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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 : Figuratively Speaking, 2010

Figuratively Speaking, 2010, is a confrontation of faces as figures that have their own movements and sounds when approached. They exist on a wide-open landscape surrounded by the sea (see).The main characters are based on watercolor paintings, which have been recreated as 3D computer graphic models.

The head movements, their expression, and the qualities of the face convey social information. Their asymmetrical faces and quirky movements facilitate communication with one another through captivating but incomparable voices. 

Courtesy of Margaret Dolinsky. Featured in New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.

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