THEATER 1 Thu, Apr 6, 2023 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019–23
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Format:Digital video and live performance
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Claudia Hart


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Claudia Hart has had to cancel her performance of MEMORY THEATER tonight. 
We hope to reschedule in the future and will release details once they are confirmed.  
If you have already purchased tickets for tonight's event, the Gene Siskel Film Center will refund you automatically. For other questions or concerns, please contact

“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.


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.