Rebecca Allen, born 1954, is an internationally recognized artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of perception and behavior and the potential of advanced technology. Her artwork, which takes the form of virtual and augmented reality art installations, experimental video and large-scale performances, spans nearly four decades and embraces the worlds of fine art, performing arts, pop culture and technology research.
B.F.A. degree at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1975
(M.S.) degree from the Architecture Machine Group (predecessor to the MIT Media Lab) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980
Worldbuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany
Among the Machines, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Rebecca Allen, Arcade Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Rebecca Allen Arcade Gallery, London, UK October (upcoming)
Enter Through the Headset 5 Gazelli Art House, London, UK. September (upcoming)
CADAF – Contemporary & Digital Art Fair Online. June 25-28, 2020.
u Feel Me_ (The Observer), FACT Gallery, Liverpool, UK. November 1, 2019 – February 23, 2020
360: Rebecca Allen (Life Without Matter), Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK. September 12 – October 20, 2019
Digital Gods (laberint), Weltkunstzimmer, Dusseldorf, Germany. November 9-25, 2018
Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 (Fin de Siècle
II collaboration with Nam June Paik) Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY. September 28, 2018-April 14, 2019
Very Real – Permanent Virtual Reality Exhibition (INSIDE and The Tangle of Mind and Matter), DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Beginning June 1
The Conquest of Reality (INSIDE and The Tangle of Mind and Matter), Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Montreal, Canada May 29-June 2
Sync(Emerge (Consciousness)), 10 November 2018 – 4 February 2019, QUAD Gallery one
Kraftwerk – 3D. Video projections
– Throughout Europe. February, June, July, August, September
(Premiere of VR Installation – The Tangle of Mind and Matter). Gazelli Art House, London, UK. September 4-30.
Moving Image New York (INSIDE) Waterfront New York Tunnel, New York, NY. February
Toute Seule. (with Charlotte Colbert, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Spero, Rachel Whiteread). (Figures in Motion series and premiere of VR Installation titled INSIDE.) Gazelli Art House, London, UK. January 12-February 26
Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678. Video projections
– OGR, Turin, Italy. November
– Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. June. – Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. June
– Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerpen, Belgium. May
Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678. Video projections. – Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain. October
– Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Norway. August
Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678. Video projections. – Lichtburg, Essen, Germany. November
– DR Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark. February
– Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands. January
November 9, 2108 – February 3, 2019
Solo exhibition including premiere of Digital Gods (Laberint),
Field of View (INSIDE) Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA. October
Enter Through the Headset 2
– Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany. January.
ONE Night – (Steady State) ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, West Hollywood, CA May. Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678
– Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France. November. – Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria. May
– El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico. March
– Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. March
Dance Machines: From Léger to Kraftwerk. Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden. Jan 22-April 27
nonliteral. B3 Biennale of the Moving Image – (Figures in Motion) ATELIERFRANKFURT, Frankfurt, Germany. October-November
Spectacle: The Music Video. Australian Centre for the Moving Image , Melbourne, Australia. Sept 26, 2013 – Feb 23 2014
Kraftwerk 3D Video Installation 12345678. SPRÜTH MAGERS, Berlin, Germany, July 5-Aug 31
Momentum: Women/Art/Technology- (Liminal Identities) Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. June 8 – July 26
Spectacle: The Music Video. Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY. April 3–June 16. Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678
– Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. May
– Akasaka Blitz, Tokyo, Japan. May
– Tate Modern, London, UK. February
– Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany. January
Roboter (Kraftwerk image exhibition). NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany. January
Spectacle: The Music Video. MIS – The Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Brazil. December 11, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Spectacle: The Music Video. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. March 3 – Sept 3
Kraftwerk Retrospective 12345678. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. April 10-17
Kraftwerk 3D. 3D Video Installation. Kunstbau, Munich, Germany. October 15 – November 13
Kraftwerk 3D Concert. Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany. October 12-13
Design and the Elastic Mind – (OLPC XO Laptop) Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition – (OLPC XO Laptop) Design Museum, London, UK
Second Natures – (The Bush Soul #3) Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Liminal Identities – Interactive Art Installation. Art Futura, Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona, Spain
eVolution:The Art of Living Systems, (The Bush Soul #3) Art Interactive Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Hacking the Timeline: a History of Digital Art – CyberSpace Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Doncaster College, Doncaster, England
