• Leonardo 55:2 Cover + Artist Article

    Exploring 4D Image Sets of Early Heart Development Using Gesture and an Immersive, Spatial Operating Environment

  • Digital Prometheus: Artist Refik Anadol imbues artificial intelligence with creativity

    Alumnus of UCLA’s design media arts program shares the inspiration behind some of his awe-inspiring projects.

    Since graduating in 2014 with a master of fine arts from UCLA’s design media arts program, artist Refik Anadol has become a worldwide sensation known for exhibitions that harness state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to create mind-blowing multisensory experiences.

    His body of work though, is much more than simply mesmerizing feasts for the eyes and ears; it addresses the challenges and possibilities that our ubiquitous computing has imposed on humanity.

    On April 19, Anadol’s latest piece, “Moment of Reflection” will debut on campus, where he also serves as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts. It was in that department, he learned from innovative professors like Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Jennifer Steinkamp and Victoria Vesna, all of whom use digital technology to help reshape conceptions of art.

    “Using data is a scientific approach to something very soulful and spiritual,” Anadol said. “I think it’s very important for artists and creators to find that ‘human’ in the non-human.”

    In the lead-up to “Moment of Reflection,” Anadol shares stories of inspiration and challenges about four of his pieces.

  • RUI HU's A Comprehensive Theory Won the Best Experimental Animation Award at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

    "Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including KennethThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

    Kenneth Anger, Brian De Palma, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.

    The Best Experimental Animation Award recognizes the best experimental animated film that most successfully showcases the use of experimental processes, forms, and topics."

    Ann Arbor, MI, USA

  • MARU GARCIA - Pile 2 Patio

    Pile 2 patio is a piece by artist Maru García that explores the materiality and community-building qualities of a mulch pile. For one day only, 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus will have a giant mulch sculpture in the parking lot on Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 3 pm as part of the exhibition Radical Propagations, on view at 18th Street’s Propeller Gallery.

    This interactive and evolving piece will invite the public to modify the sculpture by taking mulch to their homes. As each person takes their part, the pile will change shape throughout the day. Once planted in each participant’s garden, the organic sculpture will take another form, transforming each garden into an active part of this exhibition and community.

    This organic sculpture wants to put Soil physically and conceptually at the center of the conversation. Soil is more than just dirt. It is the foundation for healthy ecosystems and plays an important role in sustaining life.

    18th Street Arts Center | Parking Lot | 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

  • THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS - BugSim premieres at Floriade Expo, NL

    Theo Triantafyllidis is very excited to share with you that his new live simulation BugSim (Pheromone Spa), 2022 will be premiering at Floriade Expo in The Art Pavilion Flevoland in the Netherlands on April 14, 2022, as part of SUPER-ULTRA-NATURAL, the visual art program curated by Ward Janssen, that focuses on commissioned large-scale art installations. In BugSim, a precious slice of microscopic life expands to a busy Colony of Ants and progressively to an entire forest of tiny flowering plants, branching and blooming in every direction, whilst carefully monitored by a mysterious figure. Prepare to be lured into a miniature world of resilience and entropy and contemplate on the paradox of environmental repair.

  • DESMA 9: ALCHEMY & ART with Ann McCoy

    Ann McCoy has studied alchemy for fifty years. This talk will focus on the relationship of alchemy to the dream world, and how alchemy is a symbolic language which describes processes occurring below the threshold of consciousness. In a time when we are seeing a war on psyche, especially in the approaches advocated by many MFA programs and the art world in general, this lecture will be on the importance of the realm of the unconscious. For McCoy connecting art to the inner life is of supreme importance. Current mechanical, material, and positivist models feel lacking, and critical theory will hopefully give way to more expansive ways of viewing art making that have greater dimensionality. This lecture will be on McCoy’s own work and the relationship of her work to alchemy and dreams.[UNIQID]&u=9baf6baeafa7dd6c42a6db349&id=c4646f6182

  • A.M. Darke - Tech In Conversation: Imagining Radical Tech Futures

    Tech In Conversation: Imagining Radical Tech Futures
    Apr 11, 2022 4:30 - 6pm

    While scholars often examine the ways in which technologies fail and marginalize communities, this event focuses on an equally critical goal of adopting an abolitionist mindset – one that simultaneously asks how can we build new and life-affirming systems, while tearing down others that inflict harm.

    This panel brings together three technologists engaged in the exploration of generative, creative and justice-oriented interventions to improve the relationship between technology and society — specifically, developing alternatives to violent and discriminatory systems. We look forward to a lively discussion about each of their approaches to designing radical tech tools for social change, and expanding our own imaginations around the future of tech.

    This event is the first in our Tech in Conversation series at the Center for Information Technology Policy. This series aims to spark conversations about tech and society across a wide range of disciplines; from cybersecurity to designing radical games to community technology initiatives. We'll host speakers with experiences outside of academia - those working in the field, in policy, on social media, at the grassroots, in art, in community - and engage them in conversations that are relevant and accessible to a wide community of people.

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference

    Erkki Huhtamo Lectures at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference

    Erkki Huhtamo will read a paper at the 2022 annual Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference on March 31, 2022. The title of Huhtamo's paper is "Inscriptions in Motion: Tattoos, Topoi, and Paradoxical Permanence in Media Culture."

    The paper is part of the panel C09: Pushing the Boundaries of Media Archaeology, which Huhtamo co-chairs with Doron Galili, University of Stockholm. The other presenters are Galili, Wanda Strauven and Benoit Turquety.

    The conference is organized online.

