Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition


Digital Art has a long history, going back to the first stirrings of interactive computing and even before that to the procedural and algorithmic constructions of the Dadaists and Situationists of early twentieth century art movements. It is, however, a relative newcomer to the SIGCHI family; beginning with the Creativity and Cognition series of conferences, before becoming mainstream via the various forums of Communities and Spotlights at CHI2013 and CHI2014. CHI2015 in Seoul sees the first digital art catalog illustrating the Art.CHI workshop and exhibition within the main conference.

A panel of people active in the ACM SIGCHI Digital Arts world has selected the artworks described in this catalog, comprising:

  • Ernest Edmonds (Chair)
  • Linda Candy
  • Andruid Kerne
  • Sean Clark
  • Robert Devcic
  • David England
  • Beryl Graham
  • Nick Bryan-Kinns
  • Younghui Kim
  • Deborah Turnbull Tillman
  • Thecla Schiphorst

Artworks were chosen that were novel, thought-provoking, evocative, sensorially rich, interactive art experiences. The chief criteria were:

Originality and Novelty: Work that is highly original, creative and imaginative. It should exemplify novel concepts in surprising and challenging ways that add something to what exists already.

Aesthetics: The work should have a strong aesthetic element and communicate effectively through form, function, behavior and emotion. Aesthetically interesting qualities include features that are pleasing and exciting as well as provocative.

Realization: The work must have a tangible aspect, in the form of an installation, object or art piece that can be included at a reasonable cost. It should be built and executed to a high standard suitable to be exhibited at CHI2015.

Value: The proposed work has the potential to open doors to new ways of thinking about interaction, evaluation and aesthetics both in HCI and the Interactive Arts.

Participant Engagement: The work encourages, enables or provokes active engagement through interactivity and participation by using forms of interaction that may provide:

  • Immediacy: The work attracts attention and yet is not so mundane as to create boredom. It has a 'wow' factor to attract attention but then goes on to engage more interest.
  • Sustainability: The work excites curiosity and extended interaction and draws the participant user back repeatedly
  • Accessibility: The work is easily accessible for a general public audience and encourages interaction with it in a playful/purposeful way.
  • Novelty: The work introduces new ways of thinking about familiar interactive experiences.
  • Conceptual: The work provokes thought about the roles of technology and society. Examples of conceptualdirections include valuable potentials for new forms and critique of present and emerging forms.

We hope this catalog and the exhibition at CHI2015 will be the first in a long series at future ACM SIGCHI conferences.

David England, on behalf of the Art.CHI panel
Liverpool, UK 2015

Workshop Organizers

David England, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Linda Candy, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Celine Latulipe, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Thecla Schiphorst, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ernest Edmonds, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and De Montfort University UK
Younghui Kim, Hongik University, South Korea / USA
Sean Clark, De Montfort University, UK
Adruid Kerne, Texas A&M University, USA


The panel and workshop organizers acknowledge the support of the ACM SIGCHI Executive in allowing the workshop to take place. We thank the CHI2015 conference chairs and CHI2015 workshop chairs for their support. Production of the catalog is supported by the Department of Software and Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

We would like to thank Stephanie Grace for her work in prototyping and then designing the print catalog. We would like to also thank Sean Clark for his work on the accompanying website, which is supported by the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. David England acknowledges the support of Liverpool John Moores University and the British Korean Society for his attendance at CHI2015.