Blacksburg, VA | May 18 & 19

What we're looking for

Submissions should consider the atmosphere that this Un-Conference aims to create. Specifically a hands-on participatory environment. Rather than being a concert, the point being to offer participants and the general public a chance to try something new, to create something new, collaboratively.

Submissions should include:

  • - A description of your instrument including sound, photos, and/or video if possible.
  • - Tech. rider, which should include the following:
  • - Equipment and electrical (we will supply the basics – power bar, table, chairs).
  • - Space requirements (space is generally limited to 2m x 3m to accommodate more projects).
  • - Description of the participatory aspect, which should provide insight into the following questions:

    1.) How will people engage?

    2.) What is the intended experience of bringing this instrument, code, system, or object?

    3.) Is it a kit or a multi-performer instrument?

    4.) Is it a modular system which requires more instruments to be attached to it to create the experience?

    5.) Is it an exploration of pushing the limits of lower-power chips to do more than just beep?

    6.) What is it and how will people participate in a co-creative activity?

    7.) How can it improve musical collaborations: co-sketching, co-composing, co-arranging, co-mixing, etc.?

    8.) Technical requirements: Space is generally limited to 2 x 3 meters – imagine a table and a couple of chairs. If your submission concept does not fit into this, write to us and tell us why it’s worth considering.

    9.) What specifically, does your submission include in terms of equipment?

NIME's Unconference is now open for submissions!

The Unconference will be held at Kulturværftet – The Culture Yard – in the beautiful city of Helsingør on May 19. The Unconference is a partner of CLICK Festival at Kulturværftet taking place the 19 – 21 May. CLICK Festival is an event exploring the cultural innovation through art, science and technology featuring concerts, exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances.


This year’s unconference brings together instrument designers, inventors, hackers, musicians, and sound artists in a hands-on co-creation process to explore and push the limits of instruments with the intent of generating new creations (e.g. instruments, installations, experiences, new musical works) knowledge, and friendships both within the NIME community and also the vibrant Copenhagen (København) design, technology and music communities. The aim is to go beyond performance, and focus instead on a co-creation process wherein participants work together to bring submissions to life.

The setup:

One large room will host ca. 15 tables (stations) where at each station, a host will offer a participatory experience where people will build something new. Throughout the day we will host jam sessions offering participants a chance to showcase what they’ve been developing at their stations. A spotlight will put the station on “centre stage,” and performances will commence, and end each jam with the sound of a gong.