Computational Aesthetics 2009 > Computational Aesthetics

Call for Artworks, Performances, and Artist's Presentations

You are invited to participate in the fifth annual Symposium on Computational Aesthetics that will take place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 28–30, 2009. CAe is co-located with Computer Graphics International.

Computational Aesthetics bridges the analytic and synthetic. by integrating aspects of computer science, philosophy, psychology, and the fine, applied & performing arts. It seeks to facilitate both the analysis and the augmentation of creative behaviour. CAe also investigates the creation of tools that can enhance the expressive power of the fine and applied arts and furthers our understanding of aesthetic evaluation, perception and meaning.

Invited artists will be involved in the technical, artistic, and theoretical aspects of this young field. The invited artworks aim to help participants better understand what aesthetics is, what computer technology is currently capable of delivering, and what is involved in the creative process. Artistic submissions are invited across the broad range of mediums covered by Computational Aesthetics. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:

  • artworks that employ real-time visual processing;
  • artworks that employ computer graphics on the web;
  • 2D or 3D artworks that run on stand-alone consoles;
  • virtual worlds created for the web;
  • game art pieces that run on stand-alone consoles or the web;
  • performances that include live computer graphics and/or live real-time visuals; and
  • artist presentations, posters or screenings that explore topics related to computer graphics, modeling, and/or real-time visuals.

A call for papers was also issued.

Artwork submission

Submitted artworks should be original works created in the past three years. Artworks should be stand-alone and must be self-contained and run on a computer console. Web-based work is encouraged. A number of Macintosh computers will be available on site for invited artists displaying their stand-alone console work. Performing artists should endeavour to provide their own computer equipment.

Artist presentations, posters, screenings and performances should also be self-contained. The following equipment will be available for presentations, poster sessions, screenings and performances:

  • Two Epson PowerLite 77c Multimedia Projectors, 2200 ansi lumens, 1024x768 native res;
  • Two Da-Lite Fastfold screens, 10' x 7';
  • Two Mackie SRM 450 self powered speakers and Yamaha 16-channel mixing board;
  • Macintosh G5 desktop computer

Please submit the following items to Steve Gibson (

  • A two-three page proposal outlining the concept and technique of your artwork, presentation, poster session, or performance;
  • A detailed listing of your technical needs, including any equipment you will provide and your space requirements;
  • A link to a website which shows examples of the work you will be presenting

Please note: Computational Aesthetics does not have funding for artist travel, shipping or artist fees. Artists are expecting to apply for funding from their local institutions or granting agencies. Invited artists will be sent an official letter of acceptance.

Important Dates:

Artist's Presentations / Artworks / Performances / Posters / Demo Proposals:
Submission deadline: February 13, 2009
Acceptance notification: March 13, 2009
Camera-ready deadline: April 1, 2009
Dates: May 28–30, 2009

The Symposium will be co-located with Computer Graphics International (CGI).

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