Liat Berdugo

Liat Berdugo

Associate Professor

Program Director

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Liat Berdugo is an artist and writer whose work investigates embodiment, labor, and militarization in relation to capitalism, technological utopianism, and the Middle East. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), Transmediale (Berlin), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), and The Wrong Biennale (online), among others. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review, Real Life, Places, and The Institute for Network Cultures, among others, and her latest book, The Weaponized Camera in the Middle East, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2021.

Professor Berdugo is one-half of the art collective Anxious to Make, and is the co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media art series. Berdugo received an MFA from RISD and a BA from Brown University. She is currently an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. Berdugo lives and works in Oakland, CA. More at

Director, Design Program, College of Arts and Sciences
Co-Chair, Exhibitions & Events Committee, New Media Caucus
Co-Chair, College Curriculum Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media, 2013
BA, Brown University, Mathematics, Philosophy, 2008
New Media Art
Embodiment and Digitality
Visual Culture
Citizen Photography and Videography
Israel / Palestine
Selected Publications

The Weaponized Camera in the Middle East: Videography, Aesthetics and Politics in Israel and Palestine, London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

“Insurgent Ways of Looking: Gendering the Witness and the Land in the Visuality of Israel-Palestine,” in Social Media and Social Order, eds. David Herbert and Stefan Fisher-Høyrem, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021.

"Seeing Blocks and Crypto Bros," Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, Humans Are Underrated: Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy (03.2020)

"A Situation: A Tree in Palestine," Places Journal (01.2020)

"The Halos of Devices: The Neo-Nimbus of Electronic Objects," Institute of Network Cultures Longform (02.2019)

"A New Quantified Self: Embodied Pedagogy and Artistic Practice," International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (01.2019)

Awards & Distinctions

Alternative Exposure Round 13, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2019

Community Arts Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 2017

SECA Art Award Nomination, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, 2016