Call for Multimedia Art, Entertainment and Culture Program

(Submission closed)

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the conference, the ninth ACM Multimedia Interactive Art Program will expand to encompass a broader mandate under the umbrella term “Multimedia Art, Entertainment and Culture”. In previous years, the program has presented provocative installations and research papers detailing advances in integrated approaches across the arts, technologies, and sciences. In 2012, ACM MM will take place in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, with a rich history stretching over 1,300 years. The Art Exhibit will be located at Todaiji Culture Center, which is located within a few minutes walk from several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Todai-ji temple and Kofuku-ji temple, together with the Nara National Museum. Curated and juried works will be presented from October 20 to November 4, 2012 (tentative dates).

Call for Art Exhibits and Technical Papers
The Multimedia Art, Entertainment and Culture Program will consist of 1) a juried/curated art exhibition, and 2) a technical paper conference area. We welcome original works and papers from practitioners and researchers developing innovative approaches in creating culturally rich multimedia technologies.

Multimedia Art Exhibition
The Multimedia Art Exhibition presents integrated perspectives spanning art, entertainment and culture. We encourage participation by practitioners whose works address the integration of multiple media forms, hybrid art, ubiquitous sounds, space art/zero-gravity-space art, time-based work, installations and environments, interactive media, digital comics (manga), games/serious games, cultural heritage, digital art in 2D/3D, digital communities, mobile media, digital art performances, and aesthetic scientific exploration.
We welcome works that especially deal with fusions, intersections, transformations, and paradigm shifts of the current world throughout the old/new technologies; works that provoke contemplation, address contemporary issues, and interactively engage viewers in discovery and stimulate intellectual adventure and creativity.
All submissions will be juried, and international works are highly encouraged. All forms of digitally mediated works are invited, as well as work created in traditional media that comment on technology.
In addition to the juried submissions, this exhibition will present curated works as a showcase of new perception, new media, and advanced technologies.
The jury will review submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the ACM Multimedia 2012 themes.
  • Unique and creative uses of media or technology.
  • Depth of aesthetic, conceptual and critical exploration
  • Quality of accompanying technology system or artist statement

Art Papers
We solicit full and short papers describing the innovative use of digital technology in the creation, analysis or critique of cultural and entertainment artifacts, environments and processes. The successful submission should demonstrate conceptual clarity and computational rigor, and indicate new research opportunities for the field of multimedia at large. We seek a broad range of integrated artistic and scientific statements describing digital systems for cultural engagement including, but not limited to, dynamic, generative and interactive multimedia artworks; tools for content preservation and curation; cultural heritage case studies; hybrid physical/digital installations; mobile, situated and online environments. We encourage authors to critically examine the artistic, technological and cultural implications and impact of their work, revealing challenges and opportunities of rich societal significance.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an experienced panel of reviewers. Accepted papers will satisfy the following criteria:

  • Novel computational and/or technology approach
  • Original concept and execution
  • Clear description of societal impact and/or audience reception
  • High aesthetic quality

Submission Guidelines
Multimedia Art Exhibition
Interested participants should submit a short paper/description (2 pages) including images in standard ACM MM 2012 format, with the exception that the papers need not be blind. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Multimedia 2012 Conference proceedings and included in the ACM Digital Library.
The authors are also expected to submit the following two materials:

  • A supplementary PDF file describing the necessary physical condition for the exhibit (size of works, spatial layout, power requirements, lighting condition, sound environment, Internet connection and other special requirements). Note that the submission system can accept only one supplementary file (Max 10MB). Therefore please compress multiple files into one ZIP file for submitting the supplementary materials.
  • A video document, no longer than 3 minutes and playable in VLC 1.1.12 or higher. As the online submission system restricts the size of the supplementary file to 10MB, print the URL to the movie file in the beginning of the paper/description if the authors plan to submit a video that does not fit in the 10MB upload restriction.

Once accepted, participants are expected to bring with themselves everything needed for their art works; hardware/equipments such as projectors, laptops, sensors, PCs, and power transformers (the local condition is 100V, 60Hz, Type-A; Please check the description in Wikipedia. There are different definitions of Type-A. The Japanese type is the same as 120V, North American standard).

Art Papers
Papers may be a full paper or a short paper. See the Call for Full & Short papers for details. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Multimedia 2012 Conference proceedings and included in the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates

  • Full paper abstract submission deadline:                 April 2, 2012
  • Full paper submission deadline:                                April 9, 2012 April 12, 2012
  • Short paper submission deadline:                             April 9, 2012 April 12, 2012
  • Multimedia Art Exhibition submission deadline:   April 9, 2012 April 12, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance:                                          June 22, 2012 July 6, 2012
  • Camera-ready submission deadline:                         July 30, 2012
  • Multimedia Art Exhibition:                                        October 20 – November 4, 2012

Link to the Online Submission System

Multimedia Art Program Chairs:

  • Tomoe Moriyama (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP)
  • Hideyuki Ando (Osaka University, JP)
  • Aisling Kelliher (Arizona State University, US)
  • David A. Shamma (Yahoo! Research, US)