Women in Science (Genomically Yours), (The Bush Soul #3) Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, New York, NY
Music Video: A Vehicle for New Sensitivity, (Musique Non-Stop) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Curator: Tomoe Moriyama, Dec 2002 – Feb 2003, Tokyo, Japan
The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf, Germany
The Brain Stripped Bare – Installation/Performance. Akzente Festival, Ausstellungshalle am Innenhafen, Duisburg, Germany
Mixed Realities Exhibition, (Coexistence) Interaction Design Institute Ivrea Gallery, Ivrea, Italy
ACM1: Beyond Cyberspace Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
SHIFT-CTRL: Computers, Games and Art Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) Beall Center for Art and Technology University of California Irvine. Irvine, CA
Art Futura Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. Sevilla, Spain
Ground Zero Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) The Tech Museum of Innovation. San Jose, CA
Interactive Frictions Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) University of Southern California (USC). Los Angeles, CA
Siggraph Emerging Technologies Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #3) LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Materiale/Immateriale, (The Bush Soul #2) Centro Trevi, Bolzano, Italy
“Life Science”, (The Bush Soul #3) Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
“Electronic Rituals” (The Bush Soul #3) Intermedia Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Art and Aesthetics of Artificial Life, (The Bush Soul #2) UCLA Center for Digital Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Siggraph Art Exhibition, (The Bush Soul #2) Orlando Convention Center, Orlando, FL
Doors of Perception 5: Play, (The Bush Soul #2) Netherlands Design Institute, Amsterdam
“Virtual Africa,” (The Bush Soul #1/#2/#3) Royal Museum of Central Africa, Belgium, and web- based virtual exhibition. Curator: Jocelyne Rotily.
THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE (The Bush Soul #1) Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Figures Le Parvis- Centre Meridien, Ibos, France
Info Art Kwangju Biennale – International Video, Kwangju, Korea
International Computer Graphic Art Exhibition Yonden Hall, Tokoshima, Japan
Sugar ‘n’ Spice Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Venice Biennale German Pavilion. Collaboration with Nam June Paik. Venice, Italy
Korean Pavilion Taejon World Expo, Taejon, Korea
Art as Information/ Information as Art Collaboration with Nam June Paik. Permanent Video Installation. Chase Manhattan Bank, Brooklyn, NY
Brandenburg Gate Collaboration with artist Nam June Paik Permanent Video Installation. Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Memory Palace Multimedia Performance. Art Futura, Barcelona, Spain
Rebecca Allen Retrospective Institute of Modern Art Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Memory Palace Multimedia Performance. Seville World Expo, Seville, Spain
Fire and Air / Water and Earth Opening Animation. Spanish Pavilion, Seville World Expo Seville, Spain
International Computer Graphic Art Exhibition Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Cybermedia. Light installation titled “Fleeting Words” (LED displays), Art Futura
– Museo de Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain. – Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain
– Centre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain
Professors’ Choice Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
MUGRA. Collaboration with La Fura dels Baus. Live multimedia performance. Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain
Conversations in Video (Curator) EZTV Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Open Festival EZTV Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Passages de l’Image (traveling exhibit)
– Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. – Centre Cultural, Fundacio, Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona
– Wexner Center for Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus
– San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Les Chemins du Virtuel Galerie du CCI, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
Imageworld: Art and Media Culture (with Nam June Paik) Whitney Museum of Art New York, NY
American Pop Culture Today Laforet Harajuku Museum Tokyo, Japan
Digital Visions: Computers and Art (traveling exhibit)
– Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, OH. – I.B.M. Gallery New York, NY
– Dayton Art Institute Dayton, OH.
Digital Visions: Computers and Art. Everson Museum of Art
Computer Superstars EZTV Gallery Los Angeles, CA
VALIS – A multimedia opera and exhibition. Concept and Music by Todd Machover, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
Computer Art: The Future Today Aerospace Corporation Gallery El Segundo, CA
RAB Live Multimedia Performance Saint-Etienne, France
RAB Live Multimedia Performance
– Joyce Theater New York, NY
– Palace of the Fine Arts San Francisco, CA
The Artist as a Young Machine (RAB) Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Canada
RAB Live Multimedia Performance
– Villeneuve-les Avignon Arts and Science Festival Avignon, France
– Sophia Antipolis Festival. Valbonne, France
– Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Canada
– Colorado College DanceTheater Colorado Springs, CO
– Dance Hall Cincinnati, OH
The Computer & It’s Influence on Art and Design
– Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
– NCGA National Computer Graphic Association Chicago, IL
– DIGICON International Conference on Digital Arts Vancouver, Canada. – Computers in the Visual Arts, Drake University Des Moines, IA
– MacNider Museum Mason City IA
Siggraph Art Exhibition Dallas, TX
– Creative Photo Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. – Photo Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
FILM AND VIDEO EXHIBITIONS
Femmebit (selection of work) Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA November 2016
The Solid State Cinema (Office Workers) Glasgow, Scotland December 2015.
Digital Promise Documentary. Produced by TVE (Spain) aired throughout Europe 2014
Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999 – (Steady State) Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA (part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A) October 2011
Retrospective of Work by Rebecca Allen Columbus School of Art and Design, Columbus, OH April 2007
CHARAMIX.com – Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival and Exhibition The Garden Hall Tokyo, Japan March 2001
RISD LA Film Exhibition Work by Rebecca Allen. Directors Guild. Los Angeles, June.
Rhode Island School of Design Film presentation of preeminent alumni. (Interview by Rebecca Allen) Directors Guild. Los Angeles, CA June 2000
Los Angeles-Fin de Siglo – From the Photographic Image to the Digital Image, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica, Milan, Italy April 1996
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco. February 1995
Toronto International Film Festival -“Synthetic Pleasures” Toronto, Canada. Sept. 1995
New York International Film Festival -“Synthetic Pleasures” New York, NY. Sept. 1995
Digitale: Modern Alchemy Cologne, Germany. Oct. 1995
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco. February 1993
VIDEOARCO Festival Madrid, Spain. February 1993
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco. February
Art Futura Festival Barcelona, Spain. April 1992
Muu Media Festival Helsinki, Finland. April 1992
Nits d’Imatge Jardins dels Vivers Valencia, Spain. July 1992
Siggraph Electronic Theater Chicago, IL. July 1992
Images du Futur Montreal, Quebec, Canada. September 1992
Kinetic Perceptions LA Freewaves Festival Los Angeles, CA. September 1992
Expanded Images -The Synthetic Cinema Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/ Venice Biennale Venice, Italy. September 1992
Premio Immagine -Mediatech Forum Milan, Italy. September 1992
SIM International Los Angeles, CA. October 1992
Art Futura Festival Barcelona, Spain. January 1990
MIMAD Computer Animation Festival Madrid, Spain. December 1991
Art Futura Festival Barcelona, Spain. January 1990
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco. February 1990
Das Regime der Bilder Festival Frankfurt, Germany. June 1990
Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Austria. September 1990. Honorary Mention
ARTTRANSITION Center for Advanced Visual Studies MIT Cambridge, MA, October 1990
Pacific Northwest Computer Graphics Film Show Portland, OR, February 1989
Image and Sound Festival The Haag, Netherlands April 1989
Biennale des Arts Electroniques Rennes, France May 1989.
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo, Monaco February 1988
San Francisco Film Festival San Francisco, CA April 1988
World Premiere of “BEHAVE”
Image and Sound Festival The Haag, Netherlands April 1988
Festival des Arts Electroniques Rennes, France May 28-June 5 1988
Pixel-Art Film and Video Show Barcelona, Spain June 6-22 1988
Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy August 1988
Images du Futur Montreal, Canada September 1988
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo February 1987
The Biennial of Video Barcelona, Spain April 1987
Imaginaire Numerique Film and Video Show Saint-Etienne, France May 1987
Prix Ars Electronica Linz, Austria June 1987
Siggraph Electronic Theater Anaheim, CA July 1987
Pacific Northwest Computer Graphics Film Show Eugene, OR October 1987
IMAGINA Film and Video Festival Monte Carlo February 1986
Imaginaire Numerique Film and Video Show Saint-Etienne, France
International Design Congress, “Erkundungen” Stuttgart, Germany
Siggraph Electronic Theater Dallas, TX July, 1986
Video Festival of Madrid Spain December 1986
Screening Room West, The American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles CA January 1985. • 4th International Forum on New Images Monte Carlo February 1985
Munich Film Festival Munich, Germany June 1985
Siggraph Film and Video Show San Francisco, CA July 1985
International Animation Celebration Los Angeles, CA September 1985
Committed to Tape General Electric Theater, New York, NY December 1985
International Forum on New Images Monte Carlo February 1984. • Siggraph Film and Video Exhibition Minneapolis, MN July 1984
New Definitions: a Video Exhibition Millennium Theater New York, NY • Siggraph Film and Video Exhibition Detroit, MI July 1983
National Video Festival (catalog cover) June 1982
Siggraph Film and Video Exhibition Boston, MA July 1982
Siggraph Film and Video Exhibition Dallas TX July 1981
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VERY REAL, Permanent Virtual Reality Exhibition (INSIDE and The Tangle of Mind and Matter), DAM Berlin, 2018 – 2019