Phazero won an award from the International Game Development Association and will be attending the Game Developers Conference this Spring break as an IGDA Scholar.

    The IGDA Scholars conference scholarships are among the most coveted awards for promising students in game development and related disciplines. The program began in 2001 with a select group of students receiving an all-access pass to GDC. In the intervening years, the program has expanded globally to include a number of different conferences such as GDC Europe, Gamescom, E3, and more, with different conferences selected each year.

    The scholarships are awarded to the most promising students studying subjects related to games development. IGDA Scholars receive passes to attend select week-long conferences, just like they always have, but the program has grown to pair these conferences with mentorship from members of industry, special opportunities such as studio tours or networking events, and private Q&As with senior leaders in the industry.

  • LAUREN McCARTHY exhibiting work in Authenticate at Cypress College Art Gallery

    “Authenticate” is Cypress College Art Gallery’s first group exhibition to center on the culture of the internet and emerging questions regarding veracity, trust, and transparency. The exhibition is curated by Jean Robison of the USC Roski – Internet Studio Program. The artworks included in “Authenticate” are nuanced videos and other representations of online art work, which examine a crisis of confidence within an ever–industrializing and –professionalizing web culture. These artworks were created by artists from around the world, including: Jeremy Bailey, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Lauren McCarthy, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Yucef Merhi.

    March 8 - April 11, 2018
    Reception 6-8pm, March 8, 2018

    Cypress College Art Gallery
    9200 Valley View St
    Cypress, CA


    A Life Alert commercial inspired the name of Paul Carlo Esposito’s latest exhibition.

    Esposito said his exhibition alerts audience members of their connection to all living things. The design media arts graduate student will feature some of his most recent artworks, including sculptures and videos, in his “Life Alert” exhibition, which opened Tuesday and will run until Thursday in the Broad Art Center. Esposito aims to explore biological and ecological functions and their relationship to art and technology.

    “I’m really interested in what we think of as alive,” Esposito said. “This idea of … the boundaries between what we consider human and nonhuman.”

  • LAUREN McCARTHY participating in Hard to Read

    Hard to Read x Navel present their first collab, celebrating the past, present, and future of women and the Internet in conjunction with the release of Claire L. Evans new book Broad Band: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Made The Internet

    With readings, screenings and performances by:

    Claire L. Evans
    Ann Hirsch
    Alice Barker
    Jennifer Moon
    Martine Syms
    Mandy Harris Williams
    Lauren McCarthy

    March 16
    8-11 PM

    1611 S Hope St,
    Los Angeles, California 90015


    Art | Sci Director Victoria Vesna's collaborative work, Bird Song Diamond, will be shown as part of It Passes Like a Thought, an upcoming exhibition on artists' interactions with birds at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine.

    It Passes like a Thought includes seven contemporary artists who explore our obsessions with birds through various media. Some artists in this exhibition engage with birdsong, or more specifically, how we mimic or manipulate their sounds—looking for a response or a connection by creating a feedback loop with nature. Other artists are more interested in the visual diversity of birds, as well as how they are archived, classified, and preserved.

    Exhibition Dates: March 03, 2018 to May 26, 2018

    Reception: March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm
    Curated By: David Familian
    Artist List: Lynn Aldrich, Juan Fontanive, Ian Ingram, Richard Ross, Susan Silton, Victoria Vesna and Anne Walsh


    DMA alum Lee Tusman is curating an exhibition in the upcoming SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Harvestworks, ThoughtWorks Arts, and Art-A-Hack™ team up for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show exhibition “ThoughtWorks Stranger Than Life Hacks." The exhibit features new artworks in Immersive Media, VR, Digital Storytelling, AI and Bio-art.

    Harvestworks, ThoughtWorks Arts, and Art-A-Hack™ team up for SPRING/BREAK Art Show exhibition “ThoughtWorks Stranger Than Life Hacks”

    Exhibit features new artworks in Immersive Media, VR, Digital Storytelling, AI and Bio-art

    Harvestworks in collaboration with ThoughtWorks Arts and Art-A-Hack have teamed up to stage ThoughtWorks Stranger Than Life Hacks, a special projects exhibition for the 7th annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show at 4 Times Square March 6 - 12, 2018 including a special opening night VIP event March 6, 5pm - 9pm. Entrance is at 140 W. 43rd Street.

    The exhibition features artists working at the nexus of art and new technology and includes sculpture, installations, VR and other immersive media. Curator Lee Tusman has assembled an exhibition of artists working with biometrics, Artificial intelligence (AI), digital storytelling, genetics, Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) for empathy and surveillance, and other emerging technologies.

    Harvestworks and ThoughtWorks Arts have a shared mission to support the creation of artwork through collaborations between artists, makers, technologists, and scientists. This show is a representation of some of the people and projects that have been fostered over the past four years of the ThoughtWorks Arts programs. Some of these works are critical, challenging us to consider the rise of ubiquitous technology that has hypersatured and affected our reality today. Other works are speculative or playful with artists using technology to propose examples of our own near future reality. “These artists work with technologies that show the tipping point of innovation set to socially transform our world over the next 25-30 years” says ThoughtWorks Arts Director Ellen Pearlman. “We are at the beginning of a frontier of a merging of art and technology. Artists in their own way have always led innovation through a critical lens,” says Curator Lee Tusman.

