The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Art Gallery

Submission Deadline

Friday, 14 January
22:00 UTC/GMT

Tracing Home

In the era of networked technology, we appear to live in an integrated global community where human relations and perceptions are conceived through various manifestations of a non-physical world of connections. We collectively build and spontaneously find refuge in virtual communities whose inhabitants experience incongruity and fragmentation, along with conformity and wholeness. The interplay of physical and virtual within our lived experience opens up portals and wormholes enabling simultaneous and discontinuous realities at the touch of a button, echo of a voice, or nudge of a sensor. The new dynamics not only reconfigures our relations with ourselves and with one another, but most importantly, it reshapes our sense of identity, belonging, and place.

As the line between the virtual self and the physical self blurs, as our engagement with the world becomes less dependent on the physical space, and as we simultaneously reside in a multitude of deterritorialized ubiquitous places, what happens to our understanding of home?

The SIGGRAPH 2011 Art Gallery: Tracing Home, seeks exceptional digital and technologically mediated artworks that explore issues around the concept of home in the networked age. 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 digitally mediated art completed in the last two years are eligible for submission. International projects, multimedia installations, three-dimensional works, and kinetic, mobile, or interactive pieces are highly encouraged.

Works submitted to Tracing Home will be reviewed in a jury process, and the selected work will be exhibited at a gallery space at SIGGRAPH 2011. 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 also encouraged to submit proposals for Talks or Art Papers that address themes related to the exhibition.

You may submit up to three projects. Use a separate submission form for each project. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 14 January 2011.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission", and then select "create" for the Art Gallery submission form.

Please review and carefully follow the submission requirements below. Incomplete or wrongly completed submissions will not be considered. For each submission, please complete the following submission requirements:

Page 1 - Information about work:

1. Basic information: title, date of completion, size, weight, and media used, along with installation requirements.

2. A summary description of the work (up to 100 words).

3. Artist Bio including information about education, professional experience, and relevant personal history. (up to 150 words).

4. An artist's statement indicating the conceptual trajectory of your work, the role technology plays in your creative practice, and how the work you are submitting relates to Tracing Home (up to 300 words). If you are submitting more than one work, the artist's statement should be the same for each (remember: use a separate submission form for each work).

5- Specifications of your work, including size, weight, light and sound emission, lighting and sound requirements, spatial and electrical needs, etc.

Page 2 - Submission and Non-exclusive Publication Agreement:

6. Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials, along with any credits needed for presentation and publication (for example, name of photographer and/or owner of an artwork).

Please note: If a third party created and has granted you the right to include their image/art and/or other media in your submission, they will need to complete the Leonardo Image Permission and Release (Form A)  and return it to you to. Please forward the completed form to SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Administration via fax 856-423-3420 or email: tmg (a)

If you have commissioned someone to take, provide, or otherwise create an image or piece of work specifically for inclusion in your submission, they will need to complete the Leonardo Work for Hire Permission and Release (Form B) and return it to you. Please forward the completed form to SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Administration via fax 856-423-3420 or email: tmg (a)

Page 3 - Images and other visual documentation of work:

7. One representative image in JPG format suitable for use in the conference web site, conference art catalog, and promotional materials (see image format requirements below).

8. Visual documentation: In addition to a representative image, include up to four visual files for each submission (three images and one video). At a minimum, include one image. These images need to be formatted as TIFF files, 24-bit (RGB 8 bits per channel), uncompressed, and flattened prior to submission (no layers or transparent objects). Files should be saved at a resolution of 266 pixels per inch and approximately seven inches wide. Height may vary to accommodate aspect ratio, but should be no greater than nine inches. Upon acceptance, images for publication in Leonardo will be chosen from the TIFFs submitted.

Video documentation is expected for installation, kinetic, or interactive works. Videos need to be formatted as QuickTime (.mov) files of up to two minutes in length and maximum 100 MB.

Page 4 – Manage Contributors

9. List of project collaborators (if any).

Please note: All entries must be uploaded to the online submission system. No discs or drives will be accepted.

Submissions that are not related to the Tracing Home theme or do not fulfill the submission expectations will not be reviewed.

All submitters must complete the Submission and Nonexclusive Publication Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

Plain English Explanation of the Submission and Nonexclusive Publication Agreement

Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files

For additional submission information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Selections will be made by a panel of digital art experts according to the following criteria: overall impact of the work, relevance to the theme, quality of accompanying artist statement, creative use of media, and depth of critical exploration.

Artists will receive acceptance and rejection notices via email. Detailed information and instructions will then be sent to artists along with the acceptance letter.

Please note that accepted artist must already have the Leonardo Image Permission and Release (Form A) and/or the Leonardo Work for Hire Permission and Release (Form B) on file with SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Administration.

You must promptly complete and return:

Shipping Information Form
Equipment Rental Form
Networking Form
Insurance Form


Work presented in this exhibition will be published in a special SIGGRAPH issue of Leonardo - Journal of Art, Science & Technology. This issue will be available at the conference, so the editorial board will be working to a tight post-acceptance deadline. Please plan to be available for communications during the first two weeks of April. All work selected for Tracing Home will also be documented in the SIGGRAPH 2011 web site and the Full Conference DVD-ROM.

Presenting Your Work


In general, accepted artists are responsible for bringing or shipping their work to SIGGRAPH 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Center by late July 2011. Artists are also responsible for return shipping after the conference. Information regarding framing and crating of work can be found here.


We will work closely with you to insure proper and effective installation of your work. You must send exhibition-ready work. Prints must be framed and ready to hang, three-dimensional works must be assembled and ready for display, installation works must be complete with detailed set-up instructions and diagrams, etc. Exhibition installation will be accomplished by professionals, although complex works will need your individual participation, so you should plan to arrive early to assist with installation.

Note: If your work arrives at the convention center, and it is not as depicted in your submission or is not ready for installation, we reserve the right to exclude it from the exhibition.

Other Details

You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance. If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2011, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2011 Recognition Policy.

14 January, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Submission deadline for all Art Gallery submissions.
Acceptance and image-release forms due.

24 January - 14 March
Review period.

Later in March
Accept and reject emails sent.

Editing of Leonardo publication.

Shipping, insurance, and installation arrangements made with accepted artists.

20-25 July

6-11 August
SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver

20-25 August
Artwork returned to artists.