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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:

Copper Frances Giloth : Labyrinth of Fables, Virtual Reality & Photogrammetry - 2020 (in process)

As you walk through these gates you will be back in 17th century France in a labyrinth populated with trees, fences, and 39 fountains each illustrating one of Aesop's fables.

This VR version allows the user to experience a 3D virtual reality visit to the Labyrinth of Versailles now approximately 250 years since it was destroyed. The Labyrinth existed for just over 100 years and with this app you can now hunt for the Labyrinth’s fountains; when you activate each fountain, the water will flow and you will hear the associated fable in English or French. As you activate more fountains the labyrinth will grow around you!

New to this version is the inclusion of photogrammetry models of the 37 extant remnants from the Labyrinth. They are often integrated with the 2D versions of the animals from the Jacques Bailly paintings. Also new in this version are 3D models of the trellises as well as refined models of the fountain basins. Outside the entrance one can view all of the remnant models and the space in the Versailles archives where we photographed the sculptures.

Whether you choose to take Aesop’s point of view (“This is your opportunity to gain the wisdom that my fables can teach you”) or Cupid’s (“Relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens”), enjoy the visit!!

Sound is in English and French.

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