Co-sponsored by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and History Committee

Moderated by Bonnie Mitchell and Myungin Lee

SPARKS Event Date/Time: February 23, 2024

New York, USA Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 12:00 noon EST

Chicago, USA Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 11:00 am CST

Los Angeles, USA Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 9:00 am PST

Central European Time, CET Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 6:00 pm CET

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This SPARKS session focuses on the innovative interactive digital artwork and pioneering artists prior to the year 2000.  Interactive digital art’s roots began forming in the 1960s and blossomed in the following decades. By relinquishing the power to control the outcome of a work of art, digital artists in the 1960-1990s established a democratic, reciprocal relationship with the viewer. Without a defined history, artists were free to experiment and create works that capitalized on the concept of “possibilities”. These individualized personal art experiences took many forms including screen-based art, immersive installation environments, haptic device art, and much more.


Vladimir Bonačić’s interactive digital installations 1969 – 1971

Darko Fritz   

Media Art as Thinking Space

Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss 

Interactive Plant Growing – a journey of an interactive garden created in 1992

Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau  

Searching for Conditions of Possibility: Jeffrey Shaw’s Artistic Practice in Expanded Cinema

Lukasz Mirocha

Engaging Subjectivity Through Interaction

Greg Garvey

The enduring telematic vision of a coexistent third space

Paul Sermon

From Music Composition to Multimodal Interactive Composition – An Historical Overview

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin   

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