Rebecca Allen b. 1953



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.