Announcements

  • KRISTIN McWHARTER has teaching position in Chicago at SAIC

    Kristin is very excited to announce that she has accepted a teaching position in the Art & Technology Studies program at SAIC.

  • REBECA MENDEZ's Ascent of Weavers IN 2019 LA Latino International Film Festival

    Rebeca Méndez's Ascent of Weavers in the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film festival (LALIFF)

    Sunday, August 4 at 5:30 pm
    TCL Chinese Theaters, #6, Hollywood, California.

    By Rebeca Méndez with the Hernández-Quero Family

    For a world facing social and environmental crises, Ascent of Weavers is a call for awakening and action for collective healing of the earth. Entities of white, red, blue, and black embody cycles of the sun, the heavens, and the underworld and directions of human life in pre-Hispanic Zapotec civilization. The entities undertake a journey into Mictlan (Lyobaa in Zapotec)—the underworld of the Mixtec mythology—aided by Xolotl (a canine god), who leads them through the underworld’s nine levels. Here they are challenged by piercing winds and crushing mountains, finally crossing rivers of blood to emerge as goddesses of weaving (Tlazolteotl, or Nohuichana in Zapotec)—warriors leading us to a more just, equitable, and sustainable relationship with our planet.

    The program is free and open to the public and followed by a Q&A.
    Ascent of Weavers / Ascenso de Tejedoras, 2018
    3-channel video installation, color, sound. 31:19 minutes.

    Installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, 2018–19.



    https://latinofilm.org/ascent-of-weavers/;https://rebecamendezstudio.com/Ascent-of-Weavers

  • NOVA JIANG in group show, "Topian Gardens" AT LTD

    The garden serves as a model of the topian, a space that contains within it both the potential for nonexistent perfection that runs parallel to reality, as well as the horrors of rampant overgrowth and choked out suns. Human intervention, curation and aestheticization suggest a symbiotic relationship between humanity and nature, but the relationship is one of identity. Humanity is nature.

    Representations included in this exhibition range from the technofuturist to the escapist, from the corporeal to the disembodied, and reveal that the lines of delineation between utopia and dystopia are far from easily defined. Yet the garden remains the ideal site, an interactive space in which artistic histories and the natural world converge. Topian Gardens juxtaposes works which affirm our role as gardener to those which negate our very presence, imagining what the unregulated garden could
    become.

    ltd los angeles @ Gallery Vacancy | Condo Shanghai
    Opening Reception | Saturday 13 July 2019
    1119 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019 | 3

    13 July - 24 August 2019

    Arocha & Schraenen | Felix Beaudry | Daniel Garcia | Margaret Haines | Salomón Huerta | Nova Jiang | Nik Kosmas | Lesley Moon | Carter Mull | Douglas Rieger | Evie O'Connor | Ben Tong | Marian Tubbs | Faye Wei Wei

    Topian Gardens

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures in Korea and Japan


    Professor Erkki Huhtamo has traveled to the Far East. He will read a paper at the ISEA 2019 Conference in Gwangju, Korea in a panel on "Media Archaeology linking Asia and Latin America." The panel will take place of June 27, 2019.

    After ISEA Huhtamo will give two lectures in Japan. He will speak about Media, Mobilities and Posthuman Culture at Digital Hollywood media school (in Ochanomizu, Tokyo) on July 3, 9pm - 10.30pm.

    On July 4, Huhtamo will lecture on "Music and Media Arts" at Nihon University College of Art (Nichigei) at Eked, Tokyo, 4:20pm - 5.30pm

  • Rebeca Méndez Speaker at Aspen Ideas Festival

    Rebeca Méndez Speaker at Aspen Ideas Festival
    Restorative Design: Mending Humanity's Relationship with Nature
    June 24, 2019. 10:20am. MDT

    Aspen Ideas Festival 1: June 23-26, 2019
    Restorative Design: Mending Humanity's Relationship with Nature

    The threads that connect humans to their natural environments have frayed, and some have completely severed. In an attempt to mend those we still can, designers are forging meaningful connections with nature to make reparations. Their collaborative processes — working with nature and in teams across multiple disciplines — are optimistic, but urgent. In this session, learn how designers engage with the complexities of nature in innovative and groundbreaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises that we face.


