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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:

Margaret Dolinsky : Sweeping the Forest, c. 2021

"'Sweeping the Forest' is a testimony to a glitch in nature. It begins after an odd snowstorm. The wind intertwines a maple tree and a twenty-five foot arm fell to the ground creating trunk pockets to hold the snow. It was a day suffering from the mad stillness caused by pandemic self-quarantine and computer tunnel vision. 'Sweeping the Forest' is an artistic translation of the wind capturing its arboreal relationship with the world, time, and space."

Courtesy of Margaret Dolinsky.

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