2017 Digital Arts & New Media MFA Exhibition

 Seven artists are creating and iterating within realms not easily decipherable and detected in the conventional art world. Each artist has worked in the critical spaces of game design, musical soundscapes, performative sculpture, or interactive media to resist and expand long-established, canonical meanings of art.


Matthew R.F. Balousek ​grew up in Michigan, then dropped out of art school, then dropped out of community college, then got two degrees in computer science. He makes games with an emphasis on rhetoric and systemic expressions of queerness. He also makes bread, bots, interactive fiction, and bad jokes.

SL Benz ​is an animation artist and experimental filmmaker working in hybrid media forms.Their work explores the interplay of memory, mediation, and political theology. By re-engaging with the supernatural and the ghosts of material forms, Benz’ work examines our relationships with culture.

Finley Coyl’s ​work delves into dynamics of social justice and resistance, identity and queerness, codes and hoaxes, transformation and shift. Combining drawing and photography, visual narratives, and time-based works, Coyl utilizes a hybrid of traditional and new media.

Katie Green ​is a new media artist living in Santa Cruz, California. She earned her BFA from the University of Florida in Art and Technology. Green makes digital games about death, storytelling, cats, werewolves, forests, and memory. Players are challenged to consider agency and purpose within a predetermined narrative.

Marguerite Kalhor ​received her BA in art practice with a concentration in new genres and drawing from UC Berkeley. Kalhor’s research focuses on the selfie, social media and their effects. Kalhor pulls from a variety of aesthetic and conceptual sources to combine seemingly irrelevant cultural themes with mass media messaging.

Darrell McKelvie Ruppel ​is a social practice artist and educator collaborating with underprivileged youth in Santa Cruz, California. Ruppel addresses sociopolitical and environmental understanding among diverse groups through performative social sculpture, videography, and interactive games. He holds a BA in art with a focus on sculpture from UC Santa Cruz.

Scott Tooby​ is a sound artist and musician making electronic instruments and art that integrates machine listening and embeddable computing. After obtaining a BA in music composition from UCSB, Tooby moved to Los Angeles and acquired skills in electronics and sound design while working in the entertainment industry. He now lives in Northern California.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.



Friday, April 14, 2017 | 7:30-9 pm, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (Map)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 12:30-2 pm, Digital Arts Research Center, Rm 230 (Map)

Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 5-9 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC),

University of California, Santa Cruz Gallery Hours:

Thursday, April 27, 2016 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 12-5 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), University of California, Santa Cruz


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ABOUT DIGITAL ARTS AND NEW MEDIA (DANM) DANM researches the creative potentials and social implications of emerging technologies and digital cultural practices. We are driven by an ethos of empathy and cooperation, a passion for joining art and technology, and a commitment to positive change locally and globally. Our two-year MFA program emphasizes artistic and technological innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and social action. Faculty closely mentor emerging artists to become deep thinkers, artistic innovators, and responsible leaders.


Bennett Williamson
DANM Interim Program Manager
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April 27 – April 30, 2017