Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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In the age of machine learning and virtual reality, the human body becomes an image, one both generated and analyzed by these technologies. Classification Cube invites viewers to step into a real-virtual grid and compare the physical body with the virtual one.

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Resonant Waves: Immersed in Geometry reveals hidden and overlooked beauty in the familiar. It visualizes the surprising phenomenon of vibrating water, using sound to generate intricate, dancing, visual, geometric patterns, while also exploring the effect of vibration on our... [more]

Angie Fan is studying cuteness in virtual space as means of disentangling human relationships with technology. Their ongoing series Applied Cuteness Research explores the semantic, visual, and psychological spaces of digital cuteness in interactive media in works spanning from text-... [more]

A leather sex sling, hand crafted from materials officially purchased through UCSC research funding, hangs dramatically in the center of a darkened gallery between CRT televisions which speak through static blips about transformative group sex experiences. As a visitor you are encouraged to... [more]

The Last Galician Switchboard is an interactive multi-screen video installation that follows a switchboard operator haunted by family left behind in Eastern Europe. The piece incorporates familial letters and excerpts from Yiddish theatre, literature, and folklore. The work continues the lineage... [more]

DUST WARNING (Does Albemarle know about this?) is a project that considers our dependency on the metal lithium. Lithium is the lightest metal on Earth and an unseen material in most of our electronic devices. Lithium is critical to our consumption and creation of digital media. It is... [more]

Trellis has been used as a structure to support plant growth for thousands of years. Drawing from traditions of participatory performance, conceptual art, and social practice, L’art du Treillageur is a project that utilizes the trellis form as a historical and aesthetic reference for... [more]

Code-Switching is a film and game space that explores the dynamics of how racism communicates in a society that clings to thinly-veiled racist values and policies. Using elements of deeply personal experience and historical symbolism, it works to problematize the concept of whiteness... [more]

Come, Fur(r)ies, Dance! is a series of devised performance experiments exploring how masculinity is navigated, manipulated, and remade in virtual communities. This performance combines the live motion data from three different spheres of pedestrian gesture to create a new choreography–a... [more]

Stitching Solidarity creates an enclosed space out of quilts embroidered with images representing the lived experiences of young Muslim people. The cathartic dialogue within their hand-stitched memories reflects conflicting notions of belonging and citizenship that resonate with Muslim... [more]

Bluestockings is a tabletop-style roleplaying game designed specifically for remote play in order to foster connection, play, and joy during the pandemic (particularly for people who enjoy tabletop rpgs). It also intervenes in a space that centers combat as its problem-solving mechanic... [more]

Global (re)Entry is a new addition to my “Border Crossing” art series, a collection of performance and interactive projects about the complex connection between migration, surveillance, and identity. In this series, I ask: How do immigrants use art to establish their identities in the... [more]

Sound, traditionally considered a time-based medium in art and music, slows down to stillness in Musicians. Sine waves beat against one another, cresting or falling into nodes and antinodes as sine waves appear, disappear and reappear, demonstrating the physical presence and interaction... [more]

JOYGRIEF is a multi-channel sound installation. It samples an array of multiple interviews conducted by the artist. Through these interviews, common and divergent themes emerge, connecting visitors to the human experience and leaving them to meditate on some of life’s most difficult... [more]

Games of the Oppressed creates a scaffolding for playing games critically and thoughtfully, with intention. It implicates players as designers. Following from the work of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire, it seeks to break down the barrier between players and designers. Players change the rules... [more]

Wandering is an interactive installation that illuminates physical and emotional entanglement with screen devices and the Internet. It uses motion tracking technology, visual art programming, and display technology to create an immersive experience, highlighting the constant distraction... [more]