Video & Computer Art in Chicago 1973-1985

Composite of Sandin’s Video Art - D. Sandin, EVL

Participants: Daniel J. Sandin

Friday, June 13th @ 7pm

University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for the Humanities
701 South Morgan, Lower Level - Stevenson Hall
Chicago, IL 60607

In partnership with the Institute for Humanities at UIC, South Side Projections presents ANALOG DREAMSCAPE, a screening and discussion with Daniel J. Sandin and new media historian Jon Cates. Sandin is a trailblazing video artist and director emeritus of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (co-founded with Tom DeFanti), an interdisciplinary program at the crossroads of art and computer science. Among his many technological accomplishments is the Sandin Image Processor, and analog video synthesizer made in 1973 with the revolutionary ability to radically manipulate images in real time. An early advocate for the DIY, open source ethos, Sandin made the blueprints of the Image Processor available to the public so that others could hack his original design. The result was a treasure trove of abstract, psychedelic short films that remain utterly hypnotic three decades later. Similar to contemporary glitch aesthetics, the artwork made with the Image Processor conjures up the unconscious of a circuit board, creating a chromatic blur of geometric shapes and patterns.

EVL colleague Larry Cuba used technology to creating the 3-D computer models used in the Death Star briefing room sequence of Star Wars: A New Hope. Sandin's additional credits include the first data glove, a device used to control computers via finger movement, and the CAVE™, and immersive virtual reality environment inspired by the Plato's allegory. He has received numerous grants and his early video "Spiral PTL" (made in collaboration with DeFanti and Mimi Shevitz) is featured in the inaugural collection of video art at the Museum of Modern Art. This program will feature a retrospective of work created by Sandin and others (from both UIC and SAIC) using the Image Processor and early digital computer systems developed at EVL.

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Date: June 13, 2014

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