The Digital Art Guild - Joe Nalven
The Digital Art Guild was born a little before SIGGRAPH 2003 came to San Diego. Michael Wright, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Director at the time, reached out to the San Diego museums, library, educational establishment and digital art community. In recognition of this coming together of a major convention and the local community, the Mayor and City Council of San Diego "recognized SIGGRAPH 2003 and the digital artists and institutions of San Diego for their efforts to make art interesting, accessible and fun, and heartily congratulate SIGGRAPH 2003 and the local digital art community."
Wright's inclusion of the newly-formed Digital Art Guild helped embolden DAG in expanding its art presence beyond a virtual one. Since then, DAG has collaborated with the San Diego Art Institute on an international digital fine art exhibition supported by SONY (home based in San Diego) as well as participating in a variety of local art shows.
Equally important was developing a virtual presence on the internet. With this in mind, the Digital Art Guild created a webzine along the lines of a 'little art and poetry magazine' -- occasional articles with a different slant on art and artists.
As an example, I recently reposted an article by Yuli Ziv about Adam 001. Ziv created a thought experiment about what Adam might look like in a virtual Garden of Eden, which included using the tactile sense to touch Adam. Truly a bizarre experience. I had seen Ziv's virtual Adam in the New Technology section at SIGGRAPH 2004 and contacted him to write an article for the DAG webzine.
I mention this article as a way of inviting participants at SIGGRAPH 2007 as well as those unable to attend in person to think about writing something for the DAG webzine. I will be at SIGGRAPH 2007 looking to give a second life to some of the wonderful new tech, art and other unexpected wonders.
If you have an idea for a submission or just want further information about the Digital Art Guild while at SIGGRAPH 2007, feel free to email me at: