The 2020 edition of ARTeFACTo, Artech International’s 11th organisation of an International Conference,  is focused on Digital Creation in Arts and Communication.

ARTeFACTo 2020 will be held on the 26th and 27th of November 2020 at the University of Algarve campus of Penha, in Faro, Portugal and will be hosted by CIAC, the Research Centre in Arts and Communication.

The goal of the conference is to promote interest in the current digital media culture and its intersection with art, communication and technology as an important research field, while focusing on the study of the digital media artefacts, embracing topics covering their conceptualization, design, creative/art practice/research processes, computational implementation, exhibition and fruition as well their role in today’s information and knowledge society, fostering the establishment of the conceptual foundations of an artefact theory in the digital media world.

ARTeFACTo 2020 aims at giving greater visibility to artefact creators and researchers, theorists or practitioners, establishing a common space for the discussion and exchange of new experiences, while fostering better understanding about digital arts and culture across a wide spectrum of cultural, disciplinary, and professional practices. To this end, we cordially invite scholars, teachers, researchers, artists, computer professionals, and others who are working within the broadly defined areas of digital media arts,  communication, culture and education, with specific focus on artefacts and artistic installations to join us.

ARTeFACTo 2020‘s International Scientific and Artistic Committee is composed of experts in various disciplines. The conference program will consist of keynote speakers by eminent specialists, oral presentations (local and remote, via web-conferencing) of the contributed papers, art installations, videos and posters of  work in progress.


General Chair

Mirian Tavares, University of Algarve, Portugal


Honorary Chair

Adérito Marcos, Aberta University, Portugal


International Scientific and Artistic Committee


Bruno Mendes da Silva, University of Algarve, Portugal

Adam Nash, RMIT University, Australia
Adérito Marcos, Aberta University, Portugal
Aleksei Lipovka, Siberian Federal University, Russia
Alicia González-Pérez, University of Extremadura, Spain
Amilcar Cardoso, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Ana Amélia Carvalho, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Anamaria Galeotti, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Brazil
Andre Perrotta, CITAR, Portugal
António Lacerda, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
António Valente, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
António Araújo, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Carla Dias, IPCA, Portugal
Carlos Caires, University of Saint Joseph, Macau (China)
Cecilia De Lima, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Cecilia Suhr, Miami University, United States of America
Cleomar Rocha, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
Daniela Garcia, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
David Mould, Carleton University, Canada
Edson Pfutzenreuter, UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Emília Simão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
Eva Oliveira, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal
Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri, [+zero], Brazil
Gabriela Borges, CIAC, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Gavin Perin, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Gilbertto Prado, ECA-USP / UAM, Brazil
Haroldo Gallo, UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Heitor Alvelos, University of Porto, Portugal
Joana Pestana, Kingston School of Art, United Kingdom
João Rodrigues, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
João Cordeiro, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal
João Donga, ESMAD, Portugal
João Paulo Queiroz, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Jose Bidarra, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
José Andrade, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
José Pereira, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu – ESEV, Portugal
José Alberto Gomes, ESMAE-IPP, Portugal
Leonel Morgado, INESC TEC / Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Lindsay Grace, University of Miami, United States of America
Luis Teixeira, Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal
Luis Gonzaga Magalhaes, University of Minho, Portugal
Marcos Mucheroni, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Marcos Steagall, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Maria Caeiro, University of Algarve, Portugal
Maria Potes-Barbas, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Portugal
Masood Masoodian, Aalto University, Finland
Mauro Figueiredo, University of Algarve, Portugal
Miguel Carvalhais, INESC TEC / Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Mirian Tavares, University of Algarve, Portugal
Mirtes Oliveira, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Brazil
Nara Cristina Santos, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil
Né Barros, Instituto de Filosofia (U.P.)/ESAP/Balleteatro, Portugal
Nuno Correia, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal
Óscar Mealha, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Paulo Bernardino, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Paulo Ferreira-Lopes, CITAR / Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
Paulo Veloso Gomes, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Pedro Alves da Veiga, CIAC / Aberta University, Portugal
Pedro Faria, ESTG-IPVC, Portugal
Pedro Correia, CIAC, Portugal
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Priscila Arantes, Anhembi Morumbi University, Brazil
Ralf Doerner, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Rodrigo Guzman, City University of HK, Hong Kong (China)
Rosangela Leote, UNESP, Brazil
Rui Penha, INESC TEC / FEUP, Portugal
Selma Pereira, ESART-IPCB, Spain
Sol Alonso, Universidad de Vigo, Spain
Susana Costa, CIAC / Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Tiago Assis, i2ADS-Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Porto, Portugal
Vítor Sá, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal


