About the Symposium Archives of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)

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  (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. More information on ISEA International at the bottom of this page.



Some explanation regarding the terms used in this archive. The naming of events is derived from the categories of events and presentations at the ISEA symposia themselves. We use ‘symposium’ for a single events and ‘symposia’ for the plural. Same for museum and musea, medium and media.

1. Presentations
Under this header, the academic presentations are mentioned. Also the artist talks are considered part of this section. Usually the presentations go on for 3 days, the ‘academic part’ of the symposium. Presentations typically consist of:
1.1. Keynotes
These are invited speakers that are considered top experts in their field, or top artists. Invited by the symposium organising committee.
1.2. Papers
Often divided in long (for example 40 minutes) and short (for example 20 minutes) presentations. Papers are invited via a Call for Papers & Participation and selected via peer review by the International Programme Committee (IPC). The IPC is compiled by the organising symposium (in consultation with ISEA International) and is supposed to consist of internationally recognised experts in their field.
1.3 Panels
Panel proposals, including the names of the panel members are invited via a Call for Papers & Participation and selected via peer review by the IPC.
1.4 Roundtables
For a Roundtable, only a subject is described in the proposal, together with information about the proposer, who will, usually, be convening the Roundtable session. Symposium participants can participate in the Roundtable session, in principle via inscription at the symposium registration desk. Roundtable proposals are selected by the IPC
1.5 Posters
Poster sessions are presentations of research- or work-in-progress, sometimes literally on the basis of posters, compiled by the proposer. The proposer will at a certain slot in the symposium programme give a presentation at the location of the poster. Sometimes the poster session consists of short ‘ordinary’ presentations (of research- or work-in-progress, 10-15 min, typically). Poster proposals are selected by the IPC.
1.6 Institutional Presentations
Institutional Presentation proposals are only checked (by the symposium’s organising committee) on relevance for the electronic or emergent arts. The IPC has no involvement. While speakers in all the other categories have the right to request a fee waiver for participation in an ISEA symposium, speakers that represent institutions, have not, in principle. Institutional Presentations typically are short (10-15 minutes).
1.7 Artist Talks
These are presentations on art works that maybe or maybe not be shown at the same symposium. They usually have a 20 minutes duration. The proposals are not selected by the IPC but by the Art Jury (see 3.).
1.8 Miscelaneous
Some ISEA symposia contain events that are considered part of the academic side of the symposium, but do not fall in one of the above categories. Examples are Meetings, Summits, Book Launches, etc.

2. Workshops and Tutorials
Workshops and Tutorials typically (but not always) precede the 3 day academic part of the symposium. Workshop and Tutorial proposals are selected by the IPC or the Art Jury. They can last half a day, a whole day or 2 days. Often they are also open for non-symposium participants (and seperately billed).
2.1. Workshops
They are typically hands-on sessions. They can be for beginners or for advanced participants.
2.2. Tutorials
Tutorials are often more theoretical and meant to introduce participants in a subject. They can be used to introduce new symposium participants into the different fields of the electronic/emergent arts. But it can also be an introduction in a new field of art and/or technology, like quantum physics and it’s possible relevance for the arts.

