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Center for Research in Computing and the Arts

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The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) was an interdisciplinary organized research unit of UCSD in San Diego, California. CRCA provided support for numerous projects that intersect with the fields of New Media Art, Software Studies, Game studies, Art/Science collaborations, Mixed Reality, Experimental Music, Digital Audio, Immersive Art and Networked Performance over its 40 year history.[1] CRCA was originally founded by composer Roger Reynolds as the Center for Music Experiment (CME) in 1972, and was directed for many years by F. Richard Moore. The center was renamed and the scope widened when artist and artificial intelligence pioneer Harold Cohen became Director in 1993.

Projects emerging from CRCA have been seen at venues including SIGGRAPH,[2] Ars Electronica,[3] ISEA [4] and the Whitney Museum of Art [5] as well as numerous museums, galleries and scientific contexts.

CRCA, as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) at UCSD, ended on July 1, 2012. The functions, support and facilities that CRCA managed were folded into Calit2.[1]

Institutional Collaborations[edit]

CRCA worked closely in collaboration with art and science institutions including Calit2, UCLA,[6] UCSD Visual Arts Department, UCSD Music Department, UC DARNet, the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute,[7] the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the UCSD School of Medicine.

Art and Science Research[edit]

Artists and researchers at CRCA have been involved in numerous technoscience research projects, such as Sheldon Brown's work on Game Design focusing on algorithmic generation of 3D game environments in Scalable City,[8] the Software Studies Initiative's work developing data visualizations of large sets of cultural data[9] and Micha Cárdenas' 365 hour Becoming Dragon project, about which Katherine sweetman of San Diego City Beat said "nobody has ever 'lived' in virtual reality continuously for so long".[10]



CRCA was home to artists, scientists and theorists. Some of the people involved include:[11]


  1. ^ a b Bray, Bobby (18 July 2012). "The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts gets Cut at UCSD". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ UCSD News, 'Calit2 and CRCA to Host SIGGRAPH Art Performances and Installations at University of California, San Diego', "[1]"
  3. ^ Ars Electronica, ""ARS Electronica |". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2010-09-21."
  4. ^ CRCA News, "[2]"
  5. ^ SVEN, "[3]"
  6. ^ Center for Performance Studies, Transreal Bodies, ""Transreal.HTML". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-03-10."
  7. ^ Atlas in Silico, ""COLLABORATION - ATLAS in silico". Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-09-21."
  8. ^ Scalable City by Sheldon Brown, "[4] Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine"
  9. ^ Software Studies Initiative, 'new Software Studies vizualizations @ Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego', "[5]"
  10. ^ Sweetman, Katherine, The Gender Dragon, "[6] Archived 2011-12-06 at the Wayback Machine"
  11. ^ CRCA, CRCA - People, ""CRCA - People". Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-09-21."

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