    Speakers:

    Paola Antonelli
    Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, NY

    Rebeca Méndez
    Artist and Designer; Professor, UCLA Department of Design Media Arts, LA

    Matilda McQuaid
    Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NY






    https://www.aspenideas.org/sessions/restorative-design-mending-humanitys-relationship-with-nature

  • ERIC FANGHANEL work at The Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles CCCM

    Roberta Bárcena, Cultural Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles recently introduced us to an art installation by Eric Fanghanel and Parch Es in the CCCM in Los Angeles. The installation challenges the fixed idea of identity and proposes an everchanging, fluid, moving identity in exchange. Below you’ll find her interview with the artists.

    The Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles (CCCM)

    http://voyagela.com/2019/06/17/travel-world-elradicante/?fbclid=IwAR0SpeECriLCG_oTDNrST78TvAn9BOXwO-D04keAmSugD5EK4JhfhB-9vJo

  • MEGAN MAY DAALDER Docu Sci-Fi Series, Children of the Singularity

    Docu sci-fi Series
    CHILDREN OF THE
    SINGULARITY
    Screening at NAVEL LA
    June 26th, 2019 - 8pm

    Children of the Singularity by artist and filmmaker Megan May Daalder is a short documentary series that invites tech-savvy young people to push back against a singular story of “progress.”
    ----------------------------
    At the start of the 21st century, hippies turned Silicon Valley CEOs promised nothing but science-fiction inspired improvements to humankind. Within a decade those promises have lost all credibility, but the resulting technical infrastructure will continue to alter behavior, condition social values, and determine economic survivability for generations. Using sci-fi sensibilities, Children of the Singularity invites its young protagonists to extrapolate on the conditions they are growing into. Through intergenerational dialogues and reflective conversation, each episode opens a larger conversation about interdependence in an era of atomization.

    Watch the trailer at https://wehaveseenthefuture.us

    Date June 26th, 2019
    Time Doors at 8pm, screening begins at 8:30pm
    Location NAVEL LA
    Address 1611 South Hope Street Los Angeles, CA, USA

    In addition to the public screening, Daalder will screen the films in a limited capacity workshop for parent/child duos to prompt intergenerational dialogues about the future. The workshop is appropriate for youth ages 11 and up and is for parents/youth only, signup required.

    Date June 23, 2019
    Time 11am-1pm
    Location NAVEL LA, 1611 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Sign-up for the workshop https://withfriends.co/event/1684679/



    https://navel.la/events/children-singularity/ https://wehaveseenthefuture.us

  • BERFIN ATAMAN Metamorphosis; A performance at Soho House Istanbul

    Berfin Ataman is delighted to invite you to a second showing of Metamorphosis; A performance, which will take place on the rooftop area of Soho House, Istanbul on the 21st of June.

    Metamorphosis is a performative piece displaying the wearable art pieces created by Berfin Ataman. It questions how we approach the nonhuman or rather, the unfamiliar. A masters student in UCLA's Design Media Arts Department, Berfin Ataman designs and creates sensorial experiences. Her work investigates the relationship between humans, movement and space through wearables, installations, and other soft kinetic, sculptures.

    This performance is done in collaboration with Arman Ataman (sound design), Canan Sahin (choreography),Gülşah Uzun (make up) and Ece
    Yurtcan, Elif Oktay, Hande Özdemir (Performance).

    RSVP at ataman.berfin@gmail.com unless you are already a member of SOHO HOUSE.
    Hope to see you there!

  • NATE MOHLER work reviewed in Daily Bruin

    Flashlights will uncover a pattern of animated, distorted glass on a wall of the Broad Art Center.

    Using the wall of the main stairwell at the front entrance, Nate Mohler will use three projectors that reveal patterns and animations as the audience interacts with the piece. The fourth-year design media arts student’s project will be a part of the design media arts “Pressed for Space” senior showcase starting Thursday at the Broad Art Center. Inspired by the classes he’s taken on projections and their increasing use in Los Angeles, Mohler said he aims to urge people to recognize projections as an art form.

    “My personal draw to projection as art is how much of a delicate experience it is,” Mohler said. “Projection art is temporary in nature, and at some point the light must go out and the building or object will go back to being itself.”

    https://dailybruin.com/2019/06/05/students-senior-project-fuses-flashlights-and-audience-interaction/

  • NEIL MENDOZA speaking at BUMP Festival in Belgium

    Neil Mendoza’s work combines sculpture, electronics and software to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. By decontextualizing objects with technology and vice versa, the constituent parts of his work can be looked at in a new ways. Using this medium, he explores themes of the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal.

    He has exhibited work and talked at conferences around the world, taught classes on art and technology at UCLA and Stanford and co-founded the art collective “is this good?”.

    https://bump-festival.be/2019/

  • NEIL MENDOZA work in CURRENTS FESTIVAL Santa Fe

    Neil Mendoza
    San Francisco, California, USA

    Neil’s work uses digital and mechanical technologies to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. Using this medium, he explores the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal. He was born and raised in the UK and is currently based in California. He has an MA in math and computer science from Oxford University and an MFA in design media art from UCLA.

    His artwork has been exhibited by The Science Museum, The V&A, Watermans, Currents New Media Festival, PICNIC Festival, The AND Festival, ISEA, Kinetica, The Nottingham Playhouse, The Barbican, BBC Big Screens and The Museum of London, Young Projects Gallery, Arena 1 Gallery and Oi Futuro among others

    https://currentsnewmedia.org/

  • OPC Presents: Sexual Activities

    OPC Presents: Sexual Activities
    Organized by 5 DMA alums, including Tuang T, and features work by Ben Lerchin and Hye Min Cho.

    June, 15 | 7pm - 12am

    Open Plan Collective
    2500 N. San Fernando Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90065

    With the understanding that any aspect of an artist’s sexuality can inform or contextualize their work, this outdoor interactive media exhibition opens itself not only to direct expressions of sexuality, but to subtle and abstract gestures as well. OPC and participating artists invite viewers of all identities and orientations to join them in playfully and thoughtfully expressing ideas of sexual identity, representation, and self-discovery through video, sculpture, and performance.

    More info: https://openplancollective.com







    ...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2276648025919629/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1559767923727664

  • NOVA JIANG presents Smog Orchestra

    On June 12 the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator AIR is having a launch to welcome 2019 resident artists.

    Nova Jiang will also be organizing a performance starting at 6:30PM where musicians play scores inspired by air quality data using nose-shaped ocarinas. Anyone who is interested to come can RSVP at the link below.

    We are thrilled to begin the artists' presentation portion of the evening with the debut of Smog Orchestra by AIR 2018 artist Nova Jiang. In this performance, musicians will play a series of nose-shaped ocarinas (wind instruments) in conjunction with traditional orchestral instruments. Inspired by abstract air quality data, the project highlights the complex relationship between environmental wellbeing and social equity.

    Please join us in welcoming 2019 resident artists Elana Mann, Brittany Ransom and Beatriz Jaramillo, who will give brief presentations on their work and upcoming AIR projects.




    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/air-2019-launch-tickets-62940993205?mc_eid=67026cd690&mc_cid=261ffa98c4

  • Adam Audio creates web article about CURTIS TAMM

    Through pitch and time manipulation of 100-khz recordings of temple bells and circular spatialization across the 8-channel A7X ADAM Audio system, Tamm’s exhibition physically places listeners into a rotating vortex of liminal frequencies beyond the normal range of human hearing.

