Call: Provocations for MOCO 2019, 6th International Conference on Movement and Computing

MOCO 2019
6th International Conference on Movement and Computing
10-12th October 2019
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Provocations:
What aspects of your practice/research are invisible to your collaborators?

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

We invite succinct provocations addressing the above question from diverse perspectives. We want to hear from artists and scientists, philosophers and robots, professionals and students, and everyone in between and beyond.

The goal of the provocations is to incite dialogue about the ways in which tension within collaborative and cross-disciplinary work can be at once challenging and generative. We aim to draw out and mobilize critical differences between the motives and methods of various disciplinary communities as a source of mutual inspiration and innovation.

Provocations may take a range of forms (text, images, audio, video, etc.), and should be max 250 words or 60 seconds for time-based media. Co-authored and multilingual provocations are encouraged, and multiple submissions are welcome. All provocations will be posted online ( and shared via social media platforms on a rolling basis. Provocations submitted in advance of September 30, 2019 will also be shared in the context of the Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO) 2019 to take place in Tempe, Arizona from October 10-12, 2019.

Those who plan to attend MOCO 2019 may also indicate their interest in being selected to participate in a 90-minute panel discussion on “Generative tension in cross-disciplinary collaboration” during the conference. Following MOCO 2019, we plan to invite submissions for a peer-reviewed publication that elaborates themes from the event. If you wish to be considered as a panelist, please see the Call for Panelists, and submit your provocation by September 30, 2019.

In the provocations, as well as the panel, contributors are asked to draw on their own experiences to address questions such as:

  • What is included and excluded, intentionally or not, from the representations of time, movement, bodies, interaction, gestures, etc. which are integral to your practice/research? In what ways do these exclusions matter to you?
  • How does that which is invisible or excluded also iteratively shape your practice with regard to movement and computing?
  • Who gets to claim expertise and ownership of knowledge and know-how related to movement versus computing—or alternately, in both areas—and what are the implications of acting as a representative of your disciplinary community in a cross-disciplinary context?
  • What is the role of collaboration, both implicit and explicit, in projects related to movement and computing? In past MOCO proceedings, who becomes implicated (beyond stated authors and participants) in papers related to transmitting choreographic knowledge, producing software platforms to support learning in dance and music, and movement analysis more broadly?

For further thematic guidance, please see the Extended Abstract:

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Rajko, Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum at:

Submit your provocation here:

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