SPARKS Lightning Talks and Discussion Series


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Sign Up to Join the February 26, 2021 4PM EST/9 PM GMT Discussion - Request Zoom Link

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.  

Deadline to submit to participate is the 15th of the current month. You are encouraged to express interest in future sessions as well. The sign-up form includes the current month as well as future session topics. Note that topics may be subject to change. We will confirm your availability the month of the event.

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 5 minutes long.  Presentations should be sent to the facilitator a minimum of 1 day prior to the event.


Everyone is invited to attend the presentations and engage in the discussion.  Join the DAC communities on Ning and/or Facebook to be kept up to date. We will circulate a signup for the discussion a few days before the event. Discussion takes place on Zoom, with a maximum of 100 participants, unless otherwise noted.

Sign Up to Join the February 26, 2021 4PM EST/9 PM GMT Discussion - Request Zoom Link

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All Sessions will be on a Friday at 4PM EST/9 PM GMT unless otherwise noted. Final topics and session dates subject to change. Click on sessions for details on the call and links to past info and videos.

January 29, 2021 - Screen Worlds: Net Art and Online Communities, moderated by KathyRae Huffman and Melentie Pandilovski 

February 26, 2021 - Immersion, interactivity and Altered Realitiesmoderated by Derick Ostrenko and Victoria Szabo

March 26, 2021 - Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Climate Change, moderated by Bonnie Mitchell and Pat Badani

April 30, 2021 - Robotics, Electronics, and AI

May 28, 2021 - Decolonizing Art and Technology

June 25, 2021 - The Frame: Still Image Works on the Wall

SIGGRAPH Conference - TBA - Gender and Identity

September 24, 2021 - Art, Science, and the Invisible World We Live in

October 29, 2021 - Artists Who Work with Code

November 26, 2021 - Data: Visual Interpretation, Perception, and Truth

December 31, 2021 - Diversity, Celebration, Community, and Cultural Practices

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