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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:

Claudia Hart : The Dolls, 2017

A two minute excerpt, from Mana Contemporary Chicago, June, 2017. 

Since the late 1980s, Claudia Hart has used computer generated images (CGI) and 3D simulation technology to construct and alter virtual worlds. In the last two decades, she's consistently used the technology to produce artworks that counter this male-dominated arena. Where Rockstar Games produces worlds of adrenaline-fueled rampage, Hart creates set-pieces of reverie and reflection—meditating on time and sensuality by way of the female body. In recent years Hart has recast these themes in a series of collaborative performances that project 3D animations directly onto participants. This version of the Dolls was created specifically for The Siskel Theater in “expanded cinema” theatrical format. The focus is therefore on a single dancer and the visuals also focus on the strobing graphical patterns, a single element of the original five-dancer version.

Music: Kurt Hentschläger
Choreography and Performance:
Kristina Isabelle
Interactive Design: Liviu Pasare

The Dolls was initially created 2015 and is a live performance using projection mapping in multiple formats, 10 minutes.

Courtesy of Claudia Hart. Featured in New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.

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