• PETER LUNENFELD'S “Gidget on the Couch” online

    Peter Lunenfeld’s essay, “Gidget on the Couch,” is one of the inspirations for Julie Hammond’s new play, Other Inland Empires, which is premiering on the main stage at Vancouver’s rEvolver Festival this month.;

  • AMY FANG; CELYNNE HEBRON;SHREYA NEOGI; EMILY WONG; CARISSE ZEPEDA participate in Undergraduate Research Week

    We are pleased to have these five Design/Media Arts students presenting their research during next week’s Undergraduate Research Week events:
    Fang, Amy; Hebron, Celynne; Neogi, Shreya; Wong, Emily Hok-Ping; Zepeda, Carisse Jasmin
    Note that some students may be presenting more than once. The students’ presentation times and project titles can be found at the link:

    With over 1,000 undergraduates participating in Research Poster Day on May 21st and over 100 giving oral presentations throughout the week, I hope you will be able to join us in celebrating the impressive range of undergraduate inquiry and initiative taking place at UCLA.

    Please forward this information to your faculty and encourage them to attend or incorporate it into their class announcements. Undergraduate Research Week events are open to the entire campus community and general public. A complete event schedule can be found at see link.

    Thank you for supporting undergraduate research at UCLA!

  • REBECA MENDEZ - Creativity without Borders: Design Practices between Mexico and California

    Professor Rebeca Méndez at
    Creativity without Borders: Design Practices between Mexico and California
    Organized by AIGA Los Angeles.

    Wed, May 15, 2019 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
    Herman Miller
    3641 Holdrege Avenue, #100
    Los Angeles, CA 90016

    Online media enables us every day to draw inspiration surpassing physical borders and embracing cultural differences. But does this global cross-pollination of visual language diminish the affects of geography on design thinking? What has more creative influence: where you’re based, or where you’re from? How can designers honor their own identity and point of view, while respecting and embracing the sensibilities of regional audiences? Join us on May 15 as major design voices draw on their personal experiences crossing the CA-MX border—for inspiration and for new opportunities.

    For more information visit weblink:


    Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights Curated by Mr. Chip Tom Wynn invites you to take an artistic journey through "Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights," a brand-new art exhibition running from June to October 2019 at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace. This exhibition is held in support of "Art Macao," a mega international arts and cultural event under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office and co-organized by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Higher Education Bureau. "Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights" draws inspiration from the stunning titular Renaissance-era masterpiece by Hieronymus Bosch. The exhibition features an extraordinary selection of modern and contemporary art by the world's most celebrated artists: Refik Anadol, Jennifer Steinkamp, Edoardo Tresoldi and more. Presented for the first time in Macau, their artwork displays their innovation, creativity, and rich cultural diversity, expressed in various media, including installations and digital art pieces. Exhibition Dates: June 6 to October 6, 2019 Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.* Enquiry: This exhibition is complimentary and open to the public. *On its opening day, June 6, the exhibition will begin at 7:00 p.m.


    Leaders in Visual Design
    Tuesday, May 21 (6-8 pm)
    Career Center, 501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building,
    North Entrance (Second Floor, Room 200)

    Join us in conversation with leaders from the visual design industry, and hear about our panelists' insights in advertising, design research, visual identity, experience design, and design education.

    Mindy Seu (Yale School of Art Lecturer, Harvard GSD Candidate, DMA Undergraduate Alum)
    Liza Gutierrez Nason (Design Manager at Warner Brothers)
    Kiran Hansen (Experience Design Director at R/GA)
    Silas Munro (Graphic Design Assistant Professor at Otis, Founder of Poly Mode)
    Troy Kreiner (Art Director at Use All Five Studio)

    Space is limited, so please RSVP! Food is complimentary, and attendees receive a free AIGA tote bag!

