This show is the culminating work of UCLA’s Design Media Arts class of 2020. Here, we explore it what means to look, watch, monitor, and surveil ourselves and others, both looking outside at our surroundings during the current circumstances, and looking in on current and past personal reflections. Today, screens act as digital windows into the world. Here, we use this metaphor of windows as allusion to our physical confinement, to allow you to peer into the lives of a diverse group of artists, all experiencing the same situation across the world.

As the class of 2020, we are experiencing the end of our time at UCLA differently than previous students. As artists, we find ourselves in a situation where we are challenged to explore our artistic endeavors with the materials we have at home: old laptops, spotty internet, and little privacy. This time reminds us all of how fortunate we were to have the wonderful resources UCLA had to offer, but it also reminds us of something bigger. At UCLA, we experienced support from so many of the faculty and staff. Now, we are spreading this network of support across the world, creating pieces from homes near our campus in Los Angeles, places further away in cities across the country, and even some international homes from as far as South Korea. As a class, we dedicate this show to all of those who have impacted our time at UCLA, and continue to help us grow, no matter how many miles separate us.

This project would not be the same without the active committee members who assisted in creating this show. We extend our gratitude to Katie McNeish, the exhibition chair and a fellow graduate in the class of 2020 in UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, for leading the design, web development, and curation of this online show as her capstone project. We also thank our professors and teaching assistants for their time and dedication by holding online classes and distance meetings in support of our projects.

Looking In / Looking Out includes artwork by:

Alexander Romanovsky
Alyssa Deering
Amy Sung A Hong
Andrew Kinder
Ann Suzuki
April Ding
Ariel Mengistu
Bridget Callahan
Camryn Batcheller
Carrie He
Celeste Koch
CJ Zepeda
Dilara Yuksel
Divya Narayan
Dylan Berzabal
Elizabeth Flores
Emily Wong
Haejin Suh
Hajar Azzam
Iris Sun
Isabelle Tsai
Jade Box
Jamie Gonzalez
Jessica Borchardt
Jieun Lee
Jimmy Zhi
John Quiang Wang
Kaylin Park
Katie McNeish
Kyron shochat
Lee Teng
Lily Chaeyoun Kim
Madux Middaugh
Marissa Bennett
Matt Sarafa
Michael Luo
Monetha Raghani
Nahee Hong
Nidhi Bhanu
Radha Shah
Seenahm Suriyasat
Seungmin Daniel Lee
Stephen Heo
Tina Wen
Wenrui Zhang
Yu Jin Choi