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ISEA2022 header27th International Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA2022]
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain June 9-16, 2022.

Organised by the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Open University of Catalonia) in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona (CCCB), Santa Mònica arts centre, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), New Art Foundation, the new Art, Science and Technology Hub Hac Te, Barcelona City Council (through Barcelona Science and Universities and the Institute of Culture), the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Culture and the Institut Ramon Llull. ISEA2022 was held at the CCCB, MACBA, and many other locations, among which the Convent de Sant Agustí, Museum Arts Santa Mònica, Museum La Capella, Hospital de Sant Pau Museum and Beep Gallery (Reus).


ISEA2022 In Numbers

  • 140 expert presentations
  • 16 panels and round tables
  • 18 posters and demos
  • 45 institutional presentations
  • 40 artist talks
  • 23 screenings
  • 13 performances
  • 4+ art exhibitions
  • 13 workshops


ISEA2022 Online Teaser

ISEA2022 After movie

Introductory Notes, Closing Events

Opening Ceremony

On June 10, Museu Frederic Marès hosted the ISEA2022 Barcelona Opening Ceremony to welcome both local and international participants to ISEA2022 Barcelona.

Before, one could visit the Maria Aurèlia Capmany viewpoint. Located on the terrace of the Novíssim building (Plaça de Sant Miquel, 2), it offers the best panoramic views of the city.

19:00  – Open access to Maria Aurèlia Capmany viewpoint
20:00  – Reception in Museu Frederic Marès (Pati Verger)
FORMS – (it is a) Live de Playmodes
20:30  – Speeches.
Visual ‘Slow Violence’ by Hamill Industries
21:00  Standing cocktail dinner
FORMS – (it is a)Live de Playmodes
22:00  – Closing

Main Ceremony

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau will host the Main Ceremony of ISEA2022 Barcelona, on June 14, where the testimony will be passed to the next city that will host the Symposium, Paris.

19:00 p.m. Reception and Visit to the exhibition of digital art with five works from the ISEA2022 Barcelona call and twenty pieces from the .Beep Collection (See ISEA2022 Art Events page)
20:00 p.m. Welcome drink and ‘Slow Violence’ by Hamill Industries
20.15 p.m. Speeches
20.30 p.m. Performance “Ventriloquist ontology”, by Afroditi Psarra
20.45 p.m. Standing Cocktail dinner
21.50 p.m Fractal Listening (audiovisual performance), by Sebastian Seifert
22.30 p.m. Mapping Cité Mémoire, by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard,
23.10 p.m Closing

Theme: Possibles

Possibles not only open up an unfinished world of futures before us, but also presents and pasts behind us.
The Possible is openness and movement, a horizon of change that unfolds and organizes the world.
The Possible started with the polis, the city, and is political by definition.
The Possible has nothing to do with the unreal, the impossible, or the fictitious, but rather with the unfinished real in front of us.
The Possible shapes our reality, and that is precisely why it is a political problem in itself. From “everything is possible” to “be realistic and ask for the impossible”, from an “infinitude of possible worlds” to “this is not possible and cannot be done”.
Sometimes we are trapped in a world of pre-designed Possibles – “this is it” – where it seems that nothing could have been left out, there are no alternatives. Sometimes it is living an illusion of freedom in an impossible world where the critical just disappears. How to open towards contingency, not only to the becoming but also its uncertainty?
How to draw new Possibles to come, and not just confirming those that are there waiting to be confirmed, experienced and thought, as Possibles that can be brought to existence in our worldview? How to move from the impossible, the fable or the utopia to directly bite into our reality?
The Possible is inscribed within the arts, design, sciences and technologies that surround us now and those yet to come.
We see these Possibles behind climate change and global warming, behind robotics and biotechnologies, inside algorithms, artificial intelligence and data science, in between quantic worlds trying to get a grasp of what matter is, up there above our heads in outer space and the multiverse.


  • Human and Non-Human

    Technological Singularity
    Human Brain
    Artificial Life
    Brain-Computer Interface
    Artificial Intelligence

    What does it mean to be a human now?
    How do we relate with the non-humans?
    How do we become bodies in the world?
    How do we construct and gain knowledge?
    How to develop the interaction between human and machine?
    And with the other animals?
    These are some of the questions behind this sub-theme that focuses on the possible humans and non-humans that we are, redesigning ourselves and the things around us through new perspectives that open these Possibles in an unfinished world that shapes our existence.

