Chicago New Media 72-92 curated by jon cates historic show with 100 media artists- Nov 1 opening

November 1–December 15, 2018

Gallery 400

videogameart gallery. curated by jon cates

400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

organized by Video Game Art Gallery

Chicago New Media 1973–1992, curated by jonCates

with curatorial assistance by Jonathan Kinkley and Chaz Evans

funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of Art Design Chicago

in partnership with the Electronic Visualization Lab at The University

of Illinois at Chicago


and with additional support from The Chicago Community Trust and the

Goethe-Institute Chicago

I am so honored to be included in this historic show. ah, longevity has its rewards. standing, once again on shoulders of giants! Special thanks to jon cates, curator and chair New Media, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. SAIC, who had the vision to include me (ha ha..) about 100 strong in this show! I am alum of SAIC, my mentor was Phil Morton, tributes to the Video Research Consultants, his company, which I worked at for several of the SIGGRAPH conventions.

and of Course.. the reigning cosmic Dan Sandin! creator of the Image Processor, which has burned a hole in my mind’s eye, all theses years with that famous green light!

Chicago New Media 1973 – 1992, which we have been

talking about for a long time now 🙂 thank you so much for being a

part of this! as we have discussed, your project

Native Dance Vibrations will be shown in:

SAIC Nancy Bechtol MFA 1984Chicago New Media 1973–1992, curated by jon Cates

dates of exhibition: November 1–December 15, 2018

“Native Vibes” video by Nancy Bechtol (2009)

Keeping pace with tribal rhythms from the drum circle, images of dancers and the swirling colors of their mind-bending regalia are sliced, diced, and reassembled in eye-opening ways. These fragments are shuffle played in structural designs which suggest both the beating of the heart and similar movements occurring in Nature. 

 Distorted like primordial deities seen only in dreams, the (headless) “inverted” native dancers with feet simultaneously on the earth and in the ether are apt symbols for Bechtol’s transformations from psychedelic to cosmic. 

 Continuity is maintained in the morphing manner of a kaleidoscope (sic) as oscillations evolve from micro to macro, evoking initially the throb of cellular organisms and later the revolutions of planetary bodies.

Peter Kostakis

Writer and Critic, Chicago


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November 1–December 15, 2018

Gallery 400

400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607