    7th annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show at 4 Times Square March 6 - 12, 2018 including a special opening night VIP event March 6, 5pm - 9pm. Entrance is at 140 W. 43rd Street.

    The exhibit presents the artists Eva Lee and Aaron Trocola, Javier Molina and David Gochfeld; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Shoili Kanungo and Iliya Fridman in a collaboration with Chelsea Manning; hannes bend and Lewey Geselowitz, Annie Berman, Karen Palmer, Sofy Yuditskaya, Andrew McWilliams, and Ellen Pearlman.


    Artist Lee Tusman and scientist Campbell Watson will perform in-concert with Helen, the weather station on the Ace Hotel roof, installed by Watson, an unconventional atmospheric scientist with IBM Research. Their performance features atmospheric readings, live data streams and other inputs sculpted into sonic / visual landscapes with live coding.

    8PM - SAT MAR 10, 2018
    20 W 29th Street New York, NY 10001

  • PETER LUNENFELD The California (Design) Ideology: Information Wants To Be Free (To Make Money)” at CAA

    On Friday, Feb. 23, Peter Lunenfeld will be giving a talk titled “The California (Design) Ideology: Information Wants To Be Free (To Make Money)” as be part of Arden Stern and Sami Siegelbaum’s panel “Design and Neo-Liberalism” at CAA’s 2018 conference in Los Angeles.


    New York, NY (February 15, 2018) ̶ The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Biennial Grants. These unrestricted grants of $20,000 each have been awarded to 30 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, craft, and new media (see list below). The purpose of the funds is to give artists the opportunity to produce new work and push the boundaries of their creativity. Recipients were chosen from a pool of 156 nominees proposed by national nominators—artists, critics, museum professionals, and Foundation trustees. A seven-member jury selected winners for their talent and individual artistic strength. In May 2018, the Foundation will publish a full-color catalogue documenting the work of grant recipients with images and biographies. This catalogue will also be made available on the Foundation’s website. As 2018 marks the Foundation’s centennial, plans for the celebration of this important anniversary will be forthcoming.

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures with Olga Kisseleva, William Latham and Ken Rinaldo in Kyoto

    Erkki Huhtamo is one of the invited speakers at Future Mind 2: International Symposium on Art and Science, which will take place at Kyoto University on February 18, 2018. Professor Huhtamo's topic is "Cyborgs, Posthumanism, and Media Archaeology: Concepts Looking for Contexts."

    The symposium is organized by Kyoto University's Kokoro Research Center and will take place at Kyoto University's Inamori Center.
    For more information, see link.

  • JOHANNA DRUCKER new publication The General Theory of Social Relativity

    The General Theory of Social Relativity addresses the fundamental question of how we are to understand the forces at work in the social world, and presents a radically innovative framework for thinking about social processes. A century ago theories of quantum physics and general relativity exposed the limits of Newton’s classical, mechanical, approach to explaining the forces at work in the physical world. But the social sciences, including critical aesthetics rooted in 19th century political theory, remain caught in a mechanistic paradigm. Drucker's formulation offers a non-mechanistic approach to the understanding workings of the social world and the affective forces at work in non-linear politics and aesthetics.

    Excerpts from The General Theory of Social Relativity:

    Right now, the impotence of explanation is intensified by the erosion of belief. Political events outstrip our rational imagination. We are witnessing the rise of a perverse nihilism and a grotesquely distorted appropriation of avant-gardism as political action. This is emphatically not political art. But these actions demonstrate how easily the tactics of disruption and distraction can be appropriated by the political world. At the same time, within the realm of art practices and activist politics, conceptions of resistance and transformation remain prevailing myths. The desire to believe in actual affect, in agency with direct impact, drives organized actions, marches, protests, letter writing campaigns, and other activities that try to use the machinery of democratic process to effective, even progressive, ends. This is essential; every means of engagement has to be kept alive in the current struggles against the massively powerful force of wanton destruction we are witnessing.

    But what good are direct actions in countering mass hallucination? Can marches and protests take apart the seductive appeal of made-up constructs? Can directed activity get any traction on the smoke-screen information of alternative facts, of consensual unreality, on the engineered construction of the never-even-simulacral, but wholly invented? We are grappling with an unexamined expression of the social: the phantasmatic.

  • JOHANNA DRUCKER new novel Downdrift

    Two new books appearing in April are available for pre-order NOW!!! Downdrift (Three Rooms Press, NY) is an eco-fiction narrated by an archaeon and explores the rapid transformation of species under pressures of ecological change The General Theory of Social Relativity (The Elephants, Vancouver) applies non-linear, non-mechanistic, and quantum theories to develop new tools for analysis of current cultural dynamics.