  • Natures And Worlds

    Space Art
    Climate Change
    Complex Networks
    Quantum Art or Nano Arts
    Global Warming
    Speculative Design
    Bio Art

    How do we understand and experience life nowadays?
    How do we relate with nature?
    How to fight climate change and global warming?
    How do we transform and inhabit our world?
    How would we inhabit other worlds that we long to discover and experience?
    And how about the universe, the outer space and the planets we dream about?
    In a context where all Possibles seem to be closed towards a dystopian future where we are heading , it is crucial to open these Possibles that are waiting to be unfolded, thought and experienced as the Other to come.

  • Futures and Heritages

    Data Science
    Augmented Reality
    Data Visualization
    Virtual Reality

    Which is the role of history?
    How can we construct our futures?
    What is the role of the arts in all this?
    How should we take care of our past and heritage?
    How to remember and forget when there is so much information available?
    How to create meaning and sense in a world overflowed with data?
    The way we conceive our past, memory and history structures our present and creates our future to come. From Digital Oblivion and Technological Obsolescence, this sub-theme moves forward and backward to an Archaeology of Media that suggests possible futures and heritages.

  • Educations and Societies

    Labs and Maker Education
    Education as Culture Creation
    Art Residencies
    Recognition of Diversity
    Festivals and Events
    Cultivating the Possible
    meaningful STEAM learning environments
    Epistemological Pluralism
    Artistic Research
    Pedagogy as Artistic Practice
    Art and Design production centers and Labs

    How to experience and learn from inter/multi/trans/anti-disciplinarity?
    How to integrate the arts into science and technology and the other way around?
    Which experiences need to be shared to reinforce that connection?
    How and why is there a need to congregate around events such as festivals or conferences?
    What can we learn from this?
    What experiences from art and design production and research centres and programmes do we need to be familiar with and replicate?
    These are some of the questions that stem from the relationship between education and society, that place where citizenship comes to be and interlaces with the rest.


International Programme Committee

Includes the ISEA2022 Art Jury

Organising Committee

  • General Chair/Director: Pau Alsina (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Vice Director: Irma Vilà (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

Academic Chairs

  • Susanna Tesconi (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Joan Soler-Adillon (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Enric Mor( Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)

Theme and Format Chairs

  • Humans And Non Humans Chair: Andrés Burbano(Universidad De Los Andes)
  • Natures And Worlds Chair: Laura Benítez(Universitat Autònoma De Barcelona)
  • Futures And Heritages Chair: Vanina Hofman (Universitat Rovira I Virgili)
  • Educations And Societies Chair: Aida Sánchez De Serdio (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Artworks Chair: Pau Waelder (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Screenings Chair: Gemma San Cornelio (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Performances Chairs: Laia Blasco (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya) & Mónica Rikić (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Artists Talks Chair: Luz María Sánchez (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Posters Chair: David Merino (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Demos Chair: Pierre Bourdin (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Workshops Chair: Efraín Foglia (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Institutional Presentations Chair: Alba Colombo (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Communication & Web Chairs: Andrea García (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya) & Paloma González (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Online Program Chairs: Lluc Massaguer(Universitat Oberta De Catalunya) & Amalia Creus (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)

Institutional Committee

Universitat Oberta De Catalunya

  • Josep A. Planell (Rector)

Regional Government of Catalunya

  • Pere Aragonès(President)
  • Natàlia Garriga(Minister Of Research And Universities)
  • Joana Barbany(General Director Of Digital Society)

Barcelona Townhall

  • Ada Colau(Mayor)
  • Jordi Martí Grau (Deputy Mayor For Culture)
  • Laia Bonet (Deputy Mayor For Digital Transition)

New Art Foundation

  • Andreu Rodríguez (President)

 Hac Te

  • Josep A. Planell (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Daniel Crespo (Upc)
  • Lluís Torner (Cfo)
  • Mateo Valero(Bsc-Cnc)
  • Gabriel Silberman (Bist)
  • Miquel Martí (Tech Barcelona)
  • Anna Manubens (Hangar)
  • Constantí Serrallonga (Fira De Barcelona)
  • Ricard Robles (Sónar)
  • Pepe Serra (Mnac)
  • Andreu Rodríguez (Naf)

Legation of Tarragona

  • Noemí Llauradó (President)

Reus Townhall

  • Carles Pellicer (Major)

Artistic Committee

  • Pau Alsina (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Irma Vilà (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Tere Badia( Culture Action Europe)
  • Vicente Matallana (New Art Foundation)
  • Pau Waelder (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)

