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ACM SIGGRAPH Announces Winner of 2010 Digital Art Award

Yoichiro Kawaguchi Applied Computing and Biology to Create New Dimensions of Art

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LOS ANGELES – August 3, 2010 -- ACM SIGGRAPH, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques, has selected Yoichiro Kawaguchi as the recipient of the 2010 ACM-SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. 

Kawaguchi was cited for his research in computer technology, biological forms, and contemporary artistic practice to produce creative, innovative artistry.  His explorations of the fundamental concepts of growth have enabled him to cross the line between generative art and biological processes, resulting in imagery marked by pulsating colors and forms.  A professor of Computer Graphics Art at the University of Tokyo, he received the award at the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference in Los Angeles. 

            Early in his career, Kawaguchi applied his interest in nature to creating “GROWTH model," a self-organizing approach to developing a formative algorithm of a complex life form. The resulting paper and artworks, presented at SIGGRAPH 1982, demonstrated the new aesthetic possibilities of digital imagery. Since the mid-1980s, Kawaguchi has been active in the international community, showing at venues such as Images du Futur in Montreal, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), Ars Electronica, the Venice Biennale, and SIGGRAPH. 

            Recently, his interest in collaborations led him to work with performers, merging his dynamic imagery of natural fantasy forms with the movements and forms of human dancers. He has also collaborated with researchers working on new forms of electronic image output, ranging from the early pioneers of high definition video to those who are bringing digital imagery to the tangible everyday environment through designs on clothing and sculpture. His current research explores large-scale plastic sculptures using newly available materials. 

            Kawaguchi began his career in 3D Computer Animation at Kyushu University, where he earned a BA degree.  He received an MFA from the University of Tsukubao. 

            The ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award is presented annually to an artist who has created a substantial and important body of work that significantly advances aesthetic content in the field of digital art.  Nominations for the 2011 award are accepted until November 1.



The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques  is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. SIGGRAPH provides information to the computer graphics community through its annual conference, publications and the SIGGRAPH Video Review.


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