EVL has a rich history in creating electronic and computer-based art - from video to animation, through web-based art virtual reality (VR) and other high-resolution visualization systems. Fostering collaborations between artists/designers and computer scientist to blend art with technology using electronic media has been at the core of EVL's creative mission from that lab's inception.
As EVL's research focuses upon developing advanced visualization display systems, including hardware, software, advanced networking tools and techniques - artists are provided direct access to the latest developments and technological resources to create electronic art and design. The subject matter is broad based and includes interactive/shared-context/collaborative and remote-collaborative exhibition pieces that can involve audience participation in the creation of high-resolution visualization environments and the narrative structure of the project. Cultural Heritage projects that deal with the preservation and exploration of human cultural artifacts and utilize a variety of media, including virtual reality and Autostereo research, also comprise and important segment of the lab's current creative work.
Computer animation, video/film production and web art are also significant portion of EVL's artistic output. Students who choose to pursue this type of electronic art are supported with access to resources such as state-of-the-art video and computer facilities, commercial and proprietary software, and technical expertise of the faculty and staff. To this end the potential exists for collaboration between EVL's Art and Computer Science students.
EVL maintains active relationships with organizations that foster the growth of electronic art such as the Ars Electronica Center in Austria, (Art)n Laboratory in Chicago, SIGGRAPH, and the International Society for Electronic Arts. Artists and researchers alike are encouraged to participate in events and activities hosted by these groups, as a means to enhance exposure of their artwork to a broader community of electronic artists and professionals. Additionally, regular MFA thesis shows, which are open to the public, encourage local community exposure.
EVL: Alive on the Grid