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17 July 2007

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SIGGRAPH Art Performances to be Held at University of California, San Diego

(Chicago, IL) - Digital art performances that expand awareness of people and nature, illuminate the role digital media play in shaping, extending, and reflecting world views and cosmologies will be presented as part of the SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes.

These cutting-edge performances and site-specific installations will be presented from 4-6 August 2007 at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at the University of California, San Diego.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to bring some of the world's leading performance artists to these state-of-the-art venues for a comprehensive program that will lift the eyebrows of even the most discriminating performance art critics," 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."

These performances are open to the public, but pre-registration is required at the San Diego Convention Center. Free shuttle buses will be available to the performances.

Digital Performance Schedule

Saturday, 4 August

5-7:15 pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Substitute Judgment

Jeffrey Treviño
This piece explores the synchronization and hybridization of media to create a unified and balanced work of art. Jeffrey Treviño created Substitute Judgment as an autonomous solo multi-percussion work, inspired by his readings of philosophical inquiries into the ethics of Alzheimer's Disease patients' legal status as decision makers. Ross Karre created Metal Catalogue, a synchronized video response to Treviño's work, from still photographs of decaying metal farm equipment on a 150 year-old ranch (the T-Lazy-7) in Aspen, Colorado.

e*scapes

Mariela Cadiz
Taking live cinema to a new level, the Cadiz/Clelland/Lelong trio performs live electronic music to live remixed footage and vice versa. By combining contemporary dance music structures and sounds with traditional electro-acoustic music techniques, and by deconstructing the common use of nature documentary footage and exploring its cinematic qualities, the trio's live mixing thrives on mesmerizing, forceful, and unexpected relationships.

Walking into a Leonardo Masterpiece

Maurizio Seracini
Seracini has scanned Leonardo da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" using infrared, ultraviolet and other imaging techniques, allowing the viewer to see inside the painting to the under-painting where the true genius of da Vinci is revealed in images that have not been seen for 500 years. Working with Seracini, Calit2 researcher Jurgen Schulze has transposed Seracini's work to a virtual-reality system equipped with 3D viewing and a tracking system that allows the visitor to move between the surface of the painting and what's underneath by moving forward and backward in front of the painting, giving the impression that the visitor is literally walking into the masterpiece.

Takashi's Season

Takashi Kawashima
A sequential live shadow-puppet/video performance of interpretations of the four seasons. Working in precarious unison, the shadows of the puppets are synchronized with the animation, creating a unique live-action performance. Animation and sound are composited with shadows in real time, and the artist produces "motion pictures" via a combination of seasonal sounds, live shadow-puppet manipulation, and projection of shadow-like animation sequences.

Autopoiesis/Mimesis

Maja Cerar and Luibo Borissov
Autopoiesis is a work that imagines realities and is, in part, a humorous document of the discussions between the two authors about the beginning of the universe. It is followed and complemented by Mimesis, a more serious exploration of the ancient tension between imperfect reality and ideal form as furthered by art's mimicry.

7:30-8 pm
CRCA Studio 1613, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

What If I am Not Real

Kooj Chuhan
Three masked figures on rafts at sea appear in each of three screens arranged as a circular triptych: an official, a migrant parent, and a child. The anxious official denies the parent access to safe land and community while engaging in lucrative military games. The conclusion poses an inevitable consequence of current conflicts.

8-10 pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Visual Music Marathon

Visual music is an interdisciplinary artistic genre with roots dating back hundreds of years. The emergence of film and video in the 20th century allowed this genre to reach its full potential. The concept can be applied using a variety of approaches, for example, works in which the images and music are directly tied by the sharing of parameters or those where the images "interpret" the music (or vice versa). A third category is pieces in which the visuals are edited in tight synchrony with cues in the music. The common theme is that the music and images are closely related in some form.

Digital Performance Schedule

Sunday, 5 August

11am-noon
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Dynamic Spaces

Pauline Oliveros
This project explores the relationships within an acoustic and electronic performing ensemble for improvised music in virtual environments with deliberately varying characteristics. Variations in acoustics provide a new dynamic parameter of music in addition to harmony, melody, and rhythm. The performance is enhanced by dynamic visual elements with interwoven artistic images and views of the performers in a shared virtual space.

Noon-12:30 pm
CRCA Studio 1613, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

What If I am Not Real

(See above description)

2-4 pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Rage to Know

Michael Masucci
This piece utilizes concepts from quantum mechanics and string theory, and attempts to illustrate through dance some of the more complex theories concerning multi-dimensionality, time displacement, and the warping of space.

