FISEA’93: Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art

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Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art


Minneapolis, Minnesota United States


3 November - 7 November, 1993

Organised by:

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

In Cooperation With:

University of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, and Minneapolis Institute of Art


The FISEA’93 conference and workshops were held at the Mineapolis Hilton & Towers. The main exhibition took place at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, the Concerts & Performances at the Ferguson Recital Hall (University of Minnesota) and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Electronic Theater was held at the Walker Art Center.

Organising Committee:

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  • Roman Verostko, Executive Director & Program Chair
  • Joan Klaiber, Executive Assistant

Introductory and Welcoming Notes:


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In “Electronic art” exhibitions we have seen examples of novel and brilliant electronic technology. But a brilliant technology without “art” may be likened to a body without mind and soul, a floundering entity or a corpse. For this reason the Program Committee for FISEA’93 chose to focus this year’s symposium on “the art factor.” Flying “by the seat of their intuitive-intellectual pants” they have struggled with their personal (internal) definition of the “art factor.” The papers in this volume address artists’ concerns related to aesthetics, terminology, “self” expression, and the problems associated with collaboration and interactivity between humans and electronically controlled machines. The interactive works in the FISEA’93 art show display the more obvious use of such technology. But there are many less obvious applications. Artists who make use of this kind of technology generate work as diverse as the applications of the technology itself are diverse. Thus “electronic art” may, in some instances, appear to be formally indistinguishable from familiar forms of “performance” or “painting” or “printmaking.” But stop. Look again. Listen again. Is this so? If not, why not ? These questions are the substance addressed by the papers presented here. We thank the authors of these papers whose work sheds light on “the art factor” in this new frontier.

Other Committees:

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Program Development

  • Program Director: Roman Verostko, Professor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Program Committee Coordinator: Dr. Alice Wagstaff, Psychologist
  • Senior Consultant: Dr. Lloyd Ultan, Music Department, University of Minnesota

Event Chairpersons/Curators/Support Services

  • Sound Performance Events/Listening Chamber: Dr. Homer G. Lambrecht, Composer, MIDI Instrumentalist and Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Electronic Theater and Interactive Art Exhibits: Dr. Scott A. Sayre, Manager of Interactive
    Media, Interactive Media Group. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    Gallery Installations/Exhibition: Brian Szott, Gallery Director, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • FAX Art Exhibits: Craig Ede, Artist and Teacher
  • Slide Show: Judith Yourman, Artist and Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College
  • FISEA’93 Workshop Coordinator: Beth Giles, Continuing Studies Program Coordinator, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • FISEA’93 Publications Editor: Susan V. Hanna-Bibus, Grants Manager, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • FISEA’93 Computer Services: Andrew B. Mickel, Computer Center Director, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • FISEA’93 Equipment Manager: Bradford Smith, Media Center Director, Minneapolis College of Art and Design


  • Executive Director: Andrea Nasset, Interim Academic Dean, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Executive Assistant: Joan F. Klaiber, Office of the President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design / Minneapolis Community Liaison: Phil Lindsay, Arts Economic Development
  • Data Management: Charles J. Swiszcz, Director of 3-D Shop, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Public Relations: Anastasia S. Faunce, Public Relations Director, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Electronic Theater Jury:

International Programme Committee:


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    FISEA’93 is presented in partnership with:

    • Minneapolis Community College
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    • Minneapolis Hilton and Towers
    • University of Minnesota
    • Walker Art Center

    Supporters & Sponsors

    • Apple Computer, Inc.
    • Bolger Publications and Creative Printing
    • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    • Crash and Sue’s
    • Cray Research, Inc.
    • Dennis Fazio, The Minnesota Regional Network Corporation (MRNet)
    • Hendrick’s Pianos, Edina with special thanks to Ralph Bauer and Bob Hogan
    • Lamb & Company
    • 3M Company
    • Northwest Airlines, Inc.
    • ProColor, Inc., a full service digital imaging center and custom photo lab
    • Roger Dodger Music with special thanks to Roger Dumas
    • Schilling Travel
    • Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    • Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
    • Yamaha Corporation of America, Keyboard Division
    • Zeos International, Ltd.

Endorsers / Supporters / Partners:

  • ISEA Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts
  • ISAST International Society for the Arts, Sciences & Technology
  • ANAT Australian Network for Art and Technology
  • YLEM Artists Using Science and Technology


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Special thanks to: Dana M. Brodt, Millesande Charles, Lisa Daehlin, Mark Feyereisen, John Fillwalk, Linda Fisher, Jan Zita Grover, Bill Haman, Brent Hamilton, Bruce Jenkins, Larry Lamb, Barry McMahon, Thomas E. Morin, Russ Mroczek, Richard Mueller, Aribert Munzner, Richard Paske, Anthony Riddle, Neil Selling, Linda Shapiro, Michael Simmons, Steve Solum, Mark Stanley, Vern Sutton, Alex Tylevich, Fred Zinn