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Artificial Life 2016

Call for artworks

As part of its arts and culture program The 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 2016) will host an exhibition of artificial life and other electronic artworks, such as video- and sound-based installations as well as agent-based systems and tangible interfaces. The aim is to showcase artworks related to the conference theme of “Artificial Life and Society.” During the exhibition renowned artist Ken Rinaldo will premiere a new installation that was commissioned specifically for this year’s conference: a series of breathing sound and projection mapped sculptures that connect to real time weather data and then cascade to complex soundscapes.

We welcome submissions of two categories of artwork: (1) previously developed pieces, and (2) original creations exploring new concepts and ideas. All artworks are expected to be associated with the conference theme, i.e. the current and future role of artificial life and related technology in society. Selection for the exhibition will also be based on artistic merit and a project’s potential to engage the conference audience. Space is limited.

Artists of accepted submissions are expected to register for the conference in order to have their work included in the event. Out of the accepted submissions a panel of experts will also select one winner, who will receive a special invitation to showcase their work. This winning piece will be supported by USD 500 to help cover production and transportation costs. In addition, the conference registration fee of the winning artist will be waived, while still receiving the usual benefits such as access to all conference sessions, the welcome reception, free lunches, an annual membership of the International Society of Artificial Life (ISAL) as well as an annual subscription to the Artificial Life journal from MIT Press.

Applications should include a short (maximum 2 pages) description of the artistic project as well as the technical elements of the installation. Applications need not be anonymous and should be submitted via Supplementary material (e.g. audio, video, exhibitions leaflets, and brochures) should be provided through a web link when available. Artworks that have not been previously on display are expected to be at an advanced stage of completion by the submission date. Enquiries or requests for clarification should be directed to

Selection of artworks will be carried out by qualified experts. Criteria for selection include:

  • Originality of the artistic concept, aesthetic and/or critical quality
  • Interactivity and/or richness of media content
  • Relevance to artificial life in terms of content and technologies deployed
  • Robustness and transportability of the installation
  • Feasibility of installation in room at conference venue

Dates and deadlines

  • Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2016
  • Notifications sent: April 15, 2016
  • Setup of exhibition: July 3, 2016
  • Opening of exhibition: July 4, 2016
  • Closure of exhibition: July 8, 2016
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