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Brian L. Bartz

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Brian Bartz is a new media artist and educator. His practice interrogates digital network technologies through a material lens, grappling with the politics surrounding their popular conception as immaterial and abstract. His sculptures, animations, and installations engage with our status as digital subjects and the endemic anxieties therein, seeking to situate them within larger frameworks of corporate and state surveillance, extractive industry, and the inconspicuous embedding of devices throughout our built environment.


  • Web design
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

Research Areas

  • New media
  • Computer graphics
  • Infrastructure history


  • UC Berkeley, MFA in Art Practice, 2020
  • Reed College, BA in Studio Art, 2017

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in Art, UC Berkeley

Awards & Distinctions

  • San Francisco Foundation Cadogan Award, 2019
  • Eisner Prize for Excellence in Creative Practice, 2019
  • Berkeley Center for New Media Summer Research Fellow, 2018

Selected Publications

  • Terrain: Art and Crisis in Downtown Oakland, 2021