Art Gallery Theme: The Future of Ritual and Resonance
How are we facing the pandemic of Covid-19 and the various social changes that cascade from it? This virus is spreading through human connections and affecting traditions, cultures, and systems shaped by humanity.
As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is searching for answers to numerous questions such as:
- What will the rituals, behaviors, and modes of the future look like in light of these experiences?
- What immersive experiences are useful for new social contexts?
- How will we bring on-screen animation closer to physical, real-life animation?
- Can humanity create new animism to communicate with artificial intelligence and robots?
- What are the key factors to consider when humanizing technology in the process of digital transformation?
- How will we share with people in remote locations and what new technologies can create vivid travel experiences?
- How do we envision new hybrid modes that go beyond online and on-site?
- What are the new formats for live experiences?
- Are there solutions in hacking and transforming cities and everyday life?
- What are the next ideas for sharing experiences, knowledge, life, and death?
- How do we harness the power of collective will and individual hope in the face of global changes in media and governance?
- In the face of the climate crisis, how can we shift technology for the benefit of humans to benefit the planet, and how can we work together to live in harmony with nature?
- What kind of resonance will these new experiences bring to people and society?
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Art Gallery is looking for artwork, projects, performances, platforms, and communities to address these themes.
Call for Artworks (Submission Deadline: 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT (Closed))
As SIGGRAPH Asia would be a Hybrid event, a video presentation will be a prerequisite for all submissions. Depending on the requirements of your program, a pre-recorded video presentation or supplementary video will be used and presented at SIGGRAPH Asia. This will allow your work to gain extensive coverage and give our global community the opportunity to learn about your submission.
Art Gallery Curation Committee
Ars Electronica Futurelab
Ars Electronica Futurelab
Keio University SFC
Art Gallery Advisory Members
UNSW Art & Design
DDTlab at Network of Art Research and Culture Centres
United States of America
LubiCo - Independent Curator
Submissions are due on 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT.
- Log in to the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System.
- Select "Begin a New Submission".
- Select "Create" for the Art Gallery submission form.
Please review and carefully follow the submission requirements below. Incomplete or wrongly completed submissions will not be considered. For each submission, please complete the following requirements:
Information about Work
- Basic information: Title, date of completion, abstract, and summary.
- For Art Gallery submission, publishable (with proofread edited English) artist statement (200 - 300 words) and technical description (100 - 200 words) are required.
*only for Art Gallery submission form.
Specifications of your work, including size, weight, light and sound emission; lighting and sound requirements; spatial, network, and electrical needs; etc.
For Art Gallery:
- Video (within 3min)
- Video format: .mp4 is preferred
- Frame rate: 30fps
- Aspect ratio: 16:9/Widescreen
- Resolution: 1920x1080 (i.e., 1080p HD)
- Video file size: 1.8 GB or less
- Main image: One representative image in JPG format suitable for use in print and promotional materials (see image format requirements below).
- Additional Detail Image: In JPG
- Web image: In JPG or PNG format, max. 200 KB for website publication.
- List of project collaborators (if any).
Please note: All entries must be uploaded to the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System. No discs or drives will be accepted.
Educator's Resources Submission Option
Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more.
For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.
For additional submission information, please see the FAQs.
Online submission forms must be completed no later than 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT
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General Submission Policies
For more details on SIGGRAPH Asia’s General Submission Policies, please go to SIGGRAPH Asia’s Submission Information page.
3 programs have overlapping scope
- Art Gallery
- Emerging Technologies
Below, we highlight features of each program that help submitters to decide which program to submit to.
However, for some works, it may not be possible to clearly decide the best-fitting program.
In that case, we encourage submitters to:
- Submit the work to all fitting programs at the same time
- Email the respective program chairs to notify them about this
Then, the program chairs will decide which program this work best fits in and only judge it in that category.
Distinguishing Features of Each Program
- Art Gallery
- Submitted works need to fit the theme “The Future of Ritual and Resonance” and have to be intended as art projects.
