[ISEA2023] Institutional Presentation: Bonnie Mitchell & Janice T. Searleman — ACM SIGGRAPH History Online Archives: Showcasing 50 Years of Innovation, Creativity and Ground-Breaking Research

Institutional Presentation Statement

Keywords: SIGGRAPH, archive, preservation, electronic arts, digital arts, new media, computer graphics

The ACM SIGGRAPH History Archive is a comprehensive reflection of the evolution of the field of computer graphics from a niche research and creative endeavor to an integral aspect of our daily lives. This institutional presentation focuses on the ACM SIGGRAPH History Archive and the progress made over the past year. The expansion of the archive from containing only digital art and art-related papers to now showcasing information about animations, emerging technology demos, virtual reality experiences, technical papers and so much more has amplified the workload as well as expanded the audience for this vastly informative resource. Over the past year, thousands of new entries were added, along with images, abstracts, and additional information. With the goal of showcasing this archive at the 50th SIGGRAPH conference celebration in Los Angeles, USA in Aug. 2023, we have amplified our efforts. Thousands of entries still need to be added and we are still missing many primary source materials. Our ultimate goal is to not only complete the data entry but also add the coding necessary to connect to other new media art archives around the world.

  • Bonnie Mitchell (USA) is a new media artist and Professor at Bowling Green State University in Digital Arts, in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Mitchell is a member of the ISEA International Advisory Committee and ACM SIGGRAPH History and Digital Arts Committee where she focuses on the development of their online archives. She is currently the SIGGRAPH 2023 conference History Chair in charge of the immersive Time Tunnel, history displays and retrospective talks. Her current creative practice focuses on development of physically immersive data visualization environments that showcase climate change over time. Mitchell’s artworks explore spatial and experiential relationships to our physical, social, cultural and psychological environment through interaction, abstraction and audio. She has created numerous abstract visual music installations and animations that have been shown in hundreds of venues world-wide.
  • Janice Searleman (USA) is a retired Computer Science professor of Clarkson University (USA), a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and archivist for both the ACM SIGGRAPH History Online Archives and the ISEA Symposium Archives.