SIGGRAPH 2012

posted Aug 16, 2011, 7:21 PM by Jangwon Lee

Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

Art Gallery

Submission Deadline

Tuesday, 10 January 2012
22:00 UTC/GMT

In Search of the Miraculous

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein

The everyday, filled with the rationality of routines and continuous commitments, blurs into bland sameness. We find ourselves at a loss to remember one day from the next. It is the punctuating moments of surprise, awe, and wonderment that arguably define our lives, or at least what we remember of it. Where do we find such moments?

Science, and its harder-working child, technology, finds itself in a strange place, guilty of explaining away the mystical and sublime (and blamed by Benjamin for the loss of artistic aura). I also produces the unimaginable and miraculous (what would Daedalus make of the space shuttle?). But today's miracle inventions may become tomorrow's global minutiae?

Artists (and their continuing tango with technology) have always played a role in the production of wonderment. When the train was no longer novel, it was Lumiere's projection that made audiences jump. Myron Kruger's interactive video interface preceded the Kinect by over two decades. And what will make us jump tomorrow? Artists of today who are willing to use, subvert, and reconsider technology will surprise us and redefine moments of awe and wonder.

Framed within the mystery of technology itself or the fascinations of a technologically mediated world, from unique interfaces to unique perspectives, the SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous, seeks digital and technologically mediated artworks that present moments of wonderment. Explorations may include, but are not limited to, examining current functional, structural, cultural, emotional, or metaphorical definitions, or constructing new realities, experiences, and meanings.

All forms of electronic and digitally mediated art completed in the last two years are eligible for submission. Submission of multimedia installations, two- and three-dimensional works, kinetic, mobile, or interactive pieces is highly encouraged.

Submitted works will be reviewed in a jury process, and the selected work will be exhibited in a gallery space at SIGGRAPH 2012. In addition, selected works will be published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

Artists and scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for Talks or Art Papers that address themes related to works presented in the gallery.

The SIGGRAPH 2012 online submission system will be available in mid-October.

 

Art Papers

Submission Deadline

Tuesday, 10 January 2012
22:00 UTC/GMT

SIGGRAPH 2012, in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST, honors not only artists and artwork, but also the process of making art and its place in society. Art Papers illuminate and explore the changing roles of artists and the methods of art-making in our increasingly networked and computationally mediated world. They inform artistic disciplines, set standards, and stimulate future trends. In addition to the core topics of digital arts and interactive techniques, Art Papers can explore the theme of the SIGGRAPH 2012 juried Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous, or any other topic consistent with the hybrid culture of SIGGRAPH.

What is an Art Paper? An Art Paper presents a compelling art or design practice within a solid conceptual framework and in accessible ways. In addition to providing a well-articulated description of the work in consideration, the Art Paper must introduce its historical and theoretical context, provide a conceptual narrative that inspires and provokes, and if applicable, argue for its technological innovations. A SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Paper can take the form of one of these five categories: Project Description, Position Paper, Thematic Survey, Technical Paper, or Monograph (only if the author is no longer active).

Authors present Art Papers in 20-minute sessions with five minutes of Q&A. The papers will be published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. The issue also includes visual documentation of the works exhibited in the Art Gallery. Publication of this fourth special issue coincides with SIGGRAPH 2012.

The SIGGRAPH 2012 online submission system will be available in mid-October.

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