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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:

Jane Veeder : Warpitout, 1982

"I also developed two interactive installations: Warpitout (1982), a menu-driven self-portrait game, and VizGame, a menu-driven looping animation game (1983). These were exhibited at SIGGRAPH conferences, in art museums, science museums, and other venues. A copy of Warpitout was purchased by the Ontario Science Center in 1984 as a permanent exhibit. Watch- ing people play Warpitout was fascinating [see p. 266]. Some people would only get as far as digitizing their face, say “Far out,” and walk away happy. For many, it was their first time navigating a simple hierarchical menu system."

Courtesy of Jane Veeder. Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.

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