Parameters of Play

We were fortunate to play host to a Film and Media Studies graduate colloquium last week on the topic of gatekeeping and difficulty in games–see flyer below! And we played Cuphead. Or tried, anyway.

Dean Takahashi even mentioned the event in his recent VentureBeat post. Thanks, Dean!



Cuphead play 1
Film and Media Studies undergraduates try the Cuphead tutorial in co-op mode.



Cuphead play 2
Dying in Cuphead to a vegetable boss. Really.



New furnishings!

We are gearing up for a new academic year, new classes, new students, and new projects, and our swanky new chairs have arrived just in time! Professor Sakr will be teaching a graduate-level FemTech seminar in the space, and Professor Chang will be teaching an undergraduate-level course on “metagaming.” See you soon!


Thinking Palestine Panel, Poster Exhibit, Reception: Apr 28, 4-6:30PM


Please join us on April 28 from 4-6:30 pm for a panel, poster exhibit, and reception for the event “Thinking Palestine: 1967 and Beyond” at Wireframe Studio (Music Library, Music Building 1st floor, Parking Lot 3).

June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape.

Initiated by the Centers for Middle East Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, separate panel discussions on all three campuses form the core of the conference. UC Berkeley’s panel of experts will reflect on how horizons of the future were differently produced across various disciplines after 1967. The Berkeley event will open with a keynote address by human rights attorney and activitist Noura Erakat, “Taking the Land without the People: International Law and the 1967 War.” UCLA’s panel focuses on the cultural production of nostalgia and memory. Our panelists will be Hosam Aboul-Ela (University of Houston), Elliott Colla (Georgetown University), and Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).


At UC Santa Barbara, we seek to build on decades of critical thinking and political organizing around Palestine and justice more broadly. It will engage how legality, legitimacy, and history have intersected over the last half a century.

Panelists: Felice Blake, Richard Falk, Lisa Hajjar, Sherene Seikaly
Discussant: Jennifer Tyburczy

Thanks to Palestine Poster Project Archive for the exhibition. The image above is from the 1968 poster by Faustino Perez in Cuba.


Mapping Dissent


Important dates: April 12 from 330-445PM in the MCC Lounge. We will plan the next day’s performance.

Thursday, April 13: 1245-345PM, Meet in front of SRB and we will move along our route; 4-5, rally in front of Storke Tower.

To be a main player in this performance, which will take the seemingly banal form of walking, please attend this meeting on April 12. Even if you can’t you are welcome to come and we can see what’s what or you can spectate. Spectating will not be a passive activity (it never is), but in the event that we are met with any opposition, our supportive spectators will form a circle, holding hands, around the primary performance walkers/display mounters. We hope this will not be necessary, but our spectators, no matter what happens, play an important role.

For more information, see Facebook page.

#UCSBDigitalActivism seminar does Overpass Light Brigade #OLB

#RESIST #DigitalActivism seminar  at Wireframe Studio, UCSB. Students participated in Overpass Light Brigade #OLB public interactive thanks to the sponsorship of the Carsey-Wolf Center and UCSB Art Department. Special thanks to Patrice Petro, Emily, Zinn, Kim Yasuda, and Lane Hall. Camera footage by Michelle Chang. Directed and edited by VJ Um Amel. Original score by DJ Underbelly. Thanks for your beats:

Highlights from Beta Launch: A Guerrilla Open Mic


On February 10, 2017, Wireframe Studio hosted its first public event in a beta launch as co-founding directors continue to prototype the studio virtually and in materiality. Leading an innovative form of humanities-based inquiry that explores digital media through critically informed collaborative design practices, UC Santa Barbara Film and Media Studies Professors Laila Shereen Sakr and Alenda Chang established Wireframe Studio in 2017. 

Thanks to everyone who came, supported, and participated. Highlights include moments with Janet Walker, Greg Siegel, Alexander Champlin, Alenda Chang, Cristina Venegas, David Novak, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, Ziyad Marcus, Jiahong (Melinda) Guo, and Felice Blake.

Wireframe Beta Launch: A Guerrilla Open Mic (TEASER)

Wireframe Beta Launch: A Guerrilla Open Mic (HIGHLIGHTS)

Open Mic Beta Launch


Please join us Friday, February 10th from 3:30-5:30 as DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (since 2003) co-founders Shahid Buttar and VJ Um Amel reunite to beta launch WIREFRAME!! (Located on the first floor of the Music Library). 

Bring your words
Bring your selves
Join us in Wireframe’s first event
An Open Mic and Open House
Download flyer

Shahid Buttar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a civil rights lawyer concerned with digital rights and surveillance, a grassroots activist, hip-hop artist, and DJ/MC. See previous works together.

“A Resurgency at Nomadico” Feat. DJ Shahid and VJ Um Amel (2016)

“NSA vs USA” by Shahid Buttar (2014)

“Guerrilla Poets on the Couch” Feat. Shahid Buttar, Laila Shereen (VJ Um Amel), Laurie Blair, and more (2005)