The USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media Division proudly presents ARE YOU HERE, an exhibition of graduate thesis projects from our three-year MFA program. These eleven unique projects range from web visualizations to new genre games to immersive installations, from activist to physically active, and from pedagogical to just plain funny. Taken together, they exemplify the promise of interactive media – glimpses of digital futures, visions of new aesthetics, and contemplations of situation – all worthy of exploration.

Free Culture Speed Remix contest


USC’s Free Culture club is sponsoring a speed remix contest based on Night of the Living Dead. You have ONE WEEK to create a remix of George Romero’s schlock horror classic for a chance to win a Neuros OSD open-source embedded media center. All remixes will be screened on October 29, with prizes awarded at the Visions and Voices Remixing the Archive event at the Annenberg Center on Nov. 5th. For more information and complete contest rules go to the USC Free Culture blog

Blur+Sharpen: The Pleasures of Text


Blur + Sharpen returns with a show of text-based videos that showcase the power of designed typography. Highlights include Dutch graphic artist Mieke Gerritzen’s acclaimed Beautiful World, a confrontational exploration of visual signs, codes and slogans that questions globalization and consumer identity in a fast-paced moving graphics extravaganza. We’ll also screen a pair of jazzy, Web-based pieces by the Korean collective Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, the ASCII vision of Beck by Associates in Science and other shorts and music videos. Complete program is here.

The show will begin immediately after Simon Penny’s 511 presentation on September 27 at 8:00PM in the Ron Howard Screening Room, Zemeckis Center, 3131 South Figueroa – Free and open to the public!

Jennifer & Kevin McCoy @ Fringe Exhibitions

Special Things / Scary Things

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, from 6 -8 PM

Exhibition Dates: September 9 – October 7, 2006

Fringe Exhibitions 504 Chung King Court LA CA 90012

For their first solo Los Angeles exhibition, the McCoys present two new works. Both pieces are inspired by the language and themes of childhood. In the upstairs gallery, their project Special Things explores a super-charged utopian childhood of cavorting lambs, romping youths, and chiffon rainbows…

Multi-Modal Mixed Reality with Tangible and Physical Interaction

11am Friday, September 1, 2006 @ ZML

Visiting Scholar Steven Zhou will present recent research and projects in the fields of Mixed, Physical and Tangible interfaces.

Part of Steven’s reason for being with us this year is to initiate new research projects. So if you have any interest in these fields — or in contributing to these projects — please come to his talk!

Steve Zhou ZhiYing is a Visiting Scholar at USC CNTV IMD during 2006-07. He has been working on research covering computer vision, mixed reality, multi-modal human-computer interaction, and wearable computers. He is currently a lecturer at the National University of Singapore where he leads a team of over 10 researchers and students. Steven is also the founder and director of MXR Corporation Pte Ltd, a NUS spin-off MNC which commercializes his patented inventions.

Greater LA Masters of Fine Art Exhibition & Film Screening


August 27th 2006, CSULB

Reception: 4-9pm | Performances begin at 4:00 sharp

Features work by graduate students throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

In its second year, GLAMFA, organized and curated by CSULB students, encourages dialogue among the young generation of LA artists and the public as they have the chance to view the range of diversity among works from programs across Los Angeles and beyond.

Opening Reception:

Sunday, August 27th 4-9pm

Film Screening:

Sunday, August 27th 7:30-9pm

Gallery Hours:

August 28th- September 7th

Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Thursday, 12-7pm

Programs represented in GLAMFA are:

Art Center, Cal Arts, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, Claremont, Otis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USC