ISEA2013 | Third Program Announcement

The ISEA2013 program will take over greater Sydney and beyond, with the
announcement of projects at Powerhouse Museum, The Rocks Pop-Up,
Carriageworks, 107 Projects, the College of Fine Arts UNSW, COFA’s Kudos
Gallery, Tin Sheds Gallery, Verge Gallery, UTS Gallery and DAB LAB, Artspace
as well as a Parramatta hub and projects linking Darwin, the Tasmanian
Wilderness and Indonesia to Sydney.

The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art ‹ presented by the
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and supported by
Destination NSW to align with Vivid Sydney ‹ will showcase the best media
artworks and future-focused ideas from Australia and around the world,
Friday 7 to Sunday 16 June 2013 at venues across central and outer Sydney,
and Darwin.

The ISEA2013 EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM will showcase the works of over 150
innovative Australian and international artists.

The Powerhouse Museum will also be a major exhibition hub for ISEA2013.
Already announced is Experimenta Speak to Me
) ­ 5th International Biennial of Media Art
featuring Wade Marynowski and Jess MacNeil. Exhibiting alongside this is the
first survey of ANAT¹s Synapse initiative that has provided over 30
Australian artists with the opportunity to pursue speculative creative
research projects with scientists and medical researchers in Australia and
beyond. The Synapse: A Selection
) provides a snapshot of the diverse and
fascinating collaborative projects that participating artists and scientists
have produced over the past five years and includes works by Keith
Armstrong, Helen Pynor and Peter Clancy, George Poonkin Khut, Mari Velonaki,
Erica Secombe, Ken+Julia Yonetani, Nola Farman, Chris Henschke and Kirsty

International leaders in the BioArt field, SymbioticA, the Centre of
Excellence in Biological Arts based at the University of Western Australia,
will present their first major Australian exhibition bringing together the
works of 15 artists from different disciplines semipermeable (+)
) . Featuring sworks specially commissioned for
the exhibition including Nigel Helyer and Oron Catts – the groundbreaking
artistic interventions range from protocells, infection and DNA through to
skins and garments, to borders and state control at The Powerhouse Museum.

ISEA2013 and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority present Electronic Art
) , a special instalment  in the ongoing pop-up
program at The Rocks. ISEA2013 has selected six outstanding artworks from
across the globe to bring the latest in contemporary art into the heart of
this historic area of Sydney.

Electronic Nights
) will transform Parramatta¹s River Foreshore
with interactive artworks, performances and food, presented by ISEA2013 and
Parramatta City Council. Over two nights, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June
from dusk to late, encounter interactive artworks along the riverbank that
explore movement and sound, electrical generation, multi media performance
and art and roaming data projections.

Projects include Grobak Padi
) 2013
) an intimate exchange between cultures and
cities through a fusion of food, film and dance using Œgerobak¹ ­
traditional Indonesian food carts. Wired up carts will link Sydney and
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, live via multi-channel links, along with in-cart
video art and a multimedia dance spectacle by artists Michael Hornblow
(Australia), Agung Gunawan (Indonesia) and Tony Yap (Australia/Malaysia).
Keith Armstrong¹s collaborative work, facilitated by the Information and
Cultural Exchange (ICE), Long Time, No See?
)  is an opportunity for the public to create
possible futures through data mapping and a smartphone App on local walks
throughout Parramatta City.

Darwin and Sydney will be connected through The Portals
) , a curated program of five telematic artworks
distributed across these two cities. As large screens proliferate in our
environment can we imagine a different way of using these resources aside
from broadcasting TV? This project connects the extensive urban
infrastructure of The Concourse in Sydney’s Chatswood with communities in
Darwin in real time across two large public screens through networked and
interactive artworks, via high speed broadband. The Portals includes live
art, visual art, e-literature, interactive performance, sound art and
community engagement.

Other exhibitions will showcase the diversity of electronic art practice
including the week-long collaborative production of an expanded Durational
Book being created at the State Library of NSW by 6 artists, including Chris
Caines and Megan Heyward, the meeting of electronic art and architecture at
the Tin Sheds Gallery, a sound art exhibition at UTS Gallery, experiments in
cinema at COFA-UNSW¹s iCinema and an exploration of place and representation
at COFA¹s Kudos Gallery, with the interactive installation Point of View,
combining two radically different environments: the Tasmanian wilderness and
the extreme urban development of Hong Kong. In an apparently endless
stereoscopic 3D giga-pixel panoramic montage, the two locations merge
seamlessly from one into another as the observer turns the circular Œscreen¹
to control both the viewpoint and the related soundscape.

ISEA2013 will feature two programs of sound art performances: Macrophonics
II by Donna Hewitt, Julian Knowles, Wade Marynowsky, and dancers, presented
in association with UTS; and Polysonics, with performances by Michaela
Davies, Ian Andrews, Garry Bradbury, Shane Fahey, Evan Carr, David Carr,
Hamish Stuart, Leah Barclay, Garth Paine at ABC, Studio 22.

For full program details visit


Image Credits:
Left: Title: The Generative Freeway Project [2013] Credit: Matthew Sleeth
(Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, New York).
Middle: Grobak Padi (Australia/Indonesia). Image: Multicultural Arts
Victoria, 2012.
Right: Sanity Clause (Australia), Four arm turntable built by John Jacobs
used in Dragged Backwards through a Hedge. Image: Ian Andrews, 2013.

Sue Gollifer is currently the Director of the ISEA International Headquarters. She is an artist, a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and the Course Leader for Digital Media Arts MA and a researcher and curator at the University of Brighton, UK. She is on a number of National and International Committees, including (CAS) the Computer Arts Society, (DAM), Digital Art Museum, and (DAC) the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. She is currently the ACM Chair of ‘The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art’.

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