About the ISEA Symposium Archives

ISEA Symposium Archives


This website is an archive of the printed and digital materials from the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).  Since 1988, this nomadic symposium has been organized in a different city by a different team each time. The ISEA symposium is overseen by ISEA International  (http://www.isea-web.org/), a non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science, the humanities and emerging technologies.



[updated March 23, 2020]

ISEA2020 has been postponed.

The new date for the Summit: October 16.

                                                 SUMMIT ON NEW MEDIA ART ARCHIVING                                                                                               during ISEA2020 in MONTREAL, Canada                                                        October 16, 09.30-17.30 NAD – University of Quebec  

The Summit is organised with the purpose of presenting a roadmap towards the goals of the Liverpool Declaration*). This is a co-operative effort of the ISEA, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH and ADA archives.

                                                PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME                                                                        9.00-9.30 registration                                                                                                                                      9.30-10.00  Introductory Keynote: Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau, Department for Image Sciences, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria: Museum-Network Digital Arts: For a concerted Collection, Documentation and Conservation Strategy                                                                                         10.00-10.15  Betrand GervaisIntroduction to local situation                                                             10.15-10.30 Adam LockhartVR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations                                                                                                                                                    10.30-10.45  Hava AldoubyArchiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations                                                                                   10.45-11.00 coffee break                                                                                                                                11.00-11.15  Rodrigo Guzman SerranoA History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC                                                                                                      11.15-11.30  Byeongwon HaArchiving Interactive Art for Art Practitioners and Theorists                11.30-11.45  Devon Mordell — Preservation Begins at Creation: Integrating an Embedded Digital Archivist Within an Academic Media Art Program                                                                                      11.45-12.00  Vladlena GromovaA Database Of Interdisciplinary Art In Russia                                  12.00-13.00 lunch break                                                                                                                              13.00-13.15  Elisa Ines Arca JarqueePPA: Espacio/ Plataforma de preservación audiovisual (ePPA – Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation)                                                                                13.15-13.30  Scott RettbergELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base                                        13.30-13.45  Camille BakerBrief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview            13,45-14.00  Tadeus MucelliDigital Art Festival,  Biennial Of Digital Art and Labcult (UFMG/PPGCI)                                                                                                                                                    14.00-14.15  Melanie SwalwellArchiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection                                                                                                                                            14.15-14.30  Manuela Naveau, Bonnie Mitchell & Wim van der Plas: Short presentations on archives of Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH Art Show and ISEA                                                                            14.30-14.45 tea break                                                                                                                                      14.45-16.00  Break Out Sessions: collective preparation for concluding session                                  16.00-17.30  Oliver Grau & Bonnie Mitchell (moderators): Conclusions and directions: structured road map and concrete proposals.

17.30 onwards: Informal get together

-Free for ISEA2020 participants, others pay a special one day symposium fee of CAN$ 50, via http://isea2020.isea-international.org.                                                                                                   –Proceedings will be published. Streaming info tba.                                                                                      -Updates of the Preliminary Programme, as well as the Final Programme of the Summit will appear on this web page.

*) MEDIA ART NEEDS GLOBAL NETWORKED ORGANISATION & SUPPORT – International Declaration, signed by 500 professionals representing the key institutes in the field. See                http://www.isea-archives.org/docs/MediaArtHistoryDeclaration.pdf                                                    

For more information contact Wim van der Plas at wim@isea-web.org

Hoping to  see you in Montreal!

[updated Dec 2, 2019]

Link to: Media Art History Declaration

[updated August 6, 2019]

From now on, we will regulaly inform you here on the progress we make in improving and updating this archive as well as on the development of the new version of the ISEA Online Symposium Archives. Also, we will include other information related to the history of ISEA.

The Proceedings of the successful 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, held from June 22-28 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea, are now included. You can find them here. All the other data of ISEA2019 will soon be uploaded.

On the occasion of the 25th ISEA symposium, the Dutch artists and early symposium contributors Peter Sweenen & Robin Noorda made a wonderful short animation, called “The International Symposium on Electronic Art: From The Netherlands to the Republic of Korea in 25 Great Achievements”. Even though it is very short, it, in a way, contains the whole story. Look at it more than once, you will keep discovering new elements. Thank you very much, Peter, Robin and Alfred (who processed the outer space sound).

The animation  is here.

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Since the fall of 2013, Wim van der Plas and Bonnie Mitchell have been working on version 2.0 of the archive, updating it to the present day. What is online now is a work-in-progress.

We are currently in the process of building an even newer site (version 3.0) with advanced capabilities such as automated data relationships, access to artworks and much more.  When finished, this new archive will contain the publication of profiles (‘bios’) of speakers and contributing artists, as well as photos, videos, press clippings, and related materials like posters. The original ISEA archive site was initiated in 2008 and funded by the Mondriaan Foundation and VSB Fund (both in the Netherlands). The current archive is supported by Bowling Green State University (US) and the Wim van der Plas’ archival collection.

In the meantime, the existing archive (2.0) is constantly being updated with the primary ISEA Symposium materials:

  • the full set of available Proceedings and Catalogues
  • Abstracts and statements for all available papers, panel sessions, workshops and tutorials, art events, concerts & performances


Archive Development Directors:

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

Archive Planning Team

  • 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

ISEA International Board Archive Committee (in formation)

  • Mike Philips (chair)
  • Ricardo Dal Farra
  • Roger Malina
  • in laison with Bonnie Mitchell & Wim van der Plas


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