Second Natures

September 14, 2006, 12:00 pm   »

“SECOND NATURES,” the department of design | media arts exhibition—with exhibition design by Durfee/Regn and curated by Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of new media arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City—will feature work by faculty members Rebecca Allen, Robert Israel, Rebeca Méndez, Vasa Mihich, Christian Moeller, C.E.B. Reas, Jennifer Steinkamp and Victoria Vesna (chair). Faculty who teach theory in the department—Erkki Huhtamo and Katherine Hayles—contributed essays to the catalogue.

“The works brought together in ‘SECOND NATURES’ construct a multifaceted picture of representations of nature—a picture that is very much of its time and informed by the current [social and cultural] climate,” curator Christiane Paul said. “The age of digital technologies has brought about profound changes in the depiction of nature: a shift towards a ‘second nature’ that is increasingly bound to mediation, data representation and simulation. The exhibited works, which range from interactive installation and software art to sculpture and painting, either simulate natural elements and organic structures or operate on an inherent tension between nature and design. Nature appears as processed—both in the sense of natural resources and medium—as designed, simulated, technologically connected and filtered through human perception, or as an imaginary space.”

Eli and Edythe Broad donated $23.2 million toward the construction of a renovated complex at UCLA that will provide modern facilities for the visual arts programs of the School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLArts), including interactive multimedia technology, studio space for students, updated classrooms, and galleries for student exhibitions and public presentations, as well as office and conference space. The facility will house the department of art, the department of design | media arts and the New Wight Gallery.

The exhibitions will be on view from Sept. 14 through Oct. 26 in the New Wight Gallery and the first- and second-level spaces of the tower located in the Broad Art Center. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; open until 7 p.m., Thursday. Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. Campus parking costs $8 and is available in Lot 3. (Enter the campus at Hilgard Avenue and Wyton Drive.) Fully illustrated catalogues will complement the exhibitions.

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New Wight Gallery
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Parking is $12 all day, and is available in structure 3, adjacent to the building. For more information, call 310.825.9007.