2024 Speculative Futures Digital Arts Student Competition

Co-sponsored with ISEA2024


The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2024) and the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee are sponsoring the Speculative Futures International Student Competition. Connecting with this year’s ISEA theme, EveryWhen, the Speculative Futures Exhibition seeks to challenge and expand our understanding of the creative and research processes of knowing about ourselves and the world around us.

Theme: Speculative Futures


Entry Guidelines were:

Create a digital image, illustration, video, animation, or film that imaginatively explores and interprets the broad theme of Speculative Futures. 

What would life be like in a Speculative Future? Is your vision like a science fiction movie, or is it about a new planetary future? Will your work reveal a blissful utopia, dystopian apocalypse, or something else? Your digital art can serve as a reflection of your unique vision of the future, whether it’s a world filled with technological wonders or a cautionary tale of potential pitfalls.

While exploring Speculative Futures, consider using your artwork as a means to comment on pressing social, political, and environmental issues. Art can be a powerful medium for highlighting the consequences of certain trends or policies and provoking critical thinking about the future. Your work can serve as a thought-provoking commentary on the potential impacts of various choices and scenarios.

We aim to encourage a diverse array of creative approaches that align with the multifaceted nature of Speculative Futures in digital art, encompassing commentary, alternative realities, and speculative design. Unleash your creativity, share your vision with the world through our physical gallery and online platform. The Speculative Futures competition offers students a unique opportunity to exhibit their work on both national and international stages. Entries will be judged by international jurors based on creativity, concept, originality, execution, and adherence to the theme. 

Join us in envisioning the uncharted territories of tomorrow! Submit your Speculative Futures digital art and be a part of this exciting exploration of the world to come.

Exhibition Details: 

Selected works will be exhibited at the 29th International Symposium on Electronic Arts 2024 at Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia, and showcased at SIGGRAPH 2024 in Denver, US. as well as on the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee website.  

The first-place winners in each category will receive full conference registration to ISEA 2024 or full conference registrations for SIGGRAPH 2024.

Eligibility: Participants must be currently enrolled as students in an accredited educational institution, or within one year after graduation.

Submission Requirements 

  • One entry per student
  • Video/animation/film of less than 10 minutes are submitted via URL. Make sure your link is not password protected so your submission can be reviewed. We do not have time time contact people who submit password protected links.
  • Name your image: firstname_lastname_2024.jpg (file size max. 2Mb) 
  • artist statement (up to 200 words) 
  • technical Information – software, programming, AI tools, etc. (up to 100 words).

You should not use any copyrighted materials for your work, and you are responsible for copyright-related issues.

Additional Information:

About ISEA2024, EveryWhen:

ISEA2024 sets out to explore human perception of timescales and challenge our understanding of past, present and future in the days of singularity and climate change – the Everywhen. The Everywhen is the concept of all time simultaneously present in a place and describes the notion that past, present and future are cohabiting any given location. Where many western cultures believe time is the constant and travels in a linear progression from now to then, First Nations Australians describe the before then, then, now and the future then existing in the constant presence of place: The Everywhen.

About DAC:

The mission of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee is to foster year-round engagement and dialogue within the digital, electronic, computational, and media arts. We facilitate dynamic scholarship and creative programming within the ACM SIGGRAPH organization. Our goal is to promote collaboration between artists and the larger computer graphics and interactive techniques community.