Local Committee


António Costa Valente, University of Algarve, Portugal

Daniela Garcia, University of Algarve, Portugal
Maria Caeiro, University of Algarve, Portugal
Olívia Nova, University of Algarve, Portugal
Patricia  Dourado, CIAC, Portugal
Paulo Alves, University of Algarve, Portugal
Rogéria Eler, CIAC, Portugal


Web Chair

Pedro Alves da Veiga, CIAC / Aberta University, Portugal


Publicity and Social Media Chair

Susana Costa, CIAC, Portugal


ARTeFACTo 2020 is hosted by CIAC (Research Center in Arts and Communication).

Keynote Speakers 2020

Gonzalo Frasca is a game designer and scholar internationally recognized for his work in serious games as well as for his pioneering work in ludology and newsgames. He currently works as Chief Evangelist Officer at DragonBox (a Kahoot! company), the Norwegian pedagogical studio behind the award-winning series of math videogames.

For the last 5 years he has worked on the development of DragonBox School, a full-curriculum solution for learning math based on videogames and storytelling. DragonBox School is currently used by tens of thousands of students in Finland, Norway and France. It was recently awarded the eEmeli Award for Best Digital Learning platform in Finland.

As a designer, he has created successful videogames for companies such as Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm and Warner Bros. Dr. Frasca is based in Uruguay where he is Professor of Videogames at Universidad ORT.


Jeffrey Shaw is an Australian visual artist and leading figure in new media art who, since the late 60’s, has pioneered the use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative.

His seminal exploration of new technologies such as computers and interactive interfaces allowed Shaw to introduce new operational and aesthetic dimensions into contemporary art that have profoundly influenced generations of media artists.

Shaw was the founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe, Germany, from 1991 to 2002. Currently he is Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Media Art at City University Hong Kong, Director of the CityU Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media.

He is also Visiting Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, Visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and Honorary Professor at the Danube University, Krems, Austria.

During his career, Shaw’s works have been presented at leading public galleries museums including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Kunsthalle Bern, Guggenheim Museum New York, ZKM Karlsruhe, Hayward Gallery London and Power Station of Art Shanghai.

He has received numerous honours and awards including an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship; the Immagine Elettronica Prize, Ferrara, Italy; the Oribe Prize, Gifu, Japan and the SAT Lifetime Achievement Award, Montreal, Canada.

In 2015 he was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, and in 2020 the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.


Piet Kommers is an early pioneer in media education and leader of NATO Advanced Research Workshops on Cognitive Learning Tools. UNESCO professor and scientific leader with extensive experience in educational technology and social media.

” … Media proved to be instrumental to emancipation, equity and societal evolution: the smart phone, virtual reality, interactive video, hypermedia, expert systems, modelling and simulations.”

He is a Ph.D. holder in Educational and Media Design, with a Masters degree in Pedagogy and a Bachelor degree in Teacher Education. He received the prestigious academic award for innovative ‘Experimental Design’ and was offered a research position in collaborative group problem solving wherein he designed the ‘Concise Urban Planning Task’.

He has long-term experience at management level coupled with a strategic appreciation and vision, and he is methodical in evaluation and systematic implementation. He has a strong work ethic with a high level of personal integrity (leading by example); able to create trust in teams.

Call For Papers

Authors are invited to submit papers and exhibition proposals from all areas related to digital media art, with emphasis on artefacts or art installations as well as general-purpose interactive artworks, which will be reviewed by an international committee.