- Emerging Technologies
- Place for innovative technologies that provides novel experience
- This year’s theme: “Awaken Our Bodies”
- Often features new hardware devices that cannot be purchased
- Works usually focus on technology with design/artistic intent being secondary
- “Maker” mentality
- Features novel VR / AR prototype systems and/or innovative content with off-the-shelf consumer products and software such as Unity or Unreal Engine
- Works usually focus on novelty of the technology with design/artistic intent
- Submissions with scientific focus are also acceptable, e.g., sophisticated redirect touching algorithms with standard hardware
Selections will be made by a panel of digital art experts according to the following criteria:
- Overall impact of the work
- Relevance to the Call for Submissions
- Impact to shape the future society
- Quality of the accompanying artist statement
- Creative use of media
- Depth of critical exploration
All contributors to SIGGRAPH Asia Annual Conferences are now required to use ACM's rights management system to grant rights to publish accepted content rather than through the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System. Essentially, submission tracking, jury review, and acceptance remain the same, but now the rights management is through ACM, the parent organization of SIGGRAPH Asia.
You will be asked to complete an ACM rights management form, which includes permission to record and distribute the audio and video of your recorded presentation through official channels of ACM/SIGGRAPH Asia. For most content types, this will be a Permission and Release form, which allows authors to retain copyright.
More Information on these options (the FAQ is particularly useful)
As a contributor to an ACM-sponsored event, the following expectations apply to you, should your content be accepted for presentation:
- You have permission to use everything that is in your presentation. This includes securing permission to use third-party material and providing documentation of that permission to ACM. (More information on the proper use of third-party material in your presentation)
- If you are using copyrighted musical compositions in your presentation, you must secure performing rights licenses.
- You must have the authority to grant ACM the right to distribute your presentation.
Once your contribution is accepted, you will receive a link via email to the appropriate form for your contribution.
Artists will receive acceptance and rejection notices via email. Detailed information and instructions will then be sent to artists along with the acceptance letter.
Presenter and Contributor Recognition
Presenters / Contributors of each accepted submission have to register for at least one conference pass. Please visit our registration page to view the various registration categories for each program.
Please see the Recognition Benefits for a summary of what you will receive if your work and/or proposal are accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia 2021.
You can apply for a 100% discount via the submission system, one presenter per accepted submission.
All work selected for the SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery will also be documented in the SIGGRAPH Asia website and ACM Digital Library.
You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and website. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.
At The Conference
What type of artwork is acceptable for submission?
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Art Gallery is looking for artistic works, projects, performances, platforms, and communities that address the theme.
Can I submit a video documenting my work?
For performances, installations, and any interactive art that changes over time, you should submit a digital video that shows the evolution of the work, in addition to still images for documentation.
Is digital video art accepted?
Yes, if there is a significant use of creative digital techniques to alter the video, if the piece incorporates computer animation, or if it expands on aesthetic issues described in the Art Gallery Call for Participation.
Is SIGGRAPH Asia accepting sculptures?
Yes, sculptures that are interactive, robotic, electronic, or part of an installation are encouraged. Works that utilize rapid prototyping, that make use of embedded systems, or combine traditional media with digital systems are also welcome.
Can I submit the same piece to multiple programs?
No. Submit your work to the program you feel is most appropriate.
Where do I send my submission materials?
All work must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery Online Submission Form. Do not send printed proposals or slides in physical form through the mail.
Can I submit work that I’ve published, presented, or has been accepted for publication or presentation elsewhere?
Yes, though with some caveats. First, you must indicate the prior appearance via the checkbox on the General Submission form and provide a description of how and where the work appeared. Second, be aware that SIGGRAPH Asia participants expect to see things they’ve never seen before. The jury will decide if the novelty and impact of the submission warrant acceptance despite its appearance elsewhere. Generally speaking, it’s OK if your work has been presented in a small workshop or colloquium, and it’s OK if your work has been published in journals in other fields. However, work that has appeared in a major computer graphics journal or a mainstream computer graphics conference is not what SIGGRAPH Asia is looking to feature and should not be submitted. Please make sure your materials have been revised to reflect the submission requirements, e.g., do not submit a dissertation or a 200-page book as course notes.
How many pieces can I submit to the SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery?
There is no limit. Submit as many as you like. But you must complete and submit a separate submission form for each work, unless your work is a series (see below).
If my work is a series, how should I submit it?
