is a conceptual artist exploring the contexts, language,
and scope of portraiture.  She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art
Institute and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at
Berkeley. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally,
including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art, the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Singapore
Digital Mediafest, Cite Des Ondes Video Et Art Electronique in Montreal,
Canada, and the ISEA/ZeroOne San Jose Festival.  She was awarded a San
Jose Cultural Commission Grant for a public art project exhibiting in
the streets of San Jose from October 2007 – Spring 2009, and an
Individual Artist Commission from the city of San Francisco for a public
art project to be exhibited in March 2009.  She also was awarded an
Artadia grant in 1999, and residencies at the Skowhegan School of
Painting and Sculpture and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Other
prizes include bMedia Design Review, Installation Category, ID Magazine.  Her work has
been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the
Boston Globe, as well as in Art In America, ArtNews, the New Art
Examiner, and Art Papers. She is faculty in the New Genres,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Studies, and Urban Studies Programs
at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San

Johanna Poethig makes work that crosses the private and public realms.
Her paintings, sculpture, video and installations reflect her interest
in symbol, satire, society and our colonialist, consumerist culture. She
produces and participates in performance events that mix feminism,
global politics, costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.
Her recent projects include a mural on a 24 story historic building for
downtown Chicago’s loop district, the artwork for San Francisco’s new
Juvenile Hall and a gateway sculpture for Gleason Park in Stockton.  She
was part of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now 5, and has also
shown at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, New
Langton Arts, The Luggage Store Gallery, and the Headlands Center for
the Arts.She received her BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz
and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is an Associate
Professor at the Visual and Public Art Department at California State
University, Monterey Bay.

Matthew Passmore is a founder and director of Rebar, an art and design
collective based in San Francisco. Situated within the domains of
environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity, Rebar's work engages
regulatory systems as artistic media, particularly as these systems
relate to the organization, use and re-use of land.  Rebar has exhibited
at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
the American Institute of Architects, Canadian Center for Architecture,
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a variety of other museums and art
galleries around the world. Matthew holds a BA in Philosophy from UCLA 
and a Juris Doctorate from U.C. Hastings College of Law, where he served
as the Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment
Law Journal.

February 18, 2009:  Everyday Urban Interventions -  Josh Greene, Eddie,
Kate Pocrass

In this workshop, we explore the role and value of interruption in urban
space and conversation.Each of the artists who will be speaking today
both recreate and challenge the concept of civic engagement in new and
important ways.  One of our speakers is a well known but anonymous
street artist in San Francisco; another of our speakers recreates
moments of travel and everyday civic participation in art, and a third
speaker, also an educator, challenges us to reathink the overall line
between everyday life and art through a variety of socially conscious
art projects.


Josh Greene’s work has been included in exhibitions at the CCA Wattis
Institute of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Arizona State University
Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Greg Kucera Gallery and
Eyebeam. He is currently a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in
Stuttgart, Germany. This past summer he received grants from the Danish
Arts Council and California College of The Arts. Greene is currently a
Lecturer at California College of The Arts, where he teaches both
undergraduate and graduate courses. In the past, Greene has served as a
visiting artist and guest critic at the University of Michigan, the
School of The Museum of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee, U.C. Santa
Cruz, San Francisco Art Insitute, The Hallmark Corporation and Arizona
State University.

Born in New Jersey, Eddie began his creative life drawing fictitious
album covers with his father at their kitchen table. Upon graduating
from high school he attended both school of Visual arts in New York and
CCAC in Oakland, graduating from the latter with a major in
Photography/Interdisciplinary Fine Arts. While establishingmagazine photographer, Eddie worked as a Fine Art photographic printer,
creating prints that have been exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Museum of
Design, Zürich. His editorial photography has been published in dozens
of magazines and newspapers including The New York Times and Rolling
Stones.Throughout his career doing public art has been an important
endeavor. You have all seen Eddie’s work on the streets of San
Francisco.“At best all I’m trying to do is initiate dialogues. Through
dialogue often there is conflict, confrontation and a broadening of
perspectives. This is the path to resolution and progress. If I can aid,
even a little, in that process than I consider that a great success.”

