Call for papers or artistic presentations
Conference “Interactive Digital Art & Societal Health”

Recently the research area “digital health” has been established and there has been a growing interest in the use of digital technologies for creative arts therapy, whose practice enriches people's lives, usually as part of a psychotherapy process. This conference asks what roles interactive digital art could play in societal health, including the needs of individuals, communities and populations. While digitisation may lead to isolation, separation and addiction of individuals and groups into social bubbles, interactive digital art tends to integrate social interaction of two or more persons situated in a physical environment into a mixed, augmented and virtual reality. More specifically, interactive digital art, i.e. art that allows real-time interaction of the performer or participant, is considered to enhance users’/clients’ freedom of expression, especially in cases where they are constrained by the physical environment, and to facilitate multimodal expression, combining images, sounds and/or body movements. The motivation of this call for papers or artistic presentations is to promote the usage of interactive digital art in healthcare and other daily life contexts where societal health plays a role both on a theoretical and practical level. We invite researchers, artists, engineers, designers and practitioners who work both in the fields of digital art and healthcare to apply and participate.

Contributions to be invited can address (but are not limited to) the following questions: To what extent is social health promoted by interactive digital art? Which artistic media are particularly relevant? What are the benefits of interactive digital art as a means of creative arts therapy? What are methodological considerations concerning users’/clients’ assessments?
What are future research directions?
Which technologies and interactive environments are appropriate for a specific therapeutic purpose?

The conference will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2022 at the Heilig-Geist-Kapelle in Berlin. To apply, please send a short abstract (about 300 words) to by September 30, 2022

Organization: Prof. Dr. Jin Hyun Kim & Marcello Lussana, M.A. (Humboldt University of Berlin) within the scope of the research project “Social Interaction through Sound Feedback – Sentire” (

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