The University of California Los Angeles Extension program in association with the Otis College of Art+Design, the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio present:

SYNAPSE: the panel

Bridging the gap: Art, Artists, Technology and the Art establishment.

Moderators: Tom Leeser, Art Durinski, Michael Wright

Panelists: David Em, Sue Gollifer, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, Tony Longson, Michael Masucci, Jennifer Steincamp, Bruce Wands.

This two and a half hour panel will be free to the general public and will
be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the SIGGRAPH 2005
Conference, Tuesday Aug 2, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Throughout history, many artistic movements, whether local or international
in scope, have had initial trouble receiving recognition by the prevailing
art establishment, or by the mainstream art press. Over time, scholars and
other art professionals began to see the influence and importance of these
'renegade artists', who are often then embraced and drawn into the main art

In recent art history, the evolution of digitally based works can arguably
be seen as one of the most significant movements of all times, bridging not
only genres, but entire categories of art forms, including, visual art,
music, performance and literature. While the mainstream art establishment
was often slow to integrate the exhibition of digital arts into their
routine curatorial programs, alternative art spaces, and artist
self-produced exhibitions often helped create the dialogue necessary for the
dissemination and appreciation of early projects.
Computer assisted art making is over fifty years old. Artists from all over
the world now use the technology to assist in their art making process.
Their work has been recognized and accepted in the entertainment industries
and all areas of the design community. Yet it has been very slow to be
accepted by the fine art gallery museum elite unless dabbled with by a "name
brand" artist. The real practitioners, innovators and intellectual authors of this movement have by and large
been ignored.

While the initial ignoring of digital art can be explained
away, it can no longer continue to be. Despite this oversight, many artists
throughout the world using technology, continued to push the envelope in a
community way creating their own venues and exhibitions. This digilante
community-oriented art is seen as one of the great developments in late 20th
century art thinking and making. The integration of the various threads of
digital art history must begin to be seen within the greater context of
contemporary art. As a global digital art culture continues to evolve and
re-define its needs, aspirations and accomplishments, traditional art
historians and curators must also adapt to broaden their definitions of
leading contemporary art making.

SYNAPSE will address bridging the obvious gap between the entrenched art
establishment and the digilante community movement bringing an awareness to
a wider arena of the general art world.

This three hour panel will be free to the general public and will be held at
the Los Angeles Convention Center during the SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference.

Digilante refers to art activists throughout the world who
recognized the significance of the digital imaging
revolution These artists advanced a
variety of ideas and aesthetic strategies that
have since become prevalent. Each, in their own
way, began to explore the then relatively
uncharted computer assisted art-making territory boot-strapping
their own events and exhibitions.