Indi McCarthy
Since the beginning
Works in Altadena, California United States of America

Indi McCarthy was the Assistant Director for the Beall Center for Art and Technology from its inauguration October 2000 through 2005, coordinating all artistic programming and events exclusive to new media and emerging technologies. She has produced digital-theater projects (Reading Frankenstein, 2002 and 2003, and The Roman Forum Project, 2003), co-curated exhibitions featuring emerging artists (Life by Design: Everyday Digital Culture, 2003, ID/entity: Portraiture in the 21st Century, 2003), and curated the first retrospective exhibition of Norman Klein (Mapping the Unfindable), March 2004. She came to the Beall Center with a background in the performing arts, having worked in independent theater in New York and Philadelphia 1985-1989. She received her degree in Art History and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego, in 1994, having studied under David and Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, and Jerome Rothenberg. She is now working as an independent art + technology consultant in Los Angeles.
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The Beall Center presents Five (5)

Sat Oct 01, 2005 00:00 - Mon Sep 12, 2005

October 4 ­ December 10, 2005

Meet the Artists Reception: October 1, 6:00-9:00 pm

Boutique Vizique
Camille Utterback
Keiko Takahashi
Smart studio, Interactive Institute
Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau

Curator Pamela Winfrey, of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, joins forces with the Beall Center to bring together this charming, international celebration of the new media arts.


OP_ERA Premiers at the Beall Center

Tue Apr 26, 2005 00:00 - Wed Apr 20, 2005

The Beall center for Art and Technology

is pleased to present the U.S. Premier of


Daniela Kutschat & Rejane Cantoni

April 26 - June 11
Opening Reception April 26, 6-9 pm

OP_ERA: sonic dimension is an immersive and interactive installation designed as a music box. The box is a black, open cube (three walls of 3x3m each) filled with hundreds of visually identical violin-like strings. Tuned with the specific tension, each virtual string vibrates with a visual-sound frequency (light and sound waves) that varies according to its relative position and mode of interaction. The objective of this project is to research the geometry of sonic spaces and to develop sonic interfaces.
In OP_ERA: sonic dimension there are two modes of interaction. In the first case, the input interface is a 360 microphone that collects the users sounds. When the microphone picks up a sound, the software analyses, filters and converts it into equivalent visual outputs. If the user sounds like an F, he will see the relative F frequencies vibrating as strings according to Pythagorean principles. In the second case, the input interface is an array of sensors. Used to detect the users position this interface allows the system to interpret any action as a gravitational force. For example, when the user points to a string set, the action not only vibrates the selected strings, but it also changes the shape of space time.


Daniela Kutschat, of S Paulo, Brazil, is an artist, lecturer and researcher. PhD in Visual Arts, she coordinates the Post-Graduate Studies in Interactive Media of SENAC in S Paulo. Her research focuses computer systems, digital media, cognition and human-computer interfaces. She also develops body-space integrating systems for interactive and VR environments. More recently, the project OP_ERA was sponsored by Transmedia, Itacultural (2002) and awarded with the 4th Prize Sergio Motta (2003). More about her work and exhibitions can be found at .

Rejane Cantoni is an artist and new technologies researcher who develops human-machine interfaces within intelligent environments. She has a Ph.D. in Communication and Semiotics from the Catholic University of S Paulo, where she works as an Assistant Professor in Technology and Digital Media at the Computer Science Department.


CONCEPT AND IMPLEMENTATION: Daniela Kutschat & Rejane Cantoni
SPONSORS: The Beall Center for Art and Technology, UC Irvine
COLLABORATION: ATOS Industrial Automation, LTD.

For additional information, please contact Indi McCarthy and (949) 824-6206


HYBRID VIGOR! @ the Beall Center

Thu Apr 07, 2005 00:00 - Tue Apr 05, 2005

The Beall Center for Art and Technology

Erik Conrad / Sky Frostenson / Adrian Herbez / Garnet Hertz /
Ryan Schoelerman / Margaret Watson / So Yamaoka

April 6 - 16, 2005
Opening Reception April 7th, 7-9pm

This year celebrates the first graduating class of the newly formed ACE (Arts Computation and Engineering) graduate program at University of California, Irvine. Students in this pioneering interdisciplinary program will curate and organize an "open lab" exhibition showcasing their work and experimentation in new media and interdisciplinary arts at UCI.

Contact / Information: (949) 824-4339
Beall Center Hours: Tues. - Wed. 12-5 ; Thurs. - Sat. 12 -8

Beall Center for Art and Technology
Arts Computation and Engineering



Mon Mar 07, 2005 00:00 - Wed Feb 23, 2005

Announcing an International Conference on


UC Irvine, March 7-9
Humanities Instructional Building, Room 135

Can immuno-defensive mechanisms teach us something about the media? Does national security dogma find representation in current culture? To what extent do computer games draw on military training? How does bio-defense policy fertilize art? - The conference will focus on defensive modeling and critical thinking on defensive modes: investigating the relevance, for contemporary culture, of concepts and metaphors ranging from military tactics and security policy to the analysis of social, biological, psychological, technological, and other forms of protection against stimuli.

