Antoinette LaFarge
Since the beginning
Works in Long Beach, California United States of America

Antoinette LaFarge has a particular interest in constructed realities, including computer-mediated performance, net-based improvisation, online role-playing games, avatar performance, playable media, nonlinear narrative, and fictive art. Recent new media performance and installation projects include "Galileo in America" (2012), "Hangmen Also Die" (2010), "Playing the Rapture" (2008), "Demotic" (2004, 2006), "The Roman Forum Project" (2003), and "Reading Frankenstein" (2003). She has co-curated two groundbreaking exhibitions on computer games and art: "ALT+CTRL: A Festival of Independent and Alternative Games" (2003) and "SHIFT-CTRL: Computers, Games, and Art" (2000) at UC Irvine's Beall Center for Art and Technology.

She is the founder and longtime artistic director of the Plaintext Players, a pioneering Internet performance troupe founded in 1993 that has appeared at numerous international venues, including the 1997 Venice Biennale, documenta X, and UpStage festivals. She is also the founder and director of the Museum of Forgery, a virtual institution dedicated to opening up the cultural dialogue around forgery and related practices such as appropriation.

She is associate editor of the anthology Searching for Sebald (ICI Press, 2007), to which she is also a contributor. Other recent publications include "Eisbergfreistadt: The Fictive and the Sublime" (Visual Communication Quarterly, 2009), "A Meditation on Virtual Kinesthesia" (Extensions, 2007), "Media Commedia" (Leonardo, 2005), "25 Propositions on the Art of Networlds" (Anthology of Art, 2002), and "Marcel Duchamp and the Museum of Forgery" (Tout-Fait, 2002). From 1995 to 1998 she served as Guest Editor of the annual Digital Salon issue of Leonardo.

She is a longtime Associate of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit that explores the visual methods used to document, categorize, expose, and conceal the events that define contemporary culture. Her involvement with the ICI includes co-organizing exhibitions, design and production of several books combining scholarship with art, and work on multi-year projects such as The AIDS Chronicles. In 2011, she produced the research project and exhibition Evidence of Evidence at the ICI.

She is Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in electronic art and design.
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Graduate Study in Electronic Art & Design at UC Irvine

Wed Jan 15, 2014 21:50

Irvine, California
United States of America

Electronic Art and Design (EAD) students in the Department of Art at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) operate at the intersection of art, design, and technology, and are motivated to intervene in society beyond traditional exhibition venues. In EAD, students critically engage with the contemporary techno-social context as subject and medium, deploying electronics, computation, and media technologies in conjunction with other methods and materials.

EAD is a subspecialty within the Art Department's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, in which students develop a focused practice while articulating their position within the larger art world. Successful applicants will join a dynamic community of around thirty students working in EAD, video and digital filmmaking, photography, new genres, sculpture, and painting. All MFA students take part in a studio-oriented curriculum integrating theory, practice, and research.

Core EAD faculty include Antoinette LaFarge (telematic performance, interactive installation, expanded narrative), Simon Penny (mechatronics, robotics, interactive installation, cognitive science, science and technology studies), and Jesse Jackson(computer-aided design and fabrication, generative algorithms, architecture, photography).

CTSA facilities provide EAD support for computer-aided design and fabrication, mechatronics, interactive installation, telematic and media-intensive performance, immersive and locative media, motion and green-screen capture, digital video, and photography. All MFA students 24-hour access to CTSA facilities including their own private studios. Financial aid is available, including teaching assistantships and scholarships. UC Irvine offers guaranteed on-campus housing to all new MFA students who are admitted prior to the housing application deadline.

EAD is committed to interdisciplinarity. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wealth and diversity of resources and expertise at UC Irvine, including parallel graduate programs in Visual Studies, Film & Media Studies, andIntegrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology, as well as the Critical Theory Institute, the School of Information and Computer Sciences, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and the National Center for Rapid Technologies.

For more information, visit the EAD website ( and Department of Art website ( For further information or to arrange a campus visit, please contact John Medina,


Assistant Professor of Electronic Art + Design

Tue Sep 11, 2012 23:59

Irvine, California
United States of America

Tenure-Track Position in Electronic Art + Design (Rank: Assistant Professor)

The Department of Studio Art at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts is conducting a search for a designer/artist with an emphasis in critical design practices for the position of Assistant Professor. The Department of Studio Art offers both the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA). The effective starting date for the position is January 1, 2013.
We seek an individual of international reputation working at the forefront of interdisciplinary design practices and with a proven record of engagement and collaboration with members of the public and the academy outside of their artistic disciplines.

While expertise in established design and art practices is desirable, we are interested in candidates who think expansively and critically about creative technologies and the role design will play in 21st century culture. Areas of design-related expertise of particular interest include but are not limited to: design theory and history; environment-oriented design; experiential design; interaction design; communication design; design for location-specific content, computer-aided design; 3D design for prototyping and sculpture; motion graphics and 3D modeling; and social media. Applicants need to be confident in supporting the technical demands of their area(s) but be open to experimental and critical approaches to media. Currently, the School’s facilities include a wood shop, metal shop, sculpture studio, and labs specialized for video, digital photography, gaming, mechatronics, motion capture, telematic performance, and electronic music.

Responsibilities include a teaching load split between graduate and undergraduate courses, regular administrative departmental duties, oversight of the Digital Arts Minor program, and the ability to assume a leadership position within the area.

The successful candidate will join a department with a reputation for cross-disciplinary work, critical thinking, and socially engaged practice. S/he will also join a campus environment ripe for the expansion of design- related areas. A range of interesting design initiatives have emerged around campus such as the Design Alliance from School of Humanities, and the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI) within the School of Information and Computer Sciences. A successful candidate will be able to broaden and strengthen those ties, and build others, on campus, in the UC system and in the wider community.

  • MFA or PhD in Art or Design, or equivalent training
  • Several years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, graduate supervision, and administrative service.

Interested candidates should submit the following by September 11, 2012 to:
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in UCI
  • CV, including record of exhibitions and weblinks
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of your strengths, both technical and theoretical.
  • Art/Design practice statement
  • Names and contact info for three recommenders

In addition, submit a portfolio of up to 25 images and other media examples, to be uploaded at:

The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The department and the University of California at Irvine are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

The start date is January 1, 2013. Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions at University of California are subject to budgetary approval. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.