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Gene Siskel Film Center


“Hart suggests that a hybrid artwork can open the same kind of paradoxical space between our tangible and virtual experiences…This is an uncanny, poetic space, full of strange collisions between what we expect and what we actually experience.”  – Katie Peyton Hofstadter, Flash Art
Since the late 1980s, esteemed digital artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) professor Claudia Hart has used 3D simulations technology to produce subversive works on identity and experience across the virtual and physical worlds. Taking shape through physical installations, mixed reality sculptures, projection-mapped performances, and what she calls “Digital Combines”—hybrid works that combine the virtual and physical—these projects explore the poetic threshold between the concrete and abstract. Hart presents a selection of these works and debuts a new live performance entitled MEMORY THEATER (2023). In it, she recites fable-like anecdotes from her life alongside video simulations of past artworks, bringing together her past, present, and imagined selves.

2019–23, USA, 60 minutes plus discussion
Format: digital video and live performance
In English


Claudia Hart has been active as an artist, curator, and critic since 1988. She was an early adopter of virtual imaging and 3D animation in fine art and developed the experimental 3D program for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hart’s works are widely exhibited and collected by galleries and museums including the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been shown at the New Museum and produced at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, where she was an honorary fellow in 2013-14; at Pioneer Works, New York, where she was a technology resident in 2018; and at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, University of  California, Berkeley where she is currently a fellow. She lives in New York and is represented in the US by bitforms gallery.


The Hybrid Art of Claudia Hart
Katie Peyton Hofstadter | Right Click Save | February 07, 2022

Episode X111. Midnight in the Timegarden: Claudia Hart 
Katie Peyton Hofstadter | Flash Art | March 18, 2022

In Conversation with Claudia Hart Liminal Feedback Loops and Hybrid Dualities 
Tina Sauerlaender | International Journal for Digital Art History, vol. 5 | October 2020

Claudia Hart Breathes Life into Static Tropes of Modernism
Hrag Vartanian | Hyperallergic | October 21, 2020

The Politics of Simulation
Melanie Nakaue | X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal (RE:Research) | February 05, 2020

How Media Artists Relate to Art History: The Case of Claudia Hart
Marie Chatel | Medium | July 12, 2019

Halfway Between Real and Unreal: Claudia Hart Interviewed by Sean Capone
Sean Capone | BOMB Magazine | Jan 18, 2019

Really Fake, or Faking Reality? Simulacra, Fake Art, and Breaking the Frame: A Conversation between Patrick Lichty and Claudia Hart
Patrick Lichty | Furtherfield | March 24, 2017

The Dolls House: Claudia Hart Builds Worlds that Exist Between the Virtual and the Real, Filled with the Icons of Fallen Empires and Future Relics
POSTmatter Editors |POSTmatter | June 2, 2016

The Virtual Is Liminal: An Interview with Claudia Hart
Susan Silas | Hyperallergic | May 24, 2016


The Digital Combine
Claudia Hart | Outland | June 8, 2022 

Beginning and End Games*
Claudia Hart | Cultural Politics, vol. 9 (1) | p. 86-94 | 2013
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login



Claudia Hart
Claudia Hart's website.

Conversations at the Edge Lecture Recordings
Conversation at the Edge video recordings (2016–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.