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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 : Nanoscapes, 2011

Video Projections into a dome covered with fiber, 14’ Wide x 7’ H, 2011. 

Three video projections of bubbles captured inside of a tub of bubbles being blown, encompass the dome with the sound of bubbles. The color membranes and geometry geometry are visible from the outside and inside of the dome. Visitors are invited into the dome to be immersed in this experience. In contrast there are two small translucent houses inside with a projection of one bubble expanding and collapsing. This installation was inspired by the difficult experience of an Inuit person being moved from their circular igloo to a rectangular house. The igloo mirrors the shape of the natural world - the earth, the moon, in conflict with the perpendicular corners of the house.

Courtesy of Joan Truckenbrod.

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