Through her art and architecture collaborative practice, machina loci, London and Australia-based artist, architect and educator Carol Mancke works at the intersection of art and cities. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture who practiced architecture for over 20 years, Mancke’s practice engages a range of timeframes and scales from drawing, photography, sculpture and installation through to architecture and urbanism. As artist in residence in the Department of Comparative Literature, Mancke plans to design and build a sculptural table work and to stage dialogues and performances in the space with campus collaborators about issues of global (and local) migration, under the series title Dialogue and Round.

In 2015, Mancke made Table 18 (2015), made up of eights parts that combine to form a twelve-foot diameter table, its surface inscribed with the plan of an imaginary city that knits six real public spaces of prolonged recent public protest into one imagined city fabric. At the table, placed in the RCA Research Biennial in England and featured at the Tate Modern, along with other collaborators she staged dialogues about the relations between activism, cities and social change.  Her large table series is designed to enrich public cultural and political conversation at the neighborhood scale. Working collaboratively with other artists and thinkers, she plans to test methods for deploying the tables: reading(s) and performances; collaborative game development; curated combat and argument; collaborative making, writing and/or singing. She is in residence in the Maker Lab (175 Dwinelle) from February 9-March 31.  Please visit her in the space or email cjmancke@hotmail.com.

About Carol Mancke

Her work has featured in many solo and group shows, from the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Australia to Nagaoka Institute of Design to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and Royal College of Art.  Mancke 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. Mancke’s 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 outside the operations of capital in the public arena. Carol is currently a visiting researcher and artist in residence at UC Berkeley.