ACM SIGGRAPH's DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC)
Altered Books: Digital Interventions celebrates the book as an object that can carry experience, represent language, tell a narrative, convey culture, or archive memory in the context of contemporary arts.
The on-line exhibition is presented by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Art Community (DAC). Exhibition Concept developed by Hye Yeon Nam and Copper Giloth.
Digital artists and arts specialists from the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Art Community will review submissions. Selected digital images will be presented in an online exhibition on the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts site hosted at siggraph.org
We consider the Altered Book as an artistic production made through the process of de-construction and re-construction of the book form.
We are interested in Digital Interventions yielding screen-based still imagery that uses the legacy and symbolism of books, scrolls, manuscripts, and/or clay tablets as a point of departure.
Historically, the book was a symbol of intellectual life, the vehicle of the communication of history, ideas, and culture. Through the invention of the printing press in the 1400's, the range of readers dramatically broadened due to increased accessibility, a trend which continued into the Industrial Age and the eventual introduction of paperbacks. In the Digital Age, the physical book is even easier to produce and reproduce, but at the same time it has faced a new challenge, as it is no longer the primary means of dissemination of information and concepts.
The Printed Book, as many of us knew it in our youth, is rapidly moving into the sphere of treasured objects that appeal to our full range of senses, even as they remain bearers of culture and information. Books join the territory already populated by medieval manuscripts, ancient scrolls, and even clay tablets. We have come to love them for their physicality, for the actual experience of touching, feeling, and smelling them, as much their content.
The final mode of presentation of the exhibition is screen based still images. Within this framework, artists are encouraged to explore the merging of Digital and Analog, Narrative and Abstraction, or the merging of 2D and 3D, or other creative Digital Interventions based on books.
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