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SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: A Vibrant Mix of Creativity & Talent
(Chicago, IL) -- The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery overall theme of Threading Time will showcase digital artwork that maps or traces threads through time and space. Six world-renowned artists were invited to exhibit their works in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery in addition to the featured juried works. A record number of 1,100 pieces were submitted -- from which 53 Artists were chosen. Works include 11 Art Animations, six Art Papers, three Art Symposia discussions, six Art Installations (to be shown in the adjoining Emerging Technologies area), and three distributed performances on Access Grid.
"The SIGGRAPH 2005 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 continued, "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."
The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery is collaborating with the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, Sketches, Access Grid, and Web Programs to provide artists with a wider forum to speak and exhibit their work.
A Few Highlights from the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time
External Measures Untitled 5
Untitled 5 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.
Ambiguous 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 through analog and digital worlds. The electronic panels hang like wall paintings and are both aesthetic and powerful.
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 s 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 an 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 move forward in time, the others move in reverse; and since the piece loops perfectly, it has no beginning or end.
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 co-ordinates with their eyes and head at all times.
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.
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.
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.
Stop Motion Studies - Series 13
This project is 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.
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.
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 and a Team of Artists, Actors, and Computer Scientists
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.
STORYBOARDS and CONCEPT ART
For the first time in SIGGRAPH history, selected storyboards and concept art from the Electronic Theater will be shown in the Art Gallery. They will provide an insight into the creation of the animations. These 52 beautifully executed artworks will include boards and concept art for award-winning animations.
SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time opens 31 July at 1:00 pm and closes 4 August at 5:00 pm.
A complete list of works in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery: Threading Time
SIGGRAPH 2005 will bring nearly 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles for the week-long conference, 31 July - 4 August. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2005 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 2-4 August 2005.
ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques, sponsors SIGGRAPH 2005.