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June 04, 2007

SIGGRAPH Unraveled 2007


Call for Proposals

As this year's fashion event, SIGGRAPH will present a living exhibition of fashion, an event combining the fun and glamour of a runway show with the personal engagement of interactive installations. We are looking for fashion design which pushes the boundaries of technology -- computational & conceptual couture & wearables, fashion with a social agenda concerning technology (although may not have embedded technology), and fashion produced using algorithmic fabrication or innovative manufacturing techniques. Because of the exhibition format, it will also be possible to show architectural textile installations, we are also open to submissions in this category.

Like last year, the event will be combined with the chapters party (3000+ tech savvy people in the audience). Here's how it will work: early on in the party, we will announce and present the designers as they enter with models wearing their garments, kind of an informal runway entrance to let the audience know what work is present.

The designer / models pairs will then join the party and interact with attendees, showing and discussing their works, possibly even letting the the attendees try the works on, or if the pieces are too fragile, they can be placed on mannequins; the format and degree of interactivity will be up to the designers. We hope that this format will allow attendees a better way to experience the pieces up close, giving them a chance to understand their depth-- in concept, construction or technical means -- something that can be lost in a traditional runway setting. However, this presentation method still allows the pieces to be shown in action and 'embodied' with live models.

As part of the show, we will be producing a high quality printed catalog which will serve as program for the show and as take away documentation after the show (all designers will receive free copies). The event will also feature professional photography and videography (available for use royalty free after the show) and professional models.

Submitted works should be functional (not concept projects) and able to be withstand some level of demonstration by the time of the show. Designers (or a representative) are expected to appear in person to present their work.

Please submit:

Title of work

Names and email addresses of designers

Brief description (not to exceed one page, one paragraph is fine) Photos (if available, if not, a sketch), Video (if available) Method of Display preferred for party interaction (worn by model, worn by designer, static on mannequin, tried on by audience, etc, can be changed and negotiated closer to event)

Please email your submission as a single PDF (photos embedded) to: amanda[at]media.mit.edu (does not need to be ACM formatted). Video can be sent separately or it can be viewed by us on a website, send the URL

Submission Deadline: June 15, midnight PST: The submissions will be committee reviewed and you will receive a notification by July 1 (at the latest). You may also email with questions before the submission deadline.

SIGGRAPH 2007 will take place in San Diego, CA from August 5-9 2007 (Unraveled event will occur on either Aug 6 or 8, TBD). SIGGRAPH: the premiere international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques Photos, runway video, project info and curatorial statement on last year's show, Unravel 2006, can be found at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2006/unravel.

Posted by jo at June 4, 2007 01:10 PM