Creativity & Cognition and Designing Interactive Systems 2019, Call for Participation

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 12, 2019, 11:02 p.m.
  • Location:
    La Jolla, CA

We are excited to invite proposals for an Art Exhibition as part of the joint conference on Creativity & Cognition and Designing Interactive Systems to be held in San Diego, CA on June 23-26, 2019. The art exhibition will present artworks that manifest the conferences’ joint themes of Contesting Borders and Intersections and Transformational Creativity.


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. 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.

Important Dates
Art Showcase: June 25, 2019
Submission deadline: February 12th, 2019
Notification: April 26th, 2019

Sheldon Brown
Jonas Fritsch

Curatorial Advisory Committee
Bruce Sterling
Mogens Jacobsen
Zhang Ga
Ken Goldberg
Tiffany Shlain

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:
A 900 square foot white-walled gallery,
an atrium and outdoor patio,
a black box with a 78 gigapixel, 40-foot long x 10 foot tall, tiled display wall,
an auditorium with 8K projection, 32 channels of surround sound and a stage for performances in the auditorium. 200 seats
a virtual reality room, the Sun-CAVE, made from 32 4K stereo video panels.

More general information about these ACM conferences can be found here:
Creativity & Cognition 2019
Designing Interactive Systems 2019