Arts Track

Important dates

Submission deadlineOctober 5, 2019 (at 5pm AEST)
Notification of acceptanceNovember 6, 2019
Camera-ready deadlineDecember 1, 2019
Conference datesFebruary 9-12, 2020

*Deadline times are in AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time

General information

From controversial cyborg performances like Stelarc’s Exoskeleton, to immersive video games contemplating the spirituality of poetry or ancient civilization, such as thatgamecompany’s Flower (2007-19) or Journey (to be released), art has long been considered a valuable platform for engaging audiences with experimental and futuristic technologies on emotional, physical and cognitive levels.

The forward momentum of these technologies has not waned, and the audience as a medium of engagement remain curious as to what new forms are possible regarding design, engineering and technology. The audience is wholly occupied and coupled in experiencing, reflecting, thinking-through and acting on these curiosities at sites of engagement that are social, institutional, commercial and academic; and that are situated out in the everyday world or at home on networked and smart devices.

This year’s Art Track chairs are calling for robust artworks that consider our human bodies as a source or starting point for engagement, collaboration, or interventions with technology. These interventions can speak to how technology limits or extends our bodies, how it can offer ease of living, utility and beauty, and/or how it can imagine a future that transforms our human condition including both the future of the body and the machine. Your proposal should consider an overall hopefulness in the co-mingling of future material selves, and perhaps an empathy for both the body and the machine.

We invite submissions from art practitioners and researchers that include a range of artworks and live performances. We welcome submission from professional practitioners, academic researchers and student practitioners. Final submissions for the exhibition should be informed by experience-based art or design practice.

The Arts Track Chairs are calling for robust artworks for exhibitions in the conference along the conference’s main definitions of:

Technology – skill, craft, techniques & capabilities

  1. How are these things designed, made and with what materials?
  2. Whom are they designed for and tested by?
  3. How do they work?

Expanded bodies – physical, mental, emotional & spiritual

  1. How does the cognitive understanding of these aspects of ourselves (reflections on our limitations or extensions) lead to notions of improvement or ease of living?
  2. Why do beauty and utility deserve equal consideration? What part of us does this satisfy and why is it important?
  3. What is the role of The Audience?  Why or why not is the audience a significant aspect of the experience?
  4. How do the designs augment the embodied human experience?   

The physical form can be examples of research or prototypes that have a display quality and mirror the suggestions in the TEI2020 Call for Papers.

We seek submissions that showcase the TEI2020 conference themes as well as other topics including but not limited to:

Submission guidelines

Submit your work through the Precision Conference (PCS) website.

Submissions should be in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract template (4 – 6 pages plus references) that will be published 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. In addition, applicants MUST submit an additional installation information form along with their Extended Abstract describing the technical and logistical requirements of exhibiting/performing their work. We also recommend authors to submit a short video for the purpose of selection, so you actually see the work. There will also be opportunity later for accepted authors to produce a higher quality video to include in the proceedings (and possibly display during the conference).

Selection process

Submission will be selected based on their artistic merits and their engagement with issues relevant to the field of tangible, embedded, and embodied interactive art. In addition, the logistical constraints of the venue may determine the eligibility of submitted projects.

Confidentiality of submission will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

Review criteria


Accepted work will be exhibited in Sydney, Australia. 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.

Arts Track chairs

Thecla Schiphorst, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Deborah Turnbull Tillman, University of New South Wales, Australia

Karen Cochrane, University of Sydney, Australia

The Arts Track chairs can be contacted by email: