Peggy Weil is a multi-disciplinary 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 20183D 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

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 Arctic Melts, An Artist Finds Beauty in Ancient Ice

NEW YORK TIMES: Special Section on Museums: Can Art Help Save the Planet?

ART FORUM: 3D: Double Vision

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


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