Berkeley High School students sculpt better future through Art/Act: Youth

The newest generation of teen activists continues to take the world by storm, marching for our lives and speaking out against injustice. Unsurprisingly, the art students of Berkeley High School are partaking in this movement, using their intellect and artistry to produce masterful commentary on a similarly pressing issue:...

Artist Bill Fontana Wants to Open Our Ears

Expectedly — and with afterthought, not a surprise — a phone conversation with sound sculpture artist Bill Fontana is textured with sonic anomalies. “Ping, ping,” warns his Nissan Leaf before San Francisco-based Fontana announces, like a narrator, “I’m driving an electric car. It only makes a sound when it’s...

Annea Lockwood’s Danube Doesn’t Waltz, But It’s Hypnotic

New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood’s shtick is that she’s shtickless. In a roving presentation Thursday night at Berkeley’s David Brower Center, Lockwood offered insights into her process and shared excerpts demonstrating environmental sounds used in three multimedia installations, A Sound Map of the Danube (2001-5), Jitterbug(2006), and Wild Energy (2014). A conversation with composer, producer, and...

Brower Center exhibit showcases legacy of conservationist and North Face cofounder Douglas Tompkins

BERKELEY — Douglas Tompkins, a wealthy former Bay Area entrepreneur and sportsman who renounced the corporate life to dedicate himself to exploration and conservation mostly in South America, is the subject of an exhibit at the David Brower Center from Sept. 24 through Feb. 21. Tompkins, who co-founded the outdoor fashion...

Exhibition of works by Berkeley High School students is at crossroads of environmentalism and art

Sculptor Moriah Godes explores the impact of man-made materials on ocean life. Painter Alex Spevak illustrates industry’s impact on Arctic animals. Another painter, Héctor Muñoz-Guzmán, looks at the effects of pollution on urban life. The three young artists are part of “Art/Act: Youth,” a multidisciplinary exhibition of works by...

Making Waves at the Brower Center with Marielle Jakobsons

It’s one thing to know that all sounds are vibrations, and it’s another thing entirely to see the physical manifestation of those frequencies. For Marielle V. Jakobsons, transforming waves from sound into water has come to shape her music as both a composer and performer. The David Brower Center and Other...

‘Polar Obsession’ captures icy isolation, lacks polarization of climate change politics

Since 2009, National Geographic has not released an exhibition in the Bay Area, but with the talk around climate change becoming more prevalent, Paul Nicklen brings us his newest project, “Polar Obsession.” “Polar Obsession,” on display now at the David Brower Center, features more than 40 photographs of intimate...

Paul Nicklen Captures the Beauty and Fragility of the Polar Regions

To counter contemporary political discourses denying climate change, we need only turn our heads to the polar regions to understand the urgency of protecting these fragile yet beautiful ecosystems. Canadian-born Paul Nicklen is a photographer, marine biologist and conservationist. He knows that the Arctic region is warming up twice...

These Photos Show the Past and Potential Future of California’s Dependence on Water

California has a reputation for endless natural bounty and wide economic possibility. But its epic recent drought has put pressure on this idea. Without water, the state’s huge agricultural sector is threatened, along with its swimming pool-centric lifestyle. The photographers Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris represent this changing reality...

At Brower Center, 2 artists drive home climate change

On Friday night at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris were awarded the center’s eighth annual Art/Act Award for their environmental activist work known as The Canary Project. At the Q&A that capped the evening, the Brooklyn-based husband and wife team sat in directors’...