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2021 ISEA2022-Pre-conference event header2021 ISEA2022 Pre-Conference Event

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 2021. Organised by UOC – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Artnodes

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC, is a private open university based in Barcelona, Spain. The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society, and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has support centers in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and Colombia. The UOC is also a parent institution of Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). [source: Wikipedia] https://www.uoc.edu/portal/en/index.html

Artnodes is an open-access academic journal produced by the UOC since 2002. It is published twice a year, in June and December. Its articles come from public calls for scientific articles and are submitted for blind review by experts in the relevant subject area. The journal is indexed in Q2 in the Scimago Journal & Country Rank (2020), Carhus Plus+, Scopus (Elsevier), MIAR, Latindex, FECYT Seal of Quality, etc.  https://artnodes.uoc.edu/about/#indexing


The limits of what is possible: research in art and science. ISEA pre-conference
Live stream on 10 jun. 2021

When we talk about the intersections between art, science, technology and society, we are talking about a series of practices that often challenge the boundaries of disciplines, exploring the borderlands between the possible and the impossible, between the real and the imaginary. Sometimes multi-disciplinary, other times inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary, and often just a-disciplinary, they inhabit a grey area where the enduring make-up of knowledge is at play. Next year’s International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) on the theme of ‘Possibles’ is to take place in Barcelona and this year’s online pre-ISEA symposium will include presentations from artists, scientists and technologists from around the world who are working on the limits of what is possible. They are blending disciplines, artistic practices linked to science and technology, and scientific and technological developments inspired by the arts. They will show us their creations, the ideas they have garnered, the innovations they have developed, the reflections they have made, and, above all, the complex challenges they face. In short, they will all look at closing off limits and opening up ‘possibles’.


Call for Papers

Call for papers: In the limits of what is possible: art, science and technology

Submissions to be published in issue 28 (July 2021)

This text is an open call for articles for publication in the next node 28 to be published in July 2021 in Artnodes Magazine and in turn for a possible public presentation at the online symposium to be held on 10 June 2021 in the framework of the Biennial of Science in Barcelona, ​​focused on the topic of limits, and in direct connection with the future International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) to be held in Barcelona in 2022 focused on the topic of the possible. The closing of the limits and the opening of the possible ones will therefore be the backbone of the proposals that we hope to be able to accept here.

When we talk about the intersections between art, science, technology and society (ACTS) we are referring to a set of practices that tend to challenge disciplinary boundaries, entering hybrid territories between the possible and the impossible, the real and the imaginary. Sometimes multidisciplinary, sometimes interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary, and often directly a-disciplinary in an indefinite territory in which what is at stake is the eternal composition of knowledge, of what is yet to be delimited, limited or disciplined in a tremendously fertile magma. This set of practices has their specific ways of doing things, their contexts, dynamics, processes, devices, forms or methods that account for the complexity of this transversal and transversalizing field. And all this happens in each of the steps of the different phases of the value chain of ACTS practices, be they in the framework of the processes of production, research, training, dissemination, archiving or preservation. The challenges that these practices face are several and of a different nature, precisely because of the complexity and heterogeneity of the elements that are valued, representing many challenges in their structural dimension. That is why from the same practices and contexts it becomes inevitable to convene the meta-reflection of their ways of doing things always in constant innovation and experimentation, something inherent in all artistic practice but which here is exacerbated by the need for its own operational condition.

The difficulty of expliciting all these processes that come into play and are often especially heterogeneous, complex and laborious, beyond any of the commonplaces where to remain placidly isolated, is one of the most important challenges that this knowledge and experience community faces, and in turn represents the guarantee of its persistence and survival in the increasingly sophisticated and dilettante contemporary societies. That is why the purpose of this call open to the presentation of works is to call for the submission of articles that provide experiences and reflections that can help define, highlight or analyze from within, all these implicit processes that are inscribed within the ACTS practices and contexts, in their different phases of the value chain through which they pass. We must value all these specificities of epistemic practices that respond to the vast field of ACTS intersections and that go beyond mere artistic research to embark on other even more fertile paths. And all of this without forgetting the context in which we find ourselves of a global pandemic and subsequent re-healing of global control and surveillance at the core of the ongoing digitalization of our society and culture.


Guest Editors

  • Paloma Díaz, Audiovisual Culture, BAU (University Design Centre) Director, Uncovering Ctrl.
  • Andrea García, PhD Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work at National Distance Education University (UNED)

Theme: In the limits of what is possible: art, science and technology

dealing with the following topics:

    • Analysis of processes and working methods in the practices of art, science and technology
    • Epistemological contributions of inter/multi/trans/a-disciplinar development.
    • Specificity of the contributions of ACTS practices in the educational and social context.
    • Challenges faced by the spaces and contexts of exhibition and dissemination, ongoing transformations linked to these practices.
    • Reflections on the challenges of associated cultural, research and education policies.
    • Evaluation processes and indicators.
    • Analysis of the dynamics of production and research centers, and their contributions to structural change.
    • Historical frameworks, archiving practices, documentation and preservation in the face of the challenges of technological obsolescence and oblivion.
    • Artistic practices in the context of surveillance capitalism and the effects of the global pandemic.


  1. Artnodes #28 https://raco.cat/index.php/Artnodes/issue/view/29704