Conditional Studio

The UCLA Arts Conditional Studio aims to draw attention to the materiality of technological systems and the intrinsically machinic, political, and physical realities of our technological moment.

Against the popular fetishism of software and code–which confuses code for language and language for execution–we focus on the very real material nature of computation.

Through workshops, exhibitions, conversations, and research, the studio intervenes in the layers of abstraction and obfuscation that conceal the human, ecological, economic, and political consequences brought about by the ideology of computation as ephemeral and linguistic.

We are committed to social, epistemic, technological, and environmental justice. We strive to create an inclusive environment that supports vulnerability, criticality, and anti-hierarchical pedagogy.