CFP – ISEA2016 Hong Kong

Call for Participation

22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art
ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Cultural R>evolution

Electronic media exemplifies the dual meaning of revolution: to always create new while returning to the old. In this dynamic, where multiple centers and margins compete for attention, and borders to be transgressed are shifting, paradigms and practices must be replaced, repackaged and re-appropriated to keep up with the parallel evolutions in art, creativity, culture, society, and politics.

We invite full and short papers, panel and roundtable discussions, posters, artist talks / work-in-progress presentations, proposals for artworks (including concerts and performances) and events in public space responding to the above main theme of the symposium and/or to one or more of the subthemes described below. We also invite proposals for workshops/tutorials, institutional presentations, applications for KAF x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program, and, proposals for OPEN SKY GALLERY ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Project for ICC Tower Urban Screen.

Topics of ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港

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The New Geopolitics of (Art-)Making: D.I.Y. Ontologies & (De)institutionalizationGame Over – Play Again Y/NThe Animal and the Technological: Para/Post-Human ParadoxesMassless: Liquid E-OccupyCode, Language, Network, PoliticsNoise Contra SignalBiopolitics/biopower: Genetics (G), Nanotechnology (N) and Robotics (R)Crypto-FinanceTechno-sexNew Media and Cultural Heritage

Important dates

August 2015 Call for submissions opens
20 September 2015 Deadline for KAF x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program applications
October 2015 Early Bird submission deadline for artworks
October 2015 Notifications of acceptance for Early Bird artworks
November 2015 Deadline for artwork proposals, full and short papers, panel proposals, abstracts of posters/demonstrations, and, proposals for workshops and tutorials
15 November 2015 Deadline for OPEN SKY GALLERY ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Project for ICC Tower Urban Screen proposals
December 2015 Notifications of acceptance for proposals for workshops and tutorials
January 2016 Notification of acceptance for artworks, full and short papers, panel proposals and posters/demonstrations
February 2016 Deadline for artist talk / work-in-progress presentations, and Institutional Presentations
March 2016 Notifications of acceptance for artist talks / work-in-progress presentations and Institutional Presentations
March 2016 Deadline for camera-ready versions of all materials to be included in proceedings (full and short papers, panel abstracts, and poster/demonstration abstracts)
May 2016 Publication of ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Proceedings
16-22 May 2016 ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Cultural R>evolution

Organizers of ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 reserve the right to change the above dates and deadlines

How to submit

We request that all submissions follow the citation style specified in ISEA2016HK Editorial Standards and are formatted according to the ISEA2016HK submission template. Please submit online by following the instructions at at the ISEA2016 online submission system.

About peer review at ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港

Full and short paper submissions and panel and roundtable discussions will be double blind peer reviewed by members of International Programme Committee (IPC). Chairs make the final decisions of acceptance/rejection based on IPC’s recommendations.

Full and short papers, abstracts of panels and roundtable discussions will be published in the Proceedings. Proposals for artworks for the juried exhibition will be single-blind peer reviewed (i.e. reviewers know the identity of the artist, but artist does not know the identity of the reviewer) by jury comprising of members of International Programme Committee (IPC) and organizing committee members. Workshops/Tutorials, and Artist Talks / Work-in-Progress Presentations will be selected by appropriate chairs based on their quality and relevance to the Symposium. Institutional presentations are selected, based on their relevance to the ISEA mission, by the organizing committee members.

Names of organizing committee and IPC members will be published on the Symposium website.

Submission formats

We invite submissions in a number of different categories. Please note the different deadlines and requirements for submissions in different categories.

Full papers with oral presentations, peer-reviewedShort papers with oral presentations, peer-reviewedPanel discussions, peer-reviewedPosters / demonstrationsArtist talks / work-in-progress presentationsArtworks for the juried exhibition, peer-reviewedWorkshops and TutorialsInstitutional PresentationsEvents in Public Space

Call for Applications: KAF x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program

ISEA2016HK in partnership with K-11 Art Foundation (KAF) will host a number of artists-in-residence, to create works addressing the themes of ISEA2016HK, at KAF studios in Wuhan, China, during the period Oct 15th 2015 – May 15th 2016. KAF Studios in Wuhan will provide residency and art production support to the selected artists. Duration of each residency is 2 to 6 weeks dependent on the proposed project’s complexity. All forms and media are open for consideration. Exhibition of art created in the residency will occur in Hong Kong during ISEA2016HK, and an award will be announced for best artwork at the exhibition opening. Deliverables expected from successful applicants include:

  • Artist Presentation for professional networking
  • Artist Presentation for general public in art education
  • Artist Open Studio at Wuhan Artist Village at the end of the residency to create dialogue with general public as well as local art community
  • Documentation and behind-the-scenes interview created in conjunction with artist
  • Group exhibition of all artist-residents at K-11 in Hong Kong (and possibly other venues, e.g. City University of Hong Kong, Cyberport, HK Science Park etc.), presence at the opening of the exhibition(s) during ISEA2016HK.

To apply, please prepare an application, including the following:

  • Name and contact info
  • Bio (200 words max)
  • CV (pdf)
  • Project description (200-800 words)
  • Impact statement (200-600 words)

Deadline for applications is 23:59 (HK time) on 20 September 2015. Please send your application in PDF format by email to:

Applications will be selected by a panel comprising of ISEA2016HK organizers and representatives of KAF, based on their creative merit, relevancy to the themes of ISEA2016HK, disruptiveness of the research, and impact to the community. For more information and questions, please email the KAF x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program coordinators at

OPEN SKY GALLERY ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Project for ICC Tower urban screen

ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 in partnership with the OPEN SKY PROJECT – a joint effort of City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media and Sun Hung Kai – offers an opportunity to artists to present 77 000 sqm video projects on an urban media screen on the facade of the highest tower in Hong Kong: the ICC Tower (484m). This screen can be seen simultaneously by more than 1 000 000 people. Synchronized sound, artist statements, and other info will be displayed through a mobile app.

Deadline for proposals is 23:59 (HK time) on 15 November 2015. Authors of successful proposals will be notified by the end of December 2015, and will be required to submit their final video files for a second round of review by end of February 2015. To submit your work, please follow the instructions on the Open Sky Campus website.

The projects will be selected by the Open Sky Gallery Curator in association with the Open Sky Gallery Advisory board and the SHK ICC partner. Displayed on 3 sides of the building; the black and white video should respect the ICC technical and ethical requirements. The project should take into consideration the specificity of large scale content in public space.

For further information, please refer to the Open Sky website or contact the Open Sky Project coordinators by email at


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For questions concerning KAF x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program and OPEN SKY GALLERY ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Project for ICC Tower Urban Screen, please contact the programme coordinators mentioned above. For questions concerning all other types of submissions and ISEA2016 Hong Kong in general, please contact  the symposium chairs by email, using the following address:

ABOUT ISEA International

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) launched in 1988.

The ISEA International Headquarters (HQ) is hosted at the University of Brighton in the UK


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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