Call for Artworks – Art Track Creativity and Cognition (C&C) 27 June – 2 July 2017

Call for Artworks – Art Track Creativity and Cognition (C&C) 27 June – 2 July 2017

Microbites of Innovation is the Art Track of the Creativity and Cognition 2017 conference which will bring together a unique selection of international artists with diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds. The showcase responds to the emergent conditions of a networked world – a realm increasingly transmitted through ubiquitous fibers, decoded systems, and micro-bytes of (bio)technological advancement. The curators have invited proposals to draw upon critical and speculative methods which may probe and scrutinise the techno-utopian visions of a society empowered by sensing technologies, bio sequencing systems, and data clouds. The artworks premise should question various forms of bio-techno embodiment on an aesthetic, cognitive, genetic, and even a microbial level; revealing that the inner workings of technological innovation are open to critical inspection. Hosted at a prestigious venue for art and science in Singapore, spectators are invited to join the artists in their contemplations by connecting through the showcased assemblage of performances, interfaces and apparati –  notwithstanding additional unique programed events that will allow for considered, speculative and meaningful exchange.

The 11th Creativity and Cognition conference is an inaugural event for Asia and the Microbites of Innovation Art Track is an exciting opportunity to bring the audience closer to the front line of aesthetically oriented advances in Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Artworks Chair
Marcia Nancy Mauro-Flude • National University of Singapore

Artworks SV Chair
Markéta Dolejšová • National University of Singapore

Call for Artworks

The Art Track theme Microbites of Innovation invites the authors to address issues in diverse areas of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) innovation including microcomputing (embedded systems, wearables, implantables) as well as biotechnological art (wetware, food and microbiological art, biohacking). We are calling for creative proposals including installations, live and non human performances, prototypes, and demos from authors working at the intersection of Art, Design and HCI. The theme Microbites of Innovation is proposed as a creative mirroring of the main C&C conference theme Lifelong Creativity, Learning and Innovation.

Areas to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

●   Wearable computing and e-textiles, computational performance tools

●   Wetware, soft robotics, biomaterials, biohacking

●   Artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks

●   Robotics and human-machine relationships

●   Cognitive, self-learning, and ardent capacities of machines

All selected works will be showcased at a prominent art and science platform which will enable the authors to interact with audiences of diverse backgrounds and interests in science, technology, art, and design.

*Local and regional participation is particularly encouraged.* The curators would also like to invite proposals from students in New Media, Interaction Design, Fine Arts programs (and beyond).

The C&C Art Track seeks to support both established and emerging artists including those located beyond the field of academia. Authors of Art Track proposals do not need to have previous experiences from large HCI events and conferences such as C&C.

Important Dates

Submission: Jan 6, 2017 @ 23:59 anywhere in the world
Notification:  Feb 10, 2017
Showcase dates: 27 June – 2 July

Submission Criteria:

Proposals (max 2-page in ACM SIGCHI format) should include the following:

●   Title of artwork and concise artwork description

●   Images or video documentation of the artwork (up to 12 images in zip format / up to 5 minute video included as URL)

●   Type of Artwork and intended presentation format

●   Author(s) name, short bio, artist profile and track record including previous exhibitions (max 500 words)

●      Author(s) location and contact information

●      Detailed requirements for the installation space – the amount of space needed (length, width, height in meters) including technical requirements and any other special venue arrangements assumed.

Accepted authors will also be required to submit a brief summary (max 150 words) of their work to be included in the conference program and website (not in the archived proceedings). The submitted proposals will be externally peer reviewed and the presentation of selected works will be integrated into the conference program in a showcase format. Please note accepted submissions may need to be revised based on committee peer review and for acceptance for a camera­ ready publication format.

The Art Track chairs are committed to providing pertinent reviews for a diverse range of hybrid art forms and experientially rich methods suggested by the author.

Where to Submit

Proposals have to be submitted through Precision Conference website and must use the two­ column ACM SIGCHI format (Templates are available for Latex and Word; submissions must be exported and uploaded in pdf format). Additional materials (e.g. software, staging diagrams, scores) may be appended as extra pages in the proposal and do not need to follow the SIGCHI format. [In addition we encourage the authors to submit their artwork via our github repository please follow the instructions for adding your proposal to our github repository on the Art Track call website] The total size of all submitted materials should not exceed 100Mb (include URLs for files over 100Mb). Please note that although submissions will be subjected to external peer-review, the submissions are not required to be anonymous. Author’s brief biography and track record are important to include .

Additional suggestions for proposals:

●   Provide documentation of previous artwork presentation (if available)

●   List the number of performers and instrumentation (if necessary)

●   URL for artworks is preferred

●   All visual works must be clearly labeled, including artist’s name, title of work, date of completion, medium, and size

●   Provide detailed requirements for the equipment that needs to be provided by the conference organisers

(Note that the equipment availability is limited and unusual technical requirements may restrict the possibility of acceptance of the work unless detailed plans are provided).

Review Criteria

The submitted works should possess the following:

●    Aesthetics: The work should have a strong aesthetic element and communicate effectively through its form, function and emotional stimuli. The work should be creative and imaginative and exemplify novel concepts in provocative ways that add something new to what exists in the field already;

●    Equivalence in Form: The placing of equal value on the artistic and technological dimensions of the submitted works as well as the theoretical inquiry followed by the author is essential. We look forward especially to submissions that show rigorous integration of theoretical enquiry, critical analysis and reflexive practice-based research;

●    Critical Engagement with Technology: The emphasis on authors’ critical engagement with the hardware, software, or wetware used in their work, especially in its implicit critical engineering or “hacker” attitude to opening up media for experimental purposes;

●    Realization: The work must have a tangible aspect, in the form of an installation, object or art piece that can be included at a reasonable cost borne by the artist;

●    Timeliness: The work should bear relevance to the currents of our time and the potential to open doors to new ways of critical thinking about interaction and aesthetics, both in HCI and related emerging forms.

C&C Art Track Bursary 2017 – Due March 10 2017 @23:59 anywhere in the world

The Art Track Bursary award aims to support new and/or unaffiliated artists, particularly those from underrepresented groups and regions, to attend the C&C Art Track and make a contribution. The Bursary covers minimal artist fee, transport to/from Singapore, (but not expenses for attending the C&C conference, accommodation and registration fee). The Bursary will be awarded by the C&C Art Track chairs. Applicants who have their proposal for C&C Art Track accepted by the organisers of the current C&C Art Track are eligible to receive the award. The structure of your Bursary motivational letter should be simple and straightforward [1.5 page Max, 11pt font]. Apart from your integrity, you need to point the reason why you are qualified for C&C Art Track Bursary 2017.

Attendance and Acceptance Policy – All accepted works will be exhibited for the duration 26 June – 2 July.

As part of the showcase the exhibiting artists are not only required to be present for the installation and de-installation, but also to interact with the public audience and provide information about their works at scheduled times to be negotiated with Art Track Chairs. Artworks must be installed on 26 June by the exhibiting artist or affiliated party – there will be Student Volunteers to help; however the installation is first and foremost the artist’s responsibility. Note: All the expenses related to the works including shipping and installation has to be paid by the artists themselves. However, works that have been accepted for the exhibition will be able to apply for the Bursary to support their work and travel arrangements where applicable. It is important to understand that no other funds are available to support the shipping or insurance of artworks. Further details about the production side of the showcase will be shared with the artists upon their acceptance.

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