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Virtual Spaces

Monday, September 15, 1997–Saturday, September 27, 1997

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Virtual Spaces is an exhibition of interactive virtual reality and electronic art created by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in conjunction with the eighth International Symposium for Electronic Arts, organized by the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts. The work on view utilizes state-of-the-art computer technology, including the CAVE virtual reality system and the ImmersaDesk virtual reality drafting table. The artists used these virtual reality display systems to form a variety of imaginary worlds, ranging from a medieval labyrinth to contemporary spaces. Using this technology, gallery visitors can explore and manipulate real-time computer-generated environments. Photography and interactive video and performance are also exhibited.

More than one thousand artists, critics, educators, scientists, and public policy planners from around the world are gathering in Chicago for the eighth International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA97), a week-long symposium and celebration of the electronic arts hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Subjects considered during conference sessions and by internationally renowned keynote speakers include ethical issues involving the use of electronic media and freedom of speech on the internet, as well as a broad range of topics related to new electronic media. Speakers include Sherry Turkle, author of Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

In conjunction with the conference, ISEA97 presents a citywide festival of electronic arts with more than two hundred artists from twenty countries represented in exhibitions and events at over a dozen sites throughout Chicago, including, among others, the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Local galleries and alternative exhibition spaces are also hosting collaborative programs, exhibitions, and events.

PRESS RELEASE

Virtual Spaces

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
September 15–27, 1997

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 25, 1997, 5–9pm

CAVE hours:

Friday, September 19, 5–9pm
Saturday, September 20, 10–5pm
Wednesday, September 24, 3–9pm
Thursday, September 25, 3–9pm
Friday, September 26, 3–9pm
Saturday, September 27, 10–5pm

The CAVE is located in the Engineering Research Facility Building at 842 West Taylor Street. Reservations are being taken through the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at 312-996-3002.

Virtual Spaces is an exhibition of interactive virtual reality and electronic art created by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Virtual Spaces presents new levels of exploration through the use of immersive electronic media. The works on display are designed for the CAVE, the Automated Virtual Reality Environment, and the ImmersaDesk system. These virtual reality systems allow participants to explore and manipulate real-time computer-generated environments. Photography and interactive video and performance will also be exhibited.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with ISEA97, the eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art, organized by the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Virtual Spaces is made possible by the School of Art and Design, the College of Architecture and the Arts, the Department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, the Studio for Virtual Reality in the Arts, and supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Science Foundation.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Foerstner, Abigail. “Digital Display.” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 22, 1997, Sec. 5, pp. 1, 3, 5.

PRINT COLLATERAL

Postcard: Virtual Spaces – Opening Reception