Art Gallery


The SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery is a curated exhibition exploring the theme of Original Narratives. This dialogical space enables us to reflect on the roots of our diverse cultural values and rituals through contemporary creative practices.

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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 will feature contemporary media artworks, art pieces by indigenous communities, and other traces of technologically mediated ludic practices.

The exhibition aims to articulate myth and technology, science and art, the deep past and the computational present, and will coalesce around the theme of Origins. Media and technological creative expressions will explore principles such as the origins of cosmos, the origins of life, the origins of human presence on the planet, the origins of people that occupy the territories of the Americas, and the origins of people who are still living in the vast territories of the Arctic.

Additionally, the venue intends to rekindle the original spark that ignited the collaborative spirit in the community of engineers, scientists, and artists who came together to create the first SIGGRAPH conference in the early 1970s.

Art Gallery Chair

Andres Burbano

1:30pm-5:30pm West Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Art Systems: 1968 to 2018
SessionArt Gallery
Artist
Ernest Edmonds
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionThis 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.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/EKgwN1
Artist
Ernest Edmonds
De Montfort University
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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She Falls For Ages
SessionArt Gallery
Artist
Skawennati Fragnito
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionThis sci-fi retelling of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation story reimagines Sky World as a futuristic utopia and Sky Woman as a brave astronaut and world-builder. When she learns that her planet is dying, Sky Woman volunteers to become the seed of the new world, an Earth covered in water. Produced using the new media technique known as machinima, She Falls For Ages boldly mixes ancient storytelling with science fiction to connect the deep past with the far future.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/mjM2hB
Artist
Skawennati Fragnito
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Skawennati
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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He Ao Hou (A New World)
SessionArt Gallery
Artist
Nā ‘Anae Mahiki
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Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
Description"He Ao Hou" is a point-and-click adventure game set in the far future, when your people (Native Hawaiians) have attained the next level of navigation: space travel. It is the result of a unique workshop: Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, offered by an Aboriginally-determined team.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/RBtzzo
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Nā ‘Anae Mahiki
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Transformation Mask
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Shawn Hunt
Robert Butterworth
Jeremy Kersey
Andy Klein
Julia Taylor-Hell
Jonathan Cobb
Brent Silk
Brendan O'Rourke
Stacey Mulcahy
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Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionThe Raven, the ultimate trickster, has become a cyborg. In this collaboration with Microsoft Vancouver, Shawn Hunt moves away from engaging with the handmade, exploring authenticity and our expectations of what it means to be indigenous through the removal of the hand-carved surface. The mask appropriates the traditional aspects of metamorphosis with the transformation from bird mask to human; yet in this adaptation, the human mask has been altered, upgraded, and merged with the machine. Incorporating aspects of technology, sound, and space, each part of the work reflects Hunt's interest in how we understand and identify with the term "indigenous."

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/mxokpk
Artists
Shawn Hunt
Independent Artist
Robert Butterworth
Microsoft Garage
Jeremy Kersey
Microsoft Garage
Andy Klein
Microsoft Garage
Julia Taylor-Hell
Microsoft Garage
Jonathan Cobb
Microsoft Garage
Brent Silk
Microsoft Garage
Brendan O'Rourke
Microsoft Garage
Stacey Mulcahy
Microsoft Garage
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Never Alone: The Art and the People of the Story
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Amy Fredeen
Dima Veryovka
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionWe paired world-class game makers with Alaska Native storytellers and elders to create a game that delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people to present an experience like no other. Never Alone is our first title in an exciting new genre of “World Games,” which draws fully upon the richness of unique cultures to create complex and fascinating game worlds for a global audience.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/e6zzaD
Artists
Amy Fredeen
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
E-Line Media
Dima Veryovka
Oculus VR
E-Line Media
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Somnium
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Danny Bazo
Marko Peljhan
Karl Yerkes
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionSOMNIUM is a cybernetic installation that provides visitors with the ability to sensorily, cognitively and emotionally contemplate and experience exoplanetary discoveries, their macro and micro dimensions, and the potential for life in our galaxy.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/nJjnHt
Artists
Danny Bazo
Meow Wolf
Marko Peljhan
University of California Santa Barbara
Projekt Atol Institute
Karl Yerkes
University of California Santa Barbara
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Archaeology of CAD: Interactive Software Reconstructions of the 'Coons Patch' and 'Sketchpad'
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Daniel Cardoso-Llach
Scott Donaldson
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Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionTwo interactive software reconstructions allow gallery visitors to experience two seminal developments in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) history: Steven A. Coons' "Patch" (1967) and Ivan Sutherland's "Sketchpad" (1963). Based on archival research, and custom software and hardware design, these interactive systems offer access beyond the visual into sensual, gestural, and interactive aspects of these landmark computational design techniques. Along with the two reconstructions, a selection of rare handwritten notes by original authors Coons and Sutherland are displayed to offer additional context about the origins of CAD.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/nmkBvS
Artists
Daniel Cardoso-Llach
Carnegie Mellon University
Scott Donaldson
ISL (iStrategyLabs)
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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You are the Ocean
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Ozge Samanci
Gabriel Caniglia
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Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionYou are the Ocean, an interactive installation, generates ocean waves and clouds in response to brain waves of a participant. Water, light, clouds, and lightning are realistically simulated by computer code. A participant wears an EEG (Electroencephalography) headset that measures the user’s approximate attention and meditation levels via brain waves. Through relaxation and concentration, the subject can control the water and sky. Attention level affects storminess: With higher concentration, the waves get higher and the clouds thicken. By calming their mind, the subject can create a calm ocean.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/v21AXs
Artists
Ozge Samanci
Northwestern University
Gabriel Caniglia
Northwestern University
Art Gallery
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Sopro and Toque (The Blow and Touch)
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Milton Sogabe
Fernando Luiz Fogliano
Fabio Oliveira Nunes
Carolina Peres
Soraya Braz
Rodrigo Dorta
Cleber Gazana
Mirian Steinberg
Melina Furquim
Daniel Malva
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionConsidering the discussion on sustainable sources of energy, Sopro (The Blow) and Toque (Touch) seek to aesthetically use the audience's body energy to interact and animate the artworks.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/ReQVJU
Artists
Milton Sogabe
São Paulo State University
Fernando Luiz Fogliano
University of São Paulo
Fabio Oliveira Nunes
São Paulo State University
Carolina Peres
São Paulo State University
Soraya Braz
São Paulo State University
Rodrigo Dorta
São Paulo State University
Cleber Gazana
São Paulo State University
Mirian Steinberg
São Paulo State University
Melina Furquim
São Paulo State University
Daniel Malva
São Paulo State University
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Diastrophisms
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Nicole L'Huillier
Yasushi Sakai
Thomas Sanchez Lengeling
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionDiastrophisms is a sound installation with a modular system that sends images through rhythmic patterns. It is built on a set of debris from the Alto Río building that was destroyed by the 27F earthquake in 2010 in Chile. With Diastrophisms, we were looking for a poetical, critical, and political crossing between technology and matter in order to raise questions on the relationship between human beings and nature, and to consider the construction of memory in a community by questioning the notion of monument, as well as to imagine new forms of communication in times of crisis.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/XtzZzR
Artists
Nicole L'Huillier
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Media Lab
Yasushi Sakai
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Media Lab
Thomas Sanchez Lengeling
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Experience Hall
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INSTRUMENT | One Antarctic Night
SessionArt Gallery
Artists
Ruth West
Violet Johnson
I Chen Yeh
Zach Thomas
Eitan Mendelowitz
Lars Berg
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionINSTRUMENT | One Antarctic Night lets you jam to the rhythm of 817,373 stars through the power of VR. Created from starlight reaching robotic telescopes in Antarctica after a 160,000-year journey, the experience transports players inside of a star field from the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud. We're transforming over 758 million data points about 817,373 astronomical objects into a virtual world of light and sound. Inside this luminous space, multiple players collaboratively create new visual and sound remixes from data about the stars and bring to life the rhythms of the cosmos in an endless remix instrument.

