ISEA2017: 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art

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23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art


Manizales, Colombia


11 June - 18 June, 2017


The first ISEA in South America, in the coffee district of Colombia. This event came for the first time to a Spanish-speaking country to recognize the biocultural heritage of a megadiverse country. For that reason, ISEA2017 selected the topic Bio-creation and Peace, as a central topic which invited to reflect on the role of art, design, science and technology, in the look for alternatives to respect this biodiversity, and pacific connivance between communities and environment. About 1.400 authors from 44 countries were presented in this call.


Bio-creation and Peace

The reflection around Bio Creation can thoughtfully articulate the questions about biology, computation, nature, and ecology as an integral part of contemporary endeavors in the arts and technology. This is a task that could be done paying attention to the recent theoretical reflections; for instance, to the Green Studies debate led by intellectuals such as Jens Hauser or pointing to the ethical remarks related to the bio media discussed in Joanna Zylinska´s work. The other main component, the reflection around Peace is crucial for our socio-cultural context. As the reader probably knows, there is an unprecedented Peace process happening in Colombia that is attempting to solve a struggle that has upset Colombian society for more than a half of a Century. This process that is well advanced has had a meaningful impact on the current Colombian political configuration; however, it still needs substantial elaboration to contribute to the construction of a post-conflict society. This condition is one of the reasons why is vital that the next ISEA will be hosted in Durban, South Africa, nation that is a permanent reference.


Interdisciplinary Platforms for Coexistence

Transdisciplinary teams collaborate to generate social and political content and debates. Artists, designers and scientists have tried to work together and get citizens involved with interactive technologies and media. Are these platforms showing paths for social coexistence? How transdisciplinary collaborations can generate social benefits? How can biological process be used as source of inspiration and the generation of social possibilities for living in peace?

Critical perspectives on the use of Technology for Peace

Technology is a potential tool that supports peace process and conflict resolution. What is the role of art and design in defining the use of technology to support peace and conflict resolution? Are there cultural identity tensions catalyzed by technologies? How can technology promote intercultural dialogues and peace construction?

Bio creation and Data

Data is becoming pervasive in our daily lives. Scientists have used data and biological processes to create products and systems, while artists explore the aesthetics of technology, data and biology. How do artists integrate data and biological phenomenon in the creative process? In what ways do designers take advantage of large amounts of data to make decisions that affect sustainability and biodiversity?

Media Art, Landscape and Heritage

ISEA2017 will take place in a region in Colombia known as the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. We invite work that reflects on the conflict between media and heritage. How do artists and designers include heritage in their critical thinking and aesthetic decisions? How could media art help disseminate cultural values around peace? Does media art have the capacity to preserve heritage? Does conservation or cultural transformation generate conflict?

Design, Art, Science, and Technology

This subtheme is to open up participation for other authors that want to submit works to ISEA2017 and include a broad interdisciplinary discussion and showcase about interrelations among design, art, science and technology.