The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) is an organized research unit of UCSD that facilitates the creation of vanguard culture via computer science research. Areas of current activity include: next generation digital media, multicore computing, experimental computer games, future cinema, networked multimedia, software studies, cultural visualization, science/art collaborations, virtual reality and computer-spatialized audio. CRCA is also the home of the UCSD branch of the NSF sponsored Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research.
As the University of California’s oldest arts research center, CRCA pursues speculative cultural activities that draw upon humanistic analysis, engineering innovation and the insights of artistic expression. Faculty members devise new modes of artistic practice through their liaisons with international cultural institutions, technology industries, and interdisciplinary collaborations. CRCA provides the framework for a broad range of approaches to artistic, scholarly, and technological development that is at the basis of our digitally transformed culture. We actively encourage the investigation of what constitutes the potent cultural acts of our time and the viable mechanisms that should be engaged to create them. More information about the center, its researchers, public events, and the process for engagement, can be found at crca.ucsd.edu.