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DMA 2018 MFA thesis exhibition: Weak Or No Signal
University of California, Los Angeles
Above: Courtesy UCLA.
Above: Courtesy UCLA.
May 17–June 1, 2018

Opening: May 17, 5pm

UCLA New Wight Gallery
Broad Art Center, Suite 1100
240 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA

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Featuring works by Sarah Rosalena Brady, A M Chung, Eric Fanghanel, Stalgia Grigg, Mengna Jiang, Elí Joteva, Kristin McWharter, Jonathan Fletcher Moore, Tuang Thongborisute, Jack Turpin, and Christina Yglesias

UCLA Design Media Arts presents Weak Or No Signal, the final MFA showcase of the graduating class of 2018. The exhibition will be on view at the New Wight Gallery at UCLA’s Broad Art Center opening May 17 at 5pm.

Cannily co-opting a large range of vocabularies, the show articulates contemporary subject matters from hyper-mediated social relationships to artificial intelligence; technological utopianism; and the increasing fallibility of the image. The work draws from pop imagery, pseudoscience, native american and mexican representations, corporate aesthetics, and cinema, immersing the viewer in unfamiliar territory.

Immersive theater, virtual reality, and exotic animals comprise some of the more unexpected encounters of this exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

MFA in Media Arts
The MFA Program in Media Arts offers a rigorous environment for the sustained exploration of contemporary arts practice in the context of media and technology. Through technical and critical seminars, group critiques, and individual meetings with faculty, each student is challenged to question conventional ideas about art, technology, and new media while developing a critical awareness about his or her own work. During the first year, students focus on creating work for a solo-exhibition. The second year begins with a pre-MFA exhibition in UCLA’s New Wight gallery, and culminates in an MFA exhibition and written thesis document. Students are encouraged to take courses in other departments and programs and take full advantage of the resources UCLA provides as a leading research university.

The department’s world-renowned faculty includes Rebecca Allen, Johanna Drucker, Erkki Huhtamo, Willem Henri Lucas, Peter Lunenfeld, Lauren McCarthy, Rebeca Méndez, Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Ramesh Srinivasan, Jennifer Steinkamp, Eddo Stern, and Victoria Vesna.

The Department of Design Media Arts
The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA cultivates a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to artistic practice that focuses experimentation and innovative thinking. We synthesize practice, history, and theory and hybridize technologies, discourses, and audiences. The results emerge in books, galleries, game consoles, installations, films, magazines, performances, public spaces, televisions, and websites. We strive to create socially and culturally relevant objects, experiences, and spaces.

DMA is also home to the UCLA Game Lab, an experimental research and development lab that fosters the production of computer games and game-related research; the Art|Sci Center, dedicated to pursuing and promoting the evolving “Third Culture” by facilitating collaborations between (media) arts and (bio/nano) sciences; the CounterForce Lab a research and fieldwork studio executing projects around the impacts of Anthropocene climate change; and the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio, a research group dedicated to the creation, distribution, performance, modification, and critique of software in the arts.

The department also boasts strong ties to the UCLA Digital Humanities program which aims to interpret the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies and apply these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions.

The School of Arts and Architecture
The School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA (UCLA Arts) is dedicated to training exceptional artists, performers, architects, and scholars who are enriched by a global view of the arts and prepared to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century. Graduate degree programs are offered in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance. The School’s unique curriculum interweaves work in performance, studio, and research studies, providing students with a solid creative, artistic, and intellectual foundation.

The University of California Los Angeles
One of the world’s premiere research universities, UCLA is also the most multicultural campus in the nation. Situated five miles from the Pacific Ocean and ten miles from downtown Los Angeles, the campus is within a short drive of mountains, beaches, lakes, and deserts. Students also have access to a wide range of campus services including a career planning center, a nationally recognized library system and a host of professional, social, and cultural organizations.

May 14, 2018

location

UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles