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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:

Tiffany Holmes : Mazed or Your Face is Safe with Me, 2000-01

Featured in 'Devices of Wonder', curated by Barbara Stafford and Fran Terpak, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art. 

Four museum security spy cameras were hidden near interactive spaces within the exhibition:

"The piece I produced for the Getty was called 'Mazed' and was one of the first works where I engaged a CCTV network, a closed-circuit television circuit. I actually worked with the Getty Museum guards to take four of the existing surveillance cameras in the galleries and move them into the exhibition itself so that the images I got in my work were focused on audience members—men, women, and children looking at artwork. I was interested in the gaze—imaging people looking at artwork. All of these images were collected surreptitiously but not stored on the hard drive. I was abiding by all kinds of privacy legislation."

Courtesy of Tiffany Holmes. Featured in New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.

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