Drop by 175 Dwinelle Hall and help me think/make table and experiment with different forms of conversation and collaborative thinking.

Special events (all will take place in 175 Dwinelle Hall, University of California Berkeley Campus (see floor plan below).

Monday March 6 (6:00-8:00pm): Exquisite Corpse and Machina Loci: on collaborative creation with  Dr Nana Ariel

Monday March 20 (7:00-9:00pm): Feed the Artists with Katie Revilla, Maggie Lawson and the Someday is Now Collective

Friday March 24 (6:00-8:00pm): Turning tables: physical dialogues on mental furniture, human commodification, and the architecture of power with Jiwon Chung

DATE AND TIME TBD: Collaboration in Conflict with Melissa Wyman

DATE AND TIME TBD: Map Music with Tony Soyka


About Feed the Artists: Nourishing Collective Strategies for Self-Care

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off…They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating. Pearl S Buck

A dinner-time conversation to brainstorm ways to care for ourselves and for our creative practices in today’s political climate. Features a 3-course vegetarian meal cooked and sourced in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Someday is Now Collective


About Turning tables

What looks, on the surface, like a crisis of the current political moment reveals deeper aporia within the vision of political economy. This workshop will engage in physical dialogue, using the techniques of Theater of the Oppressed, to explore the heart of the contradiction, as well as to map a cartography of resistance and liberation using the theatrical laboratory and its mental architecture to delineate, interstice and turn tables on the dead-ended enclosure of the current political order.

About Collaboration in Conflict

How can contentious spaces be productively opened up for dialogue?
Carol Mancke and Melissa Wyman will explore possibilities for communicating and collaborating even when facing conflict.  They will employ movement and sound exercises while writing and drawing to bridge the communication divide of clashing ideas.

About Dialogue & Round

As artist in residence in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley during February and March 2017, Carol Mancke will work in the newly opened Media/Maker Lab space (175 Dwinelle) and curate a series of workshops and performances with students, visitors and staff that experiment with different forms of conversation and collaborative thinking.

Made in 2015, Carol’s Table 18, is a  modular table that combines to form a twelve-foot diameter table that seats 18 people. The surface is inscribed with the plan of an imaginary city that knits six real public spaces of recent prolonged public  into one imagined city fabric. Table 18, first installed in the RCA Research Biennial (London 2015), and later featured in The Democratic Table event at the Tate Modern (London 2016), prompted conversations about activism, cities and social change (see machina loci.com for more about Carol’s work).

During this residency, Carol is working on a second table, this one inscribed in a way that draws attention to issues of global (and local) migration. Carol believes that these large round tables can be used to enrich public cultural and political conversation at the neighborhood scale. Working collaboratively with other artists and thinkers, she is testing different methods for deploying the tables in public space that include: public readings and performances; collaborative game development; curated combat and argument; collaborative making, writing and/or singing and other tactics.

Carol Mancke

February – March 2017

Timeline for Dialogue & Round:

Residency period: February – April 2017

In residence in the space (10:00 am -5:30 pm):

Tuesdays: 2/14. 21. 28; 3/7, 21, 28

Thursdays: 2/9, 16; 3/2. 23, 30

Fridays: 2/17, 24; 3/3, 24, 31

More about Carol

London and Oakland-based artist, architect and educator Carol Mancke works at the intersection of art and cities through her practice, machina loci. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture, Carol’s practice engages a range of time frames and scales from drawing, photography, sculpture and installation through to architecture and urbanism. Her work has featured in solo and group shows in Britain and Japan, including the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in 2009. In 2011-12, she was artist in residence at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Australia. Carol was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London (2004-2014); has degrees from M.I.T., UC Berkeley and the University of the Arts London and is currently pursuing a PhD in fine art practice at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research looks at the capacity of artistic practices operating in public to generate alternative ways to think through and produce structures of everyday life. She is investigating how artists challenge the way cities are designed and inhabited; how their work helps us to break through habitual patterns of thought and whether it is possible for artistic practice to function as a positive force in the public arena outside the operations of capital. Carol is currently a visiting researcher in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley.

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Welcome to Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie!*

Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie is a contemporary art experiment investigating the hidden lives of cars and car parks.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 24-26 July 2014, artist Carol Mancke will be exploring the performative possibilities of Ellesmere Port car parks – filming from above using a camera suspended from balloons – and collecting individual stories about cars in Ellesmere Port. Please say hello if you see her!

And, if this piques your curiosity, perhaps you would be willing to participate in the experiment by allowing Carol to interview you in your car? If so, please join her at the Rivacre Valley Nature Reserve Car Park on Saturday 14:00-17:00 and/or email her at carol@machinaloci.com.

Thursday AM 10:00-12:00
Town Centre Car Park

Thursday PM 14:00-16:00
Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve

Friday 10:00-13:00
Town Centre Car Park

Saturday PM 14:00-17:00
Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve

Click continue reading below to read some of Carol’s ideas and questions!

*Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie is also part of artist Nayan Kulkarni’s research project that is developing a unique approach to public art in Ellesmere Port. For more about Nayan Kulkarni see http://www.nkprojects.co.uk.

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