Art Gallery

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 13 June 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT



    The SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery brings to ACM SIGGRAPH an exhibition of art in a major Asian city that reflects on the public domain as demarcated by the artist whose creativity is empowered by their access to a digitally-enabled means of expression.


    Art can form an understanding of ideas not easily expressed by any other means. Shared themes form a collective understanding in an ever merging narrative of expression. The sensory aspect of an effort of artistic practice provides us with a glimpse of ideas made perceivable by the grace of their expression, taking us away from the distractions imposed by our senses into a vision that though defined by what we have experienced, creates a new future. The Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 proposes to examine concepts of modernity enabled by digital approaches to art and art making. How do these new forms of expression impact us? In a world defined by ideas, to what degree are we and the world around us made from thoughts conceived in our minds?


    The SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery 2013 welcomes proposals for art works and artistic installations that utilize digital technology including visual and sound works, public and private Augmented Reality (AR) installations, visual and sound focused performance installations, and in addition papers and talks that demonstrate visions of art for gallery contemplation and public spaces, excellence in the field of curatorial installation within museum venues, and theoretical papers discussing art in the context of technological determinism and contemporary art.

    Art Works

    The SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery 2013 will be presented in a gallery space as usual with an added feature of Augmented Reality (AR) geo-located installations located throughout the exhibition hall and at selected installation sites throughout Hong Kong. Locations hosting artworks will be publicized with printed materials and an online promotional campaign. Heralding a forthcoming technology, the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery specifically calls for works that utilize AR for site specific artworks, geo-located game play, and virtual reality installations. We will both promote public artwork installations and seek out hosting venues for sponsored installation of artworks at commercial venues throughout Hong Kong.

    Explorations may include functional, structural, cultural, emotional, experiential or metaphorical approaches. All forms of digitally-mediated art works, especially Augmented Reality installations, kinetic and interactive works are highly encouraged. The gallery mainly considers, but is not limited to, the following topics:

    • 2D and 3D artworks, such as digital prints paintings, and sculptures
    • Interactive, electronically-mediated, mixed media performances
    • Interactive installations, landscapes, art environments
    • Augmented Reality (AR) Installations
    • Web-based art, responsive media
    • Time-based art work
    • Artworks using digital communities, robotics, touch-screens, wearable art
    • Technically mediated music, sound and audio artworks

    Art Papers

    An Art Paper describes theoretical approaches to art, artworks, and artists whose artistic practice utilizes an aspect of digital technology. A successful SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery Art Paper may encompass a detailed and contextually based description of artistic research in visual and sound-based art works, a body of work, an artist or an artistic trend; papers that describe an actual or theoretical work of art, art installations that utilize digital technology and in addition papers that discuss the implications of technically mediated art on society; art works that demonstrate contemporary visions of art for gallery contemplation, public spaces and private consumption; excellence in the field of curatorial installation within museum venues.

    An Art Paper should introduce its historical and theoretical context, provide a conceptual narrative that inspires and provokes, and if applicable, discuss the implications of technological mediation on the creative artistic process. A successful SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Paper considers aspects from the following categories: Project Description, Position Paper, Thematic Survey, Technical Paper, or Monograph (only if the author is no longer active). Authors present Art Papers in 20-minute sessions with five minutes of Q&A.

    Submitted works will be reviewed by an international jury, and selected works will be exhibited in a gallery space with additional virtual augmented reality works displayed throughout the convention center and outside in virtual public spaces during SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.



    "Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects."

    ― Roger Zelazny


    Art Gallery Chair

    Mark Chavez
    Nanyang Technological University



    Submissions are due on 13 June 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    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 requirements:

    Page 1-2 - Information about Work

    • Basic information: Title, date of completion, abstract, and summary.
    • For Art Gallery submission, an artist statement and technical description (100 - 200 words) are required.

    Page 3 – Submission and Authorization Agreement

    You must review your permissions (part of your original online submission form) and complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement by entering an electronic signature before the submission deadline. If you do not complete your Acceptance Agreement with an electronic signature, your work will not be reviewed for SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

    The Acceptance Agreement is a legal document. It explains the uses SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 makes of presented material and requires you to acknowledge that you have permission to use this material. This may involve seeking clearance from your employer or from others who have loaned you material, such as videotapes and slides.

    The agreement helps prevent situations whereby SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 presentations include material without permission that might lead to complaints or even legal action. In addition, this agreement asks if ACM SIGGRAPH may use your materials for conference and organization promotional material in exchange for full author/artist credit information.

    Submissions that do not fulfill the submission expectations will not be reviewed. All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

    For a better understanding of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Submission and Authorization Agreement, please click here.

    Page 4 – Technical Requirements*
    *only for Art Gallery submission form.

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

    Page 5 - Submission Files

    For Art Papers:

    • Your completed paper (5 - 10 pages PDF)
    • Representative image (JPG, JPEG)
    • Image for website (JPG, JPEG, PNG with a  max. file size of 200kb)

    For Art Gallery:

    • Main image: One representative image in JPG format suitable for use in print and promotional materials (see image format requirements below).
    • Additional Detail Image: In JPG
    • Web image: In JPG or PNG format, max. 200 KB for website publication.
    • Floor plan: Submit detailed layout of space needed for installation, including power requirements, exact dimensions of floor space and height, lighting, audio, power sources, furniture such as tables, etc. See Sample Floor Plan.
    • Visual documentation: In addition to the images above, include up to three visual files for each submission (three images and one video). At a minimum, include one image. Video documentation is expected for installation, kinetic, or interactive works. Videos need to be formatted as QuickTime (.mov) files of up to three minutes in length and maximum 200 MB.

