• Congratulations to REFIK ANADOL on his art commission for CARB

    CARB Public Art Program Announces Artists

    The California Air Resources Board relocates; initiates largest public art program addressing climate change in the world

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Dyson & Womack announce six artists commissioned for the permanent public art collection at the new CARB Southern California Campus located in Riverside, California. The commissioned artists are Allora & Calzadilla, Refik Anadol, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Noé Montes, Andrea Polli, and Tomás Saraceno. The public art program will include the world’s largest permanent collection of artworks addressing air quality and the effects of climate change. The state of the art, zero-emissions building is slated to open in late 2021 and common areas with public art will be open to the public.

    Dyson & Womack, art consultants for the California Air Resources Board Public Art Program, oversee the public art allowance of $2,421,200. The project’s impact will reach beyond the Riverside campus offering continued engagement for the local community, CARB’s global audience and the public at large. The new facility will host a public art program comprised of six permanent artworks and a program of arts engagement supporting local partnerships and educational programs. The chosen artists were selected through an intensive application process focused on sustainability and equity.

  • Congratulations to CHRISTINA "PHAZERO" CURLEE for joining Insomniac Games

    This Fall, Christina "Phazero" Curlee will be joining Insomniac Games in Burbank,CA as a Full-time Game Designer. Insomniac Games is best known for their games Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and the fastest selling Playstation game of all time, Spiderman Ps4.

    Note from Phaz: Please reach out if you are a student and have any questions about joining the game industry my email address is

  • No Time to Waste is an exhibition organized by Counterforce Lab and Rebeca Mendez

    An interactive Design Forum

    A Week of Events
    August 27—September 1, 2019
    Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 7–10pm

    Join TOUCH at FAB-gallery on August 27 to Sept 1st for a gathering of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, designers, culture makers, and change agents coming together to share the wisdom of social and environmental responsibility and take tangible action on some of the most important subjects of our time.

    2001 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Free and open to the public

    Full Program:

    No Time to Waste is an exhibition organized by Counterforce Lab displaying work from UCLA professor Rebeca Méndez’s ‘Word + Image’ course. Students documented their waste for seven days and executed projects based on the following ethos of a sustainable lifestyle: REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPURPOSE, RECYCLE and ROT. Working in collaboration with the UCLA Zero Waste Initiative, students visited the school’s waste facilities and performed a waste audit of Powell Library. The collected material was then processed and produced into sculptures, posters and books.

    Featuring works by the following students:
    Hikaru Bakoshi, Celynne Ianne, Wonho Lee, Marisa Ling, Karina Lopez, Koby Otsuka, Stefanie Tam.

    The Counterforce Lab is an initiative by Professor Rebeca Méndez based in the Design Media Arts department at UCLA. The lab is a research and fieldwork studio that is dedicated to applying art and design in new collaborations, fields of study, and methods in order to research and develop projects that investigate and mitigate the social and ecological concerns of an era marked by human activity being the dominant agent in climate change and environmental destruction.

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  • THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS solo show Pastoral at Eduardo Secci, Florence IY

    As the summer is getting hot, I am excited to announce Pastoral, a solo show at Eduardo Secci Contemporary, in Florence, Italy curated by Swan Station (Luca Pozzi). The gallery, housed in the 14th century Palazzo Ricasoli, will be filled with hay and lit by a simulated sunset. A new woven tapestry piece Self Portrait (Reclining Ork) will be presented together with a playable version of Pastoral a new short video game that will simultaneously be released online. Opens September 14th, thru November 16th.

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Panelist at Siggraph 2019

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo speaks in panel at Siggraph 2019, the 46th International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA.

    The panel, titled "AI in the Arts and Design: Evolution of 'Artistic Intelligence' or Rupture," takes place on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 1pm-2pm. Venue: Experience Presentation Theater, South Hall J .

  • JOHANNA HEDVA performs Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House at the ICA London

    Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House will be at the ICA London, Sunday, August 4, 16:00, as part of I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker.

    Click here for tickets and accessibility information.

    Black Moon Lilith is a performance of guitar and voice which is at once a mystical grief ritual and droned-out metal concert that summons the holy spirit. Informed by Korean shamanist ritual and the tradition of P’ansori singing (which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls in order to ravage the vocal cords), the performance is also mothered by the work of musicians Keiji Haino and Diamanda Galás.

    This performance is specifically for the faint of heart. It will be loud AF and swimming in tears. 

    “Johanna Hedva ghosted after building a droning crescendo in the finale of Black Moon Lilith, leaving the audience in the collective discomfort of loud sound and powerful vibration. Their music was an alchemical transmutation of chronic pain, trauma, and death that had more than one audience member nodding along in recognition.”

    “Johanna Hedva’s crooning, mournful solo guitar and vocals set brought to mind an observation by Eva Feder Kittay: All bodies are only ‘temporarily abled.’ The performance brought forward our shared vulnerability to sickness, and eventually death, by closing the gap between disabled and nondisabled bodies.”

  • 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.;

  • 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

    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.


    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

  • 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)

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

    Docu sci-fi Series
    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

    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

  • 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 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.”

  • 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?”.


    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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.”

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