Join us for the PRAXIS Talks + Exhibition, hosted by the iMAP PhD program at USC School of Cinematic Arts. PRAXIS is a monthly event to bring together the experimental design community in LA to engage in a discourse about future cinema and design practice at the edges of the field. It is open to anyone looking for an informal place to network and learn about new ideas, methodologies and workflows.



Praxis XI: Poetic Media Textures

Exhibition: February 5-9, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: February 8, 6:30pm (reception to follow)

Katherine Agard |
Vanessa Villareal |





Praxis X: Performing the Mediated Body

Exhibition: January 16-19, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: January 18, 6:30pm (reception to follow)

Edgar Arceneaux |
Julia Heyward & Perry Hoberman |
Dawn Stoppiello |




Praxis IX: 3-D Printed Body Architecture

Artist Talks: November 10, 6:00pm (reception to follow)
Exhibition: November 13-17, 10am-8pm

Featuring Designers: Rem D Koolhaas, Niccolo Casas, Kyle Von Hasseln, Jenny Wu, Alvin Huang, Janne Kyttanen and Julia Korner. Celebrating the recent publication of 3-D Printed Body Architecture (Wiley), co-edited by MA+P PhD candidate Behnaz Farahi and architect/theorist Neil Leach.




Praxis VIII: Bodies, Technology and Space

Exhibition: September 11-15, 2017, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: September 14, 6:30pm (reception to follow)

Featuring Designers: Kate Hollenbach, Nova JiangLee Tusman



PRAXIS VII: Landscapes of the Anthropocene

Exhibition: Monday-Friday, April 3-7, 2017, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: Thursday, April 6th. Reception at 6:00pm, talks begin at 6:30pm

Featuring Designers:  Liam YoungRebeca Mendez, Refik Anadol



praxis-vi_2PRAXIS VI: Exploring Social Systems and Feelings

Exhibition: March 6-10, 2017, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: March 7th, 6pm (reception at 6, talks begin at 6:30). Featuring designers:

Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her immersive research has included becoming a YouTube “cewebrity” with over two million video views and an appearance as a contestant on Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair on Vh1. She was awarded a Rhizome commission for her two-person play Playground which debuted at the New Museum and was premiered by South London Gallery at Goldsmiths College. Hirsch has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent solo shows include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, and the New Museum’s online project space First Look.

 Institute For New Feeling is a collective founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle, committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. As a group we assume the authoritative voice of the Institution, borrowing from the language of corporate branding as well as that of mainstream medicine, therapy, health and beauty. Our work takes the form of treatments, therapies, retreats and wellness products. We are interested in the wellness industry as a shifting, slippery intersection of capitalism, technological innovation, and the body. IfNf has recently shown work at Ballroom Marfa, TX, MoMA, NY, Istanbul Modern, Turkey, MAAT, Lisbon, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Kevin Space, Vienna, Jardin Essential, Bruxelles, Recess, NY, and Southern Exposure, San Francisco. IfNf has been featured in Art in America, Vogue Italy, Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic.

 Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work explores current social and technological systems for being a person and interacting with other people. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts, and was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT3.



praxis-v_open-source-design2PRAXIS V: Open-Source Design for Community Building

Exhibition: February 6-10, 2017, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: February 9th, 6pm (reception at 6, talks begin at 6:30). Featuring designers:

Jose Sanchez is an Architect / Programmer / Game Designer based in Los Angeles, California. He is partner at Bloom Games, start-up built upon the BLOOM project, winner of the WONDER SERIES hosted by the City of London for the London 2012 Olympics. He is the director of the Plethora Project (, a research and learning project investing in the future of on-line open-source knowledge and the creator of Block’hood, a city simulator video game exploring notions of crowdsourced urbanism. Today, he is an Assistant Professor at USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. His research ‘Gamescapes’, explores generative interfaces in the form of video games, speculating in modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics and open systems as a design medium.

