Arts Track Chairs

Jayesh Pillai

IIT Bombay, India

Harshit Agarwal


Arts Track

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2023
Acceptance Notification: October 30, 2023

Call for Artworks

We are excited to announce the inaugural edition of the Arts Track at this year’s India HCI Conference! We want to use this opportunity to build and unite a community of artists and researchers exploring the intersectional space of art, design, technology, and HCI.

As we continuously strive to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice, we see immense potential in the power of art in a more engaging and thought-provoking manner. We are eager to witness how these artistic expressions and concepts can further broaden our understanding of creativity through the lens of HCI.

Artworks can be in different forms including, but not limited to

  • Art installations
  • Performances
  • Storytelling experiences
  • Experimental artworks using HCI
  • Works that may not be easily categorized

At least one artist per submission must attend the conference to exhibit the artwork.

Important Dates

  • October 16, 2023: Submission
  • October 30, 2023: Acceptance notification
  • November 06, 2023: Final camera-ready version submission

(All deadlines close at 23:59 IST) 


All submissions of the artworks to the India HCI conference are non-anonymous, and all submissions must be made through Microsoft CMT.

Submission Format

A submission must contain the following:

1. Extended Abstract

The extended abstract must be maximum of four pages in length (including the references) and submitted in PDF format.

The document should include the following:

  1. Description of the work, including written texts and images
  2. Background to the ideas and creation process
  3. Any research related to the artwork

Submissions to the Arts Track should follow the ACM Conference Proceedings Primary Article Template.

Quick links to the template:

2. Explainer Video

The artists must submit an explainer video of up to 5 mins in length for review purposes only. A working link must be provided to the video (e.g., Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive, and Dropbox). If the video is password protected, the submission must include the password with the link. The access must be kept open for videos shared through Drive or Dropbox.

Video Format Specifications:

  • Maximum duration: 5 mins
  • Suggested minimum resolution: 1920 x 1080 px (HD)

3.    Artwork Specifications

In addition to the extended abstract and the explainer video, a specification document (as a PDF file) should be included that contains the following:

  • Artist Profile: short bio, including a summary of previous artworks
  • Space requirements, with a detailed plan (with dimensions in meters)
  • Hardware Requirements, with details of what will be brought to the venue
  • Describe the experience of the audience, for instance –
  • How many people can experience the artwork simultaneously?
  • What is the ideal duration of experiencing the artwork per person?
  • Special requirements (for instance – low lighting, quiet space, performance stage, etc.), if any

All artworks will be provided with a 220V wall outlet, a table and a chair. All the other equipment required to exhibit the work must be brought to the venue by the artist.

In case of any other queries, the artists can contact the Arts Track chairs at arts[dot]indiahci2023[at]

Review & Selection

We invite artworks with digital and interactive experiences that are thought-provoking, playful, expressive, and critical, created by diverse groups of creative practitioners.

Each submission will be reviewed through a single-blind peer-review process. Submissions will be reviewed by the chairs, along with a panel of artists and domain-experts.

Selection Criteria

  • Originality: the artwork must be original, creative, and imaginative.
  • Quality of Experience: the artwork should represent novel concepts in engaging and challenging ways, inducing intellectual curiosity or emotional responses.
  • Execution: the artwork must clearly communicate the concepts and be executed to a high standard.

Upon Acceptance

  1. On acceptance, a final camera-ready version of the Extended Abstract must be submitted, incorporating any suggested changes, which will be included in the conference proceedings.
  2. The artists must also prepare a poster explaining their work, which will be displayed at the venue. The dimensions and details of the poster will be updated on this page closer to the acceptance notification date.
  3. Accepted submissions will also be asked to prepare and submit a short teaser video (approximately one-minute) to promote your work through the conference and to share the work with the broader community.

At the Venue / Selected Works

The artists must be available at least a day before the leading conference to install and test artworks. Full instructions will be provided at the time of acceptance.

Artwork Exhibition

Selected works will be exhibited during the conference in the Arts space. A dedicated space for putting up the poster will be provided at the venue.

Oral Presentation

There will be a dedicated session for the artists to discuss their work with the conference audience. Details of the oral presentation session will be updated closer to the conference date.

Publication & Archival

The camera-ready Extended Abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.

For queries, please contact the Arts Track chairs at arts[dot]indiahci2023[at]