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Conference: 31 July - 4 August 2005
Exhibition: 2 - 4 August 2005

The Facts

  • The overall theme showcases digital artwork that maps or traces threads through time and space.
  • The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery will feature six world-renowned artists personally invited to exhibit in addition to the juried works.
  • A record number of 1,100 pieces were submitted to the Art Gallery.
  • A jury of pre-eminent museum curators and artists selected the final work.
  • The following is a breakdown of accepted artwork:
    53 Artists
    12 Art Animations
    6 Art Papers
    3 Art Symposia Discussions
    6 Art Installations will be shown in the adjoining Emerging Technologies area.
  • Artwork shown will feature many award-winning pieces including a first-place winner at Transmediale 2005.
  • Multiple works by individual artists will be shown to demonstrate depth of vision.
  • 12 Art Animations will be shown in the Art Gallery Screening Room.
  • For the first time in the history of SIGGRAPH, storyboards of select Electronic Theater Animations will be on display in the Art Gallery.

A Quote from the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery Chair

"The 2005 SIGGRAPH Art Gallery: Threading Time showcases digital artwork from the cerebral to the visceral. The artists examine the passage of time and the marking of space in their work: some lingering, some looping, some humorous, some perennial. All of the work will engage the audience's perceptions of time and place," said Linda Lauro-Lazin, SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery Chair from the Pratt Institute in New York.

She continues: "More work by fewer artists gives a greater depth to the exhibition. Each piece is inherently digital -- it cannot exist without computer graphics. However, the exhibition is arranged by curatorial theme and content. Here the technology is in the service of the art -- not the other way around."

A Few Highlights from the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time:


Camille Utterback

External Measures Untitled V
Untitled V is an interactive art installation. It creates imagery that is painterly, organic, and evocative while also remaining completely algorithmic. While the specific rules of the system are never explicitly revealed to participants, the internal structure and composition of the piece can be discovered through a process of kinesthetic exploration. Engaging with this work creates a visceral sense of unfolding or revelation, as well as a feeling of immediacy and loss. The experience of this work is the experience of embodied existence itself -- a continual flow of unique and fleeting moments. The effect is at once sensual and contemplative.

Jim Campbell

Ambigous Icons series
Ambiguous Icons explores the relationship between information and meaning in the context of reduced or compressed levels of information. Observers are exposed to grids of LEDs on which figures move through space. They go seamlessly though analog and digital worlds. The electronic panels hang like wall paintings and are both aesthetic and powerful.

Perry Hoberman

My Life in Spam series and Art Under Contract (End User License Agreement)
Art Under Contract satirizes the endless attempts to price and profit from what has become known as "intellectual property" -- a term that emphasizes ownership above all. The viewer must accept a stringent end user license agreement (the document that appears with all new software) before looking at the work.

The My Life in Spam prints consist of superimposed images of every spam email message that the artist received over a given period of time. Since deciding to save his spam in 1998, Hoberman has amassed a large archive of useless, often offensive messages. He notes that the amount of spam he has received has tripled (on average) each year. This piece showcases the spam in an expressive and intuitive manner.

Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar

Viewers peer down onto small figures moving through the ambiguous, synthetic world of the video game. The piece presents viewers with not only a spatial, but also a temporal puzzle. A portion of the figures moves forward in time, the others move in reverse; and since the piece loops perfectly, it has no beginning or end.

John Gerrard

Watchful Portrait (Caroline)
This work presents two virtual portraits that track the position of the sun and the moon at all times. This is achieved by inputting the precise scientific information as to the movement of these elements and designing the portraits so they follow these coordinates with their eyes and head at all times.


Ansen Seale

Rather than suspending a single moment, this photography examines the passage of time. With the aide of a digital slitscan camera (of the artist's invention), the horizontal axis of the image is rendered as a time exposure. A single sliver of space is imaged over an extended period of time with moving objects inserting themselves into the data stream at different speeds and directions.

Brian Knep

Drip is a site-specific piece. Organic patterns grow and flow along gallery walls and pillars. The piece inhabits these structural elements and becomes a living architectural detail. This work explores complexity-out-of-simplicity and infinite-out-of-finite. The work brings architectural spaces to life.

Jan Piribeck

This project uses GIS (geographic information systems) to chart the geography of physical and psychological space. The goal is to make maps of individual and societal perceptions, views, and opinions, which serve both to unite and separate human beings from one another.

David Crawford

Stop Motion Studies - Series 13
A series of experimental documentaries that chronicle the artist's interaction with subway passengers in cities around the world. The aim of the project is to create an international character study based on the aspects of identity that emerge.

Kate Pemberton

This piece is an examination of how traditional craft ideas translate into the modern multimedia networked world. A sampler has been cross-stitched from a transposed graphic of a Tracert DOS command. Tracert can be seen as a modern metaphor for the crafted tradition of creating cross-stitched samplers.

Roman Verostko

Illustrated Limited Edition Artist Book of George Boole's "Derivation of the Laws ..."
This edition attempts to honor Boole with illustrations created with algorithmic procedures that embody his theories. All of the drawings and brushwork for this edition were executed with original coded procedures. Since these procedures are informed with Boolean operations, the illustrations are descended, to some degree, from his pioneer work. To some extent, they are expressions of Boole on Boole.

Jessica Hodgins et al.

Oral Fixations
Oral Fixations is a single-channel video installation that evolves over a seven-hour time period. The project is a darkly humorous look at a habit of endless consumption and the resulting accumulation of waste. A narrative gradually emerges from the on-screen action. An interdisciplinary team of artists, actors, and computer scientists produced this project.

The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time opens 31 July at 1 pm and closes 4 August at 5 pm.