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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.

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EVL : Intro EVE Aura 1, 1975

"In 1973,Tom DeFanti joined UIC as faculty and began a multidecade collaboration with Sandin. They founded the Circle Graphics Habitat and synergized around technologies and art. They blended capabilities of the Sandin IP with ZGrass, a new raster implementation from DeFanti’s PhD research at Ohio State.This combination empow- ered artists to explore and generate a unique variety of colorful graphics images, abstrac- tions of moving light, video, and animation. It also provided an important foundation for real- time video-game software. The Circle Graphics Habitat held public events called the Electronic Visualization Events (EVE). EVE I (1975) and EVE II (1976) featured homemade video equipment assembled into a dynamic, playable electronic studio environment.

Eventually, the Circle Graphics Habitat was renamed the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL).The EVE events were important opportuni- ties for expanding collaborations among the UIC, midwestern base for research in the develop- ing fields of electronic video, image processing, and computer graphics. For example, Sykes first studied at EVL and eventually crossed over to SAIC for her master’s of fine arts (MFA). Likewise, Jane Veeder began as an SAIC graduate student during the intensification of the video scene at SAIC. She started a long collaboration with Phil Morton and EVL on a variety of projects. Morton and Veeder’s collaborative works are widely ref- erenced in academic media programs as early examples of video art."

Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'

Courtesy of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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