The International Concept
24 July 2002
asked to write an article about the international aspect of SIGGRAPH,
I honestly had to take a step back and absorb all that was going
on around me. The fact that this multicultural, multilingual environment
thrives so well within the SIGGRAPH conference, makes it so easy
to overlook. When things run smoothly, we tend not to notice them.
Be it in papers, panels, courses, on the presenting or receiving
end, the variety of people present from around the world, is incredible.
Conference badges pay tribute to places as far off as Australia
and as local as San Antonio, itself. Drift off for just a moment
and you may find yourself intrigued by the animated conversations
taking place around you. To count the number of languages spoken
here would be insane, but suffice it to say that there is quite
an impressive sampling. What is most incredible is the ease with
which interactions take place. At a conference such as this one,
shared interests and passions manage to overcome most language barriers.
If something cannot be explained through speech then numbers, diagrams,
sketches and humor can often solve the problem. To further bridge
the gap and ease communication, the SIGGRAPH International Center
offers their services throughout the week.
Much of SIGGRAPH's reputation as being a leading forum for sharing
advancements, enthusiasm and information, is made possible by its
global reach. It is this international aspect that continues to
spread the scope of interest in the field, allowing SIGGRAPH to
have the impact it does. The future of animation is promising. Witnessing
it being shared by so many people from such different backgrounds
helps reinforce this belief.