Artists have been using BCIs for artistic expression since the 1960s. Their interest and creativity are now increasing because of the availability of affordable BCI devices and software that does not require them to invest extensive time in getting the BCI to work or tuning it to their application. Designers of artistic BCIs are often ahead of more traditional BCI researchers in ideas on using BCI in multimodal and multiparty contexts, where multiple users are involved, and where robustness and efficiency are not the main matters of concern.

The aim of this workshop is to look at current (research) activities in BCIs for artistic expression and to identify research areas that are of interest for both BCI and HCI researchers as well as artists/designers of BCI applications.

The workshop is intended for HCI and BCI researchers who are interested in non-clinical BCI applications, in particular applications that invite users to play and to be creative, using BCI. The workshop addresses an audience that is interested in research that is focused on non-traditional and challenging interactions using BCI as a channel that allows artistic expression of moods, emotions, and other outlets of expressed creativity. The organizers also invite artists and performers to contribute to this workshop with demonstrations and performances.


We invite researchers/scholars, community members, and artists to submit:

  • A position paper, design provocation, or case study (4 to 6 pages in ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract format),
  • OR a video contribution (max. 5 minutes), and a brief personal bio.
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Accepted submissions will be uploaded to the Artistic BCI Workshop website. It will also be invited to be presented as an oral presentation at the workshop. All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the ACM CHI conference.

Topics of the submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of artistic BCIs;
  • Multi-brain and multimodal interaction with artistic environments;
  • BCI modification of artistic environments;
  • BCI environments for self-reflection, multiparty synchronization, empathizing, collaboration, and competition;
  • BCI control of instruments and tools for artistic expression and exploration; and
  • Affect and interaction-based art, digital art and playful interactions in affective BCI environments.

We also aim to address some more fundamental questions on control and experience of using a BCI for artistic expression. Questions we want to discuss in papers and with the participants include:

  • What makes a BCI application an artistic application?
  • How does a user of an artistic BCI control the application and can, therefore, consider the result as a work of his or her own?
  • What is the role of the audience or someone interacting, using BCI, with the artist’s work?
  • How can lack of robustness and the presence of artifacts play a positive role in creation, performance and experience of an artistic BCI?
  • What makes BCI created art different from art created in more traditional ways?


Paper submission: February 2nd, 2018. Extended to February 12th, 2018

Notification:  By February 22nd, 2018.