Visiting Artist Colloquium

Fall 2018

The UCSB Department of Art and College of Creative Studies present Spring 2018 Visiting Artist Colloquium. The program offers a wide range of voices in dialogue, exploring the topics of contemporary art, theory, and cultural production by emerging and established visiting artists, as well as members of UCSB’s faculty and graduate students.


Presentations will take place each Thursday, from September 27th through December 6th, 2018.


All lectures are free and open to the public, held each Thursday from 5:00 to 6:50pm in UCSB’s Embarcadero Hall in Isla Vista. For directions to location, please visit UCSB campus map.


Kip Fulbeck

Professor, Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara



Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker exploring multiracial identity, personal narrative, and Japanese tattooing. He has been featured on CNN, MTV, PBS, The TODAY Show, The New York Times, Voice of America, and various NPR programs, and has performed and exhibited in over twenty countries and throughout the U.S. He is the author of six books including – 15 years of the hapa project; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me.



In recognition for his work promoting multiracial awareness, he was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the 2009 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and also named a Cultural Pioneer at Harvard University. In 2014, he was named a Local Hero by Southern California’s KCET Public Broadcasting Service and also received the Community Builder Award at Vancouver’s Hapa-palooza Festival. Here at UCSB, he has a long relationship with the Men’s and Women’s swimming teams, where he has served as a volunteer Assistant Coach for over a decade. He is a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member five times by the Office of Residential Life.


A complete overachiever despite being only half-Chinese, he is also an avid surfer, guitar player, ocean lifeguard, and multiple-time national champion in U.S. Masters Swimming.



Lisa Jevbratt

Professor, Department of Art + Media Arts + Technology, UC Santa Barbara



Lisa Jevbratt is a Swedish born artist and a professor in the Art Department and in the Media Art Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. For more than a decade she explored the expressions and exchanges created by the protocols and languages of the Internet and the Web, often manifesting as visualization software. She is now applying her understanding of these unintentional collaborations onto exchanges with animals of other species and their experiences of the world around them. In her ongoing endeavor “Interspecies Collaboration” she invites students to collaborate with individuals of other species and her current software-art project Zoomorph is software generating simulations of how non-human animals see.


Jevbratt’s work has been exhibited extensively in venues such as The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The New Museum (New York), The Swedish National Public Art Council (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and it is discussed in numerous books, for example “Internet Art” by Rachel Greene, “Digital Art” by Christiane Paul and “Art + Science Now” by Stephen Wilson (all Thames and Hudson). Jevbratt also publishes texts on topics related to her projects and research, for example “Inquiries in Infomics”, a chapter in the anthology “Network Art – Practices and Positions” ed. Tom Corby (Routledge) and “Interspecies Collaboration, Making Art Together with Nonhuman Animals” in Tierstudien [Animal Studies] Issue 1 (Neofelis Verlag, Berlin, Germany). Her current project Zoomorph is supported by a Creative Capital grant.


Jane Mulfinger

Professor, Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara


Professor Jane Mulfinger‘s interest in phenomenology—as it relates to the art-making process, the environment, and the philosophical— is reflected in her installations, time-based work, and sculpture. The work teases out sensorial passages of emergence in transient qualities of light and sound and human responses to these phenomena to reflect on how memories blur or come into focus in relation to life unfolding before us. In this talk, she will focus on hidden taboos of collective thinking and on the role of photography in personal and cultural memory.


Jane Mulfinger was recently an artist in residence at Beaconsfield Gallery, London, and early this month opened an installation at the Zentrum für Interdisciplinare Forschung (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany, in conjunction with a research study group who are pondering the question of whether or not guilt is productive. Mulfinger’s work has been shown at Franklin Furnace Archive NY, Ars Electronica Linz, Mayor Gallery London, Beaconsfield Gallery London, Camden Art Center London, Microsoft Research Cambridge, CCA Glasgow, Orchard Gallery Derry, Palazzo Bricherasio Turin, and Ben Maltz Gallery LA.