  • LISA CHAN - More Saving - More Doing - pt2

    More Saving. More Doing. –pt.2
    Studio 106, Santa Monica Airport
    3021 Airport Ave #106, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    May 11, 2019 | 8 pm

    In More Saving. More Doing., Lisa looks specifically at work spaces, and the idea of a “workshop”. In the first iteration of More Saving. More Doing., Lisa produced at least one dress a day, everyday the gallery was open. The dresses were then immediately hung behind her faux-”workshop”, slowly building a wall of dresses—a powerful image of feminine production.

    With its second iteration, Lisa looks to create a more in depth and immersive experience—looking not only at production but the product. While challenging the very idea of what a workshop is, Lisa poses the question, how much does the final product of our labor shape our work space? The worker?


    BODY/SITE/SEEN, a multimedia dance performance in collaboration with graduate students from DMA, WAC/D, and the School of Music

    BODY/SITE/SEEN is a collaborative workshop-performance that uses dance, music, and multimedia to explore ideas related to embodiment, point of view, and the act of seeing. In the performance, the live-streams of cameras attached to dancers' bodies are projected onto the walls of the performance space. The cameras capture intimate landscapes of the body itself, as well as the body in relation to other dancers and the space the body occupies. BODY/SITE/SEEN is a meditation on the bounded nature of embodiment and the fractional incompleteness of point of view.

    BODY/SITE/SEEN is a workshop-project undertaken by UCLA Graduate Students from Design|Media Arts, WAC/D, & the School of Music. Collaborators include DMA graduate and undergraduate students Erin Cooney, Zeynep Abes, Berfin Ataman, and Nate Mohler; WAC/D graduate students Joey Navarrete-Medina, Sanchita Sharma, and Marianna Varviani; and School of Music graduate student Anthony Constantino.

    The Broad Art Center
    EDA, room 1250


    SUNDAY MAY 19th, 6pm @ The Jan Popper Theater at UCLA

    ENCOUNTERING THE UNSEEN : artist actualized lectures on topics in science, technology, and engineering


    Produced by Isla Hansen (Assistant Professor Design Media Arts UCLA) and Tucker Marder (Lecturer Design Media Arts UCLA) with support from the UCLA Arts Initiative, UCLA Design Media Arts, UCLA Art|Sci Center + Lab, and the Center for Musical Humanities, Encountering the Unseen is an academic symposium as work of experimental live theater. The project pairs artists, choreographers, performers, and musicians from both UCLA and the greater Los Angeles area with professors working in STEM fields. The event is an evening of five brief, stimulating lectures on topics ranging from plant evolution to atomically precise manufacturing, including distinguished speakers from the fields of ecology and evolution, biochemistry, physics and astronomy, and biomolecular engineering. Abandoning their powerpoint slides, speakers will instead be accompanied by thought-provoking visual phenomena, live music, physical manifestations, props, and kinetic sculpture -- all activated and brought to life by artists, dancers, and musicians.


    Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

    SUSAN SIMPSON accompanied by Heather Lockie
    LA-based artist, puppeteer, Founder of Automata

    Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

    LA-based artist

    Professor of Physics and Astronomy

    RACHEL MASON accompanied by Haylee Nichele & Chenhui Mao
    LA-based video and performance artist

    Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    LA-based Hip Hop Dance Company

    Professor of Biomolecular engineering

    LA-based artists



    Theo Triantafyllidis, Anti-Gone
    May 11th & 12th, 7pm

    Human Resources presents Theo Triantafyllidis’ debut feature-length performance, Anti-Gone, a sprawling experiment in 3D world-building, real-time simulation, interactivity and theatricality. Adapted from the eponymous graphic novel by Connor Willumsen, Triantafyllidis takes the idiosyncratic narrative and visual style of Anti-Gone as a platform to explore the possibilities and limitations of theatrical performance. As Triantafyllidis re-creates the world of Willumsen’s Anti-Gone as a series of 3D scenes, performers Matthew Doyle, Lindsey Normington and Zana Gankhyug embark on improvisational excursions in this mediated world. The performers explore dramatic tropes from absurdist theater to psychological realism and somatic awareness, while the game engine performs alongside them. The actors presence is augmented and complicated by virtual reality headsets, motion capture suits and audio DSP. Using these tools, Triantafyllidis directs and shapes the world that is being presented to both the performers and the audience in real time. Anti-Gone asserts theatricality as a new way of thinking fictionally, as real space is re-incorporated into a subjective game logic. This is a theater re-invigorated with new techniques for pleasure and play as the world outside simulates its own destruction…

