Presented by Cal Performances. Darcy James Argue, Composer, Bandleader Isaac Butler, Writer, Theater Director Peter Nigrini, Designer Creators of Real Enemies, composer Darcy James Argue, writer and director Isaac Butler, and film designer Peter Nigrini, discuss the American fascination with conspiracy theories that fuels their immersive, multimedia work, a suite packed with plots and paranoia, performed by an 18-piece big band accompanied by large screen video and text. The talk is moderated by Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian, chief digital scholarship officer, and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Darcy James Argue, the Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader, has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society, garnering countless awards and nominations and reimagining what a 21st-century big band can sound like. Its maximalist music of impressive complexity and immense entertainment value, in your face and then in your head writes Richard Gehr in the Village Voice. Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of The Trump Card, a meditation on the peculiar rise of Donald Trump with the solo performer Mike Daisey. Butler also wrote and directed Real Enemies, a collaboration with the composer Darcy James Argue and the video artist Peter Nigrini, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and named one of the top ten live events of 2015 by the New York Times. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Minnesota, and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, American Theatre, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn. Peter Negrini has designed on Broadway for The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5 and Say Goodnight Gracie. Other designs include Here Lies Love (The Public Theater); Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theater Workshop); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage); Notes from Underground (Yale Rep); Grace Jones Hurricane Tour; Rent (New World Stages); Elsewhere (bam); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (New York City Opera); Blind Date (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance); The Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Festival); No Dice (Nature Theater of Oklahoma); Romeo and Juliet (Salzburger Festspiele); and Life and Times (Burgtheater, Vienna), among others. Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason is the University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, University of California, Berkeley, and a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Department of Economics. Formerly he was the dean of the School of Information, University of Michigan. At Michigan, he was also the Arthur W. Burks Professor of Information and Computer Science, and a professor of economics and public policy. He was the founding director of STIET (a research program for Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions). He is passionate about public universities, where he has spent his entire career. ------------------ Arts + Design Mondays is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeleys Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co-curated by African American Student Development in the Division of Equity & Inclusion; Arts and Innovation Advocates at Berkeley Law; the Arts Research Center; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Berkeley Center for New Media; Cal Performances; the College of Environmental Design; the Department of Art Practice and the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series; the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; the Graduate School of Journalism; and the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission. Technical support and presentation offered by UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, Division of Arts & Humanities. The 2020 series of Arts + 设计 Mondays is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Nancy Olson and Buzz Wiesenfeld. For more information, visit artsdesign.Berkeley.edu./mondays.