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New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts captures the spirit of women working in digital media arts and education in the Midwest. These pioneers made essential contributions to the international technological revolution, helping to catalyze what we now think of as the age of digital and social media.

Our Herstory Screening Room features works that emerged from seminal events that took place at the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1980s-2000s, in a fertile environment combining social feminist change, artistic energy, and technological innovation. While women artists in Chicago, marginalized in traditional venues, built a network of independent galleries and exhibit spaces to house and highlight their work, interdisciplinary Renaissance Teams at the University of Illinois developed advanced academic computing communities that created a bridge to the humanities and forged new partnerships between the artist and the scientific environment. Behind this revolution lay a history of social change, artistic innovation, women’s civic leadership, and breakthroughs in science and technology.

Please enjoy a curated video art selection of featured works that were included in New Media Futures:

Joan Truckenbrod : Parallel Lives, 2009

Parallel Lives is a Public Art Commission for the “Life of the River” project along the path on the Fox River in Green Bay Wisconsin in 2008. The jumping salmon express the relationship between the early Native American and the river which provided sustenance. These early settlers believed in a reciprocal relationship with fish in the river, as they would only fish the amount needed for their sustenance. In return the fish would provide this. This was a sustainable practice for maintaining the supply of fish.  

The stainless steel supports are abstracted seaweed forms. The jumping fish are dichroic eco-resin in warm and cool color ways. Visual movement occurs as the colors shift with light changes during the day, and as viewers walk on the adjacent river walk.

Courtesy of Joan Truckenbrod. Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.

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