About the ISEA Symposium Archives

ISEA Symposium Archives


The International Symposium on Electronic Art is a nomadic symposium that is organised in a different city and by a different team each time. For that reason, the systematic collection, ordering and publishing of the results of all the symposia is a challenge. Since the fall of 2013, Wim van der Plas and Bonnie Mitchell (ISEA International board members) have been working on a new version of the archive, updating it to the present day. What is online now is a work-in-progress.

The archives contain all available abstracts and workshop and artist statements for all of the symposia from 1988 to 2017. The PDF’s (full papers) and images (art works) as well as video, sound samples etc, will be added as soon as possible. Already, many of the full papers and art images can be found in the full Proceedings and Catalogues that are included in the archive.


This website is an archive of the printed and digital materials from the series of symposia known as the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Initiated in 1988, the symposia were developed to create and maintain an International network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. The symposia have been held as both biennial and annual events. As of 2008, the symposia are again held annually.  ISEA International maintains both a hardcopy and an online archive of the audio/visual and printed material from the symposium. The original ISEA archive site was initiated in 2008 and funded by the Mondriaan Foundation and VSB Funds.  This new archive website is the result of a transition from the original site to a technology that enables easy access and maintainability. We hope that you find the material useful and if you have anything to add or suggestions, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.


ISEA International is a non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies. The ISEA International foundation board oversees the selection of Host Organizations for the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), a gathering of the international art, science and technology community. ISEA Headquarters (‘HQ’) is the operational base of ISEA International and is located at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom. ISEA International is committed to diversity and supports proposals from both developed and developing countries. ISEA International acknowledges that the circumstances of the Host Organization may vary considerably and these circumstances will be taken into account. 


Archive Development Team consists of:

Wim van der Plas – content manager
Bonnie Mitchell – back-end development

Archive Planning Team consists of:

Wim van der Plas – Content Manager
Bonnie Mitchell – Back-end Development
Thomas Asmuth – Funding and Support
Terry Wong – Future Sustainability and Connection to Symposia
Elizabeth Hertenstein – Metadata and Library Science Standards
Ben Szymanski – Network Specialist

Student workers:

Troy Yarnell – Back-end Programmer
Megan Miazgowicz – Content Entry
Zach Payne – Assistant (Visualization of Data & Enhancements)


This agreement governs your use of the materials located on the ISEA Symposium Archives. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use the information located on this site.

Access to the ISEA Symposium Archives is granted for scholarship and research purposes only. Copyright for the individual documents, artworks and other material is held by the authors of those materials and not ISEA International.

Because the ISEA symposia have been hosted by numerous individuals, organizations and institutions from around the world, permission to use the materials has been granted in a variety of ways and documentation has not always been forwarded to ISEA International (formally known as The Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts). If an author or artist does not want his or her work in the archives, they are welcome to contact us via email and state the materials they would like removed and we will remove the requested copyrighted information from the archive as soon as possible.

Some of the content available in the archive may be governed by local, national, and/or international laws and regulations, and your use of such content is solely at your own risk. You agree to abide by all applicable laws and regulations, including intellectual property laws, in connection with your use of the ISEA Symposium Archive.

According to standard academic practice, if you use the ISEA Symposium Archive’s collections for any research that results in an article, a book, or other publication, you list the ISEA Symposium Archive as a resource in your bibliography along with the information about the author.

The ISEA Symposium Archives is provided to you on an as-is and as-available basis. You understand and agree that ISEA International makes no warranty or representation regarding the accuracy, currency, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of the content in the archives.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless ISEA International and its officers from and against any and all liability, loss, claims, damages, costs, and/or actions arising from your use of the ISEA Symposium Archive.

You acknowledge that you have read and understood the ISEA Symposium Archive’s Terms of Use and using this site constitutes the full and complete agreement between you and ISEA International.

If you find inaccuracies, omissions, or other issues with the site, please contact us at archives[at]isea-international.org

We welcome your input and hope you find the archives useful.
Wim van der Plas, Bonnie Mitchell

ISEA International



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