Rhyme of Tang Dynasty

Xiaohua Sun
A performance that uses interactive audio/visual techniques to enhance the aesthetic effect of Chinese traditional dance. Max/MSP/Jitter generate real-time music and graphics.

Bibigi

Hyung Min Lee
In this music scoring and sequencing device, pitch, timbre, and loudness are computed based on the transformed images' hue, saturation, and intensity.

Imago

Joreg Diessl
In imago, a piece for solo vocalist about multimedial representation, the singer is reduced to face and voice, and stylized as a triptych: his real head flanked left and right by three-dimensional clones. He relinquishes himself to the point of self-abnegation. His digital portraits begin to develop lives of their own.

Performing Arts for the Future Mobile Generation

Hiroshi Matoba
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.

4-4:30 pm
CRCA Studio 1613, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

What If I Am Not Real

(See above description)

5-7 pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

e*scapes

(See above description)

Substitute Judgment

(See above description)

Performing Arts for the Future Mobile Generation

(See above description)

Autopoiesis/Mimesis

(See above description)

7-9 pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Visual Music Marathon

(See above description)

Digital Performance Schedule

Monday, 6 August

11 am-1 pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Rage to Know

(See above description)

Rhyme of Tang Dynasty

(See above description)

Bibigi

(See above description)

Imago

(See above description)

Performing Arts for the Future Mobile Generation

(See above description)

2-4:15 pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

Autocosm 2007

J.Walt Adamczyk
This piece is a continuation of the ongoing Autocosm project, in which the artist creates artificial worlds in solo live performances. An "autocosm" is a self-contained personal world, apart from the world we all share. In this case, it is a world of growth and evolution, of life and transformation.

Dynamic Spaces

(See above description)

Takashi's Season

(See above description)

Performing Arts for the Future Mobile Generation

(See above description)

4:15- 4:45 pm
CRCA Studio 1613, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego

What If I Am Not Real

(See above description)

The following SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery Interactive Installations will be Showcased at Calit2, University of California, San Diego

METROBOSCO: More Than a Green Belt for a City

Chiara Boeri
This installation will be a discussion and meeting point for citizens and whoever visits the city, to face the never ending problems of a metropolis and to design urban environments as easily as flying and touching in a new interface merging art and technologies. Through an apparently naÏve game, with an important technological side, we mean to spread the consciousness of a necessity to change our way of living, and come out with new and feasible proposals in a constructive way.

Hydrodynamics Ocean

Yoichiro Kawaguchi
In Hydrodynamics Ocean, when a visitor stands at the front of a round screen, big waves are coming towards the visitor, from the calm ocean. Visitors will enjoy a kind of scientific beauty, as if they can visit the storming ocean. This is an attempt to have an incredible experience of cutting-edge scientific visualization and physical simulation.

Rutopia 2

Daria Tsoupikova
Rutopia2 is a virtual reality (VR) art project built for the C-wall VR system. It explores the aesthetics of virtual art in relation to traditional Russian folk arts and crafts. The project describes a magic garden with interactive sculptural trees linked to a matrix of several other unique virtual environments that together create a shared network community.

Screen

Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Screen explores memory as a virtual experience - a form of virtuality that cuts across all times and cultures, but that we experience anew with the rise of digital virtuality. Here memories begin displayed as we wish they were: fixed texts, stable like pages. But soon the language of memory begins to peel loose. You can hit words back with your hand, but they don't always return to their origins, they break apart, and they peel faster and faster.

ATLAS in Silico

Ruth West, Todd Margolis, JP Lewis, Iman Mostafavi, Ben Hackbarth, Joachim Gossman, Alex S. Horn, Trevor Henthorn, Sam Fernald, Iman Sadeghi, Jurgen Schulze, Weizhong Li, Raj Singh, Javier I. Girardo, Tommy Chheng, Jeffrey Lien, Tom Cassey
ATLAS in Silico reflects upon humanity's long-standing quest for an understanding of the nature, origins, and unity of life by interrogating metagenomics and its resultant shift from an organism-centric to a sequence-centric view of nature. Participants playfully and intuitively interact with millions of sequences from the Global Ocean Survey within a dynamic 3D environment enhanced by a unique sonic microworld. The installation employs an infrared motion tracking system, custom computer vision, advanced networking, spatialized interactive audio, and 3D computer graphics together with the Varrier 60 panel, 100 million pixel barrier strip auto-stereoscopic tiled display.

Complete details on SIGGRAPH 2007

Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2007 Media Office

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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