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30 May 2007

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes Expands Awareness of Humanity and Nature

(Chicago, IL) - Artwork that illuminates the role the digital media plays in shaping, extending, and reflecting world views and cosmologies will be showcased throughout the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes. Global Eyes will take place during the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held 5-9 August 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA.

Global Eyes will explore ecological, social, and political issues in imaginative and innovative ways through a variety of submitted and curated works. This year there were more than 660 submissions from 30 countries that were evaluated by a prestigious international jury. The main categories presented during Global Eyes include animation, artist books, panel discussions, papers, digital performances, art installations, as well as monitor and wall-based works. These works aim to foster respect, tolerance, and empathy among people and nations.

"The SIGGRAPH Art Gallery is known for consistently presenting the work of the world's most talented digital artists," stated Vibeke Sorensen, SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery Chair from the University at Buffalo. "Global Eyes is an exciting forum for showcasing alternative ways to think about nature and art, and how the two interact."

Global Eyes will also offer SIGGRAPH 2007 attendees the extraordinary opportunity to visit the California Institute for Telecommunications Information Technology (Cal-IT2) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at the University of California, San Diego. Cal-IT2 and CRCA are providing their innovative, state-of-the-art facility to house the Art Gallery performances and site-specific installations during a special weekend event from 4-6 August at SIGGRAPH 2007. Buses will be available between the San Diego Convention Center and CAL-IT2.

This year's program will also be collaborating with ISAST Leonardo, an organization that serves the international arts community by promoting and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology in an effort to build bridges between people working creatively all around the world.

Highlights From the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes include:


Animation

Self-Transparency
Arina Melkozernova, Arizona, USA
Self-Transparency is an animated work dedicated to painter Remedios Varo. The artist has incorporated aspects of the surrealist's iconography that relate to her own experience. This piece has been chosen by industry leaders as a premier example of digital artwork from one of the country's best and brightest digital media artists.

Selected Works From the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival
Various Artists, Tokyo, Japan
Japan Media Arts Festival is a contest that awards creative media art works utilizing the latest expression technology. The festival also supports creative activity through the presentation of a broad base of various works. This festival promotes the development of media arts in Japan by providing opportunities of appreciation such as exhibitions and sanctioned events.

Digital Performance

Performing Arts for the Future Mobile Generation
Hiroshi Matoba, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
These two performance works predict new styles of play that children will enjoy with future mobile phones. One is made from six units of wireless displays based on LCD technology. The other is based on three units of wireless LED projectors.

Monitor-based Work

WORLD
Santiago Echeverry, The University of Tampa
WORLD is an interactive display of video and audio memories captured with the artist's cell phone camera in very low resolution. These personal souvenirs are fragmented into small portions of a larger chaotic and randomized composition. The clips are loaded dynamically, allowing the artist to add more elements and increase the group of clips as time goes by.

Wall-Based Work

World Identity Cards
Joe Nalven, Digital Art Guild
Migration has always been a part of the human condition. With the advent of the written language, travelers are identified via identity cards or passports. The next step to evolving a transnational identity, while acknowledging the need for public recognition of the individual as opposed to anonymity, may be a world identity card. These exemplars are drawn from ethnographic research, photographic explorations, and mixed media experimentation, and then recomposited as a digital composition.

SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2007 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2007. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public.

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The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH 2007. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.