    In a post-climate change world, environmental catastrophe has become normalized. Cities are sunken, yet the vestiges of late-capitalist culture – consumerism, inequality, social unrest – live on, clinging like barnacles to the ruins of civilization. Spyda and Lynxa are a couple navigating this world frictionlessly. On their sailboat, they glide from shopping to movies to psychedelic drugs. In a damaged world where you can have anything you want, what’s the cost?

    Duration: 3 acts, 60mins, no intermission
    Human Resources LA
    410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Based on the original comic book by Connor Willumsen

    Produced by Matthew Doyle
    Starring Lindsey Normington, Zana Gankhuyag, Matthew Doyle
    Lighting Design by Connor Childs
    Sound by Jeffrey Alan Scudder
    Production Assistant Polina Miliou
    Special Thanks to Mari Spirito, Celia Hollander, Luke Fischbeck

  • IVANA DAMA'S audiovisual project reviewed in Daily Bruin

    Ivana Dama is innovating what can constitute a musical instrument, using a microscope and human brain tissue in her latest performance. The third-year design media arts student gave a presentation of her audiovisual project in an improvisational performance at Studio 106 L.A. on April 21. The ongoing project consists of a microscope and slides that Dama uses as a musical instrument. By manipulating parameters of the microscope’s camera, such as focus and movement, Dama triggers specific sound effects – like altered frequencies of different piano samples – to create music. The microscopic image Dama uses to stimulate sounds is projected behind her, and is visually filtered based on the frequency of the audio it creates. Despite her lack of a background in music, Dama said she was inspired to use sound as an artistic medium. “I was interested in exploring the different ways that we can play the instruments,” Dama said. “Not just by knowing really well certain instruments but kind of applying new rules into the musical instruments and the music world.” See link for more information.

  • Lander Presents FabulAI Pyramid at Monterey Peninsula College

    April 29 – May 28,  M – Th 1 – 4pm or by appointment

    Lander Presents FabulAI Pyramid at Monterey Peninsula College

    FabulAI Pyramid provides a glimpse into an alternate reality where an unpersecuted Wilhelm Reich drove humanity to new heights by revealing the fundamental material reality of imagination itself with his discovery of the Cion particle. A Cionics empowered Altern tech culture now teeters on the brink of creating an almighty artificial imagination.
    You are invited to participate with your own hopes and concerns for AI. Explore the concept of Artificial Imagination in Virtual Reality. Question the ethics of algorithmic creativity. Quest to build your own FabulAI Pyramid and unlock the boundless potential of technology fueled Imagination.

    Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940

  • Pop-up event in Venice: Jennifer Steinkamp, Petra Cortright, Michael John Kelly, Casey Reas, Morehshin Allahyari + More


    Sim-Cinema is a three-day pop-up exhibiting the forefront of experimental work in contemporary art and immersive media.

    Sim-Cinema showcases the first Los Angeles public viewing of Vulcan’s Holodome, an immersive projection-mapped environment that strives to bring virtual reality beyond headset devices. The event is hosted by Wevr, a virtual reality development studio championing the immersive media industry in large-scale development.

    Outside of the dome, Jesse Damiani & FLOAT LAND bring you a suite of artists making work across cutting-edge AR platforms, HTC Vive, Oculus, and video. Join the conversation with leading creators in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality spaces crafting the roadmap for the future of immersive technology.

