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SIGGRAPH Conference Seeks Art Content

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 10, 2012, 10 p.m.
  • Location:
    SIGGRAPH 2012 @ Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, 90015, California, 90015

The 39th SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques seeks artists and dreamers to submit their work for consideration. The conference takes place next year in Los Angeles and the deadline for submission is January 10, 2012.

The 2012 Art Gallery call for submissions focuses not on a particular theme, but rather on a quality or sentiment to be found in the works exhibited. The 2012 Art Gallery requests works that effectively convey a sense of wonderment.

The call seeks works that both inspire and are inspired by moments of awe, surprise, and wonder.

In a world either ever collapsing into the trauma of crisis, or blurred into the bland sameness of rationalized every days, more than ever we need punctuating moments of surprise, awe, and wonderment that alert us to the beautiful in the world.

The artist is not only an astute observer of these moments but is also challenged to capture and release them for the rest of us.

Framed within the possibilities of technology itself or the fascinating reflections of a technologically mediated world, the SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous, seeks digitally and technologically mediated artworks that convey and inspire 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. Submissions of multimedia installations, two- and three-dimensional works, kinetic, mobile, or interactive pieces are 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 encouraged to give an Artist’s talk and/or run a Studio workshop if their work is exhibited. Scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for Talks, Art Papers, or the Studio that address themes related to works presented in the gallery.

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.

What is a Talk?


Talks can present anything that involves computer graphics and interactive techniques. They can include case studies, academic research, technical developments, education, professional development, or social commentary. We invite talks on both technical and artistic aspects of projects, whether they are completed or still works in progress.

What is the Studio?


It is a hands-on creative space for art and design of all kinds. It is a collaborative working environment where the latest technologies and brightest minds come together to learn, experiment, and create.

The Studio spans the gamut of digitally enabled and traditional creative practice. There is a long studio tradition in many disciplines: architecture, art, fashion, jewelry, music, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, for example. Cinema and animation are also created in studios. You will find all of these variations at the SIGGRAPH 2012 Studio.

Explore the Studio and try out a wide range of new techniques and media with the help of experienced hands. Better still, we invite you to contribute to the Studio through the call for Studio submissions.