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Rebecca Allen 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.
Allen's works have been featured in Japan, Spain, Austria, England, Canada, and the United States. Allen crosses boundaries in science, physical movement, art and technology. She has worked with artists such as Twyla Tharp, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Devo and La Fura dels Baus. Allen received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and her MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a professor and the founding director of the UCLA Department of Design, Media Arts.
Selected design credits
2002 The Brain Stripped Bare
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.
1997-2001 The Bush Soul
A series of 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
Art exhibitions & performances
2003 Women in Science (Genomically Yours) (The Bush Soul #3) Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, New York, NY
Sound & Vision-The Music Video (Musique Non-Stop) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Curator: Tomoe Moriyama, December 2002-February 2003, Tokyo, Japan
The Brain Stripped Bare Installation and Performance. Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Mixed Realities Exhibition, (Coexistence) Interaction Design Institute Ivrea Gallery, Ivrea, Italy
Computer, Games and Art Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) Beall Center for Art and Technology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA