The 2019 edition of the SIGGRAPH confab in Los Angeles will feature an immersive art gallery, July 28-August 1 at the L.A. Convention Center. The Art Gallery is described as a space where artists bring their vision to life through advanced technology. After being exclusively curated for the last five years, the program returned to its jury roots for SIGGRAPH 2019.
This gallery, which supports the theme “Proliferating Possibilities: Speculative Futures in Art and Design” will feature 12 works from five countries and six U.S. states.
“The SIGGRAPH Art Gallery has always existed as a space that showcases compelling artistic vision alongside technological innovation,” says SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Gallery Chair Brittany Ransom. “I am thrilled to bring an experience to downtown Los Angeles that both industry professionals and locals can enjoy — even if for just one week. I am also especially proud to have artist representation from Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.”
Highlights from the 2019 Art Gallery include:
TransVision: Exploring the States of the Visual Field in the Age of Extreme Augmentation
Artists: Jiabao Li, Honghao Deng, and Panagiotis Michalatos, Harvard University
Through three extreme ideal types of perceptual machines, TransVision questions the habitual ways we interpret the visual world intervened by digital media: Hyper-sensitive vision (speculation on social media’s amplification effect and our filtered communication landscape); hyper-focused vision (an analogue version of searching behavior on the internet); and hyper-commoditized vision (monetized vision with omnipresent advertisement).
Artists: Victoria Vesna, UCLA; Martina Fröschl and Alfred Vendl, University of Applied Arts Vienna; and, Glenn Bristol, United Motion Labs
The interactive installation presents an aquarium full of plankton in an idyllic immersive experience which presents selected plankton organisms as huge as they are important for our ecosystem. The interaction deals metaphorically with the problem all humans face: Our needs versus the restricted resources of Earth. Find your balance.
Artist: John Wong, John Wong Art
“Big Data is the new superstition now!” Wong’s work is about prediction, fate, and superstition, questioning what we really need at the age of AI. The audience will only see the flow of colors. It goes back to the basic. Without the interpretation of the storyteller, I want the audience to see only the beauty of balance.
The gallery is open to the Full Conference Platinum, Full Conference, Business Symposium, Select Conference, and Experiences registration levels. You can find out more at s2019.SIGGRAPH.org/register.