Descriptions of artistic practices, authorship or co-authorship with graphic records (such as images, diagrams, links to dynamic images, drawings, sketches, etc.) are valued.


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Algorithmic Art & Design
  • Art and Technology
  • Art Game
  • Augmented and Immersive Art (including Mobile)
  • BioArt
  • Digital Art and Communication
  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Dance & Body Poetics
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Poetry & Electronic Literature
  • Digital Serious Games
  • Digital Sound & Music
  • Digital Transmedia Storytelling
  • Generative Art
  • Gesture Interfaces
  • Information and Data Visualization
  • Interactive Film
  • NanoArt
  • VideoArt
  • VideoMapping
  • WebArt
  • xArt

The International Scientific and Art Committee is composed of experts in various disciplines. The conference program will consist of keynote sessions by eminent specialists, oral presentation of the contributed papers, art installations and videos of work-in-progress.


Submit here:

ARTeFACTo 2020 has the format of a conference with technical sessions, invited talks, discussion panels, and exhibition areas for artefacts and installations. Contributions can be in the form of full papers, short papers and proposals for artefact exhibitions / art installations.

Authors are invited to submit:

  • A full paper of six to ten pages for oral presentation. Artefact descriptions are welcome, embracing part or the overall creation process, from seminal concept, implementation until the final exhibition preparation or the fruition experience analysis;
  • A short paper up to four pages of the conceptual and technical information concerning artefact / art installations and interactive artwork proposals.

Submissions are accepted in the conference official languages: English and Portuguese*.

*If your paper or artefact / installation proposal is in Portuguese, please prepare an English version of the title and abstract.

ARTeFACTo 2020 uses a double-blind reviewing process. As such, submitted papers / artefacts / installation proposals should not have any author and institutional identification in the title and header areas, nor in the body of the paper.

Explicit self-references should be avoided, instead, authors citing their own prior work should discuss it in the third person (“Previous work by <Author> [X1]…” instead of “In our previous work [X1]…”). Authors should also avoid mentioning the names of institutions where the work was done (“participants were recruited from the university campus”, instead of “participants were recruited from the <Institution name>”). Authors should also avoid clear identification of their affiliation in figures and supplementary material and remove metadata from submission files.

In addition to the anonymized text for each paper, separate identification info must be provided at Easy Chair:

  • Name, organization, country and e-mail addresses of each author
  • Name of the contact author
  • A list of keywords


Submissions deadline: 2nd August 2nd September
Acceptance notice: 20th September
Final version: 4th October


Submissions must follow the ACM guidelines.

The template is available here.

In addition to author keywords, authors must provide a classification for their papers using ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). The classification system is available at You should examine the CCS thoroughly, but we recommend looking particularly inside the following categories:

  • Information systems -> Information systems applications
  • Information systems -> Multimedia information systems
  • Human-centered computing
  • Applied computing -> Arts and humanities

Technical questions regarding the template can be directed at

Photos, color pictures or graphics must be inserted only in two pages (full paper) or one page (short paper, artefact/installation proposals).

The submission of a paper or art installation implies the intention of at least one of the authors to register and attend to the conference in order to perform a spoken presentation. Papers that are accepted and presented at the conference by one of the authors will appear in the conference proceedings. The final version of accepted papers should be submitted with the name of the authors and institutions (there’s no need for a further blind review).


Authors of selected papers presented in the conference (including essays describing the best art installations) will be published primarily in the ARTeFACTo Journal and also invited to submit extended versions to other selected journals.

Authors of selected papers presented in the conference (including essays describing the best art installations) will be published primarily in the ART(e)FACT(o) Journal and also invited to submit extended versions the International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics (


Important dates

Submissions deadline: 2nd August 2nd September (new submissions deadline)
Acceptance notice: 20th September
Final version: 4th October

Early bird registration for authors and non-authors (discount): 4th October
Regular author registration deadline: 1st November
Regular non-author registration: 26th and 27th November