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Dan Sandin

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Sandin is an internationally recognized pioneer of electronic art and visualization. He is director of Electronic Visualization Laboratory and a professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an artist, he has exhibited worldwide, and has received grants in support of his work from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His video animation "Spiral PTL" is in the inaugural collection of video art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. In 1969, Sandin developed a computer-controlled light and sound environment called "Glow Flow" at the Smithsonian Institution and was invited to join the art faculty at the University of Illinois the same year. By 1973, he had developed the Sandin Image Processor, a highly-programmable analog computer for processing video images in real time. He then worked with DeFanti to combine the Image Processor with real-time computer graphics and performed visual concerts, the Electronic Visualization Events, with synthesized musical accompaniment. In 1991, Sandin and DeFanti conceived and developed, in collaboration with graduate students, the CAVE virtual reality (VR) theater. In recent years, Sandin has been concentrating on perfecting the design of the CAVE and its derivatives, the ImmersaDesk and the Infinity Wall. He has also continued to collaborate with other faculty and students on VR applications, animated visualizations and educational museum installations about abstract mathematics, such as "Quaternion Julia Sets in Virtual Reality," "Getting Physical in Four Dimensions," "Air on the Dirac Strings," "A Volume of 2D Stacked Julia Sets," and "Fractals: Complex Images from Simple Rules". His work is distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix and Video Data Bank. Daniel Sandin has been inventing new electronic media tools and creating content for electronic media since 1969, including the CAVE Virtual Reality Theater (with Tom DeFanti) in 1991, computer generated Auto Stereograms in 1989, and the Sandin Analog Image Processor (a video synthesizer) in 1973. Sandin directs the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago and continues to create virtual reality (VR) installations and video animations. His work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. Virtual reality exhibitions include Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, 1996, 1999 and 2001; International Society of Electronic Artists, Chicago, 1997; The Total Museum, Chicago, 1996; and Siggraph, 1992 and 1994. Video installations include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1997; the Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, 1997; and the Computer Controlled Environment at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1969. Sandin and his work have been recognized with various honors, including Inventor of the Year from the University of Illinois, 2000; a video fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, 1981; an artist fellowship for video from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1980; and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Memorial Fellowship, 1979. Education 1967 MS, Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1964 BS, Natural Sciences, Shimer College, Waukegan, IL News Late Fall 2003 Dan Sandin's Spiral, part of a series exploring the spiral in music, form and video, screened at Ocularis in Brooklyn, New York. March 2003 Dan Sandin showed an in-progress version of Looking For Water 2 in Barcelona in January. In this networked, virtual environment, the participant begins in outer space, surrounded by sun and Earth images; falling to Earth, the user explores a northern Lake Michigan archipelago of islands.