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[CALL] SPECIAL SESSION 1 @ NODEM 2014: Experience design inside/outside museums




SPECIAL SESSION 1 @ NODEM 2014 CONFERENCE: Experience design inside/outside museums


December 1-3, 2014

Warsaw, Poland




Prof. Anne Balsamo, Dean, School of Media Studies, The New School For Public Engagement, New York

PhD Kevin Walker, Head of Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, London

PhD Halina Gottlieb, Founding Director of NODEM

Museums are paying more attention to designing a broader notion of visitor experiences beyond traditional exhibition design. This includes experimental in-museum experiences incorporating performance, multiple senses, or alternative models of interaction; as well as experiences no longer confined to a particular place or building, enabled by locative technologies and spread across places, times, and contexts.


The aim of this special session is to provide a platform for cultural heritage researchers, museum curators, educators, digital media specialists, designers and others in related industries to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic of designing public experiences and interactions in distributed museums. We believe that collaboration at this level will spark major breakthroughs in an emergent field at the crossroad of museums studies, interaction design and digital heritage, human-computer interaction, and cultural heritage.



Paper and project abstracts are invited from significant subfields on the topics such as:

— Public interactive that serve as a stage for experiences in public settings such as museums, theme parks, outdoor art spaces, civic plazas, and urban streets;

— The use of emerging technologies to simulate or enable ‘authentic’ experiences within the museum or gallery space;

— Emergent forms of public communication designed to engage people in conversations mediated by digital media for information exchange, education, entertainment, or cultural memory;

— Use of technology to augment museum experiences through the use of location-based games, trails, algorithms, or computational curation;

— Interactive public art that evokes new experiences and perceptions through experiments with scale, mobility, built space, and modes of human engagement in public spaces;

— Hacking or making approaches to designing in-museum experiences;

— Hybrid cultural technologies brought into the public sphere;

— Use of models from UX, online, retail or other areas in relation to museum experience;

— Sensory, tactile, embodied technologies in museums, galleries, and public spaces;

— Uses of theater and performance approaches, including blending fact and fiction.


This session is NOT about the creation of museum apps, websites or online strategies, unless specifically in the context of mobile museum experience that engage visitors across physical locations and contexts.


All presenters are invited to contribute to the post-conference publication (a journal special issue or edited book with a significant distribution). In addition, the papers and presentations will be published on the NODEM digital repository


NODEM 2014 invites contributions in five categories:
A // Academic Research or Project Presentations
B // Non-Academic Research or Project Presentations
C // Non-Commercial Demonstrations
D // Posters
E // Commercial Demonstration


For more information on the conference and submitting your proposal, please visit our Submission Guidelines webpage:




Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

Authors’ Notification: June 15, 2014


Abstracts must be submitted for review to Easy Chair at before April 30th, 2014.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in the thematic sessions of the conference or in the NODEM EXPO. Accepted abstracts will be preserved in the NODEM Digital Repository,, and selected full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.


Please see the attached Call for Proposals Invitation of the NODEM 2014 Conference for details, and visit for more information about the conference venues, exhibition space, museum tours, submission guidelines, etc.


Hope to see you at the NODEM 2014 Conference in Warsaw!


Kind regards,


Halina Gottlieb

Founding director of NODEM in collaboration with


Forum of Museum Educators, Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan / The Faculty of Pedagogy Fine Arts in Kalisz

Museum of King Jan III Palace at Wilanow

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews

NIMOZ – The National Institute for Museums and Public Collections

Digital Heritage Center Sweden AB