Sandin, Kooima, Spiegel, and DeFanti, Particle Dreams in Spherical Harmonics (VR Installation, 2011)

“Chicago New Media 1973–1992” is a public exhibition, to be held November 1 – December 15, 2018, that illuminates the largely untold story of Chicago’s computer-based art and design legacy, and provides new historical understanding of the artists and organizations that contributed to digital art and technology in the latter half of the 20th Century. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is prominently featured. The exhibition spans the dates EVL was founded (1973) as a joint effort of the UIC Computer Science (CS) department and the School of Art and Design, through EVL’s introduction of the CAVE™ automatic virtual environment (1992).

The “Chicago New Media 1973–1992” exhibition is part of Terra Foundation’s major citywide celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. It is curated by VGA Gallery, an art organization devoted to video games and new media, and will be held at Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607.

Supporting Events

November 1, 2018 | 2 – 4 pm

“Chicago New Media” will host a Symposium, to include EVL co-founders and professors emeritus Tom DeFanti (CS) and Dan Sandin (Art & Design). Reservations are free, but REQUIRED.

November 1, 2018 | 5 – 8 pm

“Chicago New Media 1973–1992” will host an opening event. Exhibiting artists and guests from near and far plan to attend.

November 7, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 pm

“Chicago New Media” is organizing a “CAVE2™ Demonstration with Dan Sandin,” to be held at EVL. Sandin will demo his experiential artwork “Particle Dreams in Spherical Harmonics” in the CAVE2 hybrid-reality environment. Reservations are free, but REQUIRED.


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