Media Artist 
Professor, Department of Design | Media Arts
University of California Los Angeles

Telephone: 310.825.6392 
Fax: 310.206.6676

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized media artist, inspired by the potential of advanced technology and the aesthetics of motion. She has produced a number of commissioned works in Europe and the US including interactive installations, computer animated films and live multimedia performance.

Most recently, Allen has been creating and exhibiting a series of interactive art installations that explore concepts of human presence, artificial life and behavior. One interacts through innovative sensory interfaces while immersed in a projected three-dimensional virtual environment. This work utilizes a PC-based software system called Emergence developed by Allen's research team with a grant from Intel Corporation. She is now experimenting with the integration of virtual and physical environments to create a unique experience of simultaneous realities.

Rebecca was founding co-director of the Center for Digital Arts at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and founding chair of the newly formed UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts, where she is currently a professor.

Allen received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a member of the Architecture Machine Group at MIT (now known as MIT Media Lab) followed by six years at the NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory, a world renowned computer animation research center. From 1993-95 she was Creative Director and 3D Visionary at Virgin Interactive Entertainment where she produced games and investigated the creative potential of future interactive game technology.

Awards include an Emmy award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement" and Japan's Nicograph award for "Artistic and Technical Excellence". Her work has been exhibited, published, televised and performed internationally, and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She was recently nominated for a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.

The Emergence Team