Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Conference “Interactive Digital Art & Societal Health”

December 2-3, 2022

Recently the research area “digital health” has been established and there has been a growing interest in the use of digital technologies for creative arts therapy, whose practice enriches people's lives, usually as part of a psychotherapy process. This conference asks what roles interactive digital art could play in societal health, including the needs of individuals, communities and populations.

While digitisation may lead to isolation, separation and addiction of individuals and groups into social bubbles, interactive digital art tends to integrate social interaction of two or more persons situated in a physical environment into a mixed, augmented and virtual reality.

More specifically, interactive digital art, i.e. art that allows real-time interaction of the performer or participant, is considered to enhance users’/clients’ freedom of expression, especially in cases where they are constrained by the physical environment, and to facilitate multimodal expression, combining images, sounds and/or body movements.

The motivation of organizing this conference is to promote the usage of interactive digital art in healthcare and other daily life contexts where societal health plays a role both on a theoretical and practical level.


Contributions to be invited can address (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  • To what extent is social health promoted by interactive digital art? Which artistic media are particularly relevant?
  • What are the benefits of interactive digital art as a means of creative arts therapy?
  • Which technologies and interactive environments are appropriate for a specific therapeutic purpose?
  • What are methodological considerations concerning users’/clients’ assessments?
  • What are future research directions?


The conference will take place in Berlin on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2022 in Kunsthaus KuLe.


Here you can find whole program and the list of abstracts of the presentation.


Organization: Prof. Dr. Jin Hyun Kim & Marcello Lussana, M.A. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) within the scope of the research project “Social Interaction through Sound Feedback – Sentire”