Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen (b. 1953, USA) is an internationally recognised artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of perception and behaviour and the potential of advanced technology. From the late 1970’s, Allen was a rare female artist working in the early stages of computer design and digital technology. Her pioneering artwork, which spans four decades and takes the form of experimental video, large-scale performances, live simulations and virtual and augmented reality art installations, addresses issues of gender, identity and what it means to be human as technology redefines our sense of reality.

 

With degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rebecca moves fluidly between artist studio and research lab, using her research to inform her art. Though widely recognised as a contemporary visual arts medium, Allen was one of the first artist to utilise the computer as an artistic tool  to make art involving human motion simulation, AI/artificial life algorithms and other generative techniques.

 

Allen’s work is exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum of American Art and NY Museum of Modern Art. Previous collaborators include artists such as Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Peter Gabriel, Carter Burwell, Twyla Tharp, and Nam June Paik.

 

Recent exhibitions include: ZELDA presents: Rebecca Allen, Arcade, 2020; you feel me_, FACT, Liverpool, 2019-- 20; Sync(Emerge(Consciousness)), QUAD Gallery, Derby, UK, 2018–19; Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 (Fin de Siècle II collaboration with Nam June Paik), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2018-19; Very Real (permanent virtual reality exhibition), DAM Gallery, Berlin, 2018-ongoing; The Conquest of Reality (featuring INSIDE and The Tangle of Mind and Matter), Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Montreal, Canada, 2018; and Kraftwerk – 3D (featuring video projections of Allen’s work from 1986), throughout Europe, February and June–September 2018.

In September 2020, The Serpentine released the interview Rebecca Allen on Kraftwerk, Video Games, and Artificial Life by Kay Watson, Art Technologies Curator.

ZELDA presents: Rebecca Allen

Arcade, London

15th October 2020 - 16th January 2021

In October 2020 ZELDA collaborated with Arcade, London to host Rebecca Allen's first solo exhibition in a commercial gallery.

The Observer 1999-2019

Installation view

ZELDA Presents: Rebecca Allen

Arcade, 2020

The Bush Soul 3 (1999)

Installation view

ZELDA Presents: Rebecca Allen

Arcade, 2020

landscape / enter / life (1999 - 2020)

Installation view

ZELDA Presents: Rebecca Allen 

Arcade, 2020

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