Future Tense Symposium 3.0—UC Irvine

Future Tense Symposium 3.0: April 27, 9:30am–3pm, room #3201 and livestreamed via Zoom

University of California, Irvine
Contemporary Arts Center
Irvine, California 92697-2775
United States


The UC Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology is pleased to present the Future Tense Symposium 3.0. This event will be the third and final installment in a series of discursive programs framing our forthcoming exhibition, Future Tense: Art, Complexity, and Uncertainty, scheduled to open in August of 2024 in partnership with the Getty PST ART: Art and Science Collide initiative. Symposium proceedings will gather artists, scientists, and scholars around pressing queries in the fields of intermedia art and complexity science.

The Future Tense Symposium 3.0 will feature four current UC Irvine Beall Center resident artists whose newly commissioned works will premiere in this fall’s exhibition: Cesar & Lois, Chico MacMurtrie, Laura Splan, and Gail Wight. Their interdisciplinary projects have been produced under the Beall Center’s Black Box Projects residency, a program that facilitates collaborations between visiting artists and UC Irvine faculty.

About Future Tense: Art, Complexity, and Uncertainty
Future Tense: Art, Complexity, and Uncertainty, presented by the UC Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology, is an exhibition and research project funded by the Getty’s 2024 PST ART: Art and Science Collide initiative. Culminating three years of collaborative artist-scientist residencies, Future Tense presents emerging and established contemporary artists who engage a myriad of complex systems, including robotics, evolutionary biology, data surveillance, global warming, and bacterial intelligence. The exhibition will be on view at the UC Irvine Beall Center and UC Irvine University Art Gallery from August 24 through December 14, 2024.

Symposium program (9:30am–3pm PDT)
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9:30–9:40am David Familian (UCI Beall Center), Opening
9:40–10:25am Jeff Barrett (UCI Logic and Philosophy of Science), keynote lecture
10:35–10:45am Chico MacMurtrie, Future Tense resident artist
10:50–11:00am Laura Splan, Future Tense resident artist
11:05–11:20am Pier Luigi Capucci (Noema, LABA Rimini), guest lecture
11:30–11:45am Joost Rekveld (University of Ghent), guest lecture
11:45–12:00pm Open discussion
Lunch (provided for on-site guests)
12:45–1:05pm Caroline A. Jones (MIT Department of Architecture), guest lecture
1:15–1:25pm Gail Wight, Future Tense resident artist
1:30–1:40pm Cesar & Lois, Future Tense resident artist
1:45–2:00pm María Fernández (Cornell History of Art), guest lecture
2:10–2:30pm Ellen K. Levy, guest Lecture
2:30–2:55pm Open discussion
2:55–3:00pm David Familian (UCI Beall Center), closing