MOCO'24 Call for Papers, Performances and Workshops
9th International Conference on Movement and Computing

Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2024, Utrecht University, the Netherlands <>

MOCO’24 is organised by the research group Transmission in Motion at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the SPRING Performing Arts festival (23 May – 1 June 2024) in Utrecht. MOCO’24 also coincides with the Utrecht Pride (1 June 2024).
MOCO's 10th anniversary
The MOCO’24 conference in Utrecht marks the 10-year anniversary of the pioneering MOCO initiative, which has 
brought together researchers from the arts, humanities and sciences for interdisciplinary encounters at the intersection of movement and computing. Since MOCO is organised this year at the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University, this conference puts the spotlight on the critical potential of exchanges between arts, humanities and sciences. How can arts and performance be understood as a place for exploration and inspiration, as a ‘testbed’ for new ideas relating to movement and computing?
MOCO’24 also offers (a limited amount of) vouchers for artists for free participation in the conference, as well as by providing the possibility of presenting artistic research, and by including performance visits to relevant shows at the SPRING Festival in the conference programme.

            • ​ Abstracts (all tracks of submission): Tuesday 31 October 2023
            • ​ Full Papers and extended abstracts (ACM publication track only): Thursday 30 November 2023
            • ​ Notification of Acceptance: 31 January 2024
            • ​ Camera-Ready papers Deadline`: Friday 5 April 2024
            • ​ Registration Opens: Friday 15 March 2024
            • ​ Conference: Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2024

More details are available online
MOCO is an interdisciplinary community where artistic and technical contributions are synergistic and equally valued. Thus, we invite submissions that span academic approaches, applied practices, and fields of study, unified by the concepts of movement and computing. We encourage submitters to carefully articulate the relationship of their work to this lens through both scientific and artistic methods of inquiry. 
Topics include, but are not limited to:
            • ​ Cultural movement practices and technology
            • ​ Dance and technology
            • ​ Entrainment and movement
            • ​ Embodied cognition and movement
            • ​ Embodied interaction
            • ​ Full body interaction
            • ​ Gesture and sound
            • ​ Glitch feminism
            • ​ Individual and group movement capture
            • ​ Interactive, experiential performances and installations
            • ​ Learning detection through bodily movement
            • ​ Machine learning for movement
            • ​ Mechanisms of coordination dynamics
            • ​ Movement analysis and analytics
            • ​ Movement as a proxy of human brain
            • ​ Movement in social interaction
            • ​ Movement computation in education
            • ​ Movement computation in ergonomics, sports, and health
            • ​ Movement expression in virtual humans and robots
            • ​ Movement notation systems
            • ​ Music and movement
            • ​ Philosophical perspectives on movement and computing
            • ​ Sensory augmentation of movement
            • ​ Sensorimotor learning
            • ​ Surveillance and biometrics
            • ​ Tangible interaction
            • ​ Technique analysis
            • ​ Theoretical approaches to movement understanding
            • ​ Telepresence and togetherness
            • ​ Wearable devices for movement tracking
Topics of special relevance in 2024:
            • ​ Looking back on 10 years MOCO
            • ​ Humanities perspectives on movement computation
            • ​ Movement computation and race
            • ​ Movement computation and generative AI
            • ​ Robotics

In order to support our interdisciplinary community, MOCO is open to a wide range of formats for presenting work. In addition to papers for oral and poster presentations, we invite submission of practice works such as demos, performances, games, artistic works and movement workshops. We are open to novel formats and we encourage submitters to be creative in proposals for practice sessions. We anticipate being able to provide limited support for student travel for accepted work across all categories.


The conference is an opportunity to present original research and details of collaborative work. Participants will have the chance to offer a presentation of the results of their research on one of the themes of the conference and to interact with their scientific/artistic peers in a friendly and constructive environment.

Three types of published submissions are accepted:

            • ​ Long paper with oral presentation (8 pages maximum)
            • ​ Short paper with oral presentation (4 pages maximum)
            • ​ Extended abstract with poster presentation (6 pages maximum in the extended abstract format)

Papers and Posters Submissions consist of:
 • ​An abstract of 400-800 words, to be submitted on 31 October 2023.
 • ​If you want to participate in the ACM Publication track: In addition to the first abstract, also submit the long paper, short paper or extended abstract of the poster presentation on 30 November 2023.


