The School of Art Welcomes Lauren Lee McCarthy as Inaugural Guest Artist Lecturer in 2022



Graphic by Ryan Slone, photo by Gabriel Noguez

Lauren Lee McCarthy

The School of Art at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is thrilled to launch the Spring Semester Guest Lecture Series with artist and educator Lauren Lee McCarthy. The lecture series will be held virtually and will host McCarthy at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3.

McCarthy is a Los Angeles-based artist who examines social relationships amid surveillance, automation, and algorithmic life. She is the creator of p5.js, an open source programming language for learning creative expression through code online. She helps lead the Processing Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote software literacy in the visual arts and visual literacy in technology-related fields – and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities.

“Programmer, artist, activist, and teacher Lauren Lee McCarthy examines social relationships amidst automation and algorithmic life,” said Ryan Slone, assistant professor of graphic design. “In an era of unprecedented digital surveillance, McCarthy’s investigations explore the impact of technology on our lives. We are honored to welcome Lauren Lee McCarthy as our first guest artist in 2022.”

McCarthy is a 2021 United States Artist Fellow, 2020 Sundance New Frontier Fellow, 2020 Eyebeam Fellow, 2019 Creative Capital Grantee, and has been a resident at Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Autodesk, and Ars Electronica. His work SOMEONE received the Ars Electronica Golden Nica and the Japan Media Arts Social Impact Award, and his work LAUREN received the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

His work has been exhibited around the world, including the Barbican Centre, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Haus der elektronischen Künste, SIGGRAPH, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, Seoul Museum of Art and Japan Media Arts. Festival.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

McCarthy is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the media arts of design.

All are invited to learn more about McCarthy and his work on Thursday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. The guest lecture series is free and open to the public.

Join the virtual conference on Zoom.

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