Arts Track



The Arts Track at TEI 2017 explores the potential of “materiality” extended by technology.

The advancements in digital fabrication, material science, synthetic biology and nanotechnology have made it possible for us to process or even synthesize new materials. The key paradigm of programmable matter has introduced materials that can compute and dynamically change their properties. Researchers and artists have started warming up to the key benefits of these technologies.

At the same time, interactive technologies and reality media are redefining our relationships with the physical worlds – our perception and cognition in relation to the objects and spaces. We aim to bring the materiality dimension to the foreground from the perspective of art - a discourse around how our relations with materials are rapidly evolving and their potential to transform our bodies, life and society.

We seek submissions that articulate viewpoints and facilitate dialogue around impacts of materiality-enabled embodiment including living and non-living forms.

Suggested themes include but not limited to:


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 (.pdf) via the TEI Precision Conference site. 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.

Review Criteria:


Accepted work will be exhibited in a venue that is open to conference delegates. 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 2017, please contact the Arts Track chairs.