    Featuring artists:
    Jennifer Steinkamp
    Casey Reas
    Petra Cortright
    Michael John Kelly
    Kerenza Harris
    Nancy Baker Cahill
    Paolo Pedercini
    Molmol Kuo
    Zach Lieberman
    Trudy Elmore
    Sougwen Chung
    DiMoDa 3.0:
    Rindon Johnson
    Morehshin Allahyari
    Paul Hertz
    Shane Mecklenburger
    Vicki Dang
    Debbie Ding

    April 28-30
    330 Indiana Ave,
    Venice CA

  • LANDER Presents FabulAI Pyramid at Monterey Peninsula College

    FabulAI Pyramid provides a glimpse into an alternate reality where an unpersecuted Wilhelm Reich drove humanity to new heights by revealing the fundamental material reality of imagination itself with his discovery of the Cion particle. A Cionics empowered Altern tech culture now teeters on the brink of creating an almighty artificial imagination.

    You are invited to participate with your own hopes and concerns for AI. Explore the concept of Artificial Imagination in Virtual Reality. Question the ethics of algorithmic creativity. Quest to build your own FabulAI Pyramid and unlock the boundless potential of technology fueled Imagination.

    April 29 – May 28, M – Th 1 – 4pm or by appointment
    Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940


    Opening Friday, April 26 from 6pm to 9pm
    April 27 to June 22

    Gallery Weekend hours:
    Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 11am to 7pm

    an ear collector, reallocate corn.
    In the 1940s, American linguist and fire prevention engineer Benjamin Whorf proposed that linguistic structure determines, or at least influences, how we perceive and experience the world. Recent research in cognitive science has uncovered that we build our understanding of duration, time's passage and sequences of events from familiar spatial ideas such as size, movement and location. Based on writing direction, the spatial metaphor for the past in Hebrew is rightward, and the future leftward. The past is what you have already written, the future is what you have yet to write.
    zombie tick, forever hungry.

    Ticks have been known to be kept hungry for eighteen years. To increase the probability that its prey will pass by, the tick must be capable of living a long time without nourishment. For a moment's duration, the world stands still. During this waiting period, the tick is in a state similar to sleep, paused for years, starting again only when the signal awakens it to renewed activity. A tick is either on or off – feeding or inactive. Is it a machine or a machine operator? Is it analog?
    internet of things except nobody knows where the information goes, or where it came from.

    A SmartKettle stands on a nearby coffee table, hinting at the possibilities of gathering data and providing feedback about domestic energy use in so-called real time. Its collected information and subsequent behavioral nudge are stuck in a causal loop, a paradox of time travel that occurs when a future event is the cause of a past event, which in turn is the cause of the future event. At one point in spacetime you drink your tea very hot and that information is shared with the SmartKettle community. In another point in spacetime, your SmartKettle tells you that people in your vicinity drink their tea very hot and, therefore you begin to drink your tea very hot too. Both events then exist in spacetime, but their origin cannot be determined.
    we know so much about the chickens.

    Several initiatives in China are working on applying AI in the national healthcare sector. AliHealth, a healthcare subsidiary of Alibaba, has partnered with hospitals to launch China's first AI medical laboratory, which includes a "smart diagnostics" system to remotely assist doctors in clinical decisions. WeDoctor collects medical data from rural areas in exchange for free village checkups, medical services, health insurance, pharmaceuticals and healthcare education. Fueled by patient data, the AI developed by these companies can process a scan in seconds and can assist with diagnoses and treatments, calculated from a database of over 5,000 symptoms and 2,000 diseases.
    the chicken was just a forerunner for what I am experiencing now.

