New Interfaces for Musical Expression

June 15-18, 2021, at New York University Shanghai, in Shanghai, China

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.
Review Process and Submission Guideline:

All installation submissions will be evaluated by a review panel according to the following criteria: originality, impact, creativity, technique, presentation, and feasibility. Installation submissions will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. Authors will create submissions there, export them as PDFs and submit them for review through the NIME 2021 conference management system. Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Important Dates

Paper, music and installation submission deadline
January 22nd, 2021
Final submission upload deadline
January 31st, 2021
Work-In-Progress Showcases and Workshops submission deadline
March 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptances and rejections
March 15th-19th, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
April 4th, 2021
Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline
April 10th, 2021
Pre-conference workshops
June 14th, 2021
The Conference
June 15th-18th, 2021


NYU Shanghai