Peggy Weil is an artist whose works explore our changing physical, digital and sociopolitical landscapes. Her work has been exhibited internationally including work for CURRENT:LA Water in Los Angeles; The Climate Museum in NYC, MMOMA in Moscow, and LABoral in Spain. 88 Cores was featured at the United Nations for the Secretary General’s address on Climate Action in 2018. 3D Wallpaper was on view as part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibit, 3D: Double Vision.
Since 2011 she has been developing a series of Underscapes and Overscapes; landscape portraits focused on the unseen but critical processes of climate change including HeadsUP2012, UnderLA and 18 Cores. With Nonny de la Peña in an ongoing collaboration, she has produced a series of Immersive Journalism, VE and VR projects focused on human rights: Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantánamo Prison, Wall Jumpers, a global visualization of political separation barriers and The IPSRESS Project, an immersive installation documenting the use of stress positions, in collaboration with The EVENT LAB in Barcelona.
From 1998 through 2014, her chatbot, MrMind, conducted a reverse Turing Test, The Blurring Test, asking visitors, “Can you convince me that you are human?” The transcripts from those conversations form a vast human chorus – currently in development as a performance song cycle with five composers from the collective Varispeed in NYC.
Weil is a graduate of Harvard University and 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 Outside Looking In, online from 1995-2003. Currently teaching at USC School of Cinematic Arts, she has taught at UCLA’s Design Media Arts and CCA Design School. As an Advisor to the LACMA Art + Technology Lab, she coordinated a series of conversations on art and technology.
I AM A BOT. ALL BOTS ARE LIARS. Essay for UCI Conference: “The Future of the Future: The Ethics and Implications of AI” BLARB: Provocations Los Angeles Review of Books Jan 28, 2020
It’s about time
Los Angeles Review of Books Provocations in conjunction with UCI’s Fire and Ice, The Shifting Narrative of Climate Change
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 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
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