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Ellen Sandor's passion for photography, technology, and outsider art inspired her to invent a new methodology for producing art with a new medium of expression for the digital age.
In 1981, she first created a unique large-scale three-dimensional photographic mural commissioned by a private collector. This immersive installation combined photography and sculpture with the visual illusion of holography without lasers.
From the success of this project, Sandor formed a collaborative group of artists in 1983 with her peers from The School of the Art Institute called (art)n. The first project she produced with (art)n, called PHSCologram '83, is an early example of a virtual reality environment assembled within an artistic context, and opened a dialogue with other artists working in digital media and traditional art forms.
Since the early 1980s, a large body of work has been produced under Sandors direction by the (art)n collective and numerous collaborators. Recurring themes explored include early tributes to artists, virtual portraits, science as art, visual history, video game culture, Chicago Imagists, and renderings of unrealized architectural plans. These large ensemble projects have been shown internationally in galleries, museums, symposia, and publications, and are collected by private individuals and distinguished institutions.
With gratitude to all of our collaborators from the beginning and beyond:
(art)n Members 1983–Present
Phillipe Paul Froesch
Cynthia Beth Rubin
Ellen Sandor and (art)n have collaborated with historians, researchers, and scientists from the following distinguished institutions:
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Florida State University
GMD National Research Center
Iowa State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical
Research & Development, L.L.C.
Michigan State University
NASA Ames Research
NASA Langley Research
NASA Lewis Research
Naval Historical Center
The Ohio State University
The Royal College of Art
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Scripps Research Institute
Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation
University of California Berkeley
University of California Los Angeles
University of California San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
USAE Waterways Experiment Station