We deliberately use a very open term – “practice work” – to encourage diverse ideas of what practice in movement and computing is – and could be – and how such practice can be presented. We suggest the following as examples of what a practice work might be, but also stress that the list is not exhaustive and other types of presentation can be considered, the only criteria being excellence of the work and appropriateness to the conference theme. Please note that MOCO has no financial means and limited practical means to present live work. Accepted Practice Works that require significant resources, time, and/or space will need to be presented in alternative formats, e.g. video, structured discussion, or at independent or remote venues that can be made accessible to MOCO attendees.

Suggested practice work formats: Live performances, Installations, Demos, Workshops

Practice Works Submissions consist of:
 • ​An abstract of 400-800 words + supporting media and technical requirements, to be submitted on 31 October 2023.
 • ​Supporting media (videos, pictures, audio) needed to explain the contribution of the work. Please list prior presentations of the practice work and articulate how this presentation will be distinct.
 • ​Detailed technical requirements and possible additional information. Accepted works will be required to fill out this information in a site-specific technical rider that will be emailed to authors following acceptance.
 • ​If you want to participate in the ACM Publication track: In addition to the first abstract, also submit an extended abstract (2 pages minimum, 6 pages maximum) on 30 November 2023. This document will be published in the ACM conference proceedings for accepted papers and should be a standalone description of the work, including relevant references.

Please note that we are an academic conference with a relatively low registration fee, which means we cannot pay for commissioned performances and art works.


The Doctoral Consortium takes place on Thursday 30 May 2024, the opening day of the conference. It is an opportunity for graduate students to present their work-in-progress on their advanced studies, especially their terminal degree, e.g., doctorate or MFA, to share and develop their research ideas in a supportive environment with participation from experts in the field. Students will have the opportunity to establish a community with other graduate students at a similar stage of their research.

Accepted students will give an oral presentation in a dedicated session. We encourage students to submit a description of their doctoral work even if they are at an early stage. Videos and other supplementary materials are welcomed and encouraged. Students accepted to present their work at the Doctoral Consortium must plan to attend.

Submissions consist of:
 • ​An abstract (400-800 words) describing the graduate work towards an advanced degree, to be submitted on 31 October 2023. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference program.
 • ​Optional: Supporting media (videos, pictures, audio) that help explain the contribution of the work.


If you have any questions please contact conference chair Laura Karreman at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


Organizing Committee

            • ​ Conference chair: Laura Karreman, Utrecht University
            • ​ Scientific Program Chair: Maaike Bleeker, Utrecht University
            • ​ Demo and artistic chair: Evelyn Wan, Utrecht University
            • ​ Workshop and Tutorials chair: Kim Baraka, Free University of Amsterdam
            • ​ Doctoral Symposium co-chairs: Irene Alcubilla Troughton and Yotam Shibolet, PhD candidates at Utrecht University.
            • ​ Festival chair: Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING Performing Arts Festival

MOCO Steering Committee

            • ​ Frédéric Bevilacqua, IRCAM
​            • ​ Kristin Carlson, Illinois State University
​            • ​ Grisha Coleman, Arizona State University
​            • ​ Greg Corness, Columbia College Chicago
​            • ​ Cumhur Erkut, Aalborg University Copenhagen,
​            • ​ Sarah Fdili Alaoui, LRI-Université Paris-Sud 11
​            • ​ Jules Françoise, LIMSI-CNRS
​            • ​ Marco Gillies, Goldsmiths, University of London
​            • ​ Garrett Johnson, Arizona State University
​            • ​ Vilelmini Kalampratsidou, Athena Research Center 
​            • ​ Steven Kemper, George Mason University
​            • ​ Sotiris Manitsaris, MINES ParisTech, PSL Université Paris.
​            • ​ Thecla Schiphorst, Simon Fraser University
​            • ​ Gualtiero Volpe, University of Genova
​            • ​ Antonia Zaferiou, Stevens Institute of Technology
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