ISEA2008: 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art

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14th International Symposium on Electronic Art


Singapore, Singapore


25 July – 3 August, 2008

Organised by:

National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, LASALLE College of the Arts, Republic Polytechnic, National Museum of Singapore, and IDM Institute


The ISEA2008 conference took place at the Singapore Management University (School of Accountancy Seminar Room, School of Information Systems, Li Ka Shing Library), the National University of Singapore (Engineering Auditorium and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music), Nanyang Technological University and the National Museum of Singapore. Workshops were also held at the Republic Polytechnic. The main Art Exhibition took place at the National Museum of Singapore. Concerts and Performances were organised at the LASALLE College of the Arts and at the Management University. Other venues included 72-13 (Theatreworks), Food#3, Sculpture Square, Singapore Science Centre, The Esplanade, The Substation and Victoria Theatre. In conjunction with ISEA2008 the 6th Asia-Europe Art Camp ‘Ludic Times – the Art of Gaming’ was organised, as well as a Mini Summit on New Media Art Policy & Practice.

Organising Committee:

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  • Gunalan Nadarajan, Maryland Institute College of Arts: ISEA2008 Artistic Director
  • Adrian David Cheok, National University of Singapore/Keio University: ISEA2008 Conference Chair
  • Lonce Wyse, National University of Singapore: Artist in Residence Co-ordinator


  • Louis-Philippe Demers, Nanyang Technological University Ingrid Maria Hoofd, National University of Singapore
  • Isaac Kerlow, Nanyang Technological University
  • Damien Lock, Republic Polytechnic
  • Shirley Soh, Singapore Management University
  • Margaret Tan, National University of Singapore
  • Vladimir Todorovic, Nanyang Technological University

Introductory and Welcoming Notes:


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Locating Media

There is a utopian assumption that communications technology renders our physical location unimportant, but this fails to take into account how specifically ‘local’ cultural, economic, political and technological factors exert a powerful influence on available technologies and how we can use them. This theme seeks to examine how the specificities of location mediate and are mediated by both old and new technologies of information, communication and experience.

Reality Jam

Technological developments in representation have historically forced us to reconsider our perception of reality, and this is especially true of new media, where interactive, mixed and augmented ‘realities’ are rapidly proliferating. In this theme, we seek to encourage artists and researchers to explore the ways in which the ‘virtual’ presences and experiences of folklore, religious beliefs, magical rituals and science and media-fiction interact with and counteract the lived experiences of the ‘real’.

Wiki Wiki

Meaning ‘quick’ in Hawaiian, Wiki has been adopted as the name for open-source, open-access web documents that allow for multiple authors to edit, rewrite and comment on changes. It’s a model that exemplifies the kind of community collaboration that the internet allows. This theme will explore issues of copyright, authorship and responsibility that are now at stake in Wikis, as well as the innovative interdisciplinary collaborations that are made possible by this technology.

Ludic Interfaces

Notions of ‘fun’ or ‘playfulness’ haven’t always been associated with the development of science and technology, and yet the gaming industry is entirely driven by creating products that produce these kinds of pleasures. In this theme, we seek to address the ways in which fun and enjoyment interact with and complicate new media technologies both in their design, creative development, everyday uses and discursive articulations.

Border Transmissions

While technology held the promise of a `borderless’ world, in the current age our borders are more defined, policed and monitored than ever before. Technology is both a crucial tool for maintaining these borders through surveillance and databases, and also a major threat because of how it can pass information through zones of control. This theme addresses the question of how one negotiates technological developments that simultaneously contribute to the increasing opening and ossification of borders.

Other Committees:

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Steering Committee

  • Rodney Berry
  • Clara Boj
  • Diego Diaz
  • Margaret Tan
  • Jennifer Teo
  • Vladimir Todorovic
  • Tien Wei Woon


  • Yukiko Shikata: Locating Media
  • Irina Aristarkhova & Margaret Tan: Wiki Wiki
  • Vladimir Todorovic: Ludic Interfaces
  • Adrian David Cheok & Naoko Tosa: Reality Jam
  • Florian Schneider & Woon Tien Wei: Border Transmissions


  • Teo Swee Leng: Executive Producer
  • Adeleena Araib: Marketing & Conference Coordinator
  • Ida Lee: Artist In Residence Assistant Coordinator
  • Anisah Aidid: Hospitality Coordinator
  • Joshua Nair: Conference Venue Manager
  • Sabrina Lim: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sophia Lee, Michelle Woo & Noemi Renevey: Interns

Publicity and Marketing

  • Lena St George-Sweet: Publicist
  • Ong Puay Khim: Collaterals & Design
  • Jing Chiang: Website & Design
  • Ben Slater: Editorial
  • Joel Ong: Rapporteur


  • Ivan Boo / Integrated Meeting Specialist: Registration:
  • Chan Wai Han / Pagesetters Services: Publication Editor
  • Katharine Ho Kit Ying & Tay Khai Xin: Publication Interns


  • Laura Miotto / GSM Design: Designer
  • Lai Wee Meng: Technical Manager

International Programme Committee:


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    • Media Development Authority Singapore
    • Singapore Media Fusion
    • Interactive Digital Media Programme Office
    • Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau
    • Uniquely Singapore
    • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore


    • InFocus
    • Team Solutions
    • Hotel Royal Queens
    • National Youth Council
    • Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
    • Design Singapore
    • Asian Cultural Council
    • Ministry of Information, Communication & the Arts (MICA)
    • Arts Network Asia

    Programme Partners

    • Institute for Media Innovation
    • LASALLE College of the Arts
    • Sculpture Square Ltd.
    • The Substation
    • 72-13
    • SC (Sang Choy) International Pte. Ltd.
    • Asia-Europe Foundation
    • Mondriaan Foundation
    • Republic Polytechnic

Endorsers / Supporters / Partners:

Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts


Click to Collapse the Acknowledgements
  • Dr Tan Chin Nam, Chairman, Media Development Authority
  • Koh Lin Net, Grace Ng, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts
  • Michael Yap & Ngiam Shing Shiam, Media Development Authority
  • Kimberley Foo, Nara Andiappan, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
  • Catherine McNabb & Denitsa Arabadzhieva, Singapore Tourism Board
  • Lee Chor Lin, Tan Boon Hui & Hairani Hassan-Joshi, National Museum of Singapore
  • Dr Ryohei Nakatsu & Oh Chew Ling, Interactive and Digital Media Institute
  • Prof Barry Halliwell, Prof Lawrence Wong, Assoc Prof Milagros Rivera, Assoc Prof Peter Pang, Yvonne Chia Foong Leng & Aloysius Tay Wee Kok,  National University of Singapore
  • Prof Howard Hunter & Prof Low Aik Meng, Singapore Management University
  • Assoc Prof Russell Pensyl & Assoc Prof Suresh Sethi, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dr Victor Valbuena, Republic Polytechnic
  • Milenko Prvacki & Kim Jeremiejczyk, LASALLE College of the Arts
  • Ong Keng Sen & Tay Tong, 72-13 (Theatreworks)
  • Lee Weng Choy, The Substation
  • Clorinda Lidia Canzio & Rajka Zivanovic, Italian Cultural Institute
  • Lim Tian Wee, Gryphon Tea
  • Bolle Bozidar Mladenovic