Call for submissions – Science of the Unseen – deadline 29 February 2016

“This nucleizing nucleus is a world in itself. The miniature deploys to the dimensions of a universe. Once more, large is contained in small.” — Gaston Bachelard

What goes unseen, unfelt, or unheard? In this online exhibition, the artworks converge with scientific experiment, using digital tools to creatively reinterpret the imperceptible and science of the unseen.

Artworks in Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives think creatively about questions of scale and how unseen processes animate larger effects. By using digital tools and computational programs, we see with new eyes as we view visual material from the microscopic cell to the cosmic universe. Technology increasingly alters the senses and our experience of the biological, astrological, and geological landscape. From our new ways of seeing, questions emerge such as: how does nano-technology mirror and magnify the art of nature? How does visualizing insect burrows in trees allow us to interpret a larger ecosystem? Or we can ask what still remains unseen: how do organisms form new imperceptible habits in response to technology?

Art can be both inspired by and resistant to accepted scientific practices for visualizing the world. Artworks in Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives experiment with innovative research methods that also critically examine what drives the disciplines of art and science. In this exhibition, artistic interpretation of the unseen emphasizes the political dynamic of both the human public and nonhuman ecologies. How does art represent and empower the relationships between micro and macro, unseen and seen, situated and global, that would otherwise be invisible? What can art see that science cannot see alone?

This call for submissions welcomes artistic interpretation and collaborations working from any discipline within art and science. Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives is an online exhibition coordinated by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community.

Co-Curators: Phil .J. Gough, Lindsay Zackeroff


Submissions Open: December 16, 2015 – SUBMIT NOW
Submissions Close: Monday, February 29, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: April 2nd, 2016
Exhibition Launch: Monday, May 2, 2016

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