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