In Search of the Miraculous

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” (Albert Einstein)

The 2012 Art Gallery call for Submissions focuses not so much on a particular theme, but rather on a quality or sentiment to be found in the works exhibited. The 2012 Art Gallery is requesting works that effectively convey a sense of wonderment. The call seeks works that both inspire and are inspired by moments of awe, surprise, and wonder.

In a world either ever collapsing into the trauma of crisis, or blurred into the bland sameness of rationalized everydays, more than ever we need punctuating moments of surprise, awe, and wonderment that alert us to the beautiful in the world. The artist is not only an astute observer of these moments but is also challenged to capture and release them for the rest of us.

Framed within the possibilities of technology itself or the fascinating reflections of a technologically mediated world, the SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous, seeks digital and technologically mediated artworks that convey and inspire moments of wonderment. Explorations may include, but are not limited to, examining current functional, structural, cultural, emotional, or metaphorical definitions, or constructing new realities, experiences, and meanings.

All forms of electronic and digitally mediated art completed in the last two years are eligible for submission. Submissions of multimedia installations, two- and three-dimensional works, kinetic, mobile, or interactive pieces are highly encouraged.

Submitted works will be reviewed in a jury process, and the selected work will be exhibited in a gallery space at SIGGRAPH 2012. In addition, selected works will be published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

Artists and scholars are encouraged to give an Artist’s talk and/or run a Studio workshop if their work is exhibited. Please indicate your interest on the Art Gallery submission form. Artists and scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for Talks or Art Papers that address themes related to works presented in the gallery.