REBECCA ALLEN

Biography

Rebecca Allen

(B. 1953, USA)

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of behavior and the potential of advanced technology. For over thirty years her groundbreaking work has pushed the boundaries of art and creative expression in areas of experimental video, virtual and augmented reality, large-scale performance and interactive art.

With degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rebecca moves fluidly between artist studio and research lab as her research informs her art. She is professor of Media Arts at UCLA and was founding chair of her department. Her current work in virtual reality involves the mysteries of human perception and is linked to research in neuroscience and brain mapping.

Allen’s artwork is commissioned and exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York. Collaborators include music, performance and visual artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough (Devo), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet, La Fura dels Baus and Nam June Paik.

www.rebeccaallen.com

Art Exhibitions and Performances

2017       Enter Through the Headset 2, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2017       Moving Image New York, Waterfront New York Tunnel, New York, USA

2017       toute seule, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2017       Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerpen, Belgium

2017       Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

2016      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

2016      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Norway

2015      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Lichtburg, Essen, Germany

2015      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, DR Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, video projections, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2014      ONE Night, (Steady State) ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, West Hollywoo, CA, USA

2014      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2014      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria

2014      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

2014      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA

2014      Dance Machines: From Leger to Kraftwerk, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2013      nonliteral, B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, (Figues in Motion), ATELIERFRANKFURT, Frankfurt, Germany

2013      Spectacle: The Music Video. Australian Centre for the Moving Image
, Melbourne, Australia

2013      Kraftwerk 3D Video Installation 12345678. SPRÜTH MAGERS, Berlin, Germany

2013      Momentum: Women/Art/Technology- (Liminal Identities) Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2013      Spectacle: The Music Video. Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY, USA

2013      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

2013      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Akasaka Blitz, Tokyo, Japan

2013      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Tate Modern, London, UK

2013      Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013      Roboter (Kraftwerk image exhibition). NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany

2012      Spectacle: The Music Video.
MIS – The Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Brazil

2012      Spectacle: The Music Video, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2012      Kraftwerk Retrospective 12345678, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2011       Kraftwerk 3D, 3D Video Installation, Kunstbau, Munich, Germany. October 15 – November 13.

2011       Kraftwerk 3D Concert. Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany. October 12-13.

2008     Design and the Elastic Mind – (OLPC XO Laptop) Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

2008     Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition – (OLPC XO Laptop) Design Museum, London, UK.

2006     Second Natures – (The Bush Soul #3) Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

2004     Liminal Identities – Interactive Art Installation. Art Futura, Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona, Spain.

2004     eVolution:The Art of Living Systems, (The Bush Soul #3) Art Interactive Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

2004     Hacking the Timeline: a History of Digital Art – CyberSpace Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

2003     The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Doncaster College, Doncaster, UK

2003     Women in Science (Genomically Yours), (The Bush Soul #3) Universal Concepts Unlimited

Galley, New York, NY, USA

2003     Music Video: A Vehicle for New Sensitivity, (Musique Non-Stop) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Curator: Tomoe Moriyama, Tokyo, Japan

2002     The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf, Germany

2002     The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Akzente Festival, Ausstellungshalle am

Innenhafen, Duisburg, Germany

2001      Mixed Realities Exhibition, (Coexistence) Interaction Design Institute Ivrea Gallery, Ivrea, Itlay

2001      ACM1: Beyond Cyberspace Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

2000     SHIFT-CTRL: Computers, Games and Art Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) Beall Center for Art

and Technology University of California Irvine. Irvine, CA, USA

2000     Art Futura Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. Sevilla,

Spain

2000     Ground Zero Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) The Tech Museum of Innovation. San Jose, CA, USA

1999       Interactive Frictions Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) University of Southern California (USC)

Los Angeles, CA, USA

1999       Siggraph Emerging Technologies Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1999       Materiale/Immateriale, (The Bush Soul #2) Cento Trevi, Bolzano, Italy

1999       “Life Science”, (The Bush Soul #3) Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria

1999       “Electronic Rituals” (The Bush Soul #3) Intermedia Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

1998      Art and Aesthetics of Artificial Life, (The Bush Soul #2) UCLA Center for Digital Arts, Los

Angeles, CA, USA

1998      Siggraph Art Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #2) Orlando Convention Center, Orlando FL.

1998      Doors of Perception 5: Play, (The Bush Soul #2) Netherlands Design Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1998      “Virtual Africa,” (The Bush Soul #1/#2/#3) Royal Museum of Central Africa, Belgium, and web-based virtual exhibition. Curator: Jocelyne Rotily, February 1998, ongoing

