“Vulture Culture – A Visual History of SIGGRAPH Collectibles” by Mitchell, Afroozan and Vento

  • ©Bonnie L. Mitchell, Elaheh Afroozan, and Stephanie Vento



    Vulture Culture - A Visual History of SIGGRAPH Collectibles

Program Title:

    From Computer Graphics' Past to the Future


    Since the early days of SIGGRAPH conferences, collectible items such as pins, tote bags, hats, CD-ROMS, DVDs, video tapes, mouse pads, watches, coffee cups, etc. have been distributed at the annual conferences. These items were eagerly collected by the community and coveted and traded over the years. At the 50th SIGGRAPH conference (SIGGRAPH 2023), we showcase the history of SIGGRAPH swag as a means of provoking memories and illustrating the material culture (often referred to as Vulture Culture) aspect of the SIGGRAPH conferences.

    Mary Whitton, Maxine Brown, Dana Pleyps, Pete Segal, Lou Harrison, Ken Turkowski, Kelly Booth, Craig Kaplan, Stephen Mann, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Brad Lawrence, Julian Gómaz, Kerry Kirkpatrick, and many other pioneers for contributing items to the ACM SIGGRAPH Master Collection of swag. Thank you to El Afroozan, Stephanie Vento, Mariah Palmer and Leia Verhoff for photographing, formatting, entering and inventorying the swag.

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