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HERSTORY & NEW MEDIA FUTURES

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:

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Copper Frances Giloth : From Video Games to Video Art, 1980

From Video Games to Video Art, 1980

Excerpt from an interview with Bob Sirott, CBS News at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

From Video Games to Video Art is an interactive computer installation and a series of plotter drawings created using this software program. Using a joystick and buttons the user to could create a simple image and then using that image and its 7 simple symmetries create more complex drawings. Additional software and hardware designed by T. DeFanti and D. Harris. 10 plotter drawings were included in the exhibition. Hardware: Datamax Zgrass UV-1 machine with a custom interface.

Exhibitions:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, “Video Art: The Electronic Medium,” Sept-Oct 1980. Interactive installation and a series of plotter drawings created using the Symmetry software. Additional software and hardware designed by T. DeFanti and D. Harris. 15 plotter drawings, multiple sizes, 1980.

Courtesy of Copper Giloth.

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