SIGGRAPH Juried Art Gallery Explores Nature and Technology Connections
This is a kinetic installation that captures the growth of a pea plant over a 24-hour period. Suspended in a nutrient-rich hydroponic solution, the pea plant growth is recorded during the length of the exhibition. After each new drawing is produced, the system scrolls the roll of paper approximately four inches to make way for the next drawing cycle to begin. As the name suggests, the focus is on growth-a complete feedback system between machine and plant-however, what the machine may also record is the decay and demise of the plant. Drawing marked parallels to Gregor Mendel's work on inheritance in peas, Growth Rendering Device seems to ask whether both the machinic and the artistic parents will leave their mark on their offspring.
Yoon Chung Han, Gautam Rangan, and Erick Oh, University of California, Los Angeles
One is an interactive art installation that immerses the viewer in an animated fantasy. This work blends 2D and 3D animation that is generated by input from sensors connected to a micro-controller. The artwork resists the need to taxonomize (associated closely with the practice of scientific illustration/visualization) and instead offers an opportunity to consider the reflexive condition between observer and observed. It also provokes the viewer to experiment in order to get the results they believe are positive and beneficial - those which are visually pleasing. In the end the message is simple. It is not the tagging, classification, or observation of life that will lead to greater social responsibility, but an appreciation of the oneness of all things.
Complete details on the SIGGRAPH 2009 Biologic Art exhibit can be found at http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/galleries_experiences/biologic_art/. For detailed information on the SIGGRAPH 2009 dynamic program or to download a copy of the SIGGRAPH 2009 Preview Video, visit www.siggraph.org/s2009.
SIGGRAPH 2009 will bring an anticipated 20,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 3 August through Friday, 7 August 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2009 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 4-6 August 2009. More than 200 international exhibiting companies are expected. More details are available at www.siggraph.org/s2009.
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