1997       “THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE, (The Bush Soul #1) Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

1995      “Figures” Le Parvis- Centre Meridien, Ibos, France

1995      “Info Art” Kwangju Biennale – International Video, Kwangju, Korea

1993       International Computer Graphic Art Exhibition Yonden Hall, Tokoshima, Japan

1993       “Sugar ‘n’ Spice” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, USA

1993       Venice Biennale German Pavilion. Collaboration with Nam June Paik. Venice, Italy

1993       Korean Pavilion Taejon World Expo, Taejon, Korea

1992       “Art as Information/ Information as Art” Collaboration with Nam June Paik. Permanent Video

Installation. Chase Manhattan Bank, Brooklyn, NY, USA

1992       “Brandenburg Gate” Permanent Video Installation. Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany

1992       “Memory Palace” Multimedia Performance. Art Futura, Barcelona, Spain

1992       “Rebecca Allen Retrospective” Institute of Modern Art Valencia, Valencia, Spain

1992       “Siggraph Art Show” Anaheim, CA, USA

1992       “Memory Palace” Multimedia Performance. Seville World Expo, Seville, Spain

1992       “International Computer Graphic Art Exhibition” Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan

1991       Cybermedia, Art Futura. Light installation titled “Fleeting Words” (LED displays), Museo de Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

1991       Cybermedia, Art Futura. Light installation titled “Fleeting Words” (LED displays), Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain

1991       Cybermedia, Art Futura. Light installation titled “Fleeting Words” (LED displays), Centre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain

1991       Professors’ Choice, Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, USA

1990      MUGRA, Art Futura 90. Collaboration with La Fura dels Baus. Multimedia performance

Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain

1990      Conversations in Video, (Curator) EZTV Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1990      Siggraph Art / Los Angeles Open Festival, EZTV Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1990      Passages de l’Image, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1990      Passages de l’Image, Centre Cultural, Fundacio, Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain

1990      Passages de l’Image, Wexner Center for Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

1990      Passages de l’Image, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

1989      Les Chemins du Virtuel, Galerie du CCI, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France

1989      Imageworld: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of Art New York, NY, USA

1988      American Pop Culture Today, Laforet Harajuku Museum Tokyo, Japan

1988      Digital Visions: Computers and Art, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, OH, USA

1988      Digital Visions: Computers and Art, I.B.M. Gallery New York, NY, USA

1988      Digital Visions: Computers and Art, Dayton Art Institute Dayton, OH, USA

1987       Digital Visions: Computers and Art, Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY, USA

1987       Computer Superstars, EZTV Gallery Los Angeles, CA, USA

1987       “VALIS” – A multimedia opera and exhibition. Concept and Music by Todd Machover, Musee

National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France

1986      Computer Art: The Future Today, Aerospace Corporation Gallery El Segundo, CA, USA

1986      “RAB” Multimedia Performance Saint-Etienne, France

1985      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Joyce Theater New York, NY, USA

1985      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Palace of the Fine Arts San Francisco, CA, USA

1984      The Artist as a Young Machine, (RAB) Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Canada

1984      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Villeneuve-les Avignon Arts and Science Festival Avignon, France

1984      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Sophia Antipolis Festival Valbonne, France

1984      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Canada

1984      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Colorado College DanceTheater Colorado Springs, CO, USA

1984      RAB, Multimedia Performance, Dance Hall Cincinnati, OH, USA

1983      The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design, Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE, USA

1983      The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design, NCGA National Computer Graphic Association Chicago, IL, USA

1983      The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design, DIGICON International Conference on Digital Arts Vancouver, Canada

1983      The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design, Computers in the Visual Arts, Drake University Des Moines, IA, USA

1983      The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design, MacNider Museum Mason City IA, USA

1981       Siggraph Art Show Dallas, TX, USA

1979       Resolutions, Creative Photo Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

1979       Resolutions, Photo Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

 

Film and Video Exhibitions

2016      Femmebit Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2015      The Solid State Cinema (Office Workers) Glasgow, UK

2014      Digital Promise Documentary. Produced by TVE (Spain) aired throughout Europe

2011       Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999 – (Steady State) Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA, USA

