ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community 2017 online exhibition


a visual medium does not just present images,
it surrounds them with a world

Gilles Deluze

Beyond this insight, during the 20th and early 21st centuries the use of new (computer-fueled and digitally structured) media ushered in a basic transformation in human communications that allowed new ways to present, perceive and interact with knowledge itself. Among the new information formats to emerge were digital repositories and archives organized around particular themes or simply designed to document the activities of artistic and scientific research projects. We think that these archives are indelible proof of a distinct multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ethos that permeates new media culture.

In this context, the 2017 ACMSIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community online exhibition – Designing Knowledge – seeks to showcase online digital repositories and archives that make use of new media, art and design, and computer graphics in order to enable the creation, dissemination and preservation of new knowledge landscapes in areas such as archeology, anthropology, art history, cultural heritage, all areas of geography, cartography, information and library studies, history, literary studies and museology. We would like to showcase novel treatments of data and implementation of concepts such as cultural analytics that illustrate new knowledge frameworks as in digital humanities (including tangible and intangible representations of heritage); digital heritage (including online artifact exhibitions from science, art and the humanities) and quantified self (or “self knowledge through numbers”, and including genome data, neurodata, and performance data).

What capabilities does the new media and computation afford these electronic knowledge forms? For example, How are techniques such as interactive visualization, responsive design, and crowdsourcing being used to promote new ways of creating accessing and structuring content? How are the combinations of diverse fields through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods and ways of working reshaping the fields of knowledge and the boundaries between them?

The exhibition is open to practitioners and scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences who are interested in showcasing work that illuminates how the new media both promotes and enables new modes of thinking and doing. We seek to explore whether the condensation and concentration of information of diverse disciplines in such information depots is helping to spawn new theories and ways of thinking as well as new practices and ways of doing constructing artifacts that allow us to experience the knowledge of these domains differently. We also seek to promote a better understanding of the role that art and design might play in the creation of such devices.