SPARKS Series 2021


The SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee (DAC) is pleased to announce SPARKS: Short Presentations of Artworks & Research for the Kindred Spirit. The SPARKS presentations and discussions will be held monthly and will consist of 10 three-minute lightning talks followed by an inclusive discussion based on the topic of the month.  The discussions will be moderated by DAC committee members along with invited guest facilitators.  

Submit a Proposal for a Presentation -

Deadline to submit to participate in the first session is January 15. You are encouraged to express interest in future sessions as well.

Submissions for the monthly SPARKS presentations will be reviewed by the DAC committee along with the guest moderator.  Only 10 will be selected based on their relevance to the topic. 

Lightning Talks

Presentations should consist of approximately 10 slides and should be no longer than 3 minutes long.  Presentations should be sent to the facilitator a minimum of 1 day prior to the event.

Discussion -

Everyone is invited to attend the presentations and engage in the discussion.  Sign-up to receive the Zoom link.

Monthly Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to: Gender and Identity, Immersion, Interactivity and Altered Realities, Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Climate Change, Robotics, Electronics and AI, Decolonizing Art & Technology, The Frame: Still Image and Works on the Wall, etc.

January Topic and Call for Participation

29 January @ 21:00 GMT via Zoom

Screen Worlds: Net Art and Online Communities, moderated by Melentie Pandilovski and Kathy Rae Huffman  

Proposal Submissions:

Interested in attending and engaging in the discussion:

MORE INFO on January 29 Event:

Screenworlds: NetArt and Online Communities


Net Art has been with us since the early days of the Internet, certainly in a more structured way since the mid-nineties. Set in a time of a global socio-cultural advent of Internet Technologies, this artform’s use of the Internet medium sets it apart from other contemporary art movements delivering specific aesthetic, cultural and social experiences, seemingly outside of the rationale of the major artworld. Net Art can certainly be viewed as a phenomenological platform revealing how society and technology co-constitute each other. Two decades after the pioneering work in Net Art gives us perhaps enough of a distance to revisit it, and analyze it through various prisms, including McLuhan’s Four Laws of Media (The Tetrad) as a means of focusing awareness on very hidden or unobserved qualities in our culture and technology through Retrieval, Reversal, Obsolescence, and Amplification. After all, the nature of media determines the nature of society, and once new technology comes into the social milieu it cannot cease to permeate it until every institution is saturated.

Participants of Screenworlds: Net Art and Online Communities are asked to contribute to the discussion about the beginnings of Net Art, as well as its influence on art and culture, and how it has evolved in the past two decades, via the perceptual, the historical, and the analogic prisms.

Have Net Artists been able to create a unique and adequate art experience of the Net? Is there an antagonism between Net Art and Art Institutions? How have the developments in digital technology affected YOUR use of the Internet for artmaking? Was the White Box ever a good place for the presentation of Net Art? How did communities around Net Art grow, beyond the set parameters of the artworks? What will the future of Net Art bring?

Moderators: Melentie & Kathy Rae

Kathy Rae Huffman is an American curator, networker, and writer. Since the early 1980s, she has curated media exhibitions, juried competitions, lectured and coordinated events for international media art festivals and arts initiatives, including AFI, CAA, ISEA, D.E.A.F., V2, SCCA, Ars Electronica, and EMAF. Her early interest in artists’ television and video art, and her ongoing passion for feminist strategies in online environments promote activist positions. Huffman co-founded FACES: Gender/Technology/Art, an online community for women (1997); VRML Art (later Web3D Art) with Van Gogh TV (1998-2003); and she co-authored Pop~Tarts, the multi-media column for the Telepolis Journal (1996-2000). She curated Digital Power: Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online for ACM SIGGRAPH (2020). Huffman currently resides in Southern California.

Dr Melentie Pandilovski is a Phenomenologist, Art Theorist/Historian, Curator. His research deals with examining the links between art, culture, science/technology. He is Director of Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre in Mount Gambier, South Australia. He has curated more than 200 projects including SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Art Fair 1997 – 2011), Laika the True Story, Within the Frame of Refresh, Web Page Design Project, VRML/Web3D Art, etc. He is author of Arts & Science – the Intersection (re)engineered in: “A Companion to Curation, Wiley Blackwell (2019); The Phenomenology of (Non) Habitual Spaces for the Bioarts in: “Naturally Postnatural”, Catalyst Series (2017), “How biotechnology and society co-constitute each other”, Technoetic Arts Journal, Intellect Ltd. (2012); "On Modes of Consciousness(es) and Electronic Culture", In Glimpse, San Diego, 2000. He has edited Marshall McLuhan & Vilém Flusser Communication & Aesthetics Theories Revisited" (2015); Energy, Biopolitics, Resistance Strategies and Cultural Subversion (2012), The Apparatus of Life and Death (2011), Art in the Biotech Era (2008). Consultant editor of Artlink's "Bio Art: Life in the Anthropocene" (2014). He took part in numerous Net-Time, Syndicate, Spectre initiatives.









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