hey :there this is my blog on my life and times of a Responsive Visionary.
hey: techie bio for anyone who would like to know what the heck i am about.

:: di me :: Josephine LiPuma is a Sicilian/ mixed-up American Virtual Reality/ New Media Installation Artist/ Performance Artist/Writer. Living a short path to Lake Michigan, Josephine began treading artistic waters growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois in the area now known as Riverwest. At her childhood home on Peoria street, she saw the cinder piles of her industrial childhood, ashes immersed into the fabric of her work today.

Her short film, Love Fragments was recently exhibited at Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago, IL, in October 2003. Love Fragments is a part of her on going immersive responsive video installation: frammenti: love redemption & damnation. She is currently involved in creating & producing an immersive responsive video installation entitled, frammenti: love redemption & damnation which will be exhibited in the summer of 2004. She was awarded a 2003 Roin Family Scholarship to help finance her project: frammenti: love redemption & damnation in conjunction with the (Electronic Visualization Lab) University of Illinois at Chicago.

Josephine is the founder of responsive_vision, a group filmmakers who are the edges, of current interactivity and film. State tuned, and grab your hats, they will be spinning around shortly. Just follow Josephine’s path and you will be dancing in her rapture network, along with her.

Her virtual reality piece Through the Looking Glass of Josephine LiPuma. was permanently installed at the Ars Electroncia Museum in Linz, Austria & was featured during the Ars Electroncia Festival in September: 2001 as part of curator Dan Sandin's EVL: Alive on the Grid , a collection of virtual art world's. Her VR work has been shown at The University at Buffalo's (CUNY, NY) Digital Frontier: The Buffalo Summit, November: 2001; Alternate Currents show for Chicago's Artists Month, October: 2001; & at Northwestern University's Symposium on Immersive Artistic Environments in May 2001.

Her VR work, among others were featured on WTTW, a Chicago PBS station, on
21st Century Cave Art: Artbeat Chicago 2003.
Source: wttw.com/artbeat/
“Ever wonder what it might be like to walk inside a work of art. Well, Artbeat Chicago's Victoria Lautman does just that at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Lab. Artists and engineers collaborated to create three dimensional virtual environments that a viewer can navigate and explore, as well as help to create. This is one amazing place that suggests the revolution of video games was only the tip of the iceberg. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago.” This slice about EVL is a favorite of the station ;they rerun it frequently.

She collaborated in the summer of 2002 on the technology-based project Transmigration: Momento/Documento project of Association House which combined new media/digital video combined with community knowledge. Her partners in this project were video artist: Natalina Castro, from Chicago & Columbian filmmaker Andres Duque, who currently resides in New York City.

Recently commissioned by Dr. Strohschen, Assistant Professor and Director of Master Programs at the School for New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago, Josephine† co-created† SPIRIT SPHERE. This an electronic visualization of 3D animated images illustrates the concept of spirit learning. Dr Strohschen's spirit learning theory is grounded in examining human existence from the vantage point of the esoteric traditions based on a phenomenological investigation into learning within the spirit domain. The theory seeks to create a context for educators in which to explore learning as experienced beyond cognitive and affective domains.

As an educator Josephine has taught for the De Paul University Community Technology Center, Columbia College, Community Office Of Arts Partnership: Chicago, International Academy of Design, Gallery 37 Neighborhoods Program, & is currently teaching new media arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has lectured at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Art Institute Of Chicago, Triton College, and Truman College of Chicago.

She has been consistently awarded artist-in-residence's throughout her career; her most recent & ongoing residency is with Association House, Chicago, IL. She has been an artist-in-resident for the Near North Arts Council, Chicago Historical Society, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, the Garfield Conservatory, & The Friends of the Parks. She was an Artist-In-Residence of Chicago (juried) for two years in succession, an accolade that enabled her to create public artworks for Chicago City agencies, and the Chicago Park District.

Her artworks are in the Chicago 1% for Art Collection, as well. She won the President’s Purchase Prize in 1999 at Columbia College. Her digital prints are in the Fuji Collection in Tokyo, Japan. She is in many international and private collections. The Peter Jones Gallery in Chicago, IL & Santa Fe, Arizona represents her. Josephine has been the recipient of The City of Chicago Dept of Cultural Affairs Artists Completion Grant.

Josephine has been a featured Performance Poet/Artist throughout the City of Chicago, the Chicago Public Libraries, Columbia College, and the Midwest & Vancouver, BC. Her theatre performance group The Naughty Goddess Review has been featured at the Bucktown Arts Theatre Festival, Chicago, IL. Her poetic voice sings out at Weeds, in Chicago, IL, on some Monday nights. She is featured sometimes by C J Laity of ChicagoPoetry.com, most recently at the Acme Coop, in November of 2003, for the anniversary of “LETTER EX”.

In true American form, she is a woman whose spirit cannot be contained.


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