Rebecca Allen

Tuesday lunchtime lecture series: Current creative research of D|MA faculty

December 6, 2005, 12:00 pm   » 

The faculty of Design | Media Arts represent the diversity of interests along with the interdisciplinary tendencies and innovative hybridity that the department promotes and nurtures in their students. The Fall seminar will focus on their most current creative research that is either at the beginning conceptual phase or in the midst of production. This gives the audience a rare glimpse into the creative process at an early stage along with all the considerations and issues that have to be addressed in order to produce a successful project.

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist, research
scientist and pioneer in 3D computer graphics, human motion simulation
and interactive media. Her work is inspired by the potential of advanced
technology, the aesthetics of motion and the study of behavior.

Rebecca holds a Professorship at the Department of Design | Media Arts
at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was founding
Chair of the department and founding Co-Director of the UCLA Center for
Digital Arts. While on leave from UCLA from 2003-2005, Rebecca served as
Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Liminal Devices research
group at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland. From 1996-2002 she
directed the Emergence Project at UCLA, an Intel funded research effort
involving artificial life, 3D virtual environments, augmented reality
and unique multimodal interfaces.

Previously, Allen was Creative Director/Executive Producer and 3D
Visionary at Virgin Interactive Entertainment; she was a member of the
world-renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory and MIT's Architecture
Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab). Rebecca received a BFA
from Rhode Island School of Design and MS from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.

Allen's work crosses the boundaries of art, design and science. She has
worked extensively in Europe and the US, producing commissioned projects
in Spain, Germany, Italy, England, New York and Los Angeles, and has
collaborated with artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough from
Devo, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell,
Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet and La Fura dels Baus.

In addition to her commissioned work, Rebecca has designed and directed
research-oriented projects for numerous clients including CBS, NBC, FOX,
PBS/Nova, BBC, TVE (Spain), Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips,
Nintendo, Taejon World Expo, Sevilla World Expo, Apple and DARPA. Her
artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent
collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Centre Georges
Pompidou. Her many awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding
Individual Achievement in Design.

Rebecca Allen has published over 25 papers and articles and has lectured
extensively around the world. She has received 25 awards and grants, and
over 20 commissions from Europe and the US for technology based art
work. Her work has been exhibited in over 135 exhibitions and has
appeared in numerous international television broadcasts. Articles and
reproductions of her work have appeared in well over 300 publications
including books, periodicals and catalogues.

More info

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