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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:

Maxine Brown : Chair, SIGGRAPH '92 Chicago – SHOWCASE

The ACM SIGGRAPH 92 Showcase event uniquely illustrated interactive and collaborative computer-graphics research, applications and products that relied upon high-performance computing in a networked environment. More than 35 projects illustrated ’science in action’ using workstations networked to local supercomputers or to remote resources. Showcase consisted of 12 demonstration booths (a workstation, large-screen projection display, an audio amplification system and electronic signage), each sharing 3 different projects. Adjacent to these booths, the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) premiered the CAVE, enabling groups of attendees to experience multiple virtual-reality applications. A selection of PHSColograms, on loan from (Art)n, were hung on the outside walls of the CAVE. Principal organizers were Tom DeFanti (UIC/EVL), Larry Smarr (NCSA/UIUC), Rick Stevens (Argonne National Laboratory), and Jim George (Mesa Graphics). Maxine Brown (UIC/EVL) was SIGGRAPH 92 Conference Chair.

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