Kate Pocrass produces both independent and collaborative projects
dealing with pedestrian culture and social sculpture. She draws on the
anonymity of daily experience, reveling in common moments that
unwittingly happened upon us each day. Her work is often encountered
outside the gallery via hotlines, bus tours, audio tours, and
participatory websites. Ms. Pocrass has been awarded two Cultural Equity
grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission to help self publish the
books Mundane Journeys and Mundane Field Guide to Color. She has
exhibited work at Southern Exposure, Rena Bransten Gallery, AIA,
Spanganga, Pond, New Langton Arts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
University of California at Davis and participated in the 2006
California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.
She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and
her MFA degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

February 25, 2009:  Renavigating the Commercial Realm -   Alison
Pebworth, Sherri Lynn Wood, and Zach Houston

In this talk, continuing the themes of civic engagement and
interruption, we present the work of three artists who are pushing the
boundaries of the individual and collective experience in urban
environments through both verbal and visual participation.Each of the
artists for today—one a well known “street poet,” another a painter who
re-appropriates American history and 19th century advertising ploys, and
a third artist who created a trailer and traveled through America to
record the mantras and self-talk of passerby—demonstrate that art is
created, everyday, through the lived experiences of citizens forging
unique boundaries in the public realm.


With a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Bard College, and a Masters
of Theological Studies from Emory University, Sherri Lynn Wood is an
artist, activist, and healer, based in Durham, NC and San Francisco, CA.
Sherri combines her knowledge of craft, sculpture, theology, and system
centered theory to reacquaint people with personal agency, community,
care, love and the basic skills of living.Her project, the Mantra
Trailer is a new media tool, documenting the people's prayers, petitions
and aspirations for self and society. Parked at the intersection of
imagination, evangelism and propaganda, it is a traveling mediation
space, recording studio and site of mysterious broadcast in the form of
a 1972 breadbox trailer.Wood began the tour in March from her home base
in Durham, North Carolina. The project includes a website, video blog
and podcast and is fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary
Fund.The Mantra Trailer has received foundational support from the North
Carolina Arts Council, The MacDowell Colony, The Blue Mountain Center,
The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Southern Documentary Fund.

Alison Pebworth has been making “street side” projects locally and
nationally since 2004 under the rubric of the Roadside Show & Tell, a
series of interactive roadside attractions and related projects created
in the spirit of the 19th century American traveling road show.  In
2006, she traveled cross-country for eight months developing Looking for
Lost America, a research project of the Roadside Show and Tell. This
trip was the inspiration for Beexhibition and research project that will take Pebworth and her work
from the west to east coasts of the United States in 2010 and 2011. The
Center for Cultural Innovation has supported the Beautiful Possibility
project through a planning grant (2007) and marketing grant (2008).
Other recent awards include an Alternative Exposure Grant, Southern
Exposure Gallery (2007) and an Individual Artist Grant from the San
Francisco Arts Commission (2007). Pebworth’s work has been featured in
Ground Scores for Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(2008) at Southern Exposure Gallery(2008) and “Front and Center” at the
Headlands Center for the Arts (2009). Her work may be viewed at

Zach Houston operates a "performance/business/literature project"
informally referred to as "the poem store". It consists of selling
spontaneous free verse poetry composed on a manual typewriter at a
variety of public events. Providing his primary means of economic
support for the better part of the last three years, the poem store has
been a successful launching pad for any number of diversified artistic
theory and practice. It has received press coverage from CBS Sunday
Morning, CBS Evening News, the Osgood Files, The New York Times and the
SF Chronicle, spawning numerous imitators. Additionally, he has shown
his visual art at the YBCA, the Di Rosa Preserve, Oakland International
Airport, Creative Growth Art Center, Galerie d' Impaire (Paris), Aqua
Art Miami, and a host of local and national galleries.

March 18, 2009:    TechnoIntervention and Reanimating History -  Kota
Ezawa, Praba Pilar and lauren woods

What is the role of technology in creating public art and performance?Is
it a new form of regulation, or a new form of religion, or something
else entirely?  How can we use art to revisit – and recreate - important
moments throughout history?In this talk, three artists who focus on new
media share their work and commentary on the role of technology,
history, performance, and social and cultural regulation on innovation
and creativity.Each artist also pays special attention to the impact of
technology on race, gender, and desire, and the overall role that
regulation – cultural, legal, and social – plays in the construction of


Praba Pilar’s performance work explores the effects of information and
communication technologies on women and minorities around the world.
Since 2006 Pilar has presented the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno, a
satiric multi media intervention into the messianic rapture surrounding
the singularity and other effects of the technology revolution, at
Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, UC Irvine, the Radical Philosophy
Association and multiple universities and performance spaces. Over
2004-06 Ms. Pilar toured her solo performance, Computers Are A Girl’s
Best Friend to Sweden, Montreal, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and
Albany. Ms. Pilar has performed at The LAB, Galeria de la Raza, the SF
Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Los
Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio XX and the Darling Foundry in
Montreal, the Museum of World Culture in Sweden, and featured in MIT's
"Race in Digital Space" Conference and in UC Santa Cruz's Social Change
Across Borders Conference.

