New DMA Faculty

September 22, 2017, 11:00 am   » 

Please welcome Isla Hansen as assistant professor in the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA).

Hansen is an artist working to reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress. Her work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Recently, she has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue.

Her solo and collaborative installations, systems, and performances have been exhibited at the ‪Columbus Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, ‪Industry City Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Miller Gallery, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. She has been the recipient of the Daedalus Foundation fellowship, the American Austrian Foundation Seebacher Prize, and Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grants from the Studio for Creative Inquiry.

Prior to joining UCLA as a full time professor, Hansen was a visiting artist in residence at the UCLA Game Lab (Fall 2015). She has taught as an assistant professor in both the Department of Art and at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State University. Hansen received her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.A. from Columbia University.

“Isla Hansen is a multitalented young artist full of energy and original ideas,” said Design Media Arts Professor Erkki Huhtamo. “Her art is not only technologically innovative, but tackles important social and mediatic issues. It is critical, but can also resort to humor to make its point.”

At UCLA, Hansen will teach both undergraduate and graduate studio courses in the areas of 3D form, fabrication, and critical making while continuing her own research and artistic practice. As the areas of software-based creation and physical making move ever closer together, and as new materials and fabrication technologies develop, new aesthetic, social, and environmental opportunities and challenges are emerging. Hansen will lead curriculum development, research, and practice within this domain.

“I’ve been taking absurd delight in imagining what my future at DMA looks like, “ said Hansen. “The department’s history of fostering new technologies in the arts and blurring disciplinary boundaries is what initially excited me. The research of DMA’s faculty and students has long been on my radar. It’s a community of hybrid artists brought to life by their own wild inventions. Now that I’m joining that community, what thrills me most is thinking about what will happen next. I can’t wait to see what we can all do together.”

UCLA Design Media Arts  (Map)
240 Charles E. Young Drive, suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456
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