Santa Mònica Curatorial Team

  • Marta Gracia (Santa Mònica)
  • Enric Puig (Santa Mònica)
  • Jara Rocha (Santa Mònica)

Extended Programme

  • Project Manager: Astrid Rousse (Hac Te)


  • Programme Transversality, Museums and Archives: Marta Millet
  • Education Coordinators:  Laura Malinverni (Universitat De Barcelona) &  Cristina Valero (Cosicosa)
  • Artistic Coordinator: Núria Marquès
  • Scientific Coordinator: Irene Lapuente (La Mandarina De Newton)
  • Conference Coordinator: Arianna Esposito (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Communication Coordinator: Adriana Valero (Hac Te)
  • Communication Assistant: Eva López
  • Institutional Relations: Jaume Moregó (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Corporate Advisor: Josep Maria Civit

Technical Secretariat

  • Antonio Ponce (Universitat Oberta De Catalunya)
  • Patrícia Díaz (Kenes Group)
  • Lorena Granda (Kenes Group)

Steering Committee

Universitat Oberta De Catalunya

  • Pastora Martínez
  • Joan Fuster
  • Daniel Riera
  • Jordi Sánchez-Navarro
  • Pau Alsina
  • Irma Vilà

Generalitat De Catalunya – Departament De Cultura

  • Josep Vives (General Director of Cultural Promotion and Libraries)
  • Marisol López (General Director of Innovation and Digital Culture)

Ajuntament De Barcelona

  • Daniel Granados (Delegate of Cultural Rights)
  • Júlia Miralles(Delegate of Science and Universities)

New Art Foundation

  • Vicente Matallana(Director)


  • Judit Carreras
  • Carlota Broggi
  • Susanna Arias

Santa Mònica

  • Enric Puig(Director)


  • Elvira Dyangani (Director)

Hac Te

  • Carme Fenoll (UPC)
  • Lydia Sanmartí (ICFO)
  • Fernando Cucchietti (BSC-CNC)
  • Àlex González (Bist)
  • Miquel Martí (Tech Barcelona)
  • Anna Manubens (Hangar)
  • Francesc Solà (Fira De Barcelona)
  • Ricard Robles (Sónar)
  • Víctor Magrans (Mnac)
  • Astrid Rousse (Hac Te)

2nd Summit on New media Art Archiving Organising Committee

  • Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH and ISEA Archives
  • Janice Searlman, SIGGRAPH and ISEA Archives
  • Wim van der Plas, ISEA Archives
  • Terry Wong, ISEA Archives

Summit IPC

  • Oliver Grau, ADA
  • Wim van der Plas, ISEA
  • Janice Searleman, SIGGRAPH Archives
  • Christina Radner, Ars Electronica

Summit Art Jury

  • Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH and ISEA Archives
  • Terry Wong, ISEA Archives

ISEA2022 Extended Programme

With the aim of bringing the intersections between Art, Science and Technology closer to the public, ISEA2022 has created the ISEA Extended Program, in Barcelona and other 10 cities which includes more than 50 activities along the Catalan territory with the support of Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya, through its Ministry of Culture.
Hac Te, the new Hub of Art, Science and Technology of Barcelona has articulated the ISEA Extended Program to make possible exhibitions, workshops, outdoor projects, panels, artists talks or school initiatives where visual arts venues, design schools, museums and art centers, art factories, festivals and high schools are involved.
With this extensive program that complements the conferences and exhibitions, ISEA2022 wants to make the intersection between arts, science and technology practices open and accessible to society, involving and connecting the international Symposia with the different catalan communities related with this interdisciplinary field.
Apart from Barcelona, within the framework of ISEA2022, 10 Catalan cities all among the territory will host several activities: Girona, Lleida, Mataró, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Amposta, Tarragona, Vic, Balaguer, Reus and Berga.
Extended and Exhibition Program available at the bottom of this page [PDF]

Partners, Sponsors & Funders

  • CCCB

    The CCCB (Centre for Contemporary Culture Barcelona) is a multidisciplinary cultural centre that deals with the key challenges of contemporary society through different languages and formats. It offers an extensive programme that includes major thematic exhibitions, conference series and literary meetups, film screenings and festivals.

  • Barcelona City Council

    Barcelona City Council supports ISEA through its Barcelona Science Programme, an initiative it launched to promote scientific knowledge and involve the public in its development. The Programme invites all people to participate and be heard with regard to the preparation, methods and results of scientific research based on criteria such as ethics, transparency, equality and equal access to knowledge. Based on this vision, the city becomes the stage where science and society meet to have dialogue, to understand and advance together and make a combined effort to confront the local and global challenges of the 21st century.

