1. Travel Support for Key Volunteers
from Southern Africa
Steve Cunningham, SIGGRAPH Past President and Mike McGrath, SIGGRAPH
Director of Education, $5000, approved 5/31/01
The recent ACM SIGGRAPH delegation to southern Africa
( 2000-2001.html) learned a great deal
about the computer graphics activity in the region. Among the issues
identified, two stand out: the need to help the graphics people in the area
understand how a professional association works so they can build a stable
and productive association of their own, and the state of educational
resources in computer graphics in that region and how we might assist them in
developing these resources for the benefit of the graphics field generally.
This proposal is a project to increase volunteer experience and educational
activity in southern activity. It will provide partial travel support for
four educators from that region who have already received
Grants to come to the SIGGRAPH 2001 conference so they may be more effective
contributors to their regional association and so they may contribute more
fully to the educational activity in the region.
Caveat: The Project Grants committee does NOT normally consider travel
to be projects. This is a special case as it is part of a broader, strategic
initiative of the organization.
It also should be noted that while this grant was approved in the 2000-2001
fiscal year, it will be carried out in the 2001-2002 fiscal year.
2. Online Archive of Interactive Art Works and Performances
Lucy Petrovich, $19,280, approved August 18, 2001
SIGGRAPH has been exhibiting Interactive Installations and
performance works since the earliest art shows were established. From
the onset, SIGGRAPH has archived all of the computer graphic
animations selected for viewing in both the evening show and
screening rooms, but little has been done to archive the interactive
works. With the exception of 1988, the Art Show catalogs document the
work displayed with a 2D image at best. More than a 2D image is
needed to understand and explore this critical work.
The works are time-based and need to be documented in a more detailed
fashion. This project will put together an online multimedia documentation of
works and historical information about the artists would be a benefit
to the medium from 1974 onward.
3. Electronic Theatre Internet Archive
Brad deGraf, $10,000, approved May 21, 2002
This project, in collaboration with the Internet Archive
(http://www.archive.org), is intended as the first phase of a permanent
library of the best of computer graphics throughout its history, which
itself will be a core component of a larger Internet Archive of Animation.
We propose to: design; feasibility study; and proof-of-concept of an
online archive of the works shown over the years at Siggraph's Electronic
Theatre and Animation Screening rooms. This would include rights policy;
process for rights clearance; media collection and conversion; and storage
and serving infrastructure from the Internet Archive.