The Future of Reality

Post-Truths, Digital Twins, and Doppelgängers

Curated by: Victoria Szabo and Gustavo Alfonso Rincon

Exhibition Opening: July 2024

Submission Information:

We are no longer accepting submissions.  

The Future of Reality is a digital art exhibition to be presented online as part of a collection of juried works.  The review committee will accept both copies of digital art works and documentation of pieces and performances. We will also ask for an artist’s statement to accompany the work, and welcome additional explanatory texts and writings to frame the work. Accepted artists will also be invited to join online conversations about the work at a future DAC SPARKS session focused on the exhibition and shared at SIGGRAPH 2024. The work will also be documented in the online SIGGRAPH History Archives.

Description:

In The Production of Space Henri LeFebvre described the complex ways in which space is perceived, conceived, and experienced. This mutually constitutive and dynamic social process affects both the built environment and socio-cultural relations within it. For decades theorists of both urban geographies and the landscapes of cyberspace have taken inspiration from his ideas to think about how spaces become places at a moment in time. Artwork that engages concepts of space and place has been energized by thinking through these dynamic relations in installations, site-based experiences, virtual art, and other forms. Today the boundaries between these productive forces of space and experience are increasingly blurred, as physical space and virtual space boundaries overlap; space design itself becomes generative and democratized; and lived experience within them is both participatory and reactive. Virtual worlds, 3D models, animations, reality capture imaging, sensors, and intelligent agents of all kinds are converging to create post-truths, digital twins, and doppelgängers to the material world, and are co-constituting our experiences within and outside of it. How are artists engaging information as data – structuring new grammatical languages as code,  formulating the future of reality from A.I. into the era of Quantum computing?

Curator/Organizers(s):

Victoria Szabo

Victoria Szabo is a Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies at Duke University, and directs the PhD in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures and the Certificate in Information Science + Studies. Her work focuses on immersive and interactive media for digital humanities and computational media art. She is co-lead of Psychasthenia Studio, and artists’ games collective. She was Chair of Art Papers at SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 in Sydney and will be Art Papers Chair for SIGGRAPH Asia 2024 in Tokyo. She is also Chair of the Art Advisory Group for ACM SIGGRAPH and a member of the Digital Arts Community Committee.

Gustavo Alfonso Rincon

Dr. Gustavo Alfonso Rincon (Ph.D., M.Arch., M.F.A., B.S, B.A.) earned his doctorate in Media Arts and Technology at UCSB. Rincon is educated as an architect, artist, curator & media arts researcher. His academic works have been exhibited nationally & internationally along with serving clients globally. His dissertation “Shaping Space as Information: A Conceptual Framework for New Media Architectures,” led to a Postdoctoral appt. at the AlloSphere Research Facility, CNSI@UCSB.