Hannah Higgins

Hannah B. Higgins (born 1964) is an American writer and academic living in Chicago, Illinois. Higgins's research examines various post-conceptual art historical subjects (visual, musical, computational and material) in terms of two philosophically and practically entwined terms: information and sensation. She is a Professor in the Department of Art History and a founding Director of IDEAS, an interdisciplinary arts major, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Higgins is the daughter of the Fluxus artists Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles.[1] She received her B.A. in 1988 from Oberlin College, her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1990, and graduated with her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Chicago. Higgins is married to Joe Reinstein, a digital marketing executive, and has two children: Zoë and Nathalie. Her twin sister, Jessica Higgins, is a New York-based intermedia artist.


  • With Douglas Kahn, Higgins co-edited an anthology of computer art (1960-1970) called Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art, published in 2012 by University of California Press.
  • The Grid Book, her interdisciplinary history of this defining form in Western culture, was published by MIT Press in early 2009.[2]
  • She is the author of a history of the Fluxus movement, Fluxus Experience, published in 2002 by the University of California Press.[3]


  1. Hannah B Higgins, "The Computational Word Works of Eric Andersen and Dick Higgins" in H. Higgins, & D. Kahn (Eds.), Mainframe Experimentalism: Early digital computing in the experimental arts, pp. 279-283
  2. Higgins, Hannah B. (2009-01-23). The Grid Book (First ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-51240-4.
  3. Higgins, Hannah (2002-12-02). Fluxus Experience. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22867-2.
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