Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Series Theme: Robo-Exoticism

In 1920, Karl Capek coined the term "robot" in a play about mechanical workers organizing a rebellion to defeat their human overlords. A century later, increasing popularism, inequality, and xenophobia require us to reconsider our assumptions about labor, trade, political stability, and community. At the same time, advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, fueled by corporations and venture capital, challenge our assumptions about the distinctions between humans and machines. To explore potential linkages between these trends, "Robo-Exoticism" characterizes a range of human responses to AI and robots that exaggerate both their negative and positive attributes and reinforce fears, fantasies, and stereotypes.


Monday Evenings, 6:30-8:00pm
Osher Auditorium
BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
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The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium Book
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ATC Audio-Video Archive on Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive.

A Century of Art and Technology in the Bay Area" (essay)

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UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture (ATC) Lecture Series

Founded in 1997, the ATC series is an internationally respected forum for creative ideas. The ATC series, free of charge and open to the public, is coordinated by the Berkeley Center for New Media and has presented over 170 leading artists, writers, and critical thinkers who question assumptions and push boundaries at the forefront of art, technology, and culture including: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Bruno Latour, Maya Lin, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Miranda July, Billy Kluver, David Byrne, Gary Hill, and Charles Ray.

Billy Kluver @ ATC, November 1998


ATC Director: Ken Goldberg

ARC Director: Shannon Jackson

ATC Associate Directory: Greg Niemeyer

ATC Associate Directory: Eric Paulos

ARC Associate Directory: Lauren Pearson

BCNM Liason: Lara Markstein

Advisory Board


  • Townshend/Lamarre Family Foundation
  • ARC's Hoffman/Yee Speaker Fund
  • Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
  • The David Brower Center
  • Global Urban Humanities Initiative
  • Regents Lecturer Program

  • Selected events co-presented with:
  • Art Practice Department
  • CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative

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    Past Speakers: