[ISEA2023] Panel: Violeta Vojvodic Balaz, Wim van der Plas, Terry Wong, Bonnie Mitchell, Janice Searleman, Byeongwon Ha & Oliver Grau (moderator) — Summit on New Media Art Archiving: Strategic Planning 2023/24

Panel Statement

Third Summit on New Media Art Archiving

Keywords: Sustainability, strategic planning, self-evaluation, new media archiving, SNMAA

The Summit on New Media Art Archiving (SNMAA) is volunteer-based undertaking which operates on minimal selfsustainability. The goal of the workshop on strategic planning is to enhance the Summit’s organisational structure, its capacity of operation and effectiveness, as well as to enable long term sustainability.

Introductory presentation by Violeta Balaz
Design and data visualisation of the introductory presentation: Eduard Balaz

  • Violeta Vojvodic Balaz & Eduard Balaz, Serbia, (MEMODUCT group). Violeta is a media artist and researcher. Violeta holds a PhD from the Faculty of Fine Art (Belgrade). She received a European Diploma in Cultural Management (Brussels), her research was focused on strategic planning, virtuality and cybernetics. Eduard is a media artist and designer. He received a Mag. of Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts (Belgrade). His specialty is experimental graphic design, interface, iconography and data visualisation. Violeta and Eduard were founders of the Urtica, art and media research group (Novi Sad, 1999-2012) and the co-founders of New Media Center_kuda.org in Novi Sad (2001). In 2020, they founded web-based research initiative MEMODUCT posthuman.archive (2020). Currently, they work at the association MEMODUCT group (Belgrade).
  • Wim van der Plas, NL, (ISEA archives) a co-founder of ISEA. He studied Social & Cultural Sciences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Wim was director of the Foundation of Creative Computer Applications (Rotterdam) and the National Institute for Computer Animation (Groningen). He worked for the Utrecht Art School, the Minerva Academy and the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. He is ISEA Symposium archivist and Honorary Chair of the ISEA International Advisory Committee. He received a Leonardo Pioneer Award in 2018.
  • Terry C. W. Wong is an archivist and co-organizer for the ISEA Archives. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Applied Science Department of the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, he is working on his graduate research study on connecting new media art archiving worldwide in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Terry has been involved with the development and organizing the New Media Art Archiving Summit since 2017. He is currently a member of the organizing committee for the Summit. Before working in new media art archiving, he was also an engineer, artist, and a member of the ISEA2016 organizing team.
  • Bonnie Mitchell is a digital artist, animator, archivist as well as a professor of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University in the USA. Her creative work includes interactive installation art, environmental data visualization art, experimental visual music animation, net-art, and new media art archive development. Bonnie is the co-director of the SIGGRAPH History and ISEA Symposium online Archives. She is also a member of the ISEA International Advisory Committee, the ACM SIGGRAPH History and Digital Arts Committees and is the SIGGRAPH 2023 History Chair in charge of the 50th conference celebration.
  • Janice Searleman, USA, (ISEA archives and SIGGRAPH archive) was a professor of Computer Science at Clarkson University (NY) for 37 years. Since retirement in 2015, she has been an Adjunct Research Professor at Clarkson. Her research areas are Virtual Environments, Human-Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence. She is co-director of the ISEA Symposium Archive and ACM SIGGRAPH History Archive, and a member of two ACM SIGGRAPH Committees: Digital Art (DAC) and History. Jan and Bonnie Mitchell coordinated a DAC Online Exhibition “The Earth, Our Home: Art, Technology and Critical Action”.
  • Byeongwon Ha, SK/USA, (University of South Carolina) an assistant professor in Media Arts in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina (Columbia). As a new media artist, he has been taking part in international conferences and festivals art such as CHI, SIGGRAPH Asia, ISEA, and ARTECH since 2012. His research traces a transition from analog media, including film, architecture, and video, to new media. Dr. Ha has published articles as an author in Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and as a co-author in Leonardo (MIT Press). http://bwonha.com
  • Oliver Grau (born 1965) is a German art historian and media theoretician with a focus on image science, modernity and media art as well as culture of the 19th century and Italian art of the Renaissance. Main Areas of Research are: Digital Art, Media Art History, immersion, digital humanities, documentation and conservation strategies of born-digital media art. He is founding director of the Archive for Digital Art (1998) and director of the Society for MediaArtHistories and its biennial conference series (since 2004). His monograph “Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion” (MIT Press 2004) is among the most cited works in recent art history, with over 2600 citations, and with translations of his texts in 15 languages to date and over 300 invited lectures in 44 countries, he is one of the most internationally renowned contemporary art and media scholars. [source: Wikipedia]