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Rebecca Allen in 2007
|Education||Rhode Island School of Design,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Known for||computer art|
Rebecca Allen (born 1954) is an international artist inspired by a variety of media to create work from 3-D computer graphics, animation, music videos, video games, performance works, artificial life systems, multisensory interfaces, interactive installations, virtual and mixed reality. A pioneer in the field of computer art, her work addresses humanizing technology.
Allen received her B.F.A. at Rhode Island School of Design in 1975 and her M.S. in architecture machine group (predecessor to MIT Media Lab) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. She is currently professor at, and was founding chair of, the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts. She worked at New York Institute of Technology's Computer Graphics Laboratory.
Fast Company named Allen one of the Most Creative People in Business for 2010. She helped pioneer computer art by creating one of the first music videos to use 3D graphics, for the 1986 Musique Non-Stop by Kraftwerk. Allen has collaborated with music and performing artists such as Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp.
Her artwork is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Awards include a 1981-82 Emmy for outstanding achievement in design for the title sequence for CBS Walter Cronkite's Universe.
This is a list of selected work by Allen.
The installation and performance considers a future where we live simultaneously in multiple realities, where the boundaries between physical and virtual reality are blurred and thoughts are expressed telepathically. Commissioned as part of the rhein.tanzmedia.net-Prize Partially funded by the Intel Research Council.
An Interactive Art Installation that blurs the boundaries between physical and virtual realities. People experience a shared world of mixed reality through a unique sensory interface using breathing and haptics. Funded by IDII Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy.
A series of three interactive art installations involving artificial life, behavior, tactile interfaces and 3D virtual environment. Exhibited internationally this work utilizes a PC based software system called Emergence. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh-Devo / Mutato Muzika