Page Turners: “New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts”


Donna Cox, co-editor of “New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts” and director of NCSA research and education division is here with details on a new Page Turner highlighting trailblazing women from right here in the Midwest!

-“New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts” chronicles the collaboration of trailblazing women working in digital arts media and education that established the Midwest an international center for the artistic and digital revolution of the 1980s and beyond.

-Many of these overlooked stories are part of a larger context of the history of Midwestern women from late 1800’s who led historical movements in social work, labor, women’s suffrage, and alternative arts, and latter 20th century emerging virtual reality CAVE, digital games, data visualization, and the internet browser at the University of Illinois

-Features profiles of 22 women working in emergent media such as digital games, virtual reality, medicine, supercomputing visualization, and browser-based art alongside over 200 full color illustrations.

-The book begins with an extensive introduction that provides a rich historical context for the personal stories of these women, whose experimental, collaborative work continues to plant seeds for future generations of innovators.

-Key women featured include Martyl Langford, the creator of the Doomsday Clock, 
Colleen Bushnell, interface designer of the 1st visual browser Mosaic, Mary Rasmussen, founder of the Virtual Reality in Medicine Laboratory at UIC, Nan Goggin, director of the school of Art and Design at UIUC

-The co-editors Donna Cox (for her work with Renaissance Teams to create cinematic data visualizations for IMAX movies, feature films and TV), Ellen Sandor (for her creation of PHSColograms-the photography of virtual reality and computer graphics that can be viewed reflectively or backlit) and Janine Fron (for her work as a game designer, educator, and creative director of (art)n

-The book is co-edited with Ellen Sandor, the founding artist and director of (art)n, cofounder of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection, and advisory board chair at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Janine Fron who is an independent game artist and researcher, cofounder of Ludica, and the creative director of (art)n.

-Contributors: Carolina Cruz-Niera, Colleen Bushell, Nan Goggin, Mary Rasmussen, Dana Plepys, Maxine Brown, Martyl Langsdorf, Joan Truckenbrod, Barbara Sykes, Abina Manning, Annette Barbier, Margaret Dolinsky, Tiffany Holmes, Claudia Hart, Brenda Laurel, Copper Giloth, Jane Veeder, Sally Rosenthal, and Lucy Petrovic.

-The book is published by the University of Illinois Press

-This fall NCSA will host a one day symposium dedicated to the book. Ten contributors will participate in panels to share their experiences, thrills, and challenges inventing and harnessing emerging technologies in pivotal years in the Midwest. (event details included below)

Friday, September 28
Book Launch and Signing during Expo Chicago
Navy Pier Festival Hall Library Lounge
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611

Friday, October 26
“New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts” Symposium
National Center for Supercomputing Applications 
(NCSA) auditorium

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