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SAIC presents THE SIMULATIONISTS: Mixed Reality Performance

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) February 1 – March 23

Reception: Friday, February 18, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

SAIC Betty Rymer Gallery
280 S. Columbus Dr.

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February 1–March 23
with a special performance event and symposium on February 18
Live dancers interact with avatars, physical space merges with virtual environments, and previously distinct genres mix, merge, and meld to create new, hybrid art forms in THE SIMULATIONISTS: Mixed Reality Performance, a gallery installation supported by live and online performances, on view February 1 through March 23 at SAIC’s Betty Rymer Gallery (280 S. Columbus Dr.).

Students and alumni of SAIC, known for its interdisciplinary approach to art education, join international artists and prominent scholars for the exhibition, evening of live performance, and symposium. This group explores the possibilities created by bringing together previously separate genres—including animation, performance, dance, writing, and physical and virtual installations—within the new contexts offered by our current artistic, social, and technological climate.

The exhibition, performance evening, and symposium address the impact of networks, computer code, avatars, and virtual environments on our understanding and expression of embodied performance. Curated by SAIC faculty members Claudia Hart (Film, Video, New Media, and Animation
Department), Mark Jeffery (Performance and Contemporary Practices Departments), and Judd Morrissey (Art and Technology Studies and Writing Departments), THE SIMULATIONISTS features cris cheek, Ursula Endlicher, Kurt Hentschlager, Second Front, Alan Sondheim; SAIC alumni Chris Cuellar (MFAW 2010), Cassie Jackson (BFA 2009), Colin Self (BFA 2010), and Tessa Siddle (MFA 2010); Katrina Zimmerman (BFA 2010); and SAIC students Lauren Elder, André Lenox, Evan Lenox, Lou Regele, Molly Shea, Nancy Tien, and Wesley Wilson.

All events are free and open to the public.

THE SIMULATIONISTS: Mixed Reality Performance
February 1 through March 23
SAIC Betty Rymer Gallery
280 S. Columbus Dr.
Tue.–Sat., 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Reception: Friday, February 18, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

THE SIMULATIONISTS: An Evening of Mixed Reality Performance
Friday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
SAIC Performance Space
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012

THE SIMULATIONISTS: Mixed Reality Symposium
Friday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
SAIC Performance Space
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012
Hosted by SAIC’s Department of Performance and co-sponsored by SAIC’s Writing program, presenters include Ghislaine Boddington, cris cheek, Ursula Endlicher, Kurt Hentschlager, Chris Salter, and Alan Sondheim, who will respond through various interdisciplinary engagements with art history, digital performance, new media poetry, and augmented choreography.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.