SPAM and GIS used in Art show

by Glenn Letham

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The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery overall theme of Threading Time will showcase digital artwork that maps or traces threads through time and space. The SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery is collaborating with the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, Sketches, Access Grid, and Web Programs to provide artists with a wider forum to speak and exhibit their work.

A couple of notable artists...

MY LIFE IN SPAM series and Art Under Contract... The My Life in Spam prints consist of superimposed images of every Spam email message that the artist received over a given period of time. Since deciding to save his Spam in 1998, Hoberman has amassed a large archive of useless, often offensive messages. He notes that the amount of Spam he has received has tripled (on average) each year. This piece showcases the Spam in an expressive and intuitive manner.

Colortin ... his project uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to chart the geography of physical and psychological space. The goal is to make maps of individual and societal perceptions, views, and opinions -- which serve both to unite and separate human beings from one another.