• 25 Oct 2015, 11:59 pm PDT: Submission deadline
• 27 Nov 2015, 11:59 pm PST: Notification of acceptance
• 18 Dec 2015, 11:59 pm PST: Camera ready deadline
Our concept of the body is being transformed on several technology fronts. Within the growing proliferation of technologies that blur the boundaries between the digital, physical, machine and lived, artistic works have a place for questioning and framing the impact of these technologies on our lives and proposing new modes of embodiment. Developments in wearable, medical and health technologies, miniaturisation, fabrication technologies, social media and the Internet of Things, are redefining the limits and boundaries of the body and the cultural practices our bodies are embedded within.
We aim to open up thinking around the body - beyond conventional definitions to include ways in which new ‘bodies’ and notions of self, community and agency are transforming through interactive technologies. The discourse on embodiment is not limited to humans - but also our relationships with other creatures, entities and new materialities.
We seek submissions that articulate specific conceptualisations of body and novel experiences and practices of technology-mediated embodiment, from human to non-human. Submissions should facilitate dialogue around the impacts of technology on our bodies, and how the body and notions of the body being transformed through our use of technologies.
Suggested themes include:
• body as experience, emotions, somaesthetics
• body as site, identity, contested territory
• body as instrument, tool, interface
• body as generator, expressive interactions
• techniques of the self, self-disciplines
• technology as amplifier, frame, ritual object
• non-human agencies and interactions
• hybrid bodies, prosthetics
• new materialities and morphologies
The Arts Track welcomes submissions from a wide range of practitioners in areas such as design, engineering, research and fine arts, including submissions from students and independent practitioners. Each submission should identify and address one or two themes most appropriate to the work you would like to exhibit.
Submissions should include a short (5 minute maximum) video documenting the artwork and a short (4-6 page Extended Abstract Template) paper in PDF format that will appear in the TEI Proceedings and will be indexed in the Extended Abstracts portion of the ACM Digital Library. *Submissions should include the author(s) name and affiliation – in other words, they are not blind.* Accepted submissions will need to submit an additional installation information form along with camera-ready documents.
All papers must be submitted electronically as PDFs via EasyChair). Please note that the maximum size of the PDF should not exceed 20 Mb. Authors must provide a link in the paper (just before the References) to view the video (e.g. from Youtube or Vimeo). The video may be password protected - in that case, please include the password with the link.
Submissions will be selected not just for their technological novelty but for their degree of formal sophistication, their conceptual creativity, and their engagement with issues of active concern to the fields of interactive art and design.
Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.
• Relevant - The work must have a tangible aspect, in the form of an installation, object or physical event. It must address at least one of the suggested themes of the Arts Track in terms of articulating specific conceptualisations of body and novel experiences and practices of technology-mediated embodiment, from human to non-human.
• Embodied - The work must engage the human body beyond the traditional screen-pointer interface.
• Computational - It must involve computational technology (digital or analog) in some aspect of its form or function.
• Artistic - It must operate significantly and compellingly through its formal, conceptual, and experiential properties.
• *Positioning – The work must be positioned within related areas of theory and/or practice.*
Accepted work will be exhibited for the duration of the conference, in a venue that is open to conference delegates and the general public. Artists (or their delegates) will need to be available for installation and bump-out, and for facilitating interaction with their artwork at scheduled times.
One author of each accepted submission must register for the conference before the early registration deadline in order for the final paper version to appear in the conference proceedings.
If you have questions about the Arts Track for TEI 2015, contact the Arts Track Chairs Lian Loke and George Khut, the Arts Chairs.
* - Updated September 15th, 2015