ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:00pm



Important Dates

  • June 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PDT: Deadline for proposal submissions
  • June 22, 2018: Notifications
  • September 21, 2018: Final camera-ready submissions for workshop proposals
  • November 25, 2018: Workshop Day


We invite researchers and practitioners working in the field of interactive surfaces and spaces to submit workshop proposals for ISS 2018. ISS Workshops provide a unique opportunity to discuss ideas, challenges and new work around more specific topics in the area interactive spaces and surfaces.

We welcome proposals from a large variety of topics and domains. Examples topics include but are not limited to:

  • Architectural concepts and emerging trends
  • Museum and art installation trends
  • Interaction paradigms around large surfaces (tangibles, pens+touch, etc.)
  • New and emerging body and space sensing technologies
  • Overview of social protocols, presence, territoriality, and proxemics
  • Evaluation methods for surface applications
  • Multi-touch interaction with mobile devices
  • Feel, taste, smell and splash user interfaces on surfaces
  • ... and other exciting topics!

All workshops will take place on November 25, 2018 and will run for either half a day or the full day.

Workshop organizers will receive one complimentary conference registration and one or two complimentary workshop registrations (one for half-day, two for full-day workshops).

Workshops can be open (free to anyone who registered for it) or closed (attendees need to submit position papers). Please indicate the length and type of workshop in your proposal (see below). Accepted workshop proposals will be part of the ISS conference proceedings and available in the ACM Digital Library.

Submitting a Workshop Proposal

We request a short proposal (up to 4 pages, excluding references) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format as well as an additional information sheet about the particular workshop requirements (1 page).

Please include the following information in your 4-page workshop proposal:

  • Workshop title
  • Full contact information of all workshop organizers and the main contact person
  • Topic, nature and goals of the workshop
  • Relevance of the workshop to the ISS community
  • Topics and planned activities covered in the workshop and planned activities
  • Program Committee members for the workshop (if applicable)

Please include a single information page (in addition to the 4-page proposal) with the following information:

  • A call-for-papers to your workshop (200 words max.)
  • Link to the workshop website
  • Proposed workshop length (half-day or full-day)
  • Workshop type (open or closed)
  • Room requirements: tables, chairs, projector configuration, whiteboards, etc.
  • Maximum number of people

Please submit the workshop proposal using the ISS Precision Conference system by the deadline on June 1, 2018.

Responsibilities of Workshop Organizers

Workshop organizers are expected to organize and facilitate all proposed workshop activities. We suggest the page limit for workshop papers to be 4-6 pages excluding references using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts publication format, but it is up to the organizers to make this decision. It is an option for all workshops to have accepted workshop papers included in the companion ISS conference proceedings (in non-archival form), which will be available in the ACM Digital Library. It is the responsibility of the workshops organizers to inform the workshop chairs, if the accepted workshop paper submissions should be excluded from the ACM Digital Library.

Workshop organizers will be asked to:

  • Organize and manage the review of submitted workshop papers (e.g. through a reviewing system such as EasyChair)
  • Set a workshop position paper submission deadline (the recommended deadline is September 1, 2018) and an author notification date (September 7, latest). We will provide workshop organizers a special code for early bird registration that they can provide in the accepted notification to authors.
  • Provide the meta-data of all the accepted papers to the workshop chairs by September 14 (latest).
  • Submit the final camera ready workshop papers by September 28 the deadline set by ACM.


Workshops Co-Chairs

Sowmya Somanath, OCAD University, Canada
Junko Ichino, Tokyo City University, Japan




Digital Screen: 

STANCE: The Possible role of design and designers

Stance: The Possible role of design and designers
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About the Speakers

LUIGI FERRARA OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACIDO, ICSID Senator, Dean, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College, Toronto. Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy.

DORI TUNSTALL ELIZABETH (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

About the Curator

RODRIGO BARREDA is a Toronto-based designer, and curator with over 25 years experience primarily working in the not-for-profit sector. He is a graduate of Advertising Art Direction from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work has focused on the study and implementation of projects that address design for social services and social change. Rodrigo Barreda will pursue a Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in the fall of 2018. Barreda is currently Manager of Graphic Design at United Way Greater Toronto and Education Programming Director at Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery acknowledges its co-presenter Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts as well as our partner OCAD University. Sur Gallery also acknowledges the generous contributions of Mario Navarro, Roberto Cortez, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Archivo Patrimonial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Colectivo Diseñadores Gráficos de la Universidad Técnica del Estado Chile for their contribution towards STANCE: Design Against Fascism exhibition.

For further information or press inquiries please contact Alexia Bréard-Anderson at:



Alexia Bréard-Anderson
Gallery Administrator
Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East, suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E 0A5
Phone: 416.654.7787


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
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Designing Together for Complexity, with Mieke Van Der Bijl-Brouwer and Claire Buré

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Many have turned to the application of design practices when addressing complex societal problems. One of the differences between ‘traditional’ design practice and design in a complex societal context is that design no longer just happens within specialised design teams. Instead, designing has broadened to what Ezio Manzini calls ‘designing networks’, where design roles and skills are distributed over many stakeholders. This fundamentally changes the roles of designers, the people they work with, and arguably the processes they run. In this interactive session, Mieke and Claire will facilitate a discussion about these designing networks, focusing on the following topics:

  • What are the essential roles in a designing network in public and social innovation?
  • How much design ‘expertise’ is required for different roles in a designing network?
  • What are the ‘human dynamics’ in a designing network? How do we manage relationships, keep people engaged and motivated?
  • What is the role of capacity-building in a designing network, and what are their advantages and pitfalls?
  • How do we learn and build knowledge in and about designing networks? What is the role of academia versus practice?

