SIGGRAPH 1983: Art Show





Detroit, Michigan


July 25th-29th, 1983

Art Show Overview:

These selections represent a concern that an artist’s work should transcend technique, realize the full potential of the chosen medium, and reflect a consistency in their overall body of work.



Exhibition Artworks:

Exhibition Writings and Presentations:

    Title: Mapping A Sensibility: Computer lmaging
    Category: Essay
    Abstract Summary:

    “The work of art,” as the surrealist Andre Breton said, “is valuable only so far as it is vibrated by the reflexes of the future. These “reflexes of the future” have introduced, since the early l900s, increas­ing1y powerful visual technologies. To rephrase Andre Breton – in certain critical epochs, art anticipates effects that are only fully realized by newly emerging technology and new art forms.

    It is often stated that our new “information society” or the “electronic age” is now at a critical time of societal transformation. In this transformation, new visualization tools are predicted to play an increasing role.

    How can we gain an insight into the characteristics of the emerging visual media? According to Andre Breton’s perspective, contemporary art concerns can anticipate those of the new visual technology. Therefore, by mapping one to the other we can locate clues pointing towards a changed visual sensibility.

    The following text maps contemporary art concerns to computer imaging in three major aspects of image making, First, the techniques of forming an image are called in the text, “image formulation.” Second, the image’s relationship with the viewer (and/or creator) is called “interaction” (after the person/machine relationship in computer science). The last aspect, the image’s relationship with its subject matter, is called ‘Reality.” It is these three sensitive areas that begin to subtly shift as new technology forces adjustment in human perception.