MAT End of Year Show


"soft AI+M"


The Media Arts and Technology Program at UCSB presents "soft AI+M", our 2024 End of Year Show, in two events:

  • Wednesday, June 5th, 5-8pm in Elings Hall, UCSB

  • Thursday, June 6th, 6-9pm at SBCAST

    513 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • This year we celebrate 25 years as a program, and share its student research work, including projects in new media, electronic music, robotics, artificial intelligence, and computational crafts, tools and design.

    Community members are invited to attend both exhibitions. Admission is free.

    Wednesday, June 5th @ UCSB Elings Hall, 5-8pm

    The first event takes place at Elings Hall in CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) at UCSB on Wednesday, June 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This will highlight the work of MAT's labs and the AlloSphere, featuring a performance of Always, a composition by world-renowned computer music pioneer and Professor Curtis Roads.

    Free Parking in Lot 10 after 5 pm.

    Map to Elings Hall

    Thursday, June 6th @ SBCAST, 6-9pm

    The second event takes place at SBCAST (Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology) at 531 Garden Street) on “First Thursday,” June 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. This will highlight the collaboration of the MAT Alloplex Studio/Lab@SBCAST with the SBCAST and Santa Barbara creative community. Live music will feature the MAT Create Ensemble, and large-scale projection-mapping will be presented after dark.

    Map to SBCAST

    This year’s show theme explores the encounter of current cutting-edge developments in media arts with the rapidly developing challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Projects which relate generative computation, expressive fabrication, robotics, and electronic music to AI, cognitive science, and neurobiology will be presented.

    "As our world becomes increasingly transformed by emerging artificial intelligence and related technologies, we’re finding ways to fuse much-needed elements of softness and humaneness and beauty with the lucid rigor of science and engineering, helping to navigate creatively what might otherwise become a harsh transition." - MAT Chair Marcos Novak

    Students showcasing their work: Lucy Bell, Pratyush Bhattacharyya, Sam Bourgault, Emma Brown, Deniz Caglarcan, Olifa Ching-Ying Haieh, Stejara Dinulescu, Grace Feng, Diarmid Flatley, Devon Frost, Sabina Hyoju Ahn, Raina Lee, Ana Maria Cardenas Gasca, Jenni Hutson, You-Jin Kim, Nefeli Manoudaki, Ryan Millett, Joyce Passananti, Iason Paterakis, Weihao Qiu, Marcel Rodriguez-Riccelli, Jazer Sibley-Schwartz, Timothy Wood, Yiran Shaw Xiao, Emilie Yu, and Yifeng Yvonne Yuan, along with guest artist Angelos Floros.


    Exhibition Poster

    Media Arts and Technology (MAT) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a transdisciplinary graduate program that fuses emergent media, computer science, engineering, electronic music, architecture and design, and digital art research, practice, production, and theory.

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