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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:

Judy Malloy : A Reading from 'The Yellow Bowl' (2019)

"Sound of the Hard Disk Saving Data: Soundworks from The Yellow Bowl" (2019) is a polyphonic reading produced for the 2019 Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Media Arts Festival (ELO2019), held in in Cork Ireland July 14-16, 2019.

The work consists of seven brief polyphonic compositions that reflect my writer's memory of key passages from my narrative data structure, "The Yellow Bowl". In each of these arrays, while words from "The Yellow Bowl" appear on the screen at random, layered recordings of my recorded voice play in the background. The whole begins with an introductory video that was produced for ELO2019.

"The Yellow Bowl" was first presented in New York City, at "Hypertext, Hypermedia: Defining a Fictional Form" (a 1992 MLA panel). In 2019, I transmediated "The Yellow Bowl" from the original 1992 coding in BASIC to JavaScript in an HTML/CSS environment. The intersecting narratives that comprise "The Yellow Bowl" -- -- explore how writers distort life experience into fiction and specifically how Grace, a woman highway engineer, separated from her husband, an installation artist, expresses separation in a magic realism-infused narrative of two young women, who, in search of each other, escape from different filter-bubble feudal colonies, in a future world where electronic communication with the wider world is forbidden.

Since the words that accompany each vocal array in "Sound of the Hard Disk Saving Data". are randomly generated, every experience of this work is different.


A pioneer on the Internet and in electronic literature, Judy Malloy followed a vision of hypertextual narrative begun in the 1970’s with experimental artist books created in card catalog and electro-mechanical structures, and in 1986 she wrote and programmed the pioneering hyperfiction "Uncle Roger". In the ensuing years she created a series of hypernarratives published by Eastgate, including "its name was Penelope", called one of the classics of electronic literature by Robert Coover. In 1993, she was invited to Xerox PARC where she worked in Computer Science Laboratory as an artist-in-residence, and consultant in the document of the future. As a visiting lecturer and Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, she taught courses in Electronic Literature and in Social Media: History and Poetics. She has also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, and at Rutgers Camden’s Digital Studies Center, and is currently a Lecturer in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Technology Studies Department.

Malloy is the editor of the MIT Press books, "Women, Art & Technology" and "Social Media Archeology and Poetics". Her work, which is archived at the Duke University Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has been exhibited and published internationally, including, among many others, the Library of Congress; Tisch School of the Arts; Sao Paulo Biennial; National Library of Madrid; Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art; Walker Art Center; Hammer Museum; Universite Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne; the Center of Contemporary Art in Barcelona; Eastgate Systems; FILE; ISEA; E. P. Dutton; and "The Iowa Review Web"; and shortlisted for the Biennale Internationale des poetes en Val de Marne Prix poesie-media and for the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2018 Robert Coover prize for the year's best work of electronic literature. In 2020, Judy Malloy was awarded the Electronic Literature Association's Luesebrink Career Achievement prize.

*Malloy graciously wrote one of the special forewords in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.

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