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The Center for Integrated Media records

 Record Group
Identifier: CalArts-013

Scope and Contents

The Center for Integrated Media records contains administrative records, financial and curricular planning materials, correspondence, faculty and student projects and proposals, fundraising and development records, promotional materials, clippings, and other materials documenting the establishment and activities of the Center for Integrated Media. Included are materials related to, events organized by Tom Leeser and CIM collaborators, projects created by and for the Center for Integrated Media as well as national and international related digital media events and projects. The collection covers the years 1993 to 2018, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1996 to 2009.


  • 1993-2018

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please submit a request and book an appointment to view materials.

Biographical / Historical

The Center for Integrated Media (CIM) is an interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer, project-based learning environment for qualified graduate students wanting to explore and critique multimedia performance, electronics, interactive systems, immersion, non-linear narrative, and the Internet as part of their creative practice. The Center is a supplemental concentration of events, social interactions, and workshops designed for students whose work has reached an advanced degree of development and who possess the media literacy to integrate multiple forms of media into new modes of expression.

CalArts began the concentration in Integrated Media in 1994, as an educational supplement to graduate programs throughout the Institute in order to offer a broad range of artistic and technical skills in what was then the emerging field of digital media. The concentration was designed to combine critial theory and practice, supported by an environment for risk-taking and experimentation. CalArts has always aspired to a cross-disciplinary approach to arts education, however, it lacked specific cross-curricular offerings outside of its existing métier graduate programs. Integrated Media has fulfilled this original goal by being one of the only areas, to this day (Fall 2018), where students can gather in a shared studio from across the Institute around a common interest in media, critique, and creative research.

The concentration became a Center in the mid-2000s. By creating the Center, the Institute acknowledged a need to expand media education and artistic production beyond the boundaries of the CalArts campus. It also realized the need for CalArts to be supportive of cross-disciplinary creative research and an active presence in the ever-changing field of media art. CalArts needs to remain a leader in the development of new methods and systems of media production and distribution of creative content and it mst be seen to support a wide array of cross-disciplinary endeavors. The Center and its studio directly address this need, administratively and educationally.

The Center's studio on the CalArts campus complements these cross-disciplinary goals and outcomes. The studio plays host to performances, media installations, lectures, and events throughout the academic year and it contributes greatly to the Center's identity. In addition to the physical studio, the Center has been represented online since 2005 through the and curatorial initiative and through a series of internet webinars, internet-based studio visits, and cross-institutional discussions housted through Adobe Connect, Zoom, and Skype. Since its inception, has collaborated with over one hundred twenty-five diverse artists working globally in the field of media art performance.

The Center's enrollment has grown to fifty participating students supported by a core faculty from each of the six schools at CalArts. There are also three adjunct faculty and a select group of off-campus creative partners.

The Center for Integrated Media's currect partners (Fall 2018) are: The Institute for the Future, the virtual reality company, High Fidelity, the alternative media and sound space, Harvestworks, Leonardo Magazine, Kathmandu University in Nepal, the Oregon Institute for Creative Research, E4, Navel, and the diRosa Foundation in Napa, California.

Past partners include: the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art, the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine, Eyebeam, International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), The Kitchen (Art and Technology Network), the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and Machine Project.


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The materials are arranged in four series, one of which has been further arranged in subseries. The contents of each series or subseries is arranged alphabetically. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows: Series 1, Event Files, 1997-2016 Series 2, Project Files, 1996-2016 Subseries 1, Class Projects, 1996-2016 Subseries 2, External Projects, 1995-2011 Subseries 3, Faculty and Alumni Projects, 2003-2015 Subseries 4, Student Final and Other Projects, 1993-2018 Subseries 5, Student Project Posters and Fliers, 2016 Subseries 6, Unidentified Projects, 1996-2005 Series 3, Publications, 1999-2014 Series 4, Administrative Files, 1996-2015

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Tyler Caulkin from the Center for Integrated Media transferred these records to the Institute Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the CalArts Institute Archives Repository

California Institute of the Arts
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