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Geoff's Letter of (non)Apology

Installation at the Berkeley Center for New Media
UC Berkeley
Sept - November 2015

Geoff's Letter of (non)Apology was a purposefully informal, bulletin-board style public forum for discussing accountability in regards to sexual and gender-based violence. Installed in the Berkeley Center for New Media's window space at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2015, the project was a bold public statement prior to the #metoo movement.

The installation featured a blown-up letter by Geoff Marcy, an established astronomy professor who resigned after decades-long accusations of assault. I made revisions to the letter in red marker, enlarged it to be 3ft x 5ft, and posted it on the window alongside markers and an invitation to edit.

Located outside the bustling Moffitt Library, the letter was heavily commented after 6 weeks. The UC Berkeley administration requested that the Berkeley Center for New Media remove the installation, describing it as an "eyesore."

Geoff's Letter was created as part of Everything After, an art and community organizing collaboration against sexual violence with Jadelynn Stahl and members of the UAW Student-Workers Union. In the yearlong project, we hosted workshops in transformative justice and intersectionality, as well as a daylong Survivors' Symposium.

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Project advisor: Jadelynn Stahl
Supported by the Berkeley Center for New Media