Reflecting CalArts’ experimental ethos, the Institute’s CalArts Expo returns on Friday, May 14 as a virtual event featuring creatively adventurous and imaginative projects by students, faculty, and alumnx representing every school at CalArts. Highlighting student projects created during the current academic year, the virtual CalArts Expo will present work by over 500 artists, curated and organized by our student-led team. Audiences can experience Expo in three ways—access though the Virtual Gallery; social media; and media playlists on Spotify, YouTube, and Vimeo. This year’s Expo precedes CalArts’ Virtual Graduation Ceremony, which begins at 6 pm PDT at calarts.edu/graduation.
The CalArts Expo goes live at 1pm PDT on May 14, 2021.
The Expo Welcome Event, free and open to the public, will take place from 1–2pm PDT on May 14, featuring a virtual meet-and-greet with the Expo team and guided tour through our exhibition spaces. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.
Artists will also be featured on Expo social media through highlighted profiles of the student creative team, and posts presenting student, alumni, faculty, staff, and guest artists and their work. For more information, follow CalArts Expo on Facebook (@CalArtsExpo), Instagram (@calarts_expo), and Twitter (@CalArtsExpo).
Yaozhi Liu School of Art, Photo/Media, MFA2 There it is Take it! There it is, Take is! is a photography project of the overall geological and historical features about the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which is built from Owens valley, Inyo county to San Fernando valley, LA county. The water from the aqueduct flows across the […]
Dongpu Ling School of Art, Art and Technology, MFA2 Dark Matter Dark Matter is an installation, which has a video projection of machine learning generated video and surveillance camera shaped wooden sculpture, with a ferrofluid “lens” displaying pixelated low resolution surveillance footages on the top surface. Ferrofluid is a magnetic black liquid that was invented by […]
Jesse LeVesconte School of Theater, Alumnx Machined Trends Machined Trends uses artificial intelligence to visualize the environmental impact of algorithmic trading. Multi-billion dollar port-folios for three of the world’s largest asset management firms (BlackRock, Renaissance Technologies, and Vanguard Group) were analyzed via SEC records using the Paris Agreement Capital Transition tool. Three data sculptures, composed […]
Gwen Lee School of Film/Video, Experimental Animation Blue Dream This is CalArts-Gobelins Collaborated work. Have a great blue dream! Collaborators: Chloé Van Becelaere
Yingdan Lai School of Film/Video, Experimental Animation, Incoming MFA Little Dan Adulthood is full of responsibility. On the way home by subway, Little Dan recalls her childhood that was care-free and happy. That valuable memory lets her reorganize the experiences that she went through.
Cheyenne Knehans School of Theater, Applied Arts, MFA2 Beyond the Veil Beyond the Veil is the conceptual design of an “Impossible Project” that invites guests to spend two nights and two full days exploring an interactive, immersive story-based train hotel experience. Developing from the basic idea of creating a pitch deck for an “immersive hotel”, […]
Herry Kim School of Art, Art, MFA1 Regression In Regression, I explore the sense of detachment and confusion caused and accelerated by pattern recognition/pattern generation technology. It is a surreal and speculative science fiction that reveals colliding emotions through a metaphorical social structure. Collaborators: Brian Griffith https://herry.kim/
Karie Jacobson School of Critical Studies, Creative Writing, MFA 2 Fighting on The Wrong Side Song “Fighting on The Wrong Side.” I wrote the song and performed the voice, guitar, bass, and synthetic instruments. Mixed by Fred M. at Castle Fang.
Meisen Hu School of Theater, Alumnx Personal Virtual Gallery Developed during the middle of the pandemic, my personal virtual gallery series demonstrates the possibility of digitizing oil and acrylic paintings into 3D models with physical properties, and render them in digitally created art galleries. https://humeisen.wixsite.com/relicworkshop
Grids, Beats, and Groups Jordan Hochenbaum and John Tejada’s spring Grids Beats and Groups class presents: Andrew Manuel, Corrupt Catalyst, C.Cliff, NC7teen, Jacuzzi_Mane, Ono San, OliviaHP and John Tejada performing live.
Sleepie Louie School of Music, ExPop, BFA 1 Alien Homo Sapien Alien Homo Sapien was released on streaming around this time last year. It’s the only song I have released publicly thus far, it’s about alienation and the use of the word Alien in all its forms. I used a theremin in the production and […]
Dave Merson Hess School of Film/Video, Experimental Animation, MFA3 Portraits and One-Pagers “Portraits and One-pagers” is a booklet-sized zine combining portraits and one-page comics drawn in ink.
Alex Hawthorn Interschool Schools of Art and Music, Experimental Sound Practices & Art and Tech, MFA1 Evening Dreams of Space Flight Evening Dreams of Space Flight represents my first public release of music. It is comprised of field recordings and synthesised material recorded during the summer of 2020 while adjusting to quarantine – walks through […]
Music of Eva Maria Houben, collective music of the CalArts Percussion Ensemble, and free improvisation, facilitated by Tim Feeney.
CalArts Percussion and Free Improvisation Ensembles Music of Eva Maria Houben, collective music of the CalArts Percussion Ensemble, and free improvisation, facilitated by Tim Feeney. CalArts Percussion Ensemble: Morgan Alford, Margo Harms, Eric Lennartson, and Henry Delargy Free Improvisation Ensemble: Kristianne Bautista, Max Beers, Juan Mendizabal, Hiroya Ono, Michel von Loh, Chuck Behring, Maria Alejandra […]
Global Studios and Audiotopias Showcase Audiotopia, coined by scholar, writer, journalist, teacher, and curator Josh Kun, describes music’s ability to create a unique virtual world for the listener in which “contradictions and conflicts do not cancel each other out but coexist and live through each other.” Working digitally with […]
Virgo Verse School of Music, Performer-Composer, BFA3 Roam Virgo Verse’s latest EP “Roam” is a collection of five songs exploring some of the most meaningful places in her life. Through this songwriting, she documents her personal memories, relationships, and changes since moving from coast to coast. These details transform into greater feelings of nostalgia, love, […]