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This website is an archive of the printed and digital materials from the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).  Since 1988, this nomadic symposium has been organized in a different city by a different team each time. The ISEA symposium is overseen by ISEA International  (http://www.isea-web.org/), a non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science, the humanities and emerging technologies.



Since the fall of 2013, Wim van der Plas and Bonnie Mitchell have been working on version 2.0 of the archive, updating it to the present day. As of Feb. 2019 this new site, version 3.0, is being developed by a team of Bowling Green State University students led by Bonnie Mitchell and Jan Searleman and will incorporate numerous new features including cross connections between the data.



[updated March 23, 2020]

ISEA2020 has been postponed. The new date for the Summit: October 16.

SUMMIT ON NEW MEDIA ART ARCHIVING during ISEA2020 in MONTREAL, Canada                                                       

October 16, 09:30-17:30 NAD – University of Quebec  

The Summit is organised with the purpose of presenting a roadmap towards the goals of the Liverpool Declaration*). This is a co-operative effort of the ISEA, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH and ADA archives.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME                                                       

9.00-9.30 registration

9.30-10.00  Introductory Keynote: Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau, Department for Image Sciences, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria: Museum-Network Digital Arts: For a concerted Collection, Documentation and Conservation Strategy                                                                   

10.00-10.15  Betrand GervaisIntroduction to local situation                                               

10.15-10.30 Adam LockhartVR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations

10.30-10.45  Hava AldoubyArchiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations

10.45-11.00 coffee break

11.00-11.15  Rodrigo Guzman SerranoA History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC

11.15-11.30  Byeongwon HaArchiving Interactive Art for Art Practitioners and Theorists  11.30-11.45  Devon Mordell — Preservation Begins at Creation: Integrating an Embedded Digital Archivist Within an Academic Media Art Program                                                               

11.45-12.00  Vladlena GromovaA Database Of Interdisciplinary Art In Russia

12.00-13.00 lunch break

13.00-13.15  Elisa Ines Arca JarqueePPA: Espacio/ Plataforma de preservación audiovisual (ePPA – Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation)

13.15-13.30  Scott RettbergELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base

13.30-13.45  Camille BakerBrief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview

13.45-14.00  Tadeus MucelliDigital Art Festival,  Biennial Of Digital Art and Labcult (UFMG/PPGCI)

14.00-14.15  Melanie SwalwellArchiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection

14.15-14.30  Manuela Naveau, Bonnie Mitchell & Wim van der Plas: Short presentations on archives of Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH Art Show and ISEA

14.30-14.45 tea break

14.45-16.00  Break Out Sessions: collective preparation for concluding session                   

16.00-17.30  Oliver Grau & Bonnie Mitchell (moderators): Conclusions and directions: structured road map and concrete proposals.

17.30 onwards: Informal get together

-Free for ISEA2020 participants, others pay a special one day symposium fee of CAN$ 50, via http://isea2020.isea-international.org.

Proceedings will be published. Streaming info tba.                                                                       

-Updates of the Preliminary Programme, as well as the Final Programme of the Summit will appear on this web page.

*) MEDIA ART NEEDS GLOBAL NETWORKED ORGANISATION & SUPPORT – International Declaration, signed by 500 professionals representing the key institutes in the field. See http://www.isea-archives.org/docs/MediaArtHistoryDeclaration.pdf   

For more information contact Wim van der Plas at wim@isea-web.org

Hoping to see you in Montreal!

Link to: Media Art History Declaration


[updated August 6, 2019]

The Proceedings of the successful 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, held from June 22-28 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea, are now included. You can find them here. All the other data of ISEA2019 will soon be uploaded.


[updated August 6, 2019]

On the occasion of the 25th ISEA symposium, the Dutch artists and early symposium contributors Peter Sweenen & Robin Noorda made a wonderful short animation, called “The International Symposium on Electronic Art: From The Netherlands to the Republic of Korea in 25 Great Achievements”. Even though it is very short, it, in a way, contains the whole story. Look at it more than once, you will keep discovering new elements. Thank you very much, Peter, Robin and Alfred (who processed the outer space sound).

The animation is here.

[end of news section]



Development Directors:

  • Bonnie Mitchell – Bowling Green State University
  • Jan Searleman – Clarkson University

Content Director:

  • Wim van der Plas – co-founder, ISEA

With Support from:

  • Terry Wong – Hong Kong
  • Thomas Asmuth – University of Western Florida

2020 Student Development Team:

  • Grant Turner
  • Kira Whitelow
  • Joshua Alahira
  • William Maier
  • Prabash Poudel

Previous Student Development Team:

  • Deanna Granata – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Rachel Sykes – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Rachel Immel – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Willow Socha – Bowling Green State University Junior
  • Rylee Barnett – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Dietrick Wiles – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Dylan McDonald – Bowling Green State University Senior
  • Chase Fabianich – Bowling Green State University Graduate

ISEA International Board Archive Committee (in formation):

  • Mike Philips (chair)
  • Ricardo Dal Farra
  • Bonnie Mitchell
  • Wim van der Plas



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