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ARC UNATC │ Art Research Conference

Adaptive Storytelling │ Art Research Conference │UNATC Bucharest │ 2-5 December 2021


As of 2021, the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (UNATC) sets out to organize a yearly ART RESEARCH CONFERENCE, under the ARC UNATC heading, aiming to bring together studies, research and practices primarily in the performing arts and film, but also in connected fields, with a focus on interdisciplinarity and the intersection of domains, from science and emerging technologies, to music and design, from theory to interactivity, from fundamental research, to experimental and restorative research in the arts and through the arts.

The theme of the 2021 Art Research Conference is ADAPTIVE STORYTELLING open to postgraduate students, professors, practitioners and researchers invited to present their findings in both theory and practice from the following fields: theatre, film, performing arts, visual arts, design, architecture, cultural studies, humanities, but also from more technical fields that make use of the arts to tell stories, such as AR, VR, MR, game design, AI-driven art, interactive tools or specialized fields of technology highly consistent and relevant to the proposed theme.

Stories lie at the basis of human experience. Our minds are shaped to see stories everywhere – from a random leaf floating downstream, to funny shapes ground coffee makes at the bottom of a cup, to one single moving dot on a screen. We tell stories to communicate with each other, to make sense of the world, to entertain ourselves and our fellows. 

Stories bear the ever-present conflict between fixed forms and fluidity, using adaptation to maintain the core of the story whilst remapping itself onto newer listeners or viewers. Actors adapt to their audiences; Commedia dell’Arte involved a continuous dialogue between improvisation and pre-written texts. Forms of improvisation theatre use low but efficient techniques to build adaptive storytelling. 

While a story can be fixed in a script, stories time travel and are re-told. The printing press fixed novels in books as a culmination of storytelling. Cinema fixed stories on celluloid and turned actors into stars. Later on, in the digital environment, what was fixed became fluid again. The end can become the beginning, the dead can resurrect on screen and entertain us once again with cutting edge techniques such as vidding, produsage or datamoshing, which are already becoming widespread practices in online video content where audiences interact with ready made content in shaping new stories. 

With the advent of stronger and stronger computing power, a new ideal is emerging: interactive storytelling. Story is strongly linked to the technology and the medium through which it is told. Besides delivering targeted commercials, nowadays AI can simulate speech and draft scripts. Games use AI in emulating non-human players for bringing action and realism to digital worlds. Will we be living the dream of a digital storytelling machine?

Restorative research, on the other hand, can also be a complex form of storytelling, aiming to recuperate and reevaluate significant moments in the history of performing arts. Restorative research brings forth stories of personalities, performances, innovative artistic movements that fundamentally changed the shape of contemporary art. It is our duty as artists, practitioners, theorists, educators and researchers to create spaces where stories can be told, where narratives can be reframed and understood through the lense of contemporary culture, and where the memory of stories past can be brought to light. 

We invite you to submit papers for the international interdisciplinary conference themed ADAPTIVE STORYTELLING that will be held in situ at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (UNATC),in Bucharest, 2-5 December 2021. Given the current global situation and possible travel restrictions, the conference will also be broadcast live with the open possibility for online participation, although priority will be given to in situ participation.

Projects developed through research and presentations of research results will be highly valued. 

We look forward to receiving papers of original, provoking work and research.

Aside from the sections dedicated to the presentation of research papers, one section of the conference will be dedicated to presentations of innovative art practices.


Send an abstract of 1000 words and a biography of maximum 250 words at

For case presentations of artistic work, please include 2 images or a video

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 13 October 2021

Deadline for submitting final papers: 12 November 2021

All accepted papers will be presented at the conference


Title: maximum 8 words.

Abstract: 150-200 words.

Keywords: 5.

Article length: minimum 2500 words, maximum 5000 words.

Language: US English. 


  • Introduction (minimum: State of the subject, Objective / Hypothesis)
  • Methods / Methodology
  • Results / Findings / Originality
  • Discussion / Relevance
  • References: minimum 10 titles.

Referencing style: Harvard (including media references).

Images/Figures: maximum 3.

Biography: maximum 250 words, plus a ¾ cm portrait picture.

All contributions and correspondence on articles should be sent to:

Articles will be peer reviewed and published in the conference proceedings volume. 


Time for each presentation will be of maximum 15 minutes.

Slides (where it is the case) need to be provided until November 30th 2021 (  

CONTACT: Elena Belciu, PhD │ │+40746230481 │

Details about the previous art research conference: Augmenting Performance and conference proceedings volume: CINETic Review.

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