Peggy Weil’s work spans genres from digital urban signboards, virtual environments, VR, mobile apps, and games to large scale public installations.  Her work concerns our perception of ourselves in relationship to each other, to the landscape we inhabit and to the structures and systems we create. Her practice emphasizes public engagement, in digital or virtual space, to explore expanded geographies. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she received her Masters Degree at M.I.T.  As an original member of the Architecture Machine Group / M.I.T. Media Lab in the early eighties, she worked on pioneering interactive projects in design and telepresence, going on to create award-winning titles for The Voyager Company, Broderbund, Electronic Arts, Von Holtzbrinck and Ravensberger Interactive.  She designed and produced the James Turrell website created for James Turrell’s 2014 retrospectives, and the original Roden Crater website for the DIA Foundation, From Inside Looking Out to Oustide Looking In, online from 1995-2003.

With Nonny de la Peña in an ongoing collaboration, she has produced a series of Immersive Journalism projects: Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantánamo Prison, Wall Jumpers, a global visualization of political separation barriers and The IPSRESS Project, an immersive installation, in collaboration with The EVENT LAB in Barcelona.

In 2011, Weil founded HeadsUP! A Global Design Competition challenging designers to integrate data visualization of global issues for the public square. The winning visualization premiered on World Water Day, March 22, 2012.  UnderLA, commissioned by the City of Los Angeles for CURRENT:LA Water, depicts the Los Angeles Aquifers in a large public installation, Summer 2016.  88 Cores is a four hour video descent through the Greenland Ice Core.

Her work is has been exhibited and presented at academic, industry and art venues internationally including The Climate Museum at the Sheila S Johnson Gallery at Parsons, the citywide public art biennale CURRENT:LA Water in Los Angeles, MMOMA (Moscow Museum of Modern Art and MediaForum), LABoral in Gijon, Spain ,PrintScreen in Tel Aviv, Games for Change, The Center for Human Rights at UC Berkeley, MIPDOC and MIPTV in Cannes, Arte e Ciencia in Benasque, Spain, RAVE in Barcelona, ARGFest,  PICNIC Amsterdam, 

Weil is an Adjunct Faculty member at USC School of Cinematic Arts in Production and a Lecturer at Design Media Arts Department, UCLA.  She has taught graduate level courses as Visiting Assistant Professor at the USC SCA Interactive Media Division. She has also taught at the Design School at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Weil acts as an Advisor to the LACMA Art + Technology Lab, coordinating an ongoing series of conversations on art and technology.

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Oscar-Zero: Notes from a Nuclear Tourist
PLACES Journal, April 2017

Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First Person Experience of News.
Nonny de la Peña, Peggy Weil, Joan Llobera, Elias Giannopoulos, Ausiàs Pomés, Bernhard Spanlang, Doron Friedman, Maria V. Sanchez-Vives, and Mel Slater. “Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First Person Experience of News,” Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 19, no. 4 (2010): 291 – 301 Weil delaPeña Immersive Journalism.pdf

The Blurring Test
Chapter in Socialbots and Their Friends, ed. Robert W. Gehl and Maria Bakardjieva. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London, UK 2017

Seriously Writing SIRI
HYPERHIZ Special Issue: NETPROV Spring 2015

City Games
Public Art Review, Issue 41, 2009

Avatar Mediated Cinema
Peggy Weil and Nonny de la Peña, “Avatar Mediated Cinema” ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; 352 (2008): 209-212


Selected Press

NEW YORKER: As The Artic Melts, An Artist Finds Beauty in Ancient Ice

HYPERALLERGIC: The Climate Museum Captures The Gravity of a Global Crisis

Thomson-Reuters: Ice Core Sited in NYC as art tackles climate

artnet news NEED-TO-READ: America’s First Climate Change Museum has opened

The Atlantic: A Trip to a Museum to Convince Americans About Climate Change

Studio Olafar Eliaason

Glacier Hub: Photo Friday Core of Climate Science

NRDC OnEarth: A New Climate Museum Prepares Us for the Long Haul

VICE: The Creators Project: Artist Duo Project Videos on the Banks of the LA River, 

The Atlantic City Lab: A 1,400′ Foot Journey Through LA’s Groundwater Supply

Fast Company Exist: The LA River is Now a Temporary Art Museum