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 Jan 7, 2020]

Deadline proposals Media Art Archives Summit at ISEA2020 extended to January 14. See directly below.

[updated Dec 11, 2019 , Jan 7, 2020 and Feb 12, 2020]


Media Art Archives Summit at ISEA2020

The Liverpool Declaration (See below, update of Dec 2.) currently has close to 500 leading experts and the most influential institutions in the field of new media and electronic arts as signatories to “MEDIA ART NEEDS GLOBAL NETWORKED ORGANISATION & SUPPORT”.

Functioning as a mission statement, the Liverpool Declaration serves as a foundation for further action that was already being discussed at the 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2019), in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. A group of like-minded colleagues discussed approaches towards the problems and potential of the archiving of new media art. The overwhelming attendance to this meeting stressed the growing need for collaboration, structure and funding.

As a next step, at ISEA2020 (Montreal, Canada, May 19-24), a full day networking summit will be coordinated by the ISEA online Symposium Archives, the Archive of Digital Art, the Ars Electronica Archive, and SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show Archive. The defenite date for the Summit is still being discussed and maybe the day preceding the actual ISEA symposium, on Monday May 18th. Aims of this summit are to discuss roads towards realizing the Liverpool Declaration goals related to Media Art Archiving collaboration, funding and formats.

1: Presentation of Liverpool Declaration and remarks on general state of affairs
2: Impulse Presentations (10 minutes each) of Case Studies, Infrastructures, international support.  See list of Presentations, below *)
3: Breakout groups to discuss: Collaboration, Funding, Formats
4: Rapport of group discussions.
5: Plenary for creation of structured roadmap and concrete proposals.
6: Conclusions and directions.
(It is planned to have all sessions live-streamed to enable virtual attendance of multiple archiving entities)

We invite you to join the Summit and participate.

*) Programme Short Presentations (random order)

  • Camille Baker — Brief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview                            Camille Baker is PhD Digital Media, Reader in Interface & Interaction, Year Leader – MA Games Design, School of Film, Media and Performing Arts, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Campus, UK
  • Adam Lockhart — VR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations
    Adam Lockhart, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, UK
  • Hava Aldouby — Archiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations
    Hava Aldouby is senior lecturer at the Open University of Israel
  • Rodrigo Guzman Serrano — A History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC.
    Rodrigo Guzman Serrano is PhD candidate, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
  • Devon Mordell — Preservation Begins at Creation: An Embedded Digital Archivist Within the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts
    Devon Mordell is Digital Scholarship and Archiving Librarian, University of Windsor, Canada
    Tadeus Mucelli is Director, Curator, Researcher. FAD – Digital Art Festival (Brazil, Belo Horizonte) Biennial of Digital Arts (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro), UFMG – Federal University Of Minas Gerais / ECI – LabCult (Brazil, Belo Horizonte)
    Vladlena Gromova, European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Elisa Ines Arca Jarque  — ePPA: Espacio/ Plataforma de preservación audiovisual (ePPA – Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation)
    Elisa Ines Arca Jarque, York University, Canada / Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA), Peru
  • Scott Rettberg  — ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base
    Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Melanie Swalwell — Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection
    Prof Melanie Swalwell, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Byeongwon Ha — Archiving Interactive Art for Art Practitioners and Theorists
    Byeongwon Ha (Ph.D.), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

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.

[end of news section]



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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