  • Mapping climate justice in Los Angeles

    Design media arts students research Los Angeles and its ecologies

    This winter quarter, design media arts students researched Los Angeles and its ecologies through the lens of climate change. Department of Design Media Arts professor and vice chair Peter Lunenfeld emphasized the importance of design research in the hybrid seminar/studio course “Introduction to Ecological Art and Justice,” part of a three-quarter sequence. Students conducted original research in order to think through historical and on-going issues of environmental racism in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

  • JENNA CARAVELLO to participate in 3D/XR Day at UCLA

    Jenna Caravello will participate in 3D/XR Day at UCLA. She'll give a lightning talk and present DMA student work from the Winter 2022 DESMA 172 Virtual Reality and Worldbuilding class. The UCLA professor lightning talks will happen from 10–11am.

  • JUSTIN LUI'S 'Animate Field' at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique (Reims, France)

    Justin Lui's 'Animate Field' at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique (Reims, France)

    'Animate Field' is an interactive and immersive fiber-optic installation by DMA alumnus Justin Lui, and is currently on view at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique – a digital arts museum and learning lab in Reims, France.

    The installation is part of the Expo Collective group exhibit at Saint-Ex.March 15 - June 11, 2022.

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY'S I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS recognized at Japan Media Arts Festival

    Lauren Lee McCarthy's I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS was recognized as a Jury Selection in the Japan Media Art Festival. The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY solo exhibition I Heard Talking Is Dangerous at EIGEN Art+Lab

    How is it that we feel connected to other people? Can these moments be retroactively induced, and if so, what is the code of intimacy? And how does it relate to digital code? Torstraße 220, 10115 Berlin

  • Band Practice Presents...THIS MAY BE AN ART SHOW


    ft. UCLA DMA grads from '17 & '18 !

    Band Practice Presents an inaugural show in Los Angeles on March 19 featuring a top tier cast of emerging artists for a one night experience. Featuring art, food, drinks, free parking, and live music in a memorable one night DIY blowout.


    Sat, Mar 19, 2022

    4000 W Burbank Blvd.

    Burbank, CA 91505

    Doors @ 5pm

    Performances @ 6pm

    4000 W Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505


    Dimensions of Science and Spirit
    Artists Christine Davis, Amy Myers, Nina Sobell, and Victoria Vesna join Rail Editor-at-Large Ann McCoy for a conversation on the dimensions of science and spirit. We conclude with a poetry reading by Tony Iantosca.

    This talk is supported by Sam Francis Foundation
    Friday, March 18, 2022
    1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

  • CAPSLOCK 2022 | Design Jam

    WHAT? CAPSLOCK is a design jam brought to you by the UCLA Learning Centers and Creative Labs. This two-day event will consist of in-person workshops, keynotes, career panels, and a design thinking challenge. Speakers and career panelists include UCLA Design Media Arts alumni and UCLA professors.

    WHO? Open to all current UCLA students regardless of design experience.

    WHERE? Carnesale Commons Palisades located on UCLA's Residential Hill
    Located above BPlate and across from Sproul Landing

    WHEN? Saturday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 3rd from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Check-in begins at 9:30 AM - both days

    Please RSVP using the link attached for our event and forward any questions you have to

    Carnesale Commons 251 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095

  • MAYA MAN - All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

    Screening + Artist Talk
    All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

    Join us for a talk with artist and programmer Maya Man, accompanied by a screening of the first episode of Adam Curtis's 2011 BBC documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Maya's presentation will offer insight into her software based practice and her observations around how cyberspace has altered our sense of self. The film touches on similar themes and give a glimpse into the social and economic changes caused by a world dominated by the internet.

    The screening will run for one hour and the talk will follow. Please be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to attend.

  • Under the City Sky

    "Under the City Sky" is a multidisciplinary art exhibition that houses the intersectionality of technology and performancre. The purpose of Under the City Sky is to bring different LA communities together for an experience that introduces new ways to engage with art.

    Through engagement with interactive technologies and performances, we wish to create an intimate, yet inviting space for the LA community. We hope to bring you a memorable night of togetherness under the LA city sky.

    Tapestry LA
    1521 South Hill Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

  • MAYA MAN - Becoming: A group show at Heavy Manners Library

    Becoming: A group show at Heavy Manners Library
    February 24, 2022

    Heavy Manners Library will be exhibiting a group show featuring work by 19 Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artists entitled, Becoming. The show opens Thursday February 24th at 7pm at 1200 N Alvarado Street in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. It will be on display until March 13th.

    Work by first year DMA MFA student Maya Man will be included in the show. See link for more information.

    1200 N Alvarado Street in Echo Park,
    Los Angeles, California

  • GDUSA (Graphic Design USA) highlights NATALEE DECKER

    Natalee Decker (they/them) is a Chicago-born Los Angeles-based artist currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UCLA in Design|Media Arts and Disability Studies. Via a multidisciplinary practice, they investigate disability aesthetics, technology, and crip fantasy. Their recent work utilizes 3D computer graphics to creatively reimagine the mobility devices — walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes — they use each day, imbuing them with fluid impractical form, vivid celebratory color, and questions about desirability. Along with artist Cielo Saucedo, they are creating a web archive of digital disabled embodiment using motion capture and 3D modeling software. This project relies on collaboration to create custom “terms of use,” challenging issues of safety, exclusion, and exploitation of disabled people in digital space. In 2020, Natalee helped start the UCLA Disabled Student Union working towards better equity and access on campus. They are passionate about mutual aid, social justice, and love. Natalee is a white, non-binary, disabled queer. See more info here.

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