Chicago New Media: 1973-1992

Jon Cates

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Chicago New Media, 1973-1992 chronicles the unrecognized story of Chicago's contributions to new media art by artists at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Midway and Bally games. It includes original scholarship on the prehistory, communities, and legacy of the city's new media output in the latter half of the twentieth century along with color plate images of video game artifacts, new media technologies, historical photographs, game stills, playable video game consoles, and virtual reality modules. The featured essay by scholar Jon Cates focuses on the career of programmer and artist Jamie Fenton, a key figure from the era, who connected new media, academia, and industry.

This catalogue is a companion to the exhibition of the same name. It is published by the University of Illinois Press.