Towards a Latin American NIME Research Community

Historically, Latin America (LATAM) has produced many musics that have resonated around the world. Equally, it has also significantly contributed—and continues to contribute—to the field of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) [1]. Yet, the NIME conference has only been hosted in LATAM once at Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2019, where only 18 publications out of 88 were from LATAM authors and co-authors [2]. Furthermore, authors affiliated to LATAM institutions represent only 2.4% of the total amount of participants of the first 20 NIME Conference editions (from 2001 to 2020) [3].

In this SBCM workshop we aim to discuss ways of further visibilizing and fostering NIME research in, by and for LATAM, echoing recent efforts from the wider LATAM Human-Computer Interaction research community [4]. Moreover, we primarily expect to consolidate a LATAM NIME Research Community through a series of actionable initiatives, such as creating a LATAM NIME network, and exploring ways of making NIME research more accessible, affordable and resourceful in consideration of regional geopolitical and socioeconomic challenges, among other actions and topics of discussion.

Participation in the workshop is completely free and will take place on 10/27/2021 (Wednesday) from 9am to 1pm Brasilia time (UTC -3). It will be entirely online through the Zoom platform and you can register by filling out the form: https://forms.gle/Ht8YnJpLHa8F5mUbA. We will send you the event link a few days before the workshop.


Juan Pablo Martinez Avila - Mexico - Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham - NIME officer for Diversity and Inclusion

João Tragtenberg - Brasil - Batebit Artesania Digital + Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Filipe Calegario - Brasil - Centro de Informática / Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Isabela Corintha - Brasil - Programa Doutoral / Multimédia em Educação - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Martin Matus Lerner - Argentina - Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

Juan Ramos - Argentina - Universidad Nacional de Quilmes / CONICET

Teodoro Dannemann - Chile - Media and Arts / Technology PhD Programme, Queen Mary University of London/Bela

Javier Jaimovich - Chile - Facultad de Artes / Universidad de Chile

Ximena Alarcón - Colombia - Artista/Investigadora Independiente

Patricia Cadavid - Colombia - Interface Cultures, Kunstuniversität Linz

Adnan Marquez-Borbon - Mexico - Facultad de Artes, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Miguel Ortiz - Mexico - Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

Hugo Solis - Mexico - Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana


[1] Martin Matus Lerner. Latin American NIMEs: Electronic musical instruments and experimental sound devices in the twentieth century. In Marcelo Queiroz and Anna Xambó Sedó, editors, Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, pages 228–233, Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 2019. UFRG

[2] Lauren Hayes and Adnan Marquez-Borbon. Nuanced and Interrelated Mediations and Exigencies (NIME): Addressing the Prevailing Political and Epistemological Crises. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, pages 428–433. Zenodo, June 2020.

[3] Stefano Fasciani and Jackson Goode. 20 NIMEs: Twenty years of new interfaces for musical expression. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Shanghai, China, June 2021. NYU Shanghai.

[4] Adriana Alvarado Garcia, Karla Badillo-Urquiola, Mayra D. Barrera Machuca, Franceli L. Cibrian, Marianela Ciolfi Felice, Laura S. Gaytán-Lugo, Diego Gómez-Zará, Carla F. Griggio, Monica Perusquia-Hernandez, Soraia Silva-Prietch, Carlos E. Tejada, and Marisol Wong-Villacres. Fostering HCI research in, by, and for Latin America. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA ’20, page 1–4, New York, NY, USA, 2020. Association for Computing Machinery.

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