October 7, 2019

Design Media Arts fall 2019 events

University of California, Los Angeles

Context Collapse, 2019. Courtesy UCLA DMA. 

UCLA Design Media Arts is pleased to present CONTEXT COLLAPSE, a group exhibition at the Broad Art Center's New Wight Gallery on October 17 and continues through October 24. The opening reception takes place Friday, October 17, from 5–8pm.

The eleven works featured in CONTEXT COLLAPSE undertake a conversation around the shifting nature of context in contemporary life and art. Works featured include installation, sound, video, and sculpture. Exhibiting artists include Zeynep Abes, Graham Akins, Berfin Ataman, Erin Cooney, Ben Lerchin, Clara Levias, Blaine O'Neill, Miles Peyton, Hirad Sab, Dalena Tran, and Leming Z/C.

The present is haunted by the permanence of data. To speak in the moment is to know that that moment may live forever. Our words may be willfully misinterpreted, or perhaps be the spark that ignites a movement. Context is liable to change at any moment, regardless of original intent. We retreat to distrust, to inside jokes and opaque language. Groups defined by affinity give way to movements of dissent.

October 22, 2019, 6pm
2019 UC Regents’ Lecturer Morehshin Allahyari
Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, writer, and educator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives and struggles in the 21st century. Morehshin is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke.

Applications for MFA in Media Arts
The MFA in Media Arts at UCLA is a rigorous program which presents unique challenges and opportunities for serious and ambitious students looking for a lifelong engagement with the rich and ever evolving field of Media Art. DMA is 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 anthropogenic climate change; and the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio, a research group focused on software's impact on art, politics, and everyday life. 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.

Located within UCLA’s prestigious School of the Arts and Architecture, students have the opportunity to work closely with the the department’s world-renowned faculty Steve Anderson, Johanna Drucker, Erkki Huhtamo, Willem Henri Lucas, Peter Lunenfeld, Lauren McCarthy, Chandler McWilliams, Rebeca Méndez, Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Ramesh Srinivasan, Jennifer Steinkamp, Eddo Stern, and Victoria Vesna while taking full advantage of the resources UCLA provides as a leading research university.

Artists from diverse backgrounds in visual and performing arts, architecture, science, and engineering are encouraged to apply.

The fall 2020 application deadline for the MFA in Media Arts is January 9, 2020. For more information, please sign up for an informal information session or visit

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