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  • Chair & Professor
  • UCLA Design Media Arts

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of behavior and the potential of advanced technology. Her groundbreaking work in media art, design and research, which spans over three decades, pushes the boundary of creative expression while utilizing cutting-edge technology. Her work takes the form of experimental film, virtual and augmented reality art installations, kinetic sculpture, wearable computing, large-scale performance and interactive experience design.

Rebecca is currently Chair and Professor of UCLA Design Media Arts and was founding Chair of the department. From 2008 thru 2011 she was founding Director of Nokia Research Center Hollywood where she and her teams designed and built prototypes of next generation mobile media experiences, wearable devices and innovative interfaces.

Previous positions include: Design Manager and co-inventor of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) award-winning XO laptop; Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Liminal Devices research group at MIT Media Lab Europe; founding Director of the Intel funded UCLA research group called Emergence; Creative Director and 3D visionary for video game company Virgin Interactive Entertainment; Artist and Senior Researcher at the renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory, and Researcher at MIT Architecture Machine Group (predecessor of MIT Media Lab).

Allen has collaborated with musical artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbough (Devo), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell and performing artists such as Twyla Tharp, Joffrey Ballet and La Fura dels Baus. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Clients include Time Warner, Island, Mattel, Philips, Nintendo, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, BBC, TVE (Spain), Taejon World Expo, Seville World Expo, Apple and DARPA. She’s a recipient of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010. Awards include an Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Design.