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Arthur Rodrigues @ Catalyst

October 2017: Honors student Arthur Rodrigues showed his new sculptures and prints in Catalyst Gallery. He has been working with magnetic ferro-fluid as his key material, creating works that change over time as the ferro-fluid pathways are shaped and altered by an infrastructure of magnets. The accompanying digital prints are …

An Ocean of Knowledge

In October, EAD faculty member Simon Penny organized a two-day symposium focused  on the remarkable – but almost lost – navigation and seafaring traditions of the peoples who traversed and settled one-third of the world. Participants considered the centrality of seafaring for pacific island cultures, focusing on the intersections of history, …

Science fiction and art

Fall 2017. EAD faculty member Antoinette LaFarge has a new essay on science fiction out in the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. In “Alive in the Now: Ekphrasis in Philip K. Dick and William Gibson”, she takes a close look at how descriptions of art function in the work of …

Drawn from a Score

The Beall Center for Art and Technology is currently hosting “Drawn from a Score”, an exhibition that features works developed from a written, visual or code-based score.  Event scores first developed by John Cage and Fluxus artists are included, as are digital prints generated algorithmically. A highlight is a reconstruction of …

Institute for 21st Century Creativity

UCI’s School of the Arts has recently launched an exciting new initiative, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity, designed to support interdisciplinary practices linking art, technology and design across the entire campus. “21C” is Directed by Professor John Crawford, an intermedia artist and technology developer, It supports faculty-led and graduate-student …

Alex Smith @ Catalyst

February 2017: Honors student Alex Smith installed Timeless Ephemeral, an interactive video sculpture in Catalyst Gallery. Run by Max software, this haunting piece explores perception and memory, especially how we experience trauma in relation to ideological constructs. This is an expansion of a work he began in the fall EAD …

MFA applications are open

Fall 2016. Applications are now open for graduate study in the Department of Art at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at UC Irvine. Electronic Art and Design (EAD) students in the department operate at the intersection of art, design, and technology, and are motivated to intervene in …

EAD Welcomes Stefani Byrd

Fall 2016: EAD welcomes new media artists Stefani Byrd as an adjunct faculty member.  Stefani works in video and interactive technologies, especially public installations that bring together media and performance. Her work is playful and thoughtful, examining aspects of contemporary culture haunted by stereotypes,  miscommunication, and distorted power relationships. Her …

EAD faculty publications

Fall 2016. Recent books with contributions by EAD faculty include: The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies from Oxford University Press, edited by George Lewis and Ben Piekut, with essays by Simon Penny and Antoinette LaFarge (2016) Social Media Archeology and Poetics, edited by Judy Malloy, with an essay by …

Everything But the Monkey’s Head

June-July 2016.  EAD faculty member Antoinette LaFarge was the third participant in the Los Angeles-based Institute of Cultural Inquiry’s ongoing residency series entitled With Everything But the Monkey’s Head. The project goal was to build a theory of visual research by examining actual practice-based research projects in progress. Professor LaFarge …