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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:

Donna J. Cox & NCSA : Venus and Milo, 1990

'Venus & Milo'
Chris Landreth, Marc Olano, Robin Barger, Gisela Kraus, Fred Daab.
Donna Cox and Robert Patterson, REL, NCSA, University of Illinois

"We brought the Venus mathematical character to life within a virtual art museum as she interacted with a digital character by the name of Milo, the janitor. 'Venus & Milo' was filled with post-modern referential metaphors. The REL was a very synergistic place where collaboration was a key practice as part of education. Chris Landreth, an engineer research assistant, and Robin Bargar, a graduate student in music, collaborated with the REL teams to make 'Venus & Milo'. Chris and Robin continued to collaborate after leaving the REL and eventually were nominated for an Academy Award for one of their computer animations."

Courtesy of Donna J. Cox, NCSA, University of Illinois. Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.

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