Beall Center for Art + Technology

Beall Center for Art + Technology

In 1997 when the art world began witnessing emerging innovations that combined art and technology, a group headed by the former dean of UC Irvine’s School of the Arts approached the Rockwell Foundation with the proposal to establish a center on campus dedicated to interdisciplinary research and exhibitions in contemporary media arts.

A year later, to honor retiring Chairman Donald R. Beall and his wife, Joan, Rockwell International Corporation approved that proposal and awarded the School a major gift to support the founding and infrastructure of the Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology.

The Center was physically located within the School of the Arts campus and its intent was to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the University’s arts, engineering, sciences and business programs – all of which contribute to the development and applications of multimedia.

When completed, the Beall Center became the only exhibition center within the UC system to solely focus on contemporary new media arts and the only space of its kind in Southern California.

Contemporary media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with emerging media technologies, including, but not limited to, digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art technologies, computer robotics, science, and art as biotechnology.

While media art may appear to be a new art form rising from the burgeoning computer age of the 1980s and 1990s, its roots can be traced as far back as 180 AD with the creation of an elementary zoetrope thought to have originated in China or the more often referenced 1800’s zoetrope that used moving photographic images both as a study in physics and as a visual art form.

Leaping forward, the 1960s saw the beginnings of experimental video art  developments by Nam June Paik and multimedia and experimental performances by Fluxus. The 1980s experienced real-time computer graphics and the emergence of the video game, followed by the computer and Internet explosion of the 1990s.

The Beall Center’s inaugural exhibition opened in the fall of 2000 with SHIFT_CTRL: Computers, Games and Art, a groundbreaking exhibit that examined games, gaming, and related new technologies.

Since its opening, the Beall Center has showcased professional exhibits, undergraduate and graduate exhibits, youth and outreach events, and has represented artists, researchers and students of higher education practicing in various genres of contemporary media arts.

In the fall of 2009 the Beall Center received important works by world renowned and pioneering video artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) on loan from a private collector and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Media Alchemy showcased Nam June Paik’s later works in an inviting intimate setting.
 
When stripped down, the Beall Center is a big black box of approximately 2500 sq. ft. and consists of grids for lights, electricity, and provides online connectivity – the tools and materials necessary for media art exhibits.

Art at the Beall Center is experimental in nature. Most galleries and museums do not have the infrastructure, technological know-how and/or the time to trouble shoot technological problems that sometimes occur in exhibiting these types of media art. Luckily the Beall Center was built as a technology-based art center and the infrastructure is in place to allow for trouble-shooting and immediate repairs.

Thanks to its continued uniqueness, the Beall is as important today as it was when it opened years ago.

While the Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, it is with much gratitude that major support today is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.

For more information about the Beall Center for Art + Technology, visit the website: click here
 

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LASER Talk: Empathy in Machine Learning

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location to be Announced

As Machine Learning reaches new heights, how are programmers and developers addressing human-like interfaces, interactions, and decision-making – specifically, when it comes the emulation of empathy? Conversation may include philosophical and ethical topics, in addition to the creative and computational aspects of this growing practice. Speakers will be recruited from the departments of Fine Art, Computer Science/Informatics, and Psychology – in addition to representatives from businesses dealing with Machine Learning.

Free admission; reservation required

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Beall Center for Art + Technology

 

 

 

The Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, the core idea being to merge their lifelong passions – technology, business and the arts – in one place. Today major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.



August 8 (All day)
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LASER Talk: Bird Song

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location to be announced

We - as humans – have long since been fascinated by birds. Their seemingly magical capacity for flight, song, and navigation have made them powerful symbols for many cultures, especially through the art historical lexicon. The Beall Center for Art + Technology’s related exhibition - Passes Like a Thought - explores flight, birdsong, and the aesthetic variation of avian species through the work of several intermedia artists. This panel talk will allow exhibition artists to present their work and research, in conversation with experts from the natural sciences, art historical, and environmental community.

Free admission; reservation required

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Beall Center for Art + Technology

 

 

 

The Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, the core idea being to merge their lifelong passions – technology, business and the arts – in one place. Today major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.



February 12 - 5:30 pm
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It Passes Like a Thought

Curated by by David Familian

 

February 10 – May 12, 2018

Beall Center for Art + Technology

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2– 5 p.m.

