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Imagination, Indigeneity, and Computation: The SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery

Department of Design, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá 111711, Colombia
Received: 21 October 2019 / Revised: 24 December 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age)
This report addresses the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2018), its curatorial process, the conceptual guidelines, the methodological approaches, and the sources behind it. The gallery has emphasized a transdisciplinary perspective combining creative and critical projects coming from art, science, and technology. The exhibition was one component of the SIGGRAPH conference, and it was built upon five conceptual nodes, in this text, particular attention is paid to the historical node. The SIGGRAPH Art Gallery is an international show that in 2018 included the work of artists, engineers, and scientists from more than twelve countries participating in the exhibition in situ and from other ten countries participating in the online exhibition. In general terms, the dialog between a diverse set of projects is one of the most compelling aspects of the exposition, the participation of Indigenous artists working with digital media represented one of the most challenging and positive elements of the gallery. The theoretical reflections of Friedrich Kittler about the museums and their relationship with computation and information were a permanent source of inspiration. This text is located halfway between a report and a paper. Therefore, some sections are written in the first person.
Keywords: SIGGRAPH; SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery; computer art; CAD history; indigenous media art; aboriginal media arts; art and science; origins; narrative SIGGRAPH; SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery; computer art; CAD history; indigenous media art; aboriginal media arts; art and science; origins; narrative
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Burbano, A. Imagination, Indigeneity, and Computation: The SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery. Arts 2020, 9, 18.

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