SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes – deadline 19 January 2007

Art Gallery: Global Eyes

The enormous speed by which digital media reach previously isolated cultures around the world catalyzes a rapid integration of visual and media languages across the digital and physical spectrum. There is a need to understand not only ethnic cultures and the vocabularies of their traditional media, but also how these cultures and languages transform and are being transformed by digital media, especially computer graphics. What role do digital media play in the connected global context?

Global Eyes, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery, is accepting submissions of artwork that expand our humanity by extending our awareness of people and nature. Wearing these new digital “glasses,” how do we see each other and our world in alternative ways?

We are looking for works that:

  • Illuminate the role digital media play in shaping, extending, and reflecting world views and cosmologies.
  • Address ecological, social, and political issues in imaginative and innovative ways.
  • Foster respect, tolerance, and empathy among people and nations.

Creative and critical works exploring relationships between people and their environment, connections between biodiversity and cultural diversity, and related ethical issues are welcome. A special invitation is extended to artist-scientists (including collaborations) actively engaged in these investigations.

We encourage participation by people who are working creatively in all cultures, including the developing world and indigenous communities, with a combination of physical and digital processes, including (but not limited to) digital photography and digital video, handcrafts, folk and fine art, ethnography, and world music.

By actively bringing the richness of the world’s cultural traditions to the field of computer graphics and interactive media, we hope to catalyze understanding and collaboration across cultures, and contribute to development of a more intelligent, responsible, and democratic world language.

International Participation and Support

Because the theme of this year’s show is global, we are encouraging increased international participation and cooperation. To support this, we will be working with ACM SIGGRAPH Professional and Student Chapters around the world and other organizations to help identify and assist artists and scientists worldwide, with a special welcome for those in countries and communities historically under-represented at the SIGGRAPH conference.

If you have a proposal that addresses the goals of the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery and are working either independently or together with an international cultural organization, we want to hear from you. We want to make it possible for creative people everywhere, including those in developing countries working with limited resources, to participate. We will try to support as many deserving projects as we can.

Please contact the Art Gallery Chairs and/or the International Resources Chair. Be sure to let us know about any special considerations you may have, including financial, technological, or other.

If English is not your first language, the English Review Service is available to help with grammar and spelling.

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery is considering (but not limited to) the following types of work:

  • Still images
  • Time-based work
  • Art installations and environments
  • Art sculptures and objects
  • Digital communities, including alternative networks, mobile, and locative media
  • Electronically mediated performances
  • Interactive art, including CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, web-based, and responsive media
  • Trans-forms: emerging forms at the intersection between computing and the sciences, arts, and/or humanities

We are delighted that the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT2) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at the University of California, San Diego are making their state-of-the-art facilities available for installations and performances. Artists are invited to propose projects for these specific venues.

A subset of accepted artists will be selected to talk about their work in two ways:

  • Gallery Talks
  • Panel Discussions

We recommend that artists also consider submitting their artwork to the following SIGGRAPH 2007 programs:

Computer Animation Festival
Computer animation that is artistically expressive in any genre, including experimental, narrative, or non-narrative should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival.

Emerging Technologies
If your work has an aesthetic component but is mainly a technology demonstration, please submit it to Emerging Technologies.

Sketches & Posters
Artists wishing to speak about the technology in their work should submit to the Sketches & Posters program.