    Downdrift: A Novel available in Kindle $9.99 ad Paperback $11.13

    Melancholic rather than apocalyptic, the book is a celebration of species as well as a mourning of the damage done in our time. Throughout, the emergent voice and character of the Archaeon extremophile records events as well as a slow coming to consciousness about its own identity as a hyper-organism. Downdrift is a work of speculative eco-fiction that describes the impact of ecological pressures on animals that are adopting human behaviors, with droll and sometimes alarming, results.

  • Premier of MAD with Casey Jane Ellison Directed by DAVID LEONARD

    Join us at Institute of Contemporary Art from 7:30 -9pm for the Los Angeles premiere of Casey Jane Ellison’s newest talk show, MAD with Casey Jane Ellison: Mothers and Daughters. Your faithful host believes that the exploration of this often unspoken biological connection by mothers and daughters themselves, will free us all. The first episode of the DIS original series will premiere online on February 7 on DIS.ART, a streaming platform for entertainment and education.
    The series is directed by DMA alum David Leonard.

    Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    1717 E 7th St,
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    7:30 PM - 9 PM

    for more information and a write up in vogue.

  • 88 Cores, a new work by Peggy Weil reviewed in the Atlanti

    Since January 25, after sunset, the shades on a window-walled gallery in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village have rolled up, and the sidewalk outside has been cast in a cool, blue glow. The color comes from a four-and-a-half-hour-long video of ice cores. Inside the gallery, scanned images of samples from the Greenland Ice Sheet are on a continuous loop, representing 110,000 years of accumulation. Watching the footage gives the impression of descending through the ice core and into the past.

    The video, 88 Cores, is a new work by the Los Angeles artist Peggy Weil. It’s accompanied by a selection of Weil’s still images of ice-core samples from the National Ice Core Lab in Lakewood, Colorado. Like rings on a tree, the samples have slightly curved bands—the mummification of eons of dust, debris, ash, and moisture. An ambient score by the composer Celia Hollander matches the feeling of the descent in the video with a “downward sloping glissando drone,” as the gallery’s wall text describes it.

  • LAUREN McCARTHY part of "Lost in the Net Dream" at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

    Digital technology and Internet media are probably best known as the center of information and knowledge, the factory of games and entrainments, as well as the instrumental platform for economic development. However, the role now incorporates the mission of reshaping human cultures and lifestyles. Accordingly, the key question that this exhibition seeks to address is that whether we can keep ourselves sober in the digital environment by comprehending the meanings of media and reflecting on the environment in which messages and their symbolic meanings are broadcasted, instead of being overwhelmed by the surging flood of information and indulging ourselves in the pseudo-contexts woven with delightfully entertaining messages.

    National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
    February 10 - May 6, 2018

  • LAUREN McCARTHY participating in Open Codes exhibition at ZKM

    Artworks and scientific works based on digital as well as on analog codes are presented in the exhibition. The works visualize and explain the complex dynamics of codes, and the way in which they are increasingly shaping the way we live and perceive the world. The exhibition analyzes the ingress of codes into our lives, and the structures of knowledge they generate.

    February 15 - August 6

    ZKM | Center for Art and Media
    Lorenzstraße 19
    76135 Karlsruhe

  • LAUREN McCARTHY writes feature "Feeling at Home: Between Human and AI" for Immerse

    Lauren McCarthy writes feature "Feeling at Home: Between Human and AI" for Immerse

    Immerse is an initiative of Tribeca Film Institute, MIT Open DocLab and The Fledgling Fund. With a critical eye, it covers an array of topics: virtual reality, immersive installations, participatory storytelling experiments, nonfiction games, and more.


    Isla and Tucker (her partner) will also present!

    and Isla Hansen and Tucker

    UCLA Broad Art Center
    EDA (1250, first floor)

    On February 1st, we are hosting a very special visit from Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, founders of the Interface Culture program at the Linz University of Arts, Department of Media. They will be visiting class with Victoria Vesna and giving a pop up evening lecture on their work, joined by David Familian and Cristina Albu.

  • Peter Lunenfeld and Johanna Drucker et al book Digital_Humanities pupblished by China Renmin University Press

    China Renmin University Press just published a translation of Digital_Humanities, the ground-breaking book co-authored by DMA faculty Peter Lunenfeld and Johanna Drucker, along with Todd Presner, Anne Burdick, and Jeffrey Schnapp.

  • EDDO STERN Speacker at Critical Archaeological Gaming Workshop

    This workshop focuses on the design of archaeological games that entice users to engage with archaeological skills, methods, questions and results. What are possible goals of such games, and how can these be reached through narratives, interactive mechanics and visual, aural and motive stimulants.

    Beyond providing exercises in archaeological approaches, can emergent gameplay have a significant heuristic function? If so, what are the requirements for availability and quality of data, player choice and player skill development?

    Thursday, January 25
    Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Seminar Room A222

    Eddo Stern
    Subjectivity, creativity and polemics in historical game design

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