Themes/Ideas/Starting Points for your FMP/Thesis

Here is a list of things that might help you with your field maps:

Methods: Looking at existing conferences.  Furthermore, looking at invited speakers and looking through conference proceedings can help you find key theorists, practitioners, writers, thinkers, makers in your field of research. Try identifying the field, some of them are about design, interaction design, electronic art, sound, digital humanities, performance but more and more are about interconnections.

The below list has been put together by Nicolas and Eva. It is not exhaustive, your additions are welcome ! We have split them in four categories, hybrid (presentation / exhibition), exhibition, academic and others.


Let’s start with a quite old conference funded in 1990 in The Netherlands, ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art). ISEA 2016 will be in HongKong and the theme is Cultural Revolution.

The subject of digital humanities is at the intersection of computing and the discipline of humanities (the arts for example). There is a fairly new conference called the Digital Research in Humanities and Arts. Here are a few themes of the their conference in 2016: Big data, Interdisciplinary labs, The Digital economy, Open access and open source, Playable cities, Climate change mitigation, Smart cities, Digital museums, archives and engagement programmes, Community-led planning processes, Social media and active citizenship, Sustainable cities, communities and urban agriculture, Placemaking, Performance and embodied experience of place, Rapid urbanisation and mass migration, Conflict and climate change, Leadership in the arts and cultural sector, The intersection between the arts, business and the digital economy, Museums and exhibitions, digital curation and heritage, Digital humanities, textual practices and communities.

Sonic Interaction Design has only happen once at the BEK center in Norway. An interesting crossover between two subjects, interaction design and sound.

FutureEverything: “FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 21 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate”

Ars Electronica is the Art, Technology and Society conference since 1979.  This years theme is postcity: Habitats for the 21st century. It is worthwhile to look through previous years festivals, as well as what the center is up to in general.

Transmediale is about media art and digital culture.

Resonate is a platform for networking, knowledge sharing and education. It brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.


ZKM (Center for Arts and Media) is sometimes called the “Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus” – it is a museum for everything media/art related, as well as a lab, an institute…It has had some ground breaking exhibitions (and wonderful collaborations), for example the ‘Making Things Public” exhibition in 2005.



Nordes (Nordic Design Research)  is a network of people interested in design research, they organise a conference every year and the latest one is on Design Ecologies.

DRS is the Design Research Society, their next conference will be at Brighton University and the question they ask is how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead ?

On the subject of performances, there was an interesting conference organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies on Corporeal Computing: A Performative Archaeology of Digital Gesture.

Before the existence of the Internet, some artists such as Roy Ascott were already doing some telematic performances. Remote Encounters is a conference that celebrates that approach with a more current technology.

On the subject of sound, NIME is an international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Their call for papers this year was very simple this year: Visual | Aural | Tangible but was more complete in for NIME’s 2012.. Some themes could be thought again through interaction design.

Sonic Pattern and the Textility of Code is the second edition of a symposium exploring diverse viewpoints: weaving, knitting, live coding, mathematics, generative visuals/music, and digital making on how sound, image and threads allow us to both sense the abstract and conceptualise the tactile.

Emotion and Design is an interesting combination, have a look this call for paper for a conference in Bogota (Columbia) in 2014.

The Centre for Digital Cultures is organising a conference on the Terms of Media.


CreativeApplications.Net [CAN] was launched in October 2008 and is one of today’s most authoritative digital art blogs. The site tirelessly beat reports innovation across the field and catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media and technology

The Guardian Technology Section amongst all the other sections!

Ixda’s Interaction Design Association has been organising a specific conference on our subject. Interaction14’s theme was Languages of Interaction Design. It’s quite vast but if you remember the ‘What is interaction’ workshop that we had in the first term, there were a couple of ideas there.

The Future of Storytelling is a private conference (invitation only !) that looks at the subjects of interactive storytelling and immersive experiences.

PIKSEL is an event for artists and developers who work with free/libre and open source technologies. It could be worthwhile to rethink this through Interaction Design – and to think Interaction Design through free/libre and open source philosophies.

There are many more. This a good place for find calls for papers: