• ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference

    Erkki Huhtamo Lectures at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference

    Erkki Huhtamo will read a paper at the 2022 annual Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference on March 31, 2022. The title of Huhtamo's paper is "Inscriptions in Motion: Tattoos, Topoi, and Paradoxical Permanence in Media Culture."

    The paper is part of the panel C09: Pushing the Boundaries of Media Archaeology, which Huhtamo co-chairs with Doron Galili, University of Stockholm. The other presenters are Galili, Wanda Strauven and Benoit Turquety.

    The conference is organized online.

  • Mapping climate justice in Los Angeles

    Design media arts students research Los Angeles and its ecologies

    This winter quarter, design media arts students researched Los Angeles and its ecologies through the lens of climate change. Department of Design Media Arts professor and vice chair Peter Lunenfeld emphasized the importance of design research in the hybrid seminar/studio course “Introduction to Ecological Art and Justice,” part of a three-quarter sequence. Students conducted original research in order to think through historical and on-going issues of environmental racism in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

  • JENNA CARAVELLO to participate in 3D/XR Day at UCLA

    Jenna Caravello will participate in 3D/XR Day at UCLA. She'll give a lightning talk and present DMA student work from the Winter 2022 DESMA 172 Virtual Reality and Worldbuilding class. The UCLA professor lightning talks will happen from 10–11am.

  • JUSTIN LUI'S 'Animate Field' at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique (Reims, France)

    Justin Lui's 'Animate Field' at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique (Reims, France)

    'Animate Field' is an interactive and immersive fiber-optic installation by DMA alumnus Justin Lui, and is currently on view at Saint-Ex Culture Numérique – a digital arts museum and learning lab in Reims, France.

    The installation is part of the Expo Collective group exhibit at Saint-Ex.March 15 - June 11, 2022.

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY'S I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS recognized at Japan Media Arts Festival

    Lauren Lee McCarthy's I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS was recognized as a Jury Selection in the Japan Media Art Festival. The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY solo exhibition I Heard Talking Is Dangerous at EIGEN Art+Lab

    How is it that we feel connected to other people? Can these moments be retroactively induced, and if so, what is the code of intimacy? And how does it relate to digital code? Torstraße 220, 10115 Berlin

  • Band Practice Presents...THIS MAY BE AN ART SHOW


    ft. UCLA DMA grads from '17 & '18 !

    Band Practice Presents an inaugural show in Los Angeles on March 19 featuring a top tier cast of emerging artists for a one night experience. Featuring art, food, drinks, free parking, and live music in a memorable one night DIY blowout.


    Sat, Mar 19, 2022

    4000 W Burbank Blvd.

    Burbank, CA 91505

    Doors @ 5pm

    Performances @ 6pm

    4000 W Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505


    Dimensions of Science and Spirit
    Artists Christine Davis, Amy Myers, Nina Sobell, and Victoria Vesna join Rail Editor-at-Large Ann McCoy for a conversation on the dimensions of science and spirit. We conclude with a poetry reading by Tony Iantosca.

    This talk is supported by Sam Francis Foundation
    Friday, March 18, 2022
    1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

  • CAPSLOCK 2022 | Design Jam

    WHAT? CAPSLOCK is a design jam brought to you by the UCLA Learning Centers and Creative Labs. This two-day event will consist of in-person workshops, keynotes, career panels, and a design thinking challenge. Speakers and career panelists include UCLA Design Media Arts alumni and UCLA professors.

    WHO? Open to all current UCLA students regardless of design experience.

    WHERE? Carnesale Commons Palisades located on UCLA's Residential Hill
    Located above BPlate and across from Sproul Landing

    WHEN? Saturday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 3rd from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Check-in begins at 9:30 AM - both days

    Please RSVP using the link attached for our event and forward any questions you have to

    Carnesale Commons 251 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095

  • MAYA MAN - All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

    Screening + Artist Talk
    All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

    Join us for a talk with artist and programmer Maya Man, accompanied by a screening of the first episode of Adam Curtis's 2011 BBC documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Maya's presentation will offer insight into her software based practice and her observations around how cyberspace has altered our sense of self. The film touches on similar themes and give a glimpse into the social and economic changes caused by a world dominated by the internet.

    The screening will run for one hour and the talk will follow. Please be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to attend.

  • Under the City Sky

    "Under the City Sky" is a multidisciplinary art exhibition that houses the intersectionality of technology and performancre. The purpose of Under the City Sky is to bring different LA communities together for an experience that introduces new ways to engage with art.

    Through engagement with interactive technologies and performances, we wish to create an intimate, yet inviting space for the LA community. We hope to bring you a memorable night of togetherness under the LA city sky.

    Tapestry LA
    1521 South Hill Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

  • MAYA MAN - Becoming: A group show at Heavy Manners Library

    Becoming: A group show at Heavy Manners Library
    February 24, 2022

    Heavy Manners Library will be exhibiting a group show featuring work by 19 Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artists entitled, Becoming. The show opens Thursday February 24th at 7pm at 1200 N Alvarado Street in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. It will be on display until March 13th.

    Work by first year DMA MFA student Maya Man will be included in the show. See link for more information.

