A Gestalt shift is when one’s interpretation of their experience changes from one thing to another. Named after a German word that roughly translates into “shape” or “pattern,” the Gestalt theory of psychology emphasizes that the whole is more than the sum of its parts and was an effort to introduce a more humanistic approach to understanding human psychology.

In this exhibition we explore the shift in our understanding of the past and present, and how that shift influences our artistic and design practice. We aim to shed new light on situations of the past and offer a new and diverse perspective of the present and future.

We would like to thank chandler mcwilliams, erin cooney, rebeca méndez, julieta gil, isaac ruder, zhengzhou huang, huamin wen, and all the ucla design | Media arts faculty and staff for the support and guidance that made this show possible.