How have our ideas evolved? Where are we going? How does our past inform our future?
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana (1863-1952)
"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
For SIGGRAPH 2008, we seek work by scientists and artists, historians and critics, and students and professionals that addresses our history or our future. Let us examine today's technology and culture with a lens that reveals this moment within a continuum of progress and change. The goal for this theme is to encourage our community to understand and celebrate our past as we invigorate, re-invent, and define our future.
Topics might include:
- Surveys of design (clothing, vehicles, etc.)
- Old techniques revisited in new contexts
- Observations of cycles in design of software and hardware
- Reflections on subfields that have drifted out of the SIGGRAPH mainstream
- Prescient views of where our field will go from here
How will we extend or redefine our field? What glimpses can we offer for the far future of computer graphics and interactive techniques? Speculation is encouraged!