You should submit all pieces of the series under the same submission form. Be aware that if you specify that the pieces can NOT be split up, the jury will have to agree on all of the works in the series, so the work may be harder to accept. If your series does not hold together without each of the component parts, make sure you check "Please do not split up." Do not use this category to submit multiple artworks unless they are a series.
Can I submit a detail of my art work along with the image?
Will you accept my work without an artist's statement?
No. All submissions must include a 200-300 word publishable (with proofread edited English) artist's statement. Your statement must address the conceptual aspects of the work. You must also include a 100-200 word publishable technical statement.
Can I submit a URL rather than images of my work?
No. You must submit images of your work so that we can publish an image of your work. You may submit a URL so that we can get additional information about your work if needed.
Given the current climate, we would like to assure all submitters that your works (if they are accepted) will still be published in the Digital Library regardless of whether the physical event will be able to take place. We are optimistic and are currently planning towards a physical event in Tokyo, Japan. However, in event that the virus situation does not improve and/or travel restrictions are still in place, we will make it possible for you to present your work virtually.
What will SIGGRAPH Asia support if the project is accepted?
- Event Management
- Venue design and basic infrastructure
- Exhibition Design including a poster description of your accepted work
- Basic facilities *Based on approval and discussion between Organizers & Submitters (E.g., General pedestal, lighting, electricity, wi-fi, projectors, screens, monitors)
What will the artist be responsible for?
- Carrying in, setting up, and taking down of artworks
- Preparation of necessary equipment
- Transportation (if necessary)
- Travel and accommodation expenses
- Operation and management of the work during the period
Will SIGGRAPH Asia pay for shipping and framing?
No, you are responsible for framing (NO glass, please), crating, shipping, and in-transit insurance. You must pack and ship your artwork professionally and safely. Packing peanuts are NOT acceptable. Work that arrives at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 in substandard condition may be pulled from the show.
You will be responsible for your own Audio-Visual equipment. An AV rental list will be provided to you upon acceptance.
I have an over-sized work that I just want push-pinned to the wall. Is this acceptable?
No. Your work must be professionally framed. We reserve the right to pull works that are not framed to our specifications.
Can I display a visual postcard with my work on it in the art gallery?
Yes. Each artist will be encouraged to send or bring 4.25-cm x 6-cm color postcards with an image of the work on the front and information about the piece on the back. These will be displayed and available for attendees (so bring plenty). No commercial promotional materials will be allowed. We will display a poster description of your accepted work at the booth.
Will SIGGRAPH Asia pay for any duty or taxes on international shipments?
No. You are responsible for all import and export expenses.
Does SIGGRAPH Asia have funding to ship my equipment to the conference?
No. Many artists who have participated in previous SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia Art Galleries have received funding from local arts organizations or national councils. We will be happy to provide a letter of reference should you require it.
At The Conference
If I show my work at SIGGRAPH Asia, will I have to watch my equipment?
Yes. You will need to have enough people to watch your installation or art piece if it requires monitoring.
Do I need to install my own work?
We will work closely with you to ensure proper and effective installation of your work. Exhibition installation will be accomplished by professionals, although complex works will need your individual participation, so you should plan to arrive early to assist with the installation.
Will SIGGRAPH Asia pay for my accommodations and travel expenses?
No. You are responsible for your own expenses.
All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.
15 July 2021
July - August 2021
1 September 2021
1 October 2021
Final Materials Due
15 - 17 December 2021
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Exhibition Days
14 - 17 December 2021
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Event Days
*Publications content will be available in the ACM Digital Library one week prior to the conference.
ACM SIGGRAPH strives to create a welcoming and nurturing community for everyone working in computer graphics and interactive techniques independent of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religion, country of origin, or abilities. Work submitted to this program should be in alignment with these values.
For any submission to an ACM SIGGRAPH conference or Standing Committee activity, the person in charge (PIC) of the program should be aware of and sensitive to potential issues pertaining to the ACM SIGGRAPH values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. If an issue is identified, then the authors of the submission shall be asked to modify their submission to resolve the issue before acceptance. If the PIC is unsure if there is an issue, then they should contact the Chair of the DEI Committee for advice.