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6th International Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA95]

Montreal, Canada
September 17-24, 1995

Presented by Société des Arts Technologiques [SAT] in formation


The ISEA95 conference was held at the Montreal Conference Centre and Hotel Le Meridien. Workshops took place at McGill University, Universite de Montreal, Concorde University, GRAFF Galery, Espace Libre, Centre NAD, La Centrale and CEGEP Maisonneuve. The main ISEA95 exhibitions were held at Ecole Cherrier and the Gallerie de l’UQAM. Concerts and Performances were given at The Spectrum (also the ISEA95 ‘night club’), Place des Arts and the Musee de l’Art Contemporaine. The opening event took place at Buckminster Fuller’s Bio Sphere.

More than one thousand proposals from forty countries were submitted to ISEA95 Montreal for selection. Each proposal was reviewed by local juries and subsequently commented upon by an international program committee. At the end of the process, four hundred proposals resulted in the final program of 7 keynotes, 19 panels, 52 poster sessions, 12 institutional presentations, 10 workshops, 2 exhibitions grouping 100 artists, 7 electro-acoustic music concerts comprising 30 works, ten multimedia performances, several special projects and satellite events, an Electronic Cabaret, a New Media Market, and the Cyberport… As a crowning honour, ISEA9S Montreal has been chosen as the preferred site of several international organizations and publications from which to announce their international competitions, award notional tributes, and launch new magazines.

Around 80 works have been selected to present a broad range of current production in the technological arts. In addition to the selected works, ISEA95 Montreal, in collaboration with the Galerie de l’UQAM and the Laboratoire de museographie, Universite de Montreal, presents an exhibition of interactive works developed at the ZKM /Karlsruhe (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie), which organizes the important biennale: the Multimediale. A variety of other organizations are also participating in lSEA95 Montreal with technological art exhibitions

Introductory Notes (Opening Ceremonie at the Bio Sphere):

  • Luc Courchesne (Artistic director ISEA95) — Introduction of speakers
  • Martin Cauchon (Deputy of the Federal Government, on behalf of Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada) — Welcome
  • Jacques Parizeau (Prime Minister of Québec) — Welcome
  • Louise Beaudoin (Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec)Welcome
  • Pierre Bourque (Mayor of Montreal) — Welcome
  • Videocreature (intermezzo)
  • Wim van der Plas — About the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts
  • Itsuo Sakane — Testimonium of Expo 67
  • Alain Mongeau & Monique Savoie — ISEA95

with works by Jon McCormack and Charles de Mestral


hosted by Suzanne Hurtubise, Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage, in the Salon des Arts, Meridien Hotel


Organizing Committee

  • Alain Mongeau, Programme Director
  • Monique Savoie, Executive Director
  • Nancy Tobin, Production Director

Steering Committee

  • Louise Poissant
  • Henry See
  • Luc Courchesne
  • Denis Martineau

Artistic Committee

  • Michael Century & Denis Martineau, Special Events
  • Luc Courchesne, New Media Market and Multimediale
  • Greg Garvey & Cynthia Beth Rubin, Artist Talks
  • Eric Mattson, Electronic Cabaret
  • Alain Mongeau, Exhibitions
  • Bruce Pennycook, Concerts
  • Don Ritter, Performances

International Programme Committee

  • Roy Ascott (UK)
  • Paul Brown (UK/Australia)
  • Hank Bull (Canada)
  • Jurgen Claus (Germany/Belgium)
  • Sara Diamond (Canada)
  • Anne-Marie Duguet (France)
  • Vera Frenkel (Canada)
  • Craig Harris (USA)
  • Theo Hesper (Netherlands/Indonesia)
  • Derrick de Kerckhove (Belgium/Canada)
  • Robin King (UK/Canada)
  • Machiko Kusahara (Japan)
  • Roger Malina (USA), ISAST/Leonardo
  • Joelle Metzger (France)
  • Simon Penny (Australia/USA)
  • Wim van der Plas (Netherlands)
  • Rejane Spitz (Brasil)
  • Minna Tarkka (Finland)
  • Roman Verostko (USA)
  • Gary Warner (Australia)


ISEA95 was supported by (among many others): Concordia University, McGill University, Universite de Montreal, Universite de Quebec (UQAM), the University of Vermont, Ministere de Patrimoine, Ministere des Resources Humaine, Centre for Innovation in Information Technology (CITI) and Conseil de Recherche en Sciences Humaines (CRSH).


  1. Proceedings (PDF)
  2. Final Programme & Book of Abstracts (PDF)
  3. Advance Programme (PDF)
  4. ISEA95 CD-ROM