    The Aymara people of the Andes conceive of the past as something in front of you, and the future behind you– the past is known and seen while the future is unknown and unseen. The Yupno people of Papua New Guinea understand the future as uphill. It doesn’t matter if the ascending slope is in front of you, behind you, to your left or to your right. This conception of time is anchored not to the body, but to the world and its contours.

    please place your ear against the glass.
    –Lucy Chinen

    Jesse Stecklow (*1993, Cambridge, United States) lives and works in Los Angeles. Ditto is the first presentation of Stecklow’s work in Germany. Prior solo shows include Staging Grounds, M+B, Los Angeles (2018); Collection Sites, Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland (2017); Cir Squirrel, VI Dancer, San Francisco (2016); The Multi-Directional Elevator, Chapter NY, New York (2016); Two Clocks, LOYAL, Stockholm (2016), Potential Derivatives, M+B, Los Angeles (2014); and Trios, Retrospective, Hudson, NY, United States (2014). Stecklow’s work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; PODIUM, Oslo; SALTS, Basel; Fahrenheit, Los Angeles; and Clearing, New York. He received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 and was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2017.
    Kottbusser Damm 7, 3rd floor, 10967 Berlin

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO'S Book Published in China

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo has traveled to Wuhan, China to speak at a symposium organized to honor the publishing of the Chinese edition of his book Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications. The book, which Huhtamo edited with Jussi Parikka, was originally published by the University of California Press in 2011. It has become a cornerstone for the field of media archaeology. A Korean language edition is in preparation.

    Erkki Huhtamo will speak in the Roundtable Forum of Media Archaeology & Chinese Communication Research and the Launching Ceremony of Translated Collection of Media and Civilization on April 21, 2019 at the School of Journalism and Information Communication, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan. He will give another lecture on April 25, 2019. Of the books authors, Professors Machiko Kusahara and Paul deMarinis will also be lecturing.

    The Chinese edition of Media Archaeology was published by Fudan University Press.


    April 21st
    Barker Hangar- Performing arts theater in Santa Monica, California
    3021 Airport Avenue
    Studio 106


    Using an optical microscope as an Audiovisual instrument, Ivana Dama will give a unique improvisational performance at Studio 106. Microscopic images will be analyzed and transformed into projected visuals and sound. We hope you will join us for this exploratory and immersive experience.

  • REFIK ANADOL - Breakthrough Award - WDCH Dreams

    The "Digital Dozen Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards" is a program by the Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab

    We would like to make you aware that the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab is announcing the 2019 Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards this evening in a presentation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

    This annual awards presentation celebrates 12 exciting projects at the intersection of story and technology released in the previous year.

    Our committee has awarded the Breakthrough Award (top award) this year to Refik Anadol for WDCH Dreams, his phenomenal collaboration with the LA Philharmonic.

    Please see press release attached (embargoed until 9pm EDT), and let us know if you’d like to learn more.

  • REBECCA ALLEN’S collaboration with Nam June Paik discussed in NYTimes article.

    Many of the works in “Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018,” an exhibition at the Whitney Museum, require an electrical outlet. The presentation — drawn mostly from the museum’s collection — involves much in the way of video projections, lights, television sets, voice-overs, soundtracks, computers, computer programs and, in the most recent efforts, touch screens.

  • BEN LERCHIN BEN LERCHIN “Spatial Erratic" in Daily Bruin

    UCLA graduate student critiques human interaction with nature in innovative exhibit

    Ben Lerchin uses 3D printing technology to explore the relationship between humans and nature in their solo exhibition.

    The exhibition, entitled “Spatial Erratic,” is part of a series of exhibitions by graduate students in UCLA’s department of Design Media Arts. Lerchin said the title is a play on “glacial erratics,” a geological term used to describe large boulders transported by glaciers to a landscape they don’t fit into. Open Tuesday through Thursday at the Broad Art Center, “Spatial Erratic” relates the human body with ideas connected to the dynamic rocks, Lerchin said. By utilizing 3D printing, the exhibition creates an intersection between environments and the technology Lerchin uses to recreate them.

  • Chandler McWilliams new project with Sming Sming books available at LA Art Book Fair April 12-14, 2019

    Working with publisher Sming Sming Books and Objects, McWilliams created a limited edition nylon tote bag with embroidery pattern, needle, and thread.

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