The Simulationists: Mixed Reality Performance
Rymer Gallery
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
February 1 - March 23, 2011

THE SIMULATIONISTS: Mixed Reality Performance is an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring the performative expression of presence in our digitally mediated and networked culture. Through gallery performances, physical artifacts, and installed digital media, this interdisciplinary exhibition will address the impact of digital technology, networks, computer code, avatars, and virtual environments on our understanding and expression of embodied performance.


In THE SIMULATIONISTS, artificial realities and real bodies, and in turn, artificial bodies and real environments interpenetrate and transform one another. While The Simulationists may be choreographers, performers, cineaists, writers, engineers, or some imprecise melding between these, they all transform space through the hybridization of digital and physical processes. They are world- builders, trespassers, escape artists, data-bodies, avatar dancers, and poets of code and language.

The Simulationists exhibition, symposium and performance events are curated by Claudia Hart, Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey. The project combines invited artists with SAIC alumni and current students.

cris cheek * Ursula Endlicher * Kurt Hentschlager * Second Front * Alan Sondheim
Chris Cuellar * Lauren Elder * Cassandra Jackson * André Lenox * Evan Lenox * Lou Regale * Colin Self * Molly Shea * Tessa Siddle * Nancy Tien * Wesley Wilson * and Katrina Zimmerman

Mixed-Reality Performance Symposium with invited artist-scholars Ghislaine Boddlington and Chris Salter along with exhibiting artists
February 18, 2011, 10am-4pm
Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Room 012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Simulationists Reception with virtual performance by Alan Sondheim
February 18, 2011, 4:30-6:30
Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Room 012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Mixed Reality Performance Event with cris cheek, Ursula Endlicher and Kurt Hentschlager
February 18, 2011, 7pm
Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Room 012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago