Leonardo at SIGGRAPH 2018

By Stacy Jerger

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Join Leonardo/ISAST at the annual SIGGRAPH conference this year!

Once a year Leonardo publishes the SIGGRAPH journal issue, which is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Leonardo and ACM SIGGRAPH to showcase the community of artists, designers, and scholars working with computer graphics and interactive technologies.

SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading showcase of digital art created using computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present a special Art Gallery, entitled “Origins,” and historic Art Papers in Vancouver, B.C. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The 2018 ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art is awarded to Monika Fleischmann, a research artist that has contributed to the field of interactive media art since the 1980s to the present day. Read more

The programs will also honor the generations of creators that have come before through a special, 50th anniversary edition of the Leonardo journal. This publication coincides with SIGGRAPH 2018 and will mark the tenth year of collaboration between SIGGRAPH and Leonardo. Join Leonardo this year at the SIGGRAPH 2018 conference and view the annual special Leonardo SIGGRAPH journal issue featuring new Art Papers and the Art Gallery.

Art Papers

Leonardo/ISAST and SIGGRAPH are pleased to present the 2017 SIGGRAPH Art Papers selections. Art Papers investigate the roles of artists and the methods of art-making in an increasingly global, networked, and the technologically mediated world.

The SIGGRAPH 2018 ART PAPERS program is designed to feature research from artists, scientists, theorists, technologists, historians, and more in one of four categories: project description, theory/criticism, methods, or history. The chosen work was selected by an international jury of scholars, artists, and immersive technology developers.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of LEONARDO (MIT Press), and 10 years of its annual SIGGRAPH issue, SIGGRAPH 2018 is pleased to announce a special anniversary edition of the journal, which will feature the 2018 art papers. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics.

“In order to encourage a wider range of topics, we introduced a new submission type, short papers. This enabled us to accept more content than in previous years. Additionally, for the first time, we will introduce sessions that integrate the Art Gallery artist talks with Art Papers talks, promoting richer connections between these two creative communities,” said Angus Forbes, SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Papers chair and professor at University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

Art Gallery

The SIGGRAPH 2018 ART GALLERY is a curated exhibition, conceived as a dialogical space that enables the viewer to reflect on man’s diverse cultural values and rituals through contemporary creative practices. Building upon an exciting and eclectic selection of creative practices mediated through technologies that represent the sophistication of our times, the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery will embrace the narratives of the indigenous communities based near Vancouver and throughout Canada as a source of inspiration. The exhibition will feature contemporary media artworks, art pieces by indigenous communities, and other traces of technologically mediated Ludic practices.

Andrés Burbano, SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery chair and professor at Universidad de los Andes, said, “The Art Gallery aims to articulate myth and technology, science and art, the deep past and the computational present, and will coalesce around a theme of ‘Origins.’ Media and technological creative expressions will explore principles such as the origins of the cosmos, the origins of life, the origins of human presence, the origins of the occupation of territories in the Americas, and the origins of people living in the vast territories of the Arctic.”

He continued, “The venue [in Vancouver] hopes to rekindle the original spark that ignited the collaborative spirit of the SIGGRAPH community of engineers, scientists, and artists, who came together to create the very first conference in the early 1970s.”

 

Leonardo Events at SIGGRAPH

The Art Papers Program aims to open up meaningful dialogue between artists, scientists, technologists, and industry leaders. The program showcases work that addresses all digital arts modalities, and particularly embraces work that creates and articulates connections with participants in the various SIGGRAPH communities and events, including Technical Papers, Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, and the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Program. SIGGRAPH 2018 is allowing for shorter papers than in previous years, which will enable us to include more work than ever before. Additionally, for the first time, we will introduce sessions that integrate the Art Gallery artist talks with the Art Papers talks, promoting richer connections between these creative communities.
 
Reception: Leonardo, Art Papers, and Art Gallery
Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 2pm - 3:30pm, West Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
 

Art Papers: Session #1
Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:45pm - 5:35pm, West Building, Room 118-120, Vancouver Convention Centre

 
Art Papers: Session #2
Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 10:45am - 12:35pm, West Building, Room 118-120, Vancouver Convention Centre
 
 
LEONARDO Birds of a Feather Community Meeting: Where Ideas Don't Take Sides
Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Art Gallery, West Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
Leonardo/ISAST has supported big ideas of art/sci/tech since 1968. We are reaching out to thought leaders and the curious in an effort to nurture the exploding art/science/technology global community.
Presenter: Erica Hruby, Leonardo/ISAST

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Siggraph 2018 Digital Arts Party

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 7:00 pm.–10:00 pm., 2625 Kaslo Street Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9 Canada
Co-hosted party with ISEA International and the Digital Arts Community.

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Art Gallery Experience Hall: Art Systems: 1968 to 2018
Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., West Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre

This project showcases Ernest Edmonds' (UK) 2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Award in Digital Art, featuring the following artworks: Nineteen (1968), Datapack (1969), Communications Game (1972), and Shaping Form (2002). All these artworks are directly related to papers published in Leonardo since 1973, from issue 3 until now.

Original Narratives: Building upon an exciting and eclectic selection of creative practices mediated through technologies that represent the sophistication of our times, the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery will embrace the narratives of the indigenous communities near Vancouver and throughout Canada as a source of inspiration. The exhibition features contemporary media artworks, art pieces by indigenous communities, and other traces of technologically mediated ludic practices.

Artist: Ernest Edmonds, De Montfort University

 


Other Recommended SIGGRAPH Events

View all Digital Arts Events at SIGGRAPH 2018

Birds of a Feather: Digital Arts Community – Paving the Way: Digital Art at SIGGRAPH 1980 - 1999

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 9:00 am – 10:00 am, East Building, Room 11, Vancouver Convention Centre

Birds of a Feather: Make a Difference – Get Involved with the SIGGRAPH Education Committee

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 1pm–1:30pm, Vancouver Convention Centre

Educator's Forum

Monday–Wednesday, August 12–15, West Building, Exhibit Hall B

Birds of a Feather: ISEA International – Open Forum Time

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:30pm – 2pm, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, West Building, Room 102, Vancouver Convention Centr

Find out more on the official SIGGRAPH website