Kota Ezawa's practice re-considers images from art-history and popular
culture in animated videos, slide projections, lightboxes, collages and
other media. His work has been shown is solo exhibitions at Hayward
Gallery in London, Artpace in San Antonio and the Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art in Hartford Connecticut. He participated in exhibitions at
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SF
MoMA, the Andy Warhol Museum and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de
Paris. Ezawa is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at the California
College of the Arts in San Francisco.

lauren woods is a multimedia artist whose hybrid projects—film, video
and sound installations, ihistory while contemplating the socio-politics of the present.
Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she
creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in
society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities.  Currently,
she is exploring how traditional monument-making can be translated into
new contemporary models of memorializing—substituting the traditional
marble and granite for digital video.  woods holds a BA in radio,
television, and film with a minor in sociology from University of North
Texas and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. woods’ work has been
exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally in
Puerto Rico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Mali and France.  She is a 2008
Creative Capital Awardee and is currently a Tribeca Film Institute Media
Arts Fellow.

March 25, 2009:  Appropriating Advertising and Icons - Libby Black, Ryan
Alexiev, and Ala Ebtekar

This talk explores the dynamics of cultural fusion and appropriation,
and how – or if – the law should play a role in fostering artistic
expression.  One artist is a master at fusing contemporary images from
hip hop with the mythology and folklore from traditional Iranian
heritage; another artist plays off of the concept of luxury brands like
Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and a third carefully remixes established
brands in new contexts, challenging our imagination.All of these
talented artists, in their own way, comment on the social forces that
operate in favor of consumerism and globalization.Does the law and the
role of appropriation and ‘counterfeit’ creativity challenge the public
to rethink our commitment to icons?  How do intellectual property
laws—trademark, copyright—address the value that is created by
artistic speech, and do these laws inhabit or encourage innovation and
creativity?How does branding—and anti-branding—play a role in
encouraging us to remix modern expressions and images?


Ryan Alexiev explores the ramifications and effects of consumerism,
globalization, and the ethos of technological progress upon traditional
social-cultural values and symbols. As an artist, Ryan had his first
solo show in 2003 at the Orchidea Gallery of the Sofia Cultural Center
in Bulgaria, his parent’s native country. Subsequently, he has exhibited
at galleries across the country including the The Moore Space in Miami,
Wadsworth Atheneum, The University of Arkansas, and the Nathan Cummings
Foundation. Ryan is the co-founder of the ©ause Collective which was
recently commissioned to create the video installation Along the Way for
the Oakland International Airport. This project was also featured at the
2008 Sundance Film Festival. Another project recently completed by the
©ause Collective was a public art installation for the University of
California, San Francisco titled "The Truth I Am You."  He received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California at
Berkeley in 1994 and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in

Libby Black was born in Toledo, Ohio. She received a BFA in Painting
from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999 and an MFA in Painting from
the California College of the Arts in 2001.  She explains, “My work
deals with issues of class and expectations of perfection.  With Louis
Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci and other purveyors of luxury as my inspiration,
I explore the outward appearance of the good life by extracting and
recreating status symbols and high-end consumer goods.”  Her work has
been  exhibited at Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts (San Francisco),
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach), Jersey City Museum (Jersey
City), and numerous galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San  
Francisco. Libby has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for
the Arts and Montalvo Arts Center. Libby has been reviewed in Artforum,
Art in America, ARTnews, Zink Magazine, Flash Art, and The New York
Times. Libby is represented by Marx and ZavaMarx Gallery) in San Francisco.

Born in the United States to Iranian parents, Ala Ebtekar was raised in
both Iran and the US. As a young teenager he joined the K.O.S. (Kids of
Survival), working with artist Tim Rollins on collaborative artworks
involving groups of urban youth. He received his BA from the San
Francisco Art Institute and in 2006 his MFA degree at Stanford. He was a
2005 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation¹s Murphy & Cadogan
Fellowships in the Arts Award. His work is exhibited internationally and
was recently featured in two prestigious exhibitions: One Way or
Another: Asian American Art Now, a touring exhibition originating at the
Asia Society, NYC, and in the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange
County Museum of Art. In 2007, his work was featured in a solo
exhibition at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, and in Under the
Indigo Dome at The Third Line in Dubai. In 2007 Ebtekar participated in
a six month residency with Cite des Arts in Paris. This past year
Ebtekar was featured in Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, San Francisco. He is a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley and
Stanford University.

Sonia K. Katyal
Associate Professor of Law
Fordham Law School
140 W. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023
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