The California Historical Society, kicks off its new exhbit on the exact 50th anniversary of one of the most celebrated events of the 1960s counterculture: The Trips Festival.
Associate Professor of Architecture Greg Castillo joins a panel to discuss the signficance of the Trips Festival and its signifcance on San Francisco’s mid-1960s counterculture movement and the emerging personal computer era. The Trips Festival is considered a watershed event in the history of San Francisco’s underground arts scene, the launch of the psychedelic 1960s era, and a pivotal event in the growth of the region’s technology industry.
Greg Castillo has investigated the Bay Area’s counterculture design legacy through a U.C. Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship (2014) and an Associate Professor Fellowship from the Townsend Center for the Humanities. His research informed a 2014 exhibition, Design Radicals: Creativity and Protest in Wurster Hall, reviewing “outlaw design” enterprises undertaken by faculty and students in the late-1960s and early-1970s at U.C. Berkeley. For the catalogue of the Walker Art Center exhibition on counterculture design,Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, Castillo contributed the essay “Counterculture Terroir: California’s Hippie Enterprise Zone” and delivered a public lecture at the exhibition’s opening symposium.
Castillo will serve as Guest Curator for the expanded Hippie Modernism exhibition when it travels to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive in February 2017.