Conference topics will include representations of immunization, exclusion, projection, denial, prevention, prophylaxis, control, isolation, etc. in public policy and media politics; paranoia as a control fantasy and a symptom of the networked society; bioengineering and critical art practice; information warfare and info-peace; the epistemology of secret intelligence (and counter-intelligence); the visualization of biotechnology; the psychoanalytical registers of conceptualizing ego defense; cybernetics and computer science in their process of institutionalization; the media metaphorology of viral infection; anthrax and other (real and imaginary) threats of bio-terrorism; volumetric display as a technology of localizing the opponent in military technology; bio-robotics; the cultural cold war; alternative cartography focusing on the "secret" military bases in the Southern California desert; and technological and political defenses against crimes of identity theft.

Speakers include Etienne Balibar (Paris), Beatriz da Costa (UC Irvine), Chris Csikszentmihalyi (MIT), James Der Derian (Brown), Garnet Hertz (UC Irvine), Eva Horn (Basel), Natalie Jeremijenko (UC San Diego), Julian Klein (Berlin), Peter Krapp (UC Irvine), Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley), Claus Pias (Essen), Mark Poster (UC Irvine), Laurence Rickels (UC Santa Barbara), Stefan Rieger (Erfurt), Felicity Scott (UC Irvine), Jens Schroeter (Siegen), Jennifer Terry (UC Irvine), Eugene Thacker (Georgia Tech), Brigitte Weingart (Cologne).

Supported by the Humanities Center, the Vice Chancellor for Research (RGS), Cal-(IT)2, the Dean of Humanities, the International Center for Writing and Translation (ICWT), the Critical Theory Institute (CTI), the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), and the Department of Visual Studies, as well as by the German Foundation Junge Akademie.

Details/Itinerary below and at

Please post this announcement widely, thank you very much in advance.


Monday, March 7:

17:00 WELCOME: opening remarks

17:30 Etienne BALIBAR: "Europe as Borderland: models of transnational citizenship"

Tuesday, March 8:

9:00 Stefan RIEGER: "Techniques of Self-Defense and Self-Preservation"

9:45 Laurence RICKELS: "Schreber Guardian"

10:30 coffee break

11:00 Trevor PAGLEN: "Goatsucker: secret landscapes, invisible deaths, and conspiracies of silence surrounding military 'stealth' programs since the 1970s"

11:45 Jennifer TERRY: "Boosting Morale: Entertainment as an Art of War"

12:30 lunch break

13:30 Jens SCHROETER: "3Defense. Volumetric display and the localization of the other"

14:15 Garnet HERTZ: "The Animal-Machine: Biorobotics, War and Animalized Technologies"

15:00 coffee break

15:30 Chris CSIKSZENTMIHALYI: "Freedom Flies: Throwing money at the problem of military solutions"

16:15 Claus PIAS: "The Defense of Cybernetics"

17:00 pause

17:30 James DER DERIAN: "Defensive Terror and Model Threats: Virtual/Actual/Banal"

Wednesday, March 9:

9:00 Eva HORN: "Black Box, Nets, and Swarms. Models of the Enemy in Secret Intelligence"

9:45 Mark POSTER: "Who Controls Digital Culture?"

10:30 coffee break

11:00 Peter KRAPP: "Acts of Oblivion: Human Rights and the Indefensible"

11:45 Felicity SCOTT: "Defense Against the Environment"

12:30 lunch break

13:30 Eugene THACKER: "Biology, Code, and War: The Biopolitics of U.S. Defense Policy"

14:15 Beatriz DA COSTA: "Narrating BioTerrorism - Framework, Responses, Counteraction?"

15:00 coffee break

15:30 Natalie JEREMIJENKO: "Social Security: open scripts of participation towards the demilitarization of interaction"

16:15 Brigitte WEINGART: "Unseen Threats: Viral representations in popular discourse"


Peter Krapp
Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies / Visual Studies
& Program Faculty Member, Arts Computing Engineering
235 Humanities Instructional Building
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2435


Realtime for JazzBot!

Fri Mar 18, 2005 00:00 - Wed Feb 23, 2005

Please note, the date is now FRIDAY, March 18th

*JazzBot *

A performance of jazz piano and robotic musical instruments
Featuring Kei Akagi, piano

FRIDAY March 18, 6:00 PM - FREE

Beall Center for Art and Technology

Seating is limited; for reservations phone (949) 824-4339.

Jazz pianist Kei Akagi of the UCI Music Department will give a brief performance in live interaction with a collection of robotic musical instruments. The robotic instruments, designed by LEMUR (the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots), are currently installed as an exhibition in the Beall Center for Art and Technology. Mr. Akagi will provide a demonstration of realtime musical interaction between man and machines, using music composed by, and musically intelligent robotic behavior programmed by, UCI professor Christopher Dobrian.

The 20-minute performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with professors Akagi and Dobrian and LEMUR founder Eric Singer.

Kei Akagi is professor of Jazz Composition and Performance in the UCI Music Department. Christopher Dobrian is professor of Composition and Technology, and director of the Gassmann Electronic Music Studio and the Realtime Audio Research Laboratory. The LEMUR exhibition is ongoing at the Beall Center through March 19, 2005.

Mr. Akagi will perform on a Yamaha Disklavier grand piano, with generous support from the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Gassmann Electronic Music Studio of UCI, and the Beall Center for Art and Technology.
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine