Information Aesthetics: Call for Submissions

For over 35 years, the SIGGRAPH conference has been the premier venue for showcasing work in computer graphics and interactive techniques, and it has a long history of recognizing beauty in concert with technology. For SIGGRAPH 2009, the conference is developing Information Aesthetics: a new thematic area that recognizes the increasingly prominent role that information visualization and data graphics are assuming in our digitally mediated culture. We invite contributions from graphic designers, new media artists, and data and scientific visualization specialists who produce purposive, predictive, and creative representations of information.

Information Aestetics We are looking for broad representation for this emerging field, from visualization labs, medical imaging groups, social research organizations and non-profits, design labs, museums, art programs, music research institutions, and new media centers. Projects might include static 2D prints, interactive screen-based work, or multimodal experiences (installations) with environmental, multi-sensory media outputs. We invite you to submit your work for inclusion in the showcase, which will take place during the conference in New Orleans, 3-7 August 2009. See the submission info for details on how to submit. Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts with broad experience in design, media, and visualization. Submissions are due Wednesday, 18 February 2009.

In addition to submission of work for inclusion in the showcase, we also welcome submission of presentations in the area of Information Aesthetics: Courses, to present an established body of knowledge; Talks, to present accomplishments, case studies, or new ideas; moderated Panels; and Posters. Talks and Posters in particular are appropriate to present projects that can't be easily moved to the conference (such as CAVE installations). See the individual program submission instructions for submission details. Submissions to these programs are due Wednesday, 18 February 2009. For work completed in the spring of 2009, Talks and Posters may be submitted by a special late-breaking deadline: Wednesday, 6 May 2009.

Our goal is to bring people doing innovative work in information visualization and aesthetics into real-time conversation with the community of experts in computer graphics and interactive techniques who regularly attend SIGGRAPH conferences. We hope this program becomes a way for potential collaborators to connect, and for all who come to learn something new.

If you have any questions about the Information Aesthetics Showcase or related presentations, please contact us. And please help spread the word by forwarding this page to colleagues and associates who would be interested in participating in SIGGRAPH 2009.