Call for Art Exhibition

ACM Creativity and Cognition 2019 and Designing Interactive Systems 2019

Check out the Art Exhibition website for details about the event and accepted artworks!

The art exhibition will present artworks that manifest the conferences’ joint themes of Contesting Borders and Intersections and Transformational Creativity. The DIS website has the identical call for participation.

Important Dates

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.


Curatorial Advisory Committee


The "interface" is dead. It depended upon distinctions between elements that needed some intermediation. This was always an illusion, but it served some purpose for a time in simplifying design tasks while more substantial system ecologies developed. But we were never separate from systems that needed an interface, and now, the idea that the interface mediates interactions between us and computational systems misses almost the entire mark as human interactions, computational devices and the world become ever more entangled into social, economic, political, and environmental relations. A better concept might be the interlace. We are inherently intertwined with myriad systems with myriad agencies. And most of these systems are not primarily about us, we just live there. Some of these conditions are better engaged with enhanced visibility and cogence, and for others, it makes no difference.

We seek activities in art, design and other, unnamable phenomena that give us some indication of what this might look/feel/smell/taste/sound like (or exist on some other carrier wave). We are looking for pointers (art, performance, sound) towards our condition that arises from the many interactions in- and foldings across, complex systems that transcend scales of time, space, materiality, cognition and logics. Maybe interfaces haven’t died, they’ve just fractally multiplied and become pervasive at all levels, becoming the fabric of our material/computational/biotic phenomena. Help us come to grip. Submit your work that indicates, clarifies and problematizes this condition.

Opportunities and infrastructures:

Works can be in a variety of forms such as interactive installations, virtual and/or augmented realities, experimental cinematic shorts, performances and/or works that are suited to special technological platforms that will be part of the exhibition venue. You should indicate in your application the environmental needs of your work, i.e. needs to be in the dark/light, listens to sound/makes sound, can be outdoors, has a time duration, it runs once, it loops, etc.

The exhibition will take place in Atkinson Hall home of the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego home of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CalIT2). We will look for work that can take advantage of the multiple spaces in this venue which include:

If your work is specifically for one of these spaces, please indicate. For these specialized technologies, we will have additional interaction with selected artists for a period of time before the conference.

To submit:

We are accepting two forms of submissions; 1) submissions of existing works and 2) proposals for doing work with the specialized infrastructure available at the venue (the Sun-CAVE, black box display wall, 8K projection in the auditorium).

  1. Existing works: Submit a 2-10 page extended abstract PDF through the PCS submission system including links to a visual portfolio of the artwork, including images and video for time based work. Include a one page narrative description of the piece, specifying both its conceptual goals and its functional operations. On another page, provide all of its technical and logistical requirements, including equipment needed, whether you are providing that equipment, space requirements, including any special auditory, lighting or other physical need, time needed for set-up, and whether the piece needs to be staffed during the exhibition.
  2. Proposed works: Submit a 2-10 page extended abstract PDF through the PCS submission system with a proposal for leveraging the existing infrastructure making sure to include the proposed description of current state of the project (~2 pages), any existing documentation of the work in other forms, and a proposed development path.

For either form of submission, we ask for a PDF in SIGCHI extended abstract format (templates available here) that will be a part of proceedings for this exhibition. The extended abstract should be 2-10 pages.

All selected artists will get a free day of registration for both conferences. We can also provide limited funding for travel and practical expenses related to the exhibition pieces. More details soon.

Where to submit:

Please submit via the Precision Conference (PCS) website below:

Once you have logged into the PCS website, select the following options under "Submissions" and click the Go button.