ISEA2018 Proceedings Preface

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  • ISEA2018 Proceedings Preface

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  • Introductory Statement

    The overall theme of this year’s ISEA, Intersections, allows for a reflection and engagement
    on the transformative nature of art and its convergence with science and technology.
    In conceptualisng the ISEA2018 experience we were guided by ISEA International
    requirements for a localised festival, offering unique experiences of an interdisciplinary
    symposium, comprising “an academic conference, art exhibitions, performances, public
    events, and related activities”, as well as incorporating “aspects of local culture, history and
    We are located at intersections of African and colonial heritage; first and ‘second’ economies;
    local and international cultures; simulated and lived experiences. ISEA2018 provides a
    platform for encounters and interaction with innovation and activist engagement in public
    and private spaces. Symposium subthemes include: hybridisation and purity; emancipation
    and pain; spirit and flesh and in-between the cracks and submissions explore (amongst
    others) art interfacing with networks, urbanisation and social justice. Significantly, we find
    ourselves at the intersection of ISEA2017 in Manizales, Colombia where the focus was on
    critical considerations vis-à-vis Bio Creation and Peace and ISEA2019, which takes place in
    The overall programme design of ISEA2018 is based on feedback from previous ISEA
    experiences and guidelines from ISEA international. The final list of Keynotes prioritises
    inclusivity and these proceedings are equally reflective of the diversity of voices from the
    global south and north. A total of 281 submissions for papers, posters, panels and roundtables
    were received via EasyChair. A double-blind peer review process culminated in the selection
    of papers for ISEA2018 proceedings.
    A special thank you to all contributors, IPC members and to the ISEA Board – including its
    Executive Director who helped guide us on our journey to ISEA2018.

    • ISEA2018 Academic Committee: Dr Rufus AdebayoIsmail Farouk, Dr Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi, Prof Richard Millham & Dr René Smith.