Nina Kin develops applications and systems that help modernize government processes at the County of Los Angeles.  Outside her day job, she works to bring government closer to the local civic tech community.  As a co-captain of Hack For LA, a local brigade of Code For America, she helps grow open source civic tech projects. Through MaptimeLA, she also helps run open source projects that combine her love of maps, programming, teaching, community, and crafting.

Omar Ureta is an urban designer by day, and a civic hacker by night, who is interested in revealing the complexities of land use planning and development. As an urban design consultant, he advocates for architecture in support of the public realm by improving on public outreach and public process. As a civic hacker, Omar experiments with new ways to interactively communicate land-use issues through the use of open source tools and open data. He is part of an emerging community of civic hackers and leads maptimeLA, a volunteer group open to anyone interested in collaborative learning, exploration and map creation. He holds a BArch from Woodbury University and a MSArch with a focus in Urban Policy from Woodbury University.



PRAXIS IV: Media, Activism and Imagination

Exhibition: November 7-11, 2016, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: November 10th, 6pm (reception at 6, talks begin at 6:30). Featuring designers:

Alex Rivera is a digital media artist and filmmaker. His work has won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and has been screened at The Berlin International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The Getty, Lincoln Center, PBS, Telluride, and other international venues.

Erik Loyer is a digital media artist who uses tactile interfaces to tell stories and make arguments. Loyer’s award-winning apps, websites, and creative tools have gone on to receive international recognition across the digital humanities, electronic literature, indie games, and digital comics fields, including at IndieCade, MoCA, the Webby Awards, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Erin Christovale is the film programmer of Black Radical Imagination, a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative and the curator at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Founded and opened in 1954, its mission is to promote, interpret, and present the art of emerging, mid career, and established artists from culturally diverse Southern California.



PRAXIS III: Experimental Storytelling

Exhibition: October 3-7, 2016, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks:October 6th, 6pm (reception at 6, talks begin at 6:30). Featuring designers:

Andrew Huang: Artist filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Art and Animation at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007.  Huang’s film and video work has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; Postmasters Gallery, NYC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  As an experimental filmmaker whose work bridges the gap between video art and film, he has developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, having worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, among others.

David Leonard: David Leonard is an artist and media innovator who lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. He holds an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles(2012). Leonard accentuates his careers as a “man-on-the-street” with a confounding art practice, using his investigative eye to produce work that extends the bounds of technology, current events, journalism and the aesthetic representation of these topics. His work has been exhibited at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2011), What Pipeline in Detroit (2014) Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen(2014) and Neue Alte Bruecke in Frankfort (2015) Minerva in Sydney(2016).

Samantha Culp: Samantha Culp is a California-born writer, curator and producer based between Los Angeles and Shanghai. She has spent the past decade in greater China, first in Hong Kong, then in Beijing and Shanghai. Her writing and criticism have appeared in publications such as Artforum, New York Times T Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and as a contributing editor of China’s bilingual art magazine LEAP (艺术节). She’s a board member of Hong Kong’s new media arts organization Videotage, and a founding curator of Tulou Open House, a long-term site-specific creative experiment, residency, and conference at a traditional tulou in rural Fujian Province. She recently co-founded Paloma Powers, a creative studio and consultancy developing artist-led solutions for realms far beyond the traditional art world.



PRAXIS II: Data Visualization

Exhibition: September 6-9, 2016, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: September 8th, 7pm

Featuring designers:

Basak Alper Ramaswamy (NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory / UCSB)

Len De Groot (Los Angeles Times)

Maggie Hendrie  + Hillary Mushkin (Caltech/ Art Center College of Design)



PRAXIS I: Design Methodologies

Exhibition: April 18-24, 2016, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: April 20, 6:30pm

Join us for the inaugural PRAXIS Talks + Exhibition, hosted by the IMAP PhD program at USC School of Cinematic Arts. PRAXIS is a monthly event to bring together the experimental design community in LA to engage in a discourse about future cinema and design practice at the edges of the field.

Featuring designers:

Casey Rehm/Kinch (SCI-Arc)
Mattia Casalegno (UCLA)
Nicholas Hanna (UCLA)
Satoru Sugihara/ATLV (SCI-Arc)
Xarene Eskandar (UCSB)