Process: The Map to the Mind of the Artist
process will give SIGGRAPH 2002 attendees a better understanding
of the artist and the art. "Process" will be shown
with the final artwork, on an adjacent wall, or near
or within the same physical space.
Often, clear documentation of process results in another
work or piece itself. For our purposes, however, we
consider these new "pieces" to be derivative of and
supportive of the final works of art.
Artistic process is valued because it gives us insight
into the mind of the artist. Artistic process takes
many forms and is as personal and individual as the
final works of art. Some artists work intuitively, so
content and development emerge at the same time, during
creation of the piece itself. Some artists follow a
strong pre-production schedule (researching, sketching,
and planning before making the final piece). Some artists
write. Some artists work in solitude. Some artists only
work collaboratively. For some artists, the process
is the art. Process pieces offer insight and add depth
and value to the work itself.
We expect that your documentation of the process of
making your work will be as individual as you and your
work. We also expect that presentation of your process
will be individual, and it can take many forms. The
purpose of this summary is to give you ideas, inspiration,
and examples of possible process and documentation,
but you may also have wonderful ideas for something
Process could include, but is not limited to:
Clear panels instead of draped environments that would
show the "behind-the-scenes" working of a piece.
Process should clearly identify the creative, conceptual,
and technical processes involved in making the work. This
interest is sometimes technical, but more often it is
about development of ideas, translation of ideas into
images, and the choices and decisions that were made along
the way. The goal is to make visible the creative process
of the artist.
Examples of Process and Documentation
While the final works of art should be professionally
displayed, sometimes when we look behind the scenes, the
process is less polished, rougher, or raw. In other cases,
process is as polished as the final artwork. Both are
acceptable. Here are some suggestions and examples that
will help you document your process for exhibition and
Journals. Excerpts from journals that show key conceptual
or procedural turning points and references could
be blown up and hung on the wall.
Sketches. Pages from a sketchbook could be tacked
informationally to a wall. Some sketches may require
written documentation to guide the viewer through
Performances might document scripts, diagram stage
designs, show the progression of costume designs,
or document brainstorming and conceptual development.
For installations, there might be space diagrams,
technical diagrams, and audience flow charts.
For interactive pieces, there might be informational
or narrative pipelines, research and reference discoveries,
and "look" development.
For games, there might be narrative pipelines, character
sketches, movement studies, etc.
Some processes might just be letting us "see" what
A composited Photoshop image might print out all of
the layers before flattening and outputting the final
work. The audience could then see "all the parts"
that create the whole.
If you work intuitively and are creating a new work
for submission, try to stop and document the work
at intervals along the way. Multiple intervals could
document the decision-making process.
Time-based media (audio or video) can often give us
a narrative accounting of what is inside your head.
For some pieces, the cultural, anthropological, social,
or aesthetic history, issues, and references are important.
Background materials could give larger insight into
the work, especially when accompanied by editorial
interpretations by the artist.
Some artists explain their work and process better
verbally. These artists might document a short interview
on audio or videotape.
If you have questions about process or process documentation,
SIGGRAPH 2002 Art Gallery Chair
Please note: An Artist Statement and Technical Statement
do not constitute process documentation. These are in
addition to process documentation.
Important: You must submit both your process documentation
and your artwork to the jury. Process cannot be created
and submitted after the submission deadline. The jury
needs to know what your process will look like, how it
will be displayed, and how much room we will need to allow
at the time of the jury meeting.