    1200 N Alvarado Street in Echo Park,
    Los Angeles, California

  • GDUSA (Graphic Design USA) highlights NATALEE DECKER

    Natalee Decker (they/them) is a Chicago-born Los Angeles-based artist currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UCLA in Design|Media Arts and Disability Studies. Via a multidisciplinary practice, they investigate disability aesthetics, technology, and crip fantasy. Their recent work utilizes 3D computer graphics to creatively reimagine the mobility devices — walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes — they use each day, imbuing them with fluid impractical form, vivid celebratory color, and questions about desirability. Along with artist Cielo Saucedo, they are creating a web archive of digital disabled embodiment using motion capture and 3D modeling software. This project relies on collaboration to create custom “terms of use,” challenging issues of safety, exclusion, and exploitation of disabled people in digital space. In 2020, Natalee helped start the UCLA Disabled Student Union working towards better equity and access on campus. They are passionate about mutual aid, social justice, and love. Natalee is a white, non-binary, disabled queer. See more info here.

  • GDUSA (Graphic Design USA) highlights ISAAC RUDER

    Isaac Ruder is an artist and designer based out of Long Beach CA. Currently pursuing an MFA in Design Media Arts at the University of California – Los Angeles, Isaac has experience working in branding, web, film, and publication with clients including Aspen Art Museum, IN-FO.CO, and Amalia Ulman. Previously Isaac earned a BFA in Web + Multimedia Environments at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and studied Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Art – The Hague (KABK).
    See more info at link.

  • Black Women in Tech: A.M. Darke builds better representation in gaming

    Media Artist and Game Designer A.M. Darke is reimagining the future of Black representation in tech, gaming, and beyond. See how her work is changing digital media and reshaping images of Blackness online. Learn how her contributions to the Open Source Afro Hair Library, a database for 3D models of authentic Black hair textures and styles, create a more inclusive society and address the lack of respectful Black representation in digital media. See link below:

  • A.M. Darke New Interview on TONL

    As part of Women Techmakers storytelling campaign highlighting Black women in tech, we’re sitting down with 6 Black women in the industry to learn more about their work. Each woman is engaged in incredible work that is shaping the future of tech through art, innovation, engineering and a commitment to social impact. See link below.


    It is my great pleasure to invite you to Spring/Break Art Show happening between February 16-20 in Culver City, where I am co-curating Berfin Ataman's booth (#52) with Leila Anna Wahba.

    You can visit the website for more information.

  • ZACH BLAS published an artist monograph titled Unknown Ideals

    Zach Blas just published an artist monograph titled "Unknown Ideals." It's available directly from Sternberg Press; see link. He's been working on this for about 2 years, and it's amazing to see it finally enter the world. The book is around 400 pages and surveys works from 2003 to the present.

    You can see some nice pics of the book on Instagram. See link.

  • NATE MOHLER - Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror

    JANUARY 20, 2022 - FEBRUARY 13, 2022
    Vellum LA
    7673 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    Every space tells a story. It’s something architects have known for millennia—and something that became all too clear to billions worldwide amid lockdown measures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Built environments influence our perceptions, our memories, even our sense of space and time.

    Through new software and creative tools, our ability to create, manipulate, and transform space is changing. Importantly, artists can approach the architectural act in ways never before possible. As digital realities become ever more intrinsic to our lives, how might our sense of architecture change? What constitutes “place” and “structure” in the language of bits, pixels, and screens?

    In Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror, artists grapple with the possibilities and impossibilities of architecture conceived in a virtual context. Decoupled from the laws of spacetime and concerns about utility, these artists can build with abandon—whether toying with scale and dimension, defying the laws of physics, or interpolating properties of light and color.

    For these artists, the physical world is merely one possible domain among infinite other universes of architecture. By reevaluating our most basic assumptions about what architecture can be, the artists in Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror situate reality itself as a medium in which to build.

    Curated by Jesse Damiani and Sinziana Velicescu, Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror features the work of 10 influential artists showcasing work that uses the built environment as a subject to explore perception, space, and reality.

    The exhibition will include works by Saks Afridi, Kirk Finkel (untitled, xyz), Vince Fraser, Mari.K (MadMaraca), Le Fawnhawk x DeepLight Labs, Nate Mohler, Kristen Roos, Sabrina Ratté, Nicolas Sassoon, and Thato Tatai.

    Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror will take place as an in-person NFT exhibition at the LA Art Show and at Vellum LA gallery and as an online auction in partnership with SuperRare and Luma Canvas.


    2022 NV Steam Conference | Keynote, Workshops and Synthesis
    The theme of the 2022 NV STEAM Conference is Constructing Creativity. The Conference will be presented virtually, with an opening keynote with Doreen Gehry Nelson on Wednesday, February 2 from 4 – 5:30 pm.

    To begin the second day of the Conference on Saturday, February 5, artist Rebeca Méndez will explore connections between art, design and science, the environment and creating a sustainable future in her keynote from 9 – 10:20 am.

    Following the keynote on Saturday, multiple workshops will take place from 10:30 am – 12:20 pm and and a closing synthesis will be from 12:30 – 1 pm.

    Register for the 2022 NV STEAM CONFERENCE ON THE WEBSITE.

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