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Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:00 PM


Crerar Library



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The Hack Arts Lab, in partnership with UChicago Arts presents Local Produce: Olivia Sturman

November 12, 2020, 7 PM CST

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

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Please join us for the next virtual installment of Local Produce, presented by the Hack Arts Lab at the University of Chicago. This talk will feature Olivia Sturman (AB ’20), in a conversation with HAL staff member Sophia Van Iderstine. Olivia will be discussing her role on the Jenny Holzer public art project You Be My Ally, currently installed and on view at various sites throughout the UChicago Hyde Park campus and on roving LED trucks. Olivia will describe the process of developing the alternate reality elements of the project from the perspective of a hacker’s sensibility that was honed during her time as a UChicago student.

YOU BE MY ALLY is Holzer’s first augmented reality (AR) artwork using virtual projections in the United States and her first work created in collaboration with a university’s students and faculty. Holzer received UChicago’s Rosenberger Medal in 2019 in recognition of her wide-reaching impact on public art. YOU BE MY ALLY features 29 excerpts from historically significant readings from UChicago’s Core Curriculum, including works by distinguished writers W. E. B. Du Bois, Helen Keller, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Mary Shelley, and Virginia Woolf. The title of the project itself is an excerpt from If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, a translation by classicist Anne Carson that is among the Core readings. Starting October 5, viewers can access a free, web-based AR app to virtually project and animate these texts on the facades of architecturally significant UChicago buildings. In addition, app users will be able to project the title quote onto their surroundings anywhere in the world. On October 30, additional will become available to project anywhere. For more information, please visit

Local Produce is designed to bring Chicago-based artists, designers, engineers, hackers, and makers into contact with the University’s vibrant graduate and undergraduate populations. Each event will touch on or utilize the resources of various campus facilities, such as the Hack Arts Lab (HAL), the Weston Game Lab (WGL), the Computer Sciences Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) and more. Less formal than a visiting artist talk, these events focus on a particular artist’s practice and provide the opportunity to see the ways people make work and careers at the intersections of the arts and technology.