“New Media Futures” is poised to become a valuable study tool for those interested in the intersection between art, women artists, and technology.

by Angelica FreyHyperAllergic  | 14 February 2019

New media Futures- The rise of Women in Digital Arts book
Cover book image © Courtesy of University of Illinois Press.

“Women naturally gather together, develop, nurture and sustain. It is the intrinsic nature of women to be creators and communicators.” This quote, from video artist Barbara Sykes-Dietze, is perhaps the best summary of New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.

Edited by Donna J. Cox, Ellen Sandor, and Janine Fron, the book analyzes the so-called “Silicon Prairie.” The term refers to a group of women artists in the Midwest — an often forgotten centre when it comes to mainstream cultural coverage — who were early adopters of digital technologies and foreshadowed what digital art would become in the new millennium. Many of these women were pioneers in virtual reality (VR) technology, which interactive artist Margaret Dolinsky defined as “the first redefinition of perspective since the Renaissance.”

New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts (2018) is published by University of Illinois Press and is available from Amazon and other online retailers.