Presentation / Installation

Synaptic Time Tunnel
DescriptionThe is a major interactive installation for SIGGRAPH 2023, celebrating the 50th conference of this most famous of computer graphics conference series.

Imagining the past, present, and future of the SIGGRAPH archive as a dense evolving network of artificial neurons, dendrites, and synapses, and likening the spread of ideas to branching neural signals firing across countless synaptic connections, flashing like lightning, this interactive, performative, and data-driven work traverses the landmark developments of an ever-emerging, ever-expanding field, tracing the propagation of influences and innovations across time, extrapolating from the past fifty years to the future fifty.

Fusing past (five decades of SIGGRAPH archival materials), present (live interactivity, generativity, and performance), and future (AI/ML extrapolations of the past fifty years into the next fifty), this project explores synaptic interconnections between pioneering individuals, landmark ideas, technical innovations, breakthrough projects, and visionary artworks that carried the computer graphics revolution from the edge of research through the mainstream of global culture and on into the restless invention of the future.

This project is a collaboration between the UCSB transLAB, AlloSphere, the Alice Lab at York University, SBCAST (Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology), ACM SIGGRAPH Archive team, and Biopac Systems Inc.
Event Type
TimeSunday, 6 August 20231:30pm - 5pm PDT
Session Time & Location
Sunday, 6 August 20231:30pm - 5pm PDTWest Building, Concourse Foyer
Monday, 7 August 202311am - 5pm PDTWest Building, Concourse Foyer
Tuesday, 8 August 202311am - 5pm PDTWest Building, Concourse Foyer
Wednesday, 9 August 202311am - 5pm PDTWest Building, Concourse Foyer
Thursday, 10 August 202311am - 3:30pm PDTWest Building, Concourse Foyer
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Augmented Reality
Information Visualization
Scientific Visualization
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