3. Art Events
Some of the art events maybe invited, but most of them are selected by the Art Jury, from the proposals received on the basis of the Call for Papers & Participation. The Art Jury is compiled by the party that organises that year’s ISEA and consists of international artistic experts of which a number is local (in order to assess the proposal in the light of the local circumstances). Parts of the Art Events maybe organised by co-operating parties, for example local art galleries that will feature curated electronic art as an extension of ISEA. Or a radio station may organise a concert by musicians that proposed to ISEA. The first three categories may all be open to the general public (usually seperately billed). That is why they are called Public Events. Art Events typically consist of the following categories:
3.1. Art Exhibitions
This is the ‘museal’ part of ISEA, often (partly) taking place in a local museum. There are often invited components, but the majority of the exhibited works are selected by the art jury, on the basis of submitted proposals. Of course the ISEA exhibitions consist of all thinkable shapes and materials, like 2D and 3D prints, video, interactive or non-interactive installations, biological materials, etc, etc.
3.2. Concerts and Performances
This category contains concerts, theatrical productions, dance, performance art and other time-based events. They often take place in the evenings of the symposium days. Beside possibly some invited components, the concerts and performances are selected by the Art jury from proposals, submitted by artists.
3.3. Screenings
Apart from video shown on the exhibition flor, there are often special sessions where films and videos (either art works or documenting art works) are shown on a large screen, in a cinema setting. This was once called ‘film & video show’ and later, when interactive components slipped in, ‘electronic theatre’.
3.4. General Events
The category of General Events consists of events that are in public space and free to access. Examples are a try out performance in public space in 1990, street events in 2006 and 2010, and a drone show in a freely accessable court yard in 2019. The public events are often choosen (by the Art Jury) from submitted proposals and sometimes invited. The purpose is to link the ISEA event to the local community.



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.


[January 25, 2021]

Production Team

The production team for the new version of the ISEA Online Symposium Archives now consists of:

Bonnie Mitchell – Bowling Green State University, USA
Jan Searleman – Clarkson University, USA
Wim van der Plas – co-founder, ISEA, NL

With Support from:
Terry Wong – Hong Kong
Nyota Kanyemesha – Groningen, NL
Thomas Asmuth – University of Western Florida, USA
Nick Langen, New York, USA
Michelle Lin, Toronto, Canada
Irina Lyubchenko, Toronto, Canada
Maeve Potter, Chicago, USA
Sarah Vollmer, Toronto, Canada
Kirk Woolford, Rougher Cut Productions, UK


[updated December 12, 2020] 

ISEA2020 is now included in the archives

The abstracts, artists statements etc of the online ISEA2020 are now included in this archive. Also, you can find the ISEA2020 Proceedings (including the Summit on New Media Archiving papers) and Catalogue online here.


[updated October 21, 2020] 

Summit on New Media Art Archiving was major success

The Summit took place as planned, without flaws, thanks to the support of the ISEA2020 organisation for the first 5 hours (the 16 presentations and 5 q&a sessions) and the Zoom hosting by Bonnie Mitchell for the 3 parallel break-out sessions and the plenary concluding session, during the last 3 hours.
The order of the presentation programme was mainly based on the respective time zones of the presenters, that varied from Australia to Peru (16 hours time difference between those two locations). The presentations were prerecorded by the presenters and submitted as video files, the q&a sessions with the presenters and the roundtables (Break Out & Concluding sessions) where all life. Some 100 people participated.
Seven of the papers will appear in the ISEA2020 Proceedings, that will be published shortly and included in the ISEA Symposium Archives. We are also in the process of entering the abstracts of all presentations. The videos of the presentations will be embedded in our new (under construction) archive and links will be included in this ‘classic’ ISEA archive. The discussions have also been recorded. How we will make those public is still to be decided.
The four organising parties (the archives of ADA, Ars Electronica, ISEA and SIGGRAPH Art Show) will produce a report of the meeting soon, including planned future actions, as we will continue the co-operation and extend the network gradually.

To sign the Liverpool Declaration (see the link below) send an email to wendy.coones(at)donau-uni.ac.at


[updated October 21, 2020]


ISEA2020  October 16

The whole symposium was an online event. See  isea2020.isea-international.org


during ISEA2020 in MONTREAL, Canada: Friday October 16

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.


