International Symposium on Electronic Arts Returns to Canada

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One of the world's most prominent international arts and technology events takes place this year in Vancouver, August 14-19. This year's theme is Disruption, as the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Arts re-examines the borders between academia and the art world, practice, and theory, systems and reality, and art and society.

ISEA brings together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media. The event annually brings together artists, designers, academics, technologists, scientists, and general audience in the thousands. In the last four years ISEA has been hosted in Istanbul (2011), Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012), Sydney, Australia (2013), and Dubai (2014).

Hosted this year by Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts + Technology, School for Contemporary Arts, and FCAT, ISEA2015 is a five-day symposium featuring over 450 speakers, workshops, tutorials, panels, papers and institutional presentations. Over 160 cutting-edge digital artworks, carefully selected by the international arts and humanities communities, will transform Vancouver into a city-sized dynamic artspace.


The digital artworks showcased in the ISEA2015 art program seeks to inspire an alternative thinking and understanding of contemporary artistic practices. 

The art program will include MUTEK Cabaret, organized by the MUTEK Festival and curated for ISEA2015 by Alain Mongeau. Computer code meets contemporary art as ISEA2015 presents an Algorave, a participatory performance which invites visitors to dance to music generated via algorithms. Beyond the Trees: WALLPAPERS in dialogue with Emily Carr is an exhibition by the WALLPAPERS collective that will run at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 


Panels and roundtable programs will feature discussions on artistic research, communications, computational media technologies, dance, and performance. Explore how art intersects with Climate Change, Contemporary Curatorial Practices, Media Activism and Subversion, DIY Technology, BioArt, Sound and Embodied Art Practices, Geopolitics, and more.

To frame the discussion around the artistic, scientific, technological, and social manifestations of disruption as a cultural phenomenon, ISEA2015 will feature keynote addresses by visionaries such as Brian Massumi, Michael Connor, Dominique Moulon, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Sara Diamond. The Yes Men will close the symposium with an address on the use of creative expression for subversion and disruption.

The early-bird registration deadline is July 1. Click here for registration information.


Maria Fedorova, Communications & Social Media Chair
International Symposium on Electronic Art 2015

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