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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 : Quantum Realities, 2002

Video Projection into a pool of water, 4’ Wide x 6’ Long x 4” Deep. 

White sand covers the bottom of pool, surrounded by black river pebbles. Video of salmon runs and the life of salmon fill the water, with sound of rushing water in the stream. 2002. Salmon were and continue to be threatened by agricultural and industrial pollution, together with the warming and reductions in water in streams necessary for salmon to return to the place of their birth in order to spawn. These challenges mirrors the the wellness of people.

Courtesy of Joan Truckenbrod.

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