World's Largest Digital Art Exhibition Debuts in Boston
June 26, 2006 12:19 am
22 June 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World’s Largest Digital Art Exhibition Debuts in Boston
(Chicago, IL) The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery, Intersections is estimated to be the world’s largest and one of the most unique international digital art exhibitions featuring an extensive collection of works that merge innovative computer graphics and interactive techniques with artistic practice.
Taking place during SIGGRAPH 2006, the 33rd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held 30 July to 3 August 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts, the gallery includes works from 150 different artists, researchers, and technologists from 16 countries. Overall there were 1,053 submissions from 34 countries that were evaluated by an international jury.
some of the most innovative digital artists in the world,”
stated Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery Chair from
Bowling Green State University. “The breadth and depth of the
content is staggering and should leave the audience breathless.
Furthermore, it is amazing and inspiring to see people from around
the world creatively pushing the boundary of what can be done when
art and technology collide.”
Other highlights include interactive art installations that allow visitors to use their bodies to control various aspects of the artwork. Visitors are encouraged to step on virtual puddles to cause flowers to grow, use their heart rate to affect the movement of virtual people, control the movement and lighting of a balloon ballet, feel temperature changes in an abstract animation by touching a thermally reactive table, splash water on a water fountain that lights up when it senses the water, and use Internet chat sessions to control the growth of a robotic plant. Plus, interactive audio installations allow participants to create music by moving objects on a light table; enter an environment where thousands of chirping elements detect human presence and communicate messages; and submerse themselves in a sound field that converges to form complex sound patterns.
The Art Gallery includes experimental web art and interactive programs that push the boundaries of what can be done using the Internet and computer programming. The works include a web mosaic that is created by people using the Voice over Internet Protocol, a virtual environment created from the online BBC news, a musical instrument that is triggered by typing keywords, and a web-based parody of a “Dream Wedding” planner.
sculptures created using digital processes. The sculptures range
from abstract to representational and static to dynamic. Some
sculptures began as mathematical models and others as artistic
ideas. One sculpture is triggered by sound to create moving spikes
of liquid metal that climb up and down a spiral cone. Other
sculptures are the result of 3D computer models that are output on
3D stereo lithography printers.
Along with the diverse array of works in the Intersections will feature electronically mediated dance, music, theater, magic and hybrid performances as well as the first extensive retrospective of Charles A. Csuri’s artwork (see additional press release).
According to Mitchell, the goal is to make Intersections an incredibly exciting event that challenges and expands the notion of what art can be. Furthermore, the intent is that through this use of technology, creativity, thought-provoking concept and craftsmanship, the SIGGRAPH 2006 artists and performers will define a brave new direction for art.
note: Multiple high-resolution
images are available as well as private interviews with Bonnie
Mitchell, the SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery Chair from Bowling Green
ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques, sponsors SIGGRAPH 2006.
Image Credits: Rogue IV © 2004 Eric Heller | Tentacle Tower © 2005 Yoichiro Kawaguch | Transparent Blue © 2004 Kumiko Kushiyama | Love Letters © 2005 Jeffrey Paul | Mirror_SPACE © 2005 Newport School of Art, Media and Design
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