Call for Participation
The /Designing Interfaces for Creativity/ (DesInC) Symposium will be
held at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, on November 3^rd and
4^th 2016. As computational technologies become increasingly embedded in
the physical world, designers and makers of interfaces for creativity
are bringing skills and expertise from progressively wider fields and
practices into their work. What and how can designers of creative
technologies learn from practitioners in broader design disciplines,
past and present? The symposium will explore interdisciplinary and
historical perspectives on the design of tools, interfaces and
instruments for creativity, including (but not limited to) sound, music,
video, film, crafts, visual arts, software arts and gaming. Members of
creative technology communities will join practitioners from wider
interdisciplinary design fields and experts in historical design
practices, for two days of workshops, keynote presentations, demos,
discussions and performances. The event seeks to reach across and beyond
academia, and welcomes contributions from industry, maker and artistic
communities, and beyond.
* Designing instruments, tools and interfaces for creative applications
* Historical design practices for creative tools and instruments
* Hacking/making approaches to design for creativity
* Knowledge and skill preservation in design
* New techniques and technologies for creativity
* Interdisciplinary approaches to designing creative interfaces
* Future directions in design and creativity
*Andrey Smirnov*, author of ‘Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and
Electronic Music in Early 20th Century Russia’.
*Michael Doser*, senior research physicist at CERN.
A third speaker is to be confirmed.
Contributions are invited for poster presentations, interactive demos,
workshops and performances.
Posters Presentations and Interactive Demos
With an emphasis in the symposium on discussion and knowledge exchange,
the free-flow poster and demo session will enable delegates to share and
discuss their work. Technical and interactive demonstrations are
welcomed as part of this session.
Please submit a /one-page abstract/ describing the work you wish to
present, highlighting the relevance to the symposium themes.
Workshops and Tutorials
The first day of the symposium will comprise a series of workshops for
delegates. If you would like to organise a workshop or tutorial, please
submit a /1-2 page /abstract describing the proposed session. Proposals
should include full details of technical requirements, and a 150-word
biography of each tutor. Workshops and tutorials should be designed to
run for 4 - 5 hours, and should emphasise practical and interactive
engagement for participants.
Performance submissions that engage with the symposium themes are welcomed.
Selected performances will take place in the newly opened Attenborough
Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex. This is a
360-capacity venue, with state-of-the-art stage, lighting, sound and
Performance proposals should be 1-2 pages in length, and include (a) a
150-word biography for each performer, (b) a description of the
performance, (c) links to online resources that document the proposed
performance (videos are encouraged) and (d) a detailed technical rider.
All submissions should be emailed to [log in to unmask] with ‘[DesInC
Submission]’ in the email subject. Please make your submission in PDF
format, and specify the submission category. A programme committee at
the University of Sussex will select submissions for acceptance.
Proposals will be chosen based on academic, technical or artistic
quality, relevance to the symposium themes, and to provide a broad range
and balance of participation from different sectors and fields. If you
have any further enquires, please contact [log in to unmask]
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Submission deadline: 8^th September 15^th September 2016
Notification of acceptance: 26^rd September 2016
Symposium: 3^rd and 4^th November 2016
Participation and attendance of event will be free for both days, and
priority will be given to accepted participants who can attend the full
symposium. A limited supply of small travel bursaries will be available
to accepted applicants who do not have institutional support. The
symposium (including workshops and performances) will take place at the
University of Sussex, in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
This event is funded by the British Academy, and supported by the Sussex
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