Arts + Culture

UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts announces events for fall 2009

The UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts (DMA) is offering a variety of events for the public's enjoyment this fall, including exhibitions, seminars and symposia.
Events are free and take place in the EDA (Experimental Digital Arts) facility on the first floor of the Broad Art Center tower, Room 1250, unless otherwise noted. For live streaming coverage of lectures, visit All-day parking ($10) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 3.   
Programs are subject to change. For updated information, gallery hours and confirmation of events, call 310-825-9007 or visit  
Thursday–Wednesday, Oct. 15–21
AFK (Away From Keyboard) — UCLA D|MA MFA 2010 Exhibition
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m.
New Wight Gallery (Room 1100), Broad Art Center
Gallery hours: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Oct. 21)
This group exhibition features works by Design|Media Arts M.F.A. students who are critical of contemporary culture's obsessive relationship to communications technology. Media explored include kinetic, light and interactive sculpture; data visualization; karaoke; moving image; and gaming. Featured artists: Christo Allegra, Madeleine Gallagher, Yoon Jung Han, Gautam Rangan, Melissanthi Saliba and Eric Siu.
Thursday, Oct. 29
6 p.m.
American Magic-Lantern Theater — "The Halloween Magic Lantern Show"
Travel back in time with the family-friendly fun of America's only Victorian magic-lantern show, an authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen. The event will feature stories like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," bizarre animated comedy and outrageous songs, all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects and joining in chants and hilarious sing-alongs like "The Worms Crawl In." For 18 years, the American Magic-Lantern Theater has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Singapore. This event is recommended for adults and children 6 years old and up.
Dec. 3–Jan. 22, 2010
Willem Henri Lucas — "I HEARD THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY..."
Exhibition Opening and North/South Mixer: Thursday, Dec. 3, 5–7 p.m.
Art|Sci Gallery + Presentation Space, CNSI Building, 5th floor
Since October 2005 — beginning with "Media+Medicine | Environment+the Mind," a poster for a Hurricane Katrina event — Willem Henry Lucas, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts, has been involved in designing materials for the UCLA Art|Sci Center and the UCLA Art|Global Health Center. This exhibition presents an overview of works by Lucas and his student assistants. The quarterly North/South Mixer is a collaborative event hosted by the UCLA Art|Sci Center and the UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts, where colleagues from across disciplines and geographies meet and greet. The exhibition and mixer take place at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) on the UCLA campus. Parking is available in Lot 9 ($10 all day).
The UCLA Art|Sci Center is dedicated to facilitating collaborations between the arts and sciences. For more information, visit or call 310-794-2118.
Friday–Saturday, Oct. 16–17
Friday: 9 a.m.–5p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Nowcasting: Design Theory and The Digital Humanities Seminar
See for complete listings and times
The two-day Nowcasting seminar focuses on the intersections of design theory and the digital humanities in three clusters: word and image, motion and interaction, and message and meaning. Seminar participants include Benjamin H. Bratton (UC San Diego), Anne Burdick (Art Center College of Design), Julia Reinhardt Lupton (UC Irvine), Lev Manovich (UC San Diego), Trevor Paglen (UC Santa Barbara), Warren Sack (UC Santa Cruz), Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford University), Lorraine Wild (CalArts) and, from UCLA, Johanna Drucker, Jan-Christopher Horak, Erkki Huhtamo, Peter Lunenfeld and Todd Presner.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
6 p.m.
Jonathan Harris
Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, Jonathan Harris designs systems to explore and explain the human world. His projects range from building, with Yahoo!, the world's largest time capsule to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). 
Tuesday Nov. 3
6 p.m.
Jordan Weisman
Jordan Weisman has been the creative and motivating force behind the founding and success of numerous entertainment companies, including FASA Corp. (role-playing games), Virtual World Entertainment (the world's first public networked virtual-reality entertainment center), FASA Interactive (PC games, including the MechWarrior franchise), WizKids (collectible games, including HeroClix) and 42 Entertainment (alternate-reality gaming).
Thursday, Nov.12
6 p.m. 
Kevin Slavin
Kevin Slavin is the managing director and co-founder of Area/Code. He has worked in corporate communications for 13 years for a variety of technology-based clients, including IBM, Compaq, Dell, TiVo, Time Warner Cable, Microsoft, Wild Tangent and Qwest Wireless.
Friday, Nov. 13
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mobile Media Symposium
Presentations and panel discussions explore how emerging networked devices are changing the ways we communicate, entertain ourselves and explore cities. Presentations are grouped around three themes: new interface concepts, networked games and geospatial media, which are further dissected by a moderated panel and discussion with attendees. The event is organized by Casey Reas, Julian Bleecker, Robin Hunicke and John Underkoffler. For more information, visit Mobile Media is sponsored by the Nokia Research Center Hollywood.
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