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Curators’ Statement

Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives

What goes unseen, unfelt, unheard? The artworks in Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives integrate science and art to amplify what may go unperceived in visual, social, and political registers.

Science and art express the echoes of our existence in the universe. The works featured here provide perspectives and insight into the awareness of the vital systems around us. Our hope is not to present the human mind as the center of all perception, but to combine the dynamics of human society with nonhuman ecologies, highlighting the infinite feedback systems that flow through our world.

The media the artists use here — including gameplay simulation, software engineering, performance, and video art — immerse the viewer in a world and collapse the limits of inside and outside. Art works in this exhibition challenge conceptions of interactivity, participation, and collaboration via both the media they use and how they approach the topic of research. The scientists, artists, and researchers extend the scope of their work outside of lab, studio, or library out into broader communities. By doing so, they create opportunities for viewers to experience their artwork, and together, the artist and viewer critically explore how art and science impact society.

This exhibition welcomed artistic interpretation and collaborations working from any discipline within art and science. Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspectives is an online exhibition coordinated by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community.

— Phil J. Gough, Lindsay Zackeroff

Curators, Science of the Unseen:
Lindsay Zackeroff
Phil Gough

Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH DAC Committee:
Cynthia Beth Rubin

Curatorial Committee:
Anna Dumitriu
Kathy Rae Huffman
Helen-Nicole Kostis
John McGhee
Melentie Pandilovski
Christian Stolte
Naoko Tosa
Ousseynou Wade

ACM SIGGRAPH DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY