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The Interactive Image: A Media Archaeology Approach


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Join us at NCSA on April 10th for a Special Lecture featuring Esteban Garcia Bravo! Pizza will also be provided.

Abstract: The early computer graphics showcase called “The Interactive Image,” introduced in 1987, featured a collection of artworks that encouraged public engagement with interactive graphics. “The Interactive Image,” was created by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This talk presents a preliminary exploration of the historical contexts that led to the creation of this exhibition by EVL, which included the integrated efforts of both artists and computer scientists. In addition to providing historical details about this event, we will discuss media archaeology for the study of the cultural and technological context of this event. “The Interactive Image,” at the time of its unveiling in October 1987, was an ambitious public presentation of the state-of-the-art in interactive computer graphics and real-time imaging technology.

Bio: Esteban Garcia Bravo, Ph.D. is an artist who researches computer art history and digital media art practices. His research has been featured in the annual meetings of international organizations such as SIGGRAPH (2011, 2015, 2017) and ISEA (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), as well as in the publication Leonardo Journal of Art, Sciences and Technology. Dr. Garcia Bravo’s scholarship elaborates on the history and significance of Computational Art since the 1960s. As many narratives and artifacts from the early years of Computational Art are missing or remain unidentified, Garcia Bravo’s research has a strong focus on uncovering these “lost histories” and critically examining the technology-culture phenomena. Esteban is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, where he teaches digital imaging foundations and computational aesthetics.