In 1973, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the next 20 years at the University, DeFanti has amassed a number of credits, including: use of EVL hardware and software for the computer animation produced for the Star Wars movie. With Daniel J. Sandin, he founded the Circle Graphics Habitat, now known as the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL). DeFanti contributed greatly to the growth of the SIGGRAPH organization and conference. He served as Chair of the group from 1981 to 1985, co-organized early film and video presentations, which became the Electronic Theatre, and in 1979 started the SIGGRAPH Video Review, a video archive of computer graphics research. http://www.calit2.net/people/staff_detail.php?id=67

Live performances, real-time instruments:
Spiral 5 PTL (Perhaps The Last) 1979

Dan Sandin, Tom DeFanti, and Mimi Shevitz
Live recording of performance before a small studio audience

Video by Tom DeFanti and Barbara Sykes

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