Born 1972, Tel Aviv, Israel, Eddo Stern is an artist and game designer who lives and works in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from the Art and Integrated Media programs at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) in 2000. He is professor in UCLA Design Media Arts Department where he directs UCLA’s Game Lab. Stern's work focuses on the emotional tension in the disputed borders between fantasy and reality, exploring the uneasy and otherwise unconscious connections between physical existence and electronic simulations. Using various media, including software development, interface hardware engineering, game design, live performance, video, and sculpture, his work explores new forms of narrative and documentary, cross-cultural representation and political expression in new media. He develops games that bridge the boundaries between screen-based computer games and more traditional artistic disciplines such as live performance, theater, film, sculpture, and installation art.
Stern has exhibited and screened his work internationally in major festivals, museums and galleries, including the Sundance Film Festival, Park City Utah; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Liverpool; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Tel Aviv Museum; The New Museum, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York; Seoul Museum of Art; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; CCCB Barcelona; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Villette Numerique, Paris; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York; Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne; NTT ICC, Tokyo; Kunstwerk, Berlin; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA) and the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona. Grants and fellowships include The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerusalem Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, Creative Capital Award in Emerging Fields, Edith Russ Site for Media Art Stipend, and an Alpert/Macdowell Fellowship.