Lauren McCarthy is a designer, artist, and programmer, and currently an MFA student in the UCLA Design | Media Arts program. She received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Art and Design from MIT. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation. She is interested in the slightly uncomfortable moments when patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and participants become aware of the system. Her work takes any form necessary: video, performance, software, internet art, interactive objects and environments, and media installations.
As a designer and software developer, Lauren has worked at Oblong Industries in Los Angeles, creating gestural interface systems, at Small Design Firm on interactive installations for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Continuum and the MIT Media Lab.
Her artwork has been shown shown in a variety of contexts, blurring the boundaries between art, design, and life, including the Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the WIRED Store, and the upcoming Japan Media Arts Festival.