Synaesthetic Syntax III
Gestures of Resistance


Submission deadline: 31st May 2022
Symposium details: Sunday 11th September 2022, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Submit proposals here:

Synaesthetic Syntax is part of the Expanded Animation events at the Ars Electronica Festival. This one-day symposium explores the complex relationship between sensory perception and expanded animation. In focussing on the primacy of the senses, the symposium aims to ask questions about the seduction of technology and how to maintain a discourse of what is fundamental about being human. This year’s theme is touch, gesture and physical movement. The symposium will take place in Linz and in-person attendance is preferred. All selected speakers will be given a free pass to the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival.

To be human, to be in a body, is to move and to feel; to move as it feels and to feel itself moving. However, bodies do not exist in isolation. Bodies collide with one another in social contexts. They have the power to affect others or to be affected themselves. Bodies are structured by culture, but they can also resist. Motion and sensation felt in the body leads to change.

At the time of writing, a line of tanks, armoured vehicles and troops 40 miles long approaches Kyev, literally illustrating change in motion through technology. How can
animation respond to this? How might technologies of gesture, proprioception and motion be used to create animation that goes beyond formalism and is able to reflect upon the forces that seek to contain movements towards change?

The sensation of touch can be brutal and violent or tender and loving. Through ‘haptic visuality’, a sense of touch can be evoked in animation by triggering physical memories of smell, touch and taste that engages the viewer bodily to convey cultural experience rather than through a use of language. How can touch be used in animation to create community or share memories?

List of Topics
Some of the questions we invite you to consider:
• How to critically reflect on the tools and technologies of touch and movement used to create animation – motion capture, tablets and pens, sensors - and the data sets and
libraries that they create?
• How might the capture of motion, gesture and proprioception be used to innovate and tell stories of new communities?
• What is the role of touch in conveying memory?
• How might touch and biofeedback data be used in new ways to create animation?

Submission Guidelines
In response to these themes, we call for academics and artists to propose 20-minute papers that bring the disciplines of animation and expanded media together from a variety of perspectives that could be historical, theoretical or critical perspectives or new and surprising practice. Your submission should include:
• Title of your presentation
• Abstract (brief summary of your proposed presentation) 500 words (including references)
• Short Biography – 200 words
• Relevant links to moving image work/websites etc.

Please note, if the paper is practice-based, artistic research, it should include reflection and contextualisation in addition to presenting the practice. We will not accept papers that propose to show the artwork only. Submission is via Easy Chair at where you will be prompted to set up a free Easy Chair account.

When submitting via EasyChair, in the field ‘Title and Abstract’ please enter the text for both your abstract and your bio. Do not submit a web link instead of a bio. This information (ie. Title, Abstract and Bio) can also be attached as a PDF document. Please note that you are not expected to attach a full copy of your finished paper. We will
only read Abstracts and not additional submitted writing.

Finally, we are unable to provide feedback on individual submissions.

Organising Committee
The symposium is jointly organised by Dr Juergen Hagler, Ars Electronica, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg and Professor Dr Birgitta Hosea, Animation Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.
Scientific committee:
Professor Rose Bond, PNCA, USA;
Associate Professor Max Hattler, School of Creative Media, CityU, Hong Kong.
Dr Pedro Serrazina, Universade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal

The conference will be held at the Ars Electronica Centre as part of Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. The media festival will take place on 7th-11th of September 2022:

All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Event details

  • 11 September 2022 - 11 September 2022

    09:00 - 18:00 (GMT)

    Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria