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Conference 12-17 August 2001
Exhibition 14-16 August 2001

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California USA

N-Space, the SIGGRAPH 2001 Art Gallery, will take viewers to a place where ideas and expression are rich and artistic freedom is unconstrained by dimension. All the work in the exhibition is in some way created with or connected to digital technology but the thread of the show is content.

The more than 90 works will encourage the SIGGRAPH 2001 audience to become a part of the art: to explore, question, and challenge their own interpretations and critiques. To do this, the Art Gallery will have a facilitator to help engage viewers as well as a treasure map of valuable ideas to search for in the gallery. The viewer will get lost in the salon-style exhibition, finding hidden gold in the nooks and crannies of the turn-of-the-century décor.

The gallery will showcase an even distribution of interactive installations, digital paintings, digital images, sculptures, performances, panels, animation, artist talks, Web sites, and interactive desktop programs.

"It is this expression and representation that N-Space will present: art works that are not only technically proficient and novel but also go beyond the medium and into the realm of ideas - a place where the medium acts as a conduit for the message," said Dena Eber, SIGGRAPH 2001 Art Gallery Chair from Bowling Green State University.

Art Gallery Highlights:

Interactive Installations

Invisible Places
Emily Blair, Next Question
Invisible Places is an audio installation. By inserting headphones into a series of jacks in a wall, visitors can listen to women from Buffalo and Pittsburgh talking about their relationships to different places in the city. Visitors can also record their own thoughts on the chalkboard surface.

Not You, Not Here
Michael Rodemer, University of Michigan
We often take our locus for granted. Not You, Not Here seeks to help us break that habit by connecting the present space of the viewer with a remote place and enabling some kind of experiencing of the other place, indifferent to us as it may be.

Omnipresence ver. 1
Haruo Ishi, Aichi Prefectural University
This work involves the sounding of 450 bells and emanation of diodes as an installation of sound and light. The purpose is to envelop the viewer in sound and light so that a feeling of inebriation and/or relaxation may be experienced.

Protrude, Flow
Sachiko Kodama, The University of Electro-Communications
Protrude, Flow uses magnetic fluid, sound, and moving images. Affected by the sounds and voices in the exhibition place, the three-dimensional patterns of magnetic fluid transform by means of digital computer control, and its flowing movement and dynamic transformations are
simultaneously projected on the screen.

Ellen Sandor, (art)n Laboratory
Will longevity become a basic human right, who will be allowed to procreate, can aging be a classified cause of suffering, and why is immortality desirable? The Telomeres Project On Imminent Immortality is an imagined regenerative laboratory for telomerase enzyme production that makes an artistic statement about how DNA research may effect the quality and quantity of human life.


VR Keith 2.0
Keith Roberson, Florida State University
VR Keith 2.0 explores the interface between interaction, performance, and avatars. Using comedy, irony, and cheesy quotes from cultural theorists, etc., VR Keith interacts with the gallery audience in a direct fashion. VR Keith argues how much better virtual and robotic humans are than real ones.

Interactive Program

Of Shifting Shadows
Gita Hashemi, Exisle Creations
A tale of three fictional women who experienced the 1979 Iranian Revolution. An exploration in the non-linear movement of memory, this interactive narrative captures three intense lives at critical points in their individual existence. It attempts to recover the voices muted in the narrations of history and national identity.


Don't Say Goodbye (Variation 1 & 2)
Leslie Nobler-Farbe, William Paterson University
This work deals with the interplay between the real world and the abstract, where the artist tries to synthesize a connection between them, partially explaining the key imagery. Also metaphorically, the key expresses the psychological states of locking doors (saying goodbye) and alludes to the mystery of opening passageways - discovering what awaits.

F-G and the Iron Clocks of Film
James Faure Walker, Kingston University
Friese-Green was one of the inventors of cinema, making a film in 1889 in Hyde Park. Photos of his cameras are mixed in with photos of commuters at Waterloo in this piece.

A Piece of the Pie
Melissa Harshman, University of Georgia
This piece is from the series Word Play that uses appropriated imagery from old dictionaries, juxtaposed with other symbols, to create a new meaning for the original image. The subtext behind each image metaphorically addresses issues facing women in contemporary society.


Proximal Actuator
Jesse Hemminger, The Ohio State University
Proximal Actuator is a metaphor for modern society's technologically mediated interconnectedness. Our fingers are both actuators and mediators of many forms of communication. The viewer's fingers set off chain reactions, bringing the piece to life. Proximal Actuator falls silent when there is no interaction. This reflects the reality of relationships.


Icky Flix: The Residents DVD
Starr Sutherland, Cryptic Corporation
Icky Flix is a DVD by the Residents, with an interface by Jim Ludtke. The DVD contains 100 minutes of new and old film, video, and animation totaling 17 sections. In addition to the visuals, there are 100 minutes of original stereo audio.


Metaphoric Networks in "Lexia to Perplexia"
Katherine Hayles
Talan Memmott's "Lexia to Perplexia" re-defines human subjectivity so that it is seen as deeply entwined with computer technology. Combining image with text, this hypertext work hovers at the border of art and literature, crafting metaphoric networks that suggest humans and technologies co-produce one another.


Erasing Boundaries: Intermedia Art in the Digital Age
Paul Hertz, Northwestern University
This panel will examine the historical concept of intermedia (cross-modal multimedia composition), compositional methods and processes for creating intermedia, issues of sense perception and sensory coupling in the reception of intermedia, and the implications of digital multimedia, real-time performance and interaction for the future development of intermedia.

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