Call: Performance Art and Digital Media – special issue of Digital Creativity

First call for Digital Creativity Vol 24 No 2 (spring 2013) Special issue: Performance Art and Digital Media

Call for Papers:

This special edition of Digital Creativity will investigate the role of Performance Art and Performance Studies for the development of new forms of interaction. There has been a lively debate on the role of media in performances and how new technology has affected live and recorded performances. However, we are interested in the reverse perspective: how are fields such as HCI, video games, and social media platforms shaped by performance practices and theories? The focus will be on performance art as it evolved in the 20th century and asked new questions about the role of the body, context, and process – among many other things. This includes topics such as:

  • theoretical frameworks connecting established theater and performance approaches to digital media
  • historical overviews on the development of interaction as performance
  • critical views analyzing the overlaps and disconnects between these two domains
  • reviews of design-based and technological developments that support this merger
  • examples of practice-based research and evaluation (for short papers)

The goal is to trace frameworks, projects, and practices to relate the two disciplines in a productive way and provide a stepping stone for future discussion. Thus, this issue is particularly interested in contributions from designers, scholars, and critics in the areas of Human Computer Interaction, video games and related digital environments to provide their perspective on how Performance Art shapes new technology and media.


Initial proposals should be extended abstracts in English, between 800-1000 words. The categories for final submission are Short Papers between 2500 – 3500 words, and Long Papers, between 5000 – 7000 words. The papers will be selected through a blind peer review process. Upon acceptance of the abstract, you will be sent the authors guidelines. The abstract should include the following information: 1) Name of author(s) with email addresses and affiliation, if applicable 2) Title of the paper 3) Body of the abstract 4) Bibliography and 5) Indication of whether the submission will be a short or a long paper.


Please forward your abstract as a PDF attachment in an e-mail addressed to:

Guest editor Michael Nitsche:
Editors of Digital Creativity:

Important dates:

Abstracts are due on:  November 1, 2012
Short/long papers are due on:  January 10, 2013
Final, revised papers are due on:  February 23, 2013
Expected publication:  May, 2013

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