Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

  • Art Exhibition: Call for Participation
  • Proposal for Artworks: Open call for interactive artworks of any form


Quick Facts

  • Important Dates:
    • Submission Deadline: 13 January 2016 (12pm PDT)
    • Notification: 3 February 2016
  • Submission Details:
    • Online Submission: PCS submission system
    • Template: Extended Abstract Format
    • Submission Format: 4-page Extended abstract, video preview, still image and a pdf supplement describing the installation and space requirements for the work.
    • Submissions are NOT anonymous and should include full author information
  • Selection Process: Curated
    Art Exhibition Co-Chairs: Ernest Edmonds and Jason Challas
  • At the Conference: Selected artworks will be displayed in the art gallery on the lower level of the convention center.
  • Archives: Artwork descriptions will be published in the extended abstracts ACM Digital Library as well as in the catalogue.


Message from the Art Exhibition Co-Chairs

Art and Interaction have formed an integral part of SIGCHI’s Creativity and Cognition series since its inception in 1993 and has been formalized as a key topic at the CHI conference since the Digital Arts Community at CHI2012 and CHI2013, and the Arts and Interaction Spotlight at CHI2014. During the latter conference, a full program of arts-related conference sessions and workshops were available to the interested conference delegate. In CHI2015 a curated catalogue of interactive art was added and a two-day, Art.CHI workshop held. In 2016 a new element will be an associated public exhibition, “Inter/Action: digital art that responds” presented by ACM SIGCHI CHI2016 and Works/San Jose. As well as works selected from submissions to CHI, the exhibition will show representations of historically significant interactive art. The exhibition will be launched at the conference and extend until mid-June.

Submitted works may be selected just for the catalogue or for both the catalogue and the exhibition.

The exhibition will be an integral part of the CHI conference.Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibition will be invited to apply for a grant, which will be between $250 and $2000. Full information will be provided with the invitation, which will be sent out shortly after the acceptance notices.It is important to understand that no other funds are available to support the shipping or insurance of artworks or for artists’ fees. Proposers must be willing to deal with the delivery and installation. Artists will need to make arrangements for the removal of their work should they be selected.

Ernest Edmonds De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Jason Challas, West Valley College, Saratoga, US



Online Submission: PCS submission system

The artworks proposed can include many different forms including sound, vision, and performance, as well as works that are not so easily categorized. The proposal, in 4-page Extended Abstract format, should include the following:

  • Description of the work including written texts, images, sound, video
  • Artist’s statement giving background to the ideas and creation process
  • Inspiration, sources, materials, any research related to the artwork
  • Artist Profile: short bio, track record including previous exhibitions

Also required is a still image of the work of at least 1500×1200 pixels and a pdf describing the installation and space requirements for the artwork. In addition, artists are encouraged to submit a video of up to 5 mins in length. The video should play on both PC and Macintosh computers. MP4 using the codec H264 is recommended. The total submission must be less than 100MB.


Criteria for Selection

We are looking for novel, thought-provoking, evocative, sensor-rich interactive art experiences created by a diverse and broad group of creative practitioners. The selection will be based on the criteria listed below

Originality and Novelty: the proposal should demonstrate work that is highly original, creative and imaginative. It should exemplify novel concepts in surprising and challenging ways that add something to what exists already.

Aesthetics: the work should have a strong aesthetic element and communicate effectively through form, function, behavior and emotion. Aesthetically interesting qualities include features that are pleasing and exciting as well as provocative.

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. It should be built and executed to a high standard suitable to be exhibited at CHI 2015.

Value: The proposed work has the potential to open doors to new ways of thinking about interaction, evaluation and aesthetics, both in HCI and the Interactive Arts and/or critiques present and emerging forms.

Before the Conference: Full instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance, but the works will normally need to be available at the gallery prior to Saturday 30th April. It will be possible, by individual agreement, to accept some works in the following week but by Sunday 8th May at the latest.

At the Conference: Selected artworks will be displayed in WORKS/San Jose Art Gallery on the lower level of the convention center. Opening reception for conference attendees will be Tuesday, 10 May. They will be on view to the public during and after the conference.

  • Submitted works may be selected just for the catalogue or for both the catalogue and the exhibition.
  • Workshop: all artists accepted for the exhibition and catalogue will automatically be accepted for the “Art.CHI II: Digital Art in a Post-Digital World” workshop.

After the Conference: The exhibition will last approximately 6 weeks.

Art Exhibition Co-Chairs: Ernest Edmonds and Jason Challas.

Inquiries should be directed to: