Call For Art Installations

We invite submissions of art installations on new interfaces for musical expression. NIME 2021 will provide several locations that can be used to exhibit new music installation works. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues. Authors could optionally provide a documentation video of the installation for the online attendees. Submitted proposals will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. Documentation of the installations will be available online after the conference.

If an art installation is selected for exhibition at NIME and the proposing artists cannot attend due to an international travel ban, we invite the artists to provide links and access that attendees can experience online.

In order to present an installation for NIME 2021, please submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 1500 words, containing the following information:

  • The title of the work
  • Names of contributing artists
  • A clear description of the proposed installation with photos, schematics diagram that could provide reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization.
  • A link to audio-visual documentation (if available). The documentation link should use an unrestricted streaming service, such as SoundCloud, Bilibili, or YouTube.
  • Space requirements: This should include size and space requirements to display your work. Please indicate whether the work would be more suitable for a university environment (hallways, staircases and indoor and outdoor plazas), gallery, public space or other venue. For networked & web-based work, please include the technical information and system requirements.
  • Floor Plan & Logistical requirement: This should indicate requirements for your installation, including how much time it requires to set up, diagrams for space utilization, networked needs, etc.
  • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the installation. Include documentation and list of previous installations of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
  • Equipment Requirements: Clearly indicate what you will bring and what you would require the conference organizers to provide.
Submission Guideline:

NIME uses two steps for a submission: Create your submission on PubPub, our multimedia platform for publication and then submit it through CMT, our conference management system. To submit an art installation to NIME 2021, follow these steps (an illustrated guide to this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the "Create Installation Submission" button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted installation and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process. Save the URL for future reference.
  3. Follow this template to create your submission. The easiest way to follow the template is to copy-paste it into your own Pub, where it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Download your Pub as a PDF. Find the "Download" button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  5. Upload the PDF to the CMT, NIME2021's conference management system.

Presentation Format:

If the Art Installation is accepted, authors will be asked to provide video documentation of the artwork, which will be made publicly available. If they are able to attend NIME21 in-person, they will be offered the opportunity to exhibit the installation on-site. Please note, due to the pandemic, travel into China is currently limited.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth Time Zone (UTC - 12)

Paper submission deadline
January 22nd, 2021
Paper final submission upload deadline
January 31st, 2021
Music and Installation submission extended deadline
February 10th, 2021
Music and Installation extended final submission upload deadline
February 19th, 2021
Work-In-Progress Showcases and Workshops submission deadline
March 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptances and rejections
March 15th-19th, 2021
Camera ready submission deadline
April 10th, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
April 24th, 2021
Pre-conference workshops
June 14th, 2021
The Conference
June 15th-18th, 2021


General co-chairs:
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