All sessions via ISEA2020 except Break-out & Concluding sessions (via Zoom)

Name of Presenter Country (City) of Presenter Title Clock (Montreal time) Remarks
      8.00:  1 min intro  
Melanie Swalwell Australia (Melbourne) Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection 8.02-8.11  
Rodrigo Guzman Serrano Hong Kong A  History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC 8.12-8.22  
Hava Alboudy Israel Archiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations 8.23-8.32  
Vladlena Gromova Russia (Saint Petersburg) A Database of Interdisciplinary Art in Russia 8.33-8.43  
Q&A Session 1     8.44-9.00 LIVE
Oliver Grau Austria Museum-Network Digital Arts: For a concerted Collection, Documentation and Conservation Strategy (Including intro to ADA) Keynote 9.00-9.40  
Christina Radner Austria The Ars Electronica Archives 9.41-9.46  
Bonnie Mitchell & Jan Searleman USA (Ohio) The SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show Archives 9.47-9.53  
Wim van der Plas & Bonnie Mitchell Netherlands The ISEA Symposium Archives 9.54-10.00  
Q&A Session 2     10.00-10.20 LIVE
Scott Rettberg Norway ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base 10.21-10.32  
Camille Baker UK Brief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview 10.33-10.49  
Adam Lockhart UK VR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations 10.50-11.00  
Q&A Session 3     11.01-11.16 LIVE
Tadeus  Mucelli Brazil (Belo Horizonte) Digital Art Festival, Biennial Of Digital Art and Labcult (UFMG/PPGCI) 11.17-11.31  
Elisa Arca Jarque Peru (Lima) ePPA:  Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation 11.32-11.41  
Bertrand Gervais Canada (Montreal) Carving out a Path: Building Research and Knowledge environments (RKE) in a Digital Culture 11.42-11.54  
Q&A Session 4     11.55-12.10 LIVE
Devon Mordell Canada (Ontario) Preservation Begins at Creation: An Embedded Digital Archivist Within the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts 12.11-12.21  
Byeongwon Ha USA (Columbia) Archiving Interactive Art for Art Practitioners and Theorists 12.22-12.32  
Q&A Session 5     12.33-12.45 LIVE

Room 1: Connecting New Media Art Archives. Moderated  by Bonnie Mitchell

Room 2: Creating Ties to Musea. Moderated  by Wendy Coones

Room 3: Funding for New Media Art Archives (Brainstorm, Networking for Fundraising Strategies). Moderated  by Wim van der Plas


LIVE via Zoom

3 rooms

CONCLUDING SESSION   Creating a roadmap towards the goals of the Liverpool Declaration. Moderated by Oliver Grau & Bonnie Mitchell 14.35-16.00 LIVE via Zoom

*) MEDIA ART NEEDS GLOBAL NETWORKED ORGANISATION & SUPPORTInternational Declaration, signed by 500 professionals representing the key institutes in the field. Link to: Media Art History Declaration

-Proceedings will be published. [update november 2020: The Summit Proceedings are published as part of the ISEA2020 Proceedings

For more information on the Summit contact Wim van der Plas at wvdplas[at]xs4all.nl


[updated September 9, 2020]

Archive Presentations at Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica is presenting 3 archives: Their own, SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show archive and the ISEA Symposium archives. You can enter the Archive Hub with the three videos from September 9-13: keplersgardens.info. You find the room in the list of the Featured Projects on the lower left. Enjoy and feel free to invite and share with others!


[updated September 3, 2020]

Other Archives

We are now working on the listing of and linking to all other online archives on electronic art, digital art, new media art, and other archives that focus on the relationship between art and science. See the new menu choice at the top of the page.


[updated August 6, 2019]

ISEA2019 Proceedings

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 have been uploaded.


[updated August 6, 2019]

25th ISEA Celebration Animation

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. For a sneak preview see isea-archives.siggraph.org

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

2020 Development Team new archive (isea-archives.siggraph.org)

  • Nick Langen, New York, USA
  • Michelle Lin,  Toronto, Canada
  • Irina Lyubchenko, Toronto, Canada
  • Maeve Potter, Chicago, USA
  • Sarah Vollmer, Toronto, Canada
  • Kirk Woolford, Rougher Cut Productions, UK

ISEA International Board Archive Committee (in formation)

  • Mike Philips (chair)
  • Pat Badani
  • Bonnie Mitchell
  • Wim van der Plas


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ISEA International

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). The symposia were initiated in 1988 by the Dutch Foundation for Creative Computer Applications (SCCA).

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