    Page 6 - Manage Contributors

    • 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.

    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. Requests for the English Review Service need to be submitted two weeks before the submission deadline.

    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 the FAQs.


    Selections will be made by a panel of digital art experts according to the following criteria:

    • Overall impact of the work
    • Relevance to the Call for Submissions
    • Quality of accompanying artist statement
    • Creative use of media
    • 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. You must promptly complete and return the following:

    • Shipping Information Form
    • Equipment Rental Form
    • Networking Form
    • Insurance Form


    All work selected for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery will also be documented in the SIGGRAPH 2013 website and the Full Conference DVD-ROM.


    In general, accepted artists are responsible for bringing or shipping their work to SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 in Hong Kong. Artists are also responsible for return shipping after the conference.


    We will work closely with you to ensure 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 website. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance. If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 in Hong Kong, registration and travel costs are at your own expense.



    Submission Process

    Upon Acceptance

    At The Conference

    Expanded Audience


    What type of artwork is acceptable for submission?

    • 2D and 3D artwork, such as digital prints, paintings, and sculptures
    • Interactive, electronically-mediated, mixed media performances
    • Interactive installations, landscapes, art environments
    • Augmented Reality (AR) Installations
    • Web-based art, responsive media
    • Time-based art work
    • Artwork using digital communities, robotics, touch-screens, wearable art
    • Artwork using digital audio

    If your work does not obviously fit into one of these categories, please choose the one that seems most appropriate. Your work will not be rejected because it does not conform to one of these categories.

    My work has an aesthetic component, but it is mainly a demonstration of a technology I developed. Where should I submit it?

    Please submit it to Emerging Technologies.

    If I am interested in submitting an electronically mediated performance, what sort of limitations should I be aware of?

    The SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery welcomes proposals for all kinds of electronically mediated performances. However, we will not be able to present all deserving projects due to limitations in availability of suitable venues.

    Your performance should be no longer than one hour in length, and you should be able to repeat the performance at least twice during the conference.

    You will be responsible for all set-up and tear-down (we will provide volunteers to help). You are also responsible for supplying your own equipment. If you have a performance that does not fit well into these parameters, please contact the Art Gallery Chair to discuss possible solutions. There may be other opportunities for you at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

    Can I submit a video documenting my work?

    For performances, installations, and any interactive art that changes over time, you should submit a digital video that shows the evolution of the work, in addition to still images for documentation.

    Is digital video art accepted?

    Yes, if there is a significant use of creative digital techniques to alter the video, if the piece incorporates computer animation, or if it expands on aesthetic issues described in the Art Gallery Call for Participation.

    Is SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 accepting sculptures?

    Yes, sculptures that are interactive, robotic, electronic, or part of an installation are encouraged. Works that utilize rapid prototyping, that make use of embedded systems, or combine traditional media with digital systems are also welcome.

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    Submission Process

    Where do I send my submission materials?

    All work must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery Online Submission Form. Do not send printed proposals or slides in physical form through the mail.

    How many pieces can I submit to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Art Gallery?

    There is no limit. Submit as many as you like. But you must complete and submit a separate submission form for each work, unless your work is a series (see below).

    If my work is a series, how should I submit it?

    You should submit all pieces of the series under the same submission form. Be aware that if you specify that the pieces can NOT be split up, the jury will have to agree on all of the works in the series, so the work may be harder to accept. If your series does not hold together without each of the component parts, make sure you check "Please do not split up." Do not use this category to submit multiple artworks unless they are a series.

    Can I submit a detail of my art work along with the image?


    Will you accept my work without an artist's statement?

    No. All submissions must include a 200-300 word publishable artist's statement. Your statement must address the conceptual aspects of the work. You must also include a 100-200 word publishable technical statement.

    Can I submit a URL rather than images of my work?

    No. You must submit images of your work so that we can publish an image of your work. You may submit a URL so that we can get additional information about your work if needed.

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    Upon Acceptance

    Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 pay for shipping and framing?

    No, you are responsible for framing (NO glass, please), crating, shipping, and in-transit insurance. You must pack and ship your artwork professionally and safely. Packing peanuts are NOT acceptable. Work that arrives at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 in substandard condition may be pulled from the show.

    I have an over-sized work that I just want push-pinned to the wall. Is this acceptable?

    No. Your work must be professionally framed. We reserve the right to pull works that are not framed to our specifications.

    Can I display a visual postcard with my work on it in the art gallery?

    Yes. Each artist will be encouraged to send or bring 4.25-cm x 6-cm color postcards with an image of the work on the front and information about the piece on the back. These will be displayed and available for attendees (so bring plenty). No commercial promotional materials will be allowed.

    Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 pay for any duty or taxes on international shipments?

    No. You are responsible for all import and export expenses.

    Does SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 have funding to ship my equipment to the conference?

    No. Many artists who have participated in previous SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia Art Galleries have received funding from local arts organizations or national councils. We will be happy to provide a letter of reference should you require it.

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    At The Conference

    If I show my work at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, will I have to watch my equipment?

    Yes. You will need to have enough people to watch your installation or art piece if it requires monitoring.

    Do I need to install my own work?

    We will work closely with you to ensure proper and effective installation of your work. 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 the installation.

    Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 pay for my accommodations and travel expenses?

    No. You are responsible for your own expenses.

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    Expanded Audience

    Can I submit the same piece to multiple programs?

    No. Submit your work to the program you feel is most appropriate.

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    All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    13 June 2013

    Submission deadline for all Art Gallery submissions

    July 2013
    Jury reviews

    August 2013
    Acceptance notification

    August to October 2013
    Shipping, insurance, and installation arrangements made with accepted artists

    19 – 22 November 2013
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013

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