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15th International Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA2009]

Belfast, Northern Ireland
August 23 – September 1, 2009

Presented by the University of Ulster, in co-operation with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and the Dundalk Institute of Technology and with support from the Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau, the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and other parties. ISEA2009 took place under the auspice of ISEA International.


The ISEA2009 conference and workshops took place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, and the adjacent BT Riverside Tower and Hilton Hotel. Two pre-symposium days were organised, respectively in Coleraine and Londonderry, at the University of Ulster’s local Campusses. After the Belfast symposium, 2 more days were organized, first in Dundalk and then in Dublin (Republic of Ireland).

The main Art exhibition took place at Ormeau Baths Gallery, the Golden Thread Gallery and the Foyer Gallery of the University of Ulster Belfast. More exhibits were held at sites across the city. A seperate exhibition and event was focussing on the creative industries. There was a Performance Night at Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) of Queen’s University Belfast. Connected to the trips to Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry excursions were organised, respectively to the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a tour of the historical Londonderry/Derry City walls.

Venue: University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, Foyer and Gallery
York Street, Belfast, N. Ireland ulster.ac.uk
The Belfast campus on York Street is part of the city’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter. Recognised as the historic heart of Belfast the Cathedral Quarter is the city’s up and coming cultural hotspot. The area is richly endowed with historical, political and artistic character. The area is part of a dynamic arts scene and the campus plays host to a range of Art, Design and Architecture exhibitions, music performances and a number of annual festivals including the Ulster Festival of Art and Design. The campus is made up of two separate buildings, which are connected via a suspended walkway above York Street. Following a major £30 million refurbishment and redevelopment programme students and visitors have access to excellent purpose-built design space, studios for recording and editing live and off-air television, sound recording, mixing and animation, teaching and exhibition areas as well as a new Learning Resource Centre. The campus is currently home to the School of Art and Design and the School of Architecture and Design although other disciplines are increasingly being taught here including programmes offered by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Exhibiting ISEA2009 Artists:
Lauren Alexander; Joseph DeLappe; Petko Dourmana; Anthony Haughey; Fiona Larkin; Christina McPhee; Richard O’Sullivan; Geoffrey Alan Rhodes; Sreejata Roy & Mrityunjay Chatterjee. Debashis Sinha.

Theme: Engaged Creativity in Mobile Environments

Engaged Creativity in Mobile Environments maps the territory of inquiry, debate and display for ISEA2009, the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art. The incessant change of physical and virtual environments under the influence of global capital and mass migration as well as the fluidity of personal and social relationships effected by digital information and communication technologies have come to determine the life experience for billions of people. The radically and rapidly altered ways in which we communicate, inter- and transact re/
define how we appreciate and make meaning of the world in and around us, and how we conduct our lives along dramatically changing fault lines of the private and the public. Digital technologies as the fuel of global capital have not only effected dynamic and increasingly precarious labour relations. Their impact on the spaces of (media) representation in/forms ideological, ethical and religious perspectives, values and believes. The speed, reach and connectivity of the new information and communication technologies fundamentally effect the perception and negotiation of political and economic, social and cultural circumstances and act as catalyst for the re/organisation of society and its spaces through changing notions of democracy, citizenship and (self-) governance.


Organising Committee

  • Kerstin Mey, ISEA2009 Artistic Director — Acknowledgements
  • Kathy Rae Huffman, ISEA2009 Curator
  • Cherie Driver, Executive Producer
  • Chrissie Cadman, Paul Mühlbach & Emma McClintock, Associated Producers
  • Mark Cullen, Sarah Edge, Karen Fleming, Pat Griffin, Saoirse Higgins, Cahal McLaughlin, Aoife Ludlow, Frank Lyons, Andy Miah, Paul Moore, Greg O’Hanlon, Caroline O’Sullivan, Terry Quigley, Una Walker & Terence Wright, Organising Team

International Programme Committee

  • Liam Doona, Dun Laoighaire Institute of Art Technology and Design, Ireland
  • Beryl Graham, CRUMB, University of Sunderland, UK
  • Leah Hilliard, NCAD, Dublin, Irleand
  • Kathy Rae Huffman, independent curator, USA/Germany
  • Alejandro Jaimes-Larrarte, Independent Researcher, Columbia
  • Daniel Jewesbury, Artist, Writer, Critic, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Ryszard W Kluszczynski, University of Lodz, Poland
  • Monica Narula, Sarai, New Delhi, India
  • Stephen Partridge, University of Dundee, UK
  • Melinda Rackham, Anat, Adelaide, Australia
  • Julianne Pierce, Executive Producer, Blast Theory , Australia/UK
  • Pedro Rebelo Director of Research, SARC, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Peter Richards, Director Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, UK
  • Mike Stubbs, Director, FACT, Liverpool, UK
  • Rasa Smite, RIXC, Riga, Latvia
  • Mare Tralla, Artist, Estonia /UK
  • Marion Walton, Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Lonce Wyse, National University of Singapore

Subsidisers, Sponsors & Supporters


  • University of Ulster
  • Interface Research in Art Technologies and Design
  • iadt Dún Laoghaire
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

Under the auspice of

  • ISEA International

Supported by

  • Ormeau Baths Gallery
  • Golden Thread Gallery
  • PS2 Paragon Studios Project Space
  • flaxart
  • Bbeyond
  • digital arts studios
  • residence
  • Black Box
  • The Workshops
  • linen hall library
  • platform
  • SHAC Housing Association
  • CRAFT Northern Ireland
  • Sonicartsresearchcentre
  • Associated Cultural Partners
  • VOID
  • Belfast Exposed
  • Millennium Court arts centre


  • arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Invest Northern Ireland
  • British Telecom
  • Belfast City Council
  • Belfast online
  • Hilton Belfast
  • Creativity and innovation European Year 2009
  • Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
  • Visual Artists Ireland
  • the streat
  • Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Mondriaan Foundation
  • Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • DIAGEO Northern Ireland


  1. Proceedings (PDF)
  2. Catalogue (PDF)
  3. Programme_Book of Abstracts (PDF)