2007      Women in Animation (Retrospective of work by Rebecca Allen) Columbus School of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, USA

2001      CHARAMIX.com -Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival and Exhibition, The Garden Hall Tokyo, Japan

2000     RISD LA Film Exhibition Work by Rebecca Allen. Directors Guild. Los Angeles, , USA

2000     Rhode Island School of Design Film presentation of preeminent alumni. (Interview by Rebecca Allen) Directors Guild. Los Angeles, CA, USA

1996       Los Angeles-Fin de Siglo – From the Photographic Image to the Digital Image, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica, Milan, Italy

1995      IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1995      Toronto International Film Festival -“Synthetic Pleasures” Toronto, Canada

1995      New York International Film Festival -“Synthetic Pleasures” New York, NY, USA

1995      Digitale: Modern Alchemy Cologne, Germany

1993       IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1993       VIDEOARCO Festival Madrid, Spain

1992       IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1992       Art Futura Film and Video Festival Barcelona, Spain

1992       Muu Media Festival Helsinki, Finland

1992       Nits d’Imatge Jardins dels Vivers Valencia, Spain

1993       Siggraph Electronic Theater Chicago, IL, USA

1992       Images du Futur Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1992       Kinetic Perceptions LA Freewaves Festival Los Angeles, CA, USA

1992       Expanded Images -The Synthetic Cinema Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/Venice Biennale Venice, Italy

1992       Premio Immagine -Mediatech Forum Milan, Italy

1992       SIM International Los Angeles, CA, USA

1991       Art Futura Film and Video Festival Barcelona, Spain

1991       MIMAD Computer Animation Festival Madrid, Spain

1990      Art Futura Film and Video Festival Barcelona, Spain

1990      Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Spain. Premiere performance of “Mugra” by Rebecca Allen

and La Fura dels Baus

1990      IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1990      Das Regime der Bilder Festival Frankfurt, Germany

1990      Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Austria. Honorary Mention.

1990      ARTTRANSITION Center for Advanced Visual Studies MIT Cambridge, MA, USA

1989      Pacific Northwest Computer Graphics Film Show Portland, OR, USA

1989      Image and Sound Festival The Haag, Netherlands

1989      Biennale des Arts Electroniques Rennes, France

1988      IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1988      San Francisco Film Festival San Francisco, CA April 1988. World Premiere of “BEHAVE”.

1988      Image and Sound Festival The Haag, Netherlands

1988      Festival des Arts Electroniques Rennes, France

1988      Pixel-Art Film and Video Show Barcelona, Spain

1988      Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

1988      Images du Futur Montreal, Canada

1987       IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo

1987       The Biennial of Video Barcelona, Spain

1987       Imaginaire Numerique Film and Video Show Saint-Etienne, France

1987       Prix Ars Electronica Linz, Austria

1987       Siggraph Electronic Theater Anaheim, CA, USA

1987       Pacific Northwest Computer Graphics Film Show Eugene, OR, USA

1986      IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco

1986      Imaginaire Numerique Film and Video Show Saint-Etienne, France

1986      International Design Congress, “Erkundungen” Stuttgart, Germany

1986      Siggraph Electronic Theater Dallas, TX, USA

1986      Video Festival of Madrid, Spain

1985      Screening Room West, The American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles CA, USA

1985      4th International Forum on New Images Monte Carlo, Monaco

1985      Munich Film Festival Munich, Germany

1985      Siggraph Film and Video Show San Francisco, CA, USA

1985      International Animation Celebration Los Angeles, CA, USA

1985      Committed to Tape General Electric Theater, New York, NY, USA

1984      International Forum on New Images Monte Carlo, Monaco

1984      Siggraph Film and Video Show Minneapolis, MN, USA

1983      New Definitions: a Video Exhibition Millennium Theater New York, NY, USA

1983      Siggraph Film and Video Show Detroit, MI, USA

1982      Siggraph Film and Video Show Boston, MA, USA

1981       Siggraph Film and Video Show Dallas TX, USA

 

Permanent Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France

Whitney Museum of American Art New York, USA

Ludwig Museum Cologne, Germany

Chase Manhattan Bank Brooklyn, New York, USA

 

Education

Master of Science, Architecture Machine Group (predecessor to MIT Media Lab), Massachusetts

Institue of Technology, MA, USA

BA in Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, USA

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