    “When I work with sound, I want to make reverberate a world beyond what is immediately sensible, tactile or material.” Tamm explains. “We listen with the skin which envelops our entire body, not just the tympanic membrane within our inner ears. We also listen to sound with our intuitions about the world, the memories we have, the traumas we’ve endured. I prefer to utilize sound technology which has been engineered and designed not just for the ‘ear’ as an object anatomically dissected from the body, but rather for the whole sensorium of the body as an ecology of differently entangled senses constantly in contingency with one another.”

    https://www.adam-audio.com/en/news/adam-users/international-artist-curtis-tamm/

  • STALGIA GRIGG exhibition

    The ideological ground that Logic and Rationality stand on is slipping away. Liberalism has rallied to defend the sacred ground of "truth," while slowly realizing it may have been a constructed fiction all along. At the same time, a reactionary Right (including a nascent fascist movement) has weaponized fuzzy logic, finding a unified front in the incomprehensible. In this cultural space, the Left struggles with the stasis generated by an inability to resolve a contradictory multiplicity, much less shift this resolution into a true consensus.

    In his first US solo show, Stalgia Grigg exhibits work which draws upon a long lineage of artistic practices that reject sense-making. He extends this tradition with game engine simulations, emergent non-human intelligence, and machine-generated political outrage. This is not for its own sake, but towards an understanding of how contradiction, incoherence, and looping logic can serve the Left in escaping the stasis of history.

    human resources
    june fourteen - june eighteen
    opening reception: fri june fourteen : seven to ten

  • LAUREN McCARTHY performing at HeK in Basel

    Lauren McCarthy performing at HeK in Basel

    During a live performance in the exhibition Entangled Realities – Living with Artificial Intelligence, Lauren McCarthy can be experienced as an AI entity and, much like Alexa, Amazon's AI-based voice assistant, oversees the action of users. Visitors can communicate with LAUREN, place orders with her and let her take care of them. Unlike Alexa, the assistant LAUREN is a real person, which often leads to unexpected results and surprising conversations.

    11.06.2019, 17:00-20:00
    Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel

    https://www.hek.ch/en/program/events-en/event/live-performance-lauren-1.html

  • LAUREN McCARTHY work reviewed in th e Guardian

    She livestreams her dates, once became a real-life Alexa and built a light that dims in boring company. As AI: More Than Human opens at the Barbican, meet an artist for the tech age.

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/14/artist-lauren-mccarthy-becoming-alexa-for-a-day-ai-more-than-human

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Speaks in Klagenfurt, Austria

    Erkki Huhtamo will speak at the "Truth, Fiction, Illusion: Worlds & Experience Conference" át the Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria, May 29 - June 1, 2019. The conference belongs to the series of Theory, Culture & Society conferences organized since the 1990s. Huhtamo's topic is "Media, Mobility, and Posthumanism: the Case of Self-Driving Cars."

  • AN UNREAL UNITY reviewed in the Daily Bruin

    Curators usually chide visitors for touching an artistic installation. But in “An Unreal Unity,” interaction is key.

    The ongoing exhibition featuring work from graduating design media arts students will be displayed in the New Wight Gallery in Broad Art Center through Thursday. Jennifer Steinkamp, a design media arts professor, curated the exhibition and said the pieces showcase the culmination of the students’ learning and ideas since fall quarter.

    Read about some of the featured installations below.

    https://dailybruin.com/2019/05/23/experimental-works-invite-interaction-comment-on-sociopolitical-systems/

  • REVIEW in DAILY BRUIN: PINAR YOLDAS installation “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,”

    Pinar Yoldas challenged her gallery attendees to an interactive yoga session in a dark, hot room.

    The necessary heat radiated from a glowing red sign reading “GLOBAL WARMING.”

    Alumna and artist Yoldas discussed her 2016 installation, “Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio,” in UCLA’s Counterforce Now lecture series Thursday entitled, “Causality is Broken: Can We Fix It With Art and Design?” Her installations use sensory experiences to highlight the relationship between everyday behavior and environmental harm, she said. Yoldas said art helps physically and emotionally reconstruct the cause-and-effect mechanism between an individual’s actions and climate change, as people often aren’t aware of their impact.

    “If we use our power (as artists) to manipulate human perception and work with human emotion, … we can find the ways in which people can feel the things as if they are happening to them,” Yoldas said.

    https://dailybruin.com/2019/05/23/alumna-delivers-lecture-on-role-the-arts-play-in-environmental-awareness/

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