To start the session, Mieke and Claire will briefly share some of their experiences and expertise on these topics. Afterwards, they will facilitate a salon-style interactive discussion with participants.


About the presenters

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer portrait

Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer (@MiekevdBijl) is a researcher, designer, and educator with an interest in human-centred and systemic design applied in the context of public and social innovation. She is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, responsible for coordinating part of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. In a recent study she investigated the practices of public and social innovation labs including design expertise, systemic design principles, and managing relationships. Mieke is co-founder of Rad Social Design, a social and systemic design agency. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Design Engineering and a PhD in human-centred design. Download Mieke's paper "Designing for Social Infrastructures in Complex Service Systems: A Human-Centered and Social Systems Perspective on Service Design"  in She Ji 2017 RSD special issue.  


Claire Buré portraitClaire Buré (@ClaireBure) is a social scientist specializing in research and process design for systems change. She thrives on bringing diverse groups of people together to tackle complex challenges and build solutions for concrete outcomes. Claire has conducted research with the International Development Research Centre and has consulted for the World Bank, Open Data Barometer, and EDGE Lab at Ryerson University. Claire’s social entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding Commons11, and co-starting a Chilean business, both of which created user-driven technology solutions for human development. She is also on the UNDP Expert Roster for Social Innovation and Design. Claire is fluent in Spanish and Dutch and is an avid cyclist and traveler.

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We hope you can make it!

Cheers, sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab)


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 205 Richmond Street West, Suite 410
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Koyama Press Double Launch with Fiona Smyth & Michael Comeau

Fiona Smyth book launch
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00am to 10:00pm


"Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown. 

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona’s world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

FIONA SMYTH is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids’ series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press."


"Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

MICHAEL COMEAU works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012."

Fiona & Michael will be holding a conversation with each other about their work, among all the other goings-on. This event is sort of a soft open for TCAF, so we're looking to make it kind of a BIG DEAL. We hope to see you there!

Venue & Address: 
The Beguiling, 319 College St.
Digital Screen: 

OCAD U Illustration Podcast host: Lauchie Reid

Gillian Iles and Lauchie Reid Podcast
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:30pm

In this latest edition of the OCADU Illustration podcast host, Lauchie Reid, chats with Toronto painter and OCADU Illustration lecturer, Gillian Iles about her painting practice and teaching in her Artscape studio, Toronto. Please check out the podcast blog with photos from the visit and links to the podcast on SoundCloud. Gillian Iles has a show of her painting at the Red Head Gallery  that opens Thursday, March 29th from 6-8:30 and runs until April 21st 

Venue & Address: 
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New Balance #2

Queen Specific Show on now
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:45pm to Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 2:45pm

New Balance #2

up now at

Queen Specific, 787 Queen Street West

QueenSpecific is a window exhibition space displaying site specific art installations. This tall, rectangular vitrine is located on Queen Street West adjacent to and is co-sponsored by Dufflet Pastries. Artists exhibiting in the space are asked to consider the dimensions of the window, the locale, and the potential to engage with the casual passer-by.

QueenSpecific is programmed by Toronto-based artist Joy Walker

Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th between 6 & 7 for a cake reception!

Venue & Address: 
Queen Specific, 787 Queen Street West
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Longevity or a Lack Thereof

Meghan Price, MAAD instructor's exhibition at Janice Laking Gallery
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Longevity or a Lack Thereof
Anthea Black and Thea Yabut, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison, Meghan Price
March 29 to June 24, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meghan Price's work is titled "Body Rock"

 Photo credit:  Brian Medina


Venue & Address: 
Janice Laking Gallery
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Gillian Iles: Towards eternal glory

Red Head Gallery exhibit for Gillian Iles
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

The work represents a dichotomy of the idea of what power is.  Some images are direct and unavoidable, demanding the viewer to engage, react and navigate within their presence.

Other imagery is tucked away, at first not obviously visible, appearing or literally being inaccessible. Imagery sits on acute angles to the walls, the scale is small, and some are positioned out of reach.  The imagery requires the viewer to seek it out, to physically work or be uncomfortable in order to view it.

Although fueled by geo-political events, the work references the individual sublime experience, tapping into primal sensations and providing visceral opportunities for the viewer. 3-D objects.


Opening Reception is Thursday march 29th 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Venue & Address: 
Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor, Suite 115
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Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, 180 Shaw Street
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00pm

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in fourteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

Open Daily 8 am – 8pm except Saturday Mar 24, 8am – 2pm.

Exhibition closes at 2pm on March 24    

Informal artist reception March 20, 7 - 9pm in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallway galleries.

Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Digital Screen: 

Whiteness WITHOUT White Supremacy talk

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Whiteness WITHOUT White Supremacy — Panel discussion with OCAD U faculty members
  • Panel discussion with Caroline Langill, Gwen McGregor, Adam Tindale, and Emma Westecott moderated by Patricio Dávila
  • Room (MIC) at 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday March 21st at 12pm-1pm
  • Our panel will discuss issues of white identity as it relates to teaching, research and practice in a climate of increasing pro-nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric and continuing anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. We will explore notions of whiteness that help come to terms with a history and present of white supremacy, and help to imagine whiteness that works beyond this legacy. 

Seating is limited.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Material Innovation Centre, Room 530 Sharp Centre
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