We – as humans – have long since been fascinated by birds. Their seemingly magical capacity for flight, song, and navigation have made them powerful symbols for many cultures, especially through the art historical lexicon. It Passes Like a Thought will explore flight, birdsong, and the aesthetic variation of avian species through the work of several intermedia artists.

This exhibition is possible due to the generosity of the Beall Family Foundation.

 

 

 

712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | beallcenter.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Monday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

Free admission and docent-led tours, open to the public.

Holiday Closures: November 10 & 11, November 23-25, December 18-January 7, January 15

The Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, the core idea being to merge their lifelong passions – technology, business and the arts – in one place.  Today major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.


Join us for a LASER Talk on February 12, 2018, 5:30 p.m.



February 10 (All day) to May 12 (All day), February 10 - 2:00 pm
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STEAM Educators Luncheon

NEW DATE

December 2, 2017
More information to follow

Beall Center for Art + Technology

Designed for youth educators, program directors, and community outreach coordinators in Southern California, this annual luncheon showcases STEAM-based public programs for kids available through UCI and includes discussions about STEAM-based learning research. Attendees will be treated to a curator-led walkthrough of the Beall Center for Art + Technology’s current exhibition – Drawn from a Score - and presentations from campus departments that specialize in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math-based activities and events for elementary, middle, and high school students. Luncheon guests will also have networking opportunities during a complimentary lunch hour.

Free admission; reservations required

Registration opens soon, through http://beall.uci.edu.

 

 

 

712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | beallcenter.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Monday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

Holiday Closures: November 10 & 11, November 23-25, December 18-January 7, January 15

The Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, the core idea being to merge their lifelong passions – technology, business and the arts – in one place.  Today major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.

 



December 2 - 11:00 am
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Drawn from a Score

Curated by by David Familian

 

October 7 – February 3, 2018

Beall Center for Art + Technology

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2– 5 p.m.

Drawn from a Score features artists who produce art from a score, ranging from “event scores” - developed by John Cage and others in the late 1950s - to the contemporary uses of code as a score for computational works. In addition to traditional written scores, it will include drawings, sculptures, performances, video projections and computer-generated forms of art.

In Cage’s seminal course at the New School for Social Research, he taught young artists how to write visual “event scores” using chance operations, found sound, and everyday objects to produce live performances. Drawn from a Score will present some of these early scores by Cage and artists who took his New School course from 1956-58. It will also feature a reconstruction of Cage’s 1968 Reunion ––his chess board that triggers sound while a game is being played––that underline his idea of how to produce “indeterminacy.”

Other historical examples in the exhibition will include score-based work by Conceptual and Fluxus artists from the 1960s. Sol Lewitt’s written “instructions” serve as scores to produce detailed, geometric line drawings that are made directly on the wall’s surface. Assorted event scores by Fluxus artists will be exhibited and performed live. Additionally, the exhibition will show the score and ephemera from The House of Dust (1971), a collaboration between Fluxus artist Alison Knowles and the composer James Tenney that yielded the first computer-generated poem created in the language Fortran. A few years later, German artist Manfred Mohr made Plotter prints also using Fortran that will also be on view.

Some of the more contemporary works in this exhibition also use computer generated or real-time animation in projections. Los Angeles-based Casey Reas expands on Sol Lewitt’s instructions by writing computational scores to make infinitely mutable projected images. Israeli artist Shirley Shor’s Landslide uses computationally generated imagery to project virtual on the physical surface of white sand, creating a constantly changing topography.

Drawn from a Score will be accompanied by a series of public events and/or performances. A publication with writing from guest essayists will examine the use of scores in the works in the exhibition from the historical and the analogue, to contemporary forms of digital production.

This exhibition is possible due to the generosity of the Beall Family Foundation.

 

 

 

712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | beallcenter.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Monday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

Free admission and docent-led tours, open to the public.

Holiday Closures: November 10 & 11, November 23-25, December 18-January 7, January 15

The Beall Center received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation in honor of retired chairman Don Beall and his wife, Joan, the core idea being to merge their lifelong passions – technology, business and the arts – in one place. Today major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.

 



October 7 (All day) to February 3 (All day), October 7 - 2:00 pm
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