  • Santa Mònica

    Santa Mònica is a multidisciplinary centre with a special focus on the culture surrounding the digital media produced in Catalonia. The centre acts as a platform for the diffusion of the contemporary creativity of our country. It also gives the public a space for reflection that encourages discussions and generates ideas about the different concepts involved in artistic creation and its relation with the public: creativity, awareness, innovation, knowledge, aesthetics…. It also offers an exhibition space where international artists and creators find the possibility to present their works.

  • Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura

    The Government of Catalonia has been providing institutional support to ISEA2022 from the outset, through the involvement of the Ministry of Culture and the network of cultural facilities in Catalonia. Its main mission is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of Catalan art and culture.


    The MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona) aims to encourage enjoyment and interest in art and contemporary culture through a transformative impact and aspiration among individuals and society. Its mission is to bring contemporary art to life with a particular focus on Catalan production. Through research, the generation of knowledge and dissemination, it aims to encourage enjoyment and interest in art and contemporary culture. The MACBA wishes to play its part in building a freer society with a sense of critique.

  • Hac Te

    Hac Te is the new Art, Science and Technology Hub promoted by eleven institutions to make Barcelona a global centre for research, training, dissemination, transfer and production in this field. Its aim is to explore and develop intersections between art, science and technology to boost the digital transformation of society.

  • New Art Foundation

    The New Art Foundation was created to help the artistic community position new scientific, technical and conceptual formulas in Art, to make them known and to educate society, enabling it to appreciate Art at its intersection with Science and Technology as an expression of the most forward looking ideas.


Opening Ceremony

  • Ajuntament de Barcelona

Main Ceremony

  • Gouvernement du Québec

Exhibition Programme

  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista Barcelona
  • Lacapella
  • Centre dÁrt Cal Massó Reus
  • Casa Navas
  • Ajuntament de Reus
  • Serra Exclusives
  • niio.art
  • Netherlands embassy in Madrid
  • Government of Canada


  • The Provincial Council of Barcelona

Extended Programme

  • The Canodrome
  • Sala Beckett Obrador Internacional de Dramaturgia
  • Sonar Festival
  • Mercat de les Flors Casa de la Dansa
  • Cosmocaixa Science Museum
  • Hangar.org
  • Xarxa de Biblioteques Municipals
  • Casa Amèrica Catalunya
  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
  • ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
  • Edivi design education
  • EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona
  • ELISAVA school of design
  • ESDi School of Design
  • IED International Design School
  • la Llotja, Escola d’Arts i Oficis de Barcelona
  • Alalimón art space
  • Design Museum Barcelona
  • FAD Fostering Arts and Design
  • Espronceda – Institute of Art & Culture
  • Natural Science Museum of Barcelona
  • PRBB Parc Recerca Biomedica Barcelona
  • Máster En Arte Sonoro De La Universidad De Barcelona
  • Orquestra del Caos
  • Graner creation centre for dance and performing arts
  • Manifestations (NL)
  • Materfad materials centre
  • Abe, Art Barcelona association of galeries
  • Mandarina de Newton, Cultural Enterprise Focused on Science and Technology

Other locations

  • BÒLIT Centre D’art Contemporani, Girona
  • Mèdol Centre d’Arts Contemporànies de Tarragona
  • Panera Art Center, Lleida
  • Lo Pati, el Centro de Arte de las Tierras del Ebro, Amposta
  • M|A|C Mataró Contemporary Art
  • Fundació Sorigué, Lleida
  • Konvent, Berga
  • ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies, Vic
  • Tecla Sala Art Center

Closing night

  • FLOCK Drone Art Barcelona


  • illy coffee

Subsidisers & Sponsors

  • Reddis Private Foundation, Reus
  • DKV Health insurance
  • Fundación Ernesto Ventós
  • Fundació Sorigué, Lleida
  • NewArtFoundation (BEEP Collection), Reus

Beep Collection: Origins

  • Ministry of Culture, Regional Government of Catalonia
  • Provincial Council of Tarragona
  • Reus Capital Partners
  • MIRO Vermouth Reus
  • Outlet PC
  • Tecnol, Reus


  1. Proceedings (PDF)
  2. Catalogue (PDF)
  3. Final Programme (PDF)
  4. Workshop Programme (PDF)
  5. Extended and Exhibition Program [PDF]
  6. Photos
  7. Artefacts