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/XU3q24
Artists
Ruth West
University of North Texas
xREZ Art + Science Lab
Violet Johnson
University of North Texas
xREZ Art + Science Lab
I Chen Yeh
University of North Texas
xREZ Art + Science Lab
Zach Thomas
University of North Texas
xREZ Art + Science Lab
Eitan Mendelowitz
Mount Holyoke College
Lars Berg
Independent Artist
Art Gallery
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Haven
SessionArt Gallery
Artist
Alex Beim
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionHaven is a place of security and tranquility. Reminiscent of a mother’s womb, it recalls our origins, where it all begins. The installation allows guests to leave their phones and all other technology at the door so they can be fully present without any of the prevailing modern distractions. They go in, spend some time, find themselves and maybe come out and start their day again. Fresh. A new beginning.
Artist
Alex Beim
Tangible Interaction
Art Gallery
Experience Hall
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Origins + Journeys
SessionArt Gallery
Artist
Victoria Szabo
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Experience Hall
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TimeSunday, 12 August 20181:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationWest Building, Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre
DescriptionOrigins + Journeys is a juried online exhibition organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and conceived alongside the Original Narratives on-site exhibition at SIGGRAPH 2018. The origins and journeys of the selected works are imagined thematically and conceptually, through both the medium and content of the work, which ranges from exploration of the history of digital art, to reflections on personal and collective memories and identities, to provocations towards possible, techno-mediated futures.

List of Projects:

Topography of the Unseen: Volker Kuchelmeister, UNSW University of New South Wales

Occupation: Esteban Gutiérrez, FUBA

Roots, Journeys, Diaspora and Refuge: Leslie Nobler, William Paterson University

Deconstruct to Reconstruct: Jennifer Zaylea, University of the Arts

Structural Analogy: Yuan-Yi Fan, yuanyifan.com

Algorithmic Signs-Five Pioneers of Computer Art in Conversation: Francesca Franco, University of Exeter

Dot: Anna Ursyn, University of Northern Colorado; Robert Ehle, University of Northern Colorado

The Zero-Gravity Band: Albert Barqué-Durán, Quo Artis Foundation; Marc Marzenit, Quo Artis Foundation; Elisa Ferrè, Vestibular Multisensory Embodiment, Royal Holloway University of London

A Brief History of Computer Graphics: Daniel Pillis, Carnegie Mellon University

Embodied Distortion: Ella Husbands, Independent Artist

Zodiacs in the Lower East Side: Cynthia Beth Rubin, C B Rubin Studio; Kris Tonski, Fusion Design; Yona Verwer, YV Studio

"Unsettled Interlude | Origin: 45.79835°, -92, 36738°": Carlos Rosas, The Pennsylvania State University

"Unsettled Drift | Origin 44.981397°, -93.150807°": Carlos Rosas, The Pennsylvania State University

Quetzalcoatl 2.0.1.2: Yucef Merhi, Independent Artist

To listen to a description of this contribution in multiple languages, visit: https://goo.gl/nKKNQL
Artist
Victoria Szabo
Digital Arts Community Chair