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ISEA International HQ call



ISEA International is calling for expressions of interest from organisations wishing to be considered for taking the role of Head Quarters (HQ) once the current Brighton University HQ stands down. Any arts, academic or other organisation is welcome to apply and it may be based in any country. Informal advice may be obtained from the current HQ Director, Sue Gollifer (S.C.Gollifer@brighton.ac.uk) and the Chair of ISEA’s Board, Ernest Edmonds (ernest@ernestedmonds.com).

Expressions of interest should cover the following points:

  • The organisation’s fit to
  • The reasons why the role is interesting to the
  • The contributions that the organisation would make to the operation of HQ. The expression of interest should be delivered to Ernest Edmonds by email no later than 30th July


ISEA International

ISEA International is a non-profit organisation that fosters interdisciplinary discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working across art, science, design and technology. The main activity is the annual international symposium, ISEA, which provides an international academic and cultural forum, including a wide array of exhibitions, presentations, performances, and public events. Committed to sustaining diversity of practices and practitioners, it takes place in a different country each year and serves as a cultural bridge between local and international artists and scholars.



ISEA International fosters and promotes high quality interdisciplinary creative practice, education. learning and research in art, science, design, the creative industries and emergent technologies through its nomadic, annual international symposia. Of paramount importance is to encourage and promote creative exchange between diverse groups and to acknowledge different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, practices and experiences that contribute to the advancement of the area. Equally important is to ensure a high standard of creative and academic contributions to each symposium and that these are archived and made available in a sustained, permanent way.




ISEA works within a dynamic and evolving framework that provides a structure within which its mission can be fulfilled. The components of the framework are:


  • An annual symposium about art and technology that takes place in a different country each year, selected by the Board from competing bids. Each symposium will:
    • present a blend of high quality academic theory and innovative quality art practice
    • ensure that the academic component is managed by an experienced conference chair and includes papers that are double blind peer-reviewed
    • publish or arrange to publish the material in a bona fide scholarly form
    • ensure that the exhibited work is documented in a sustainable way
    • seek to enable independent artists to attend ISEA
    • seek to enable students to attend ISEA
    • respect and encourage diversity
  • An archiving system that ensures that past and future contributions are publically available from an on-line
  • A symposium management system that provides continuity from year to year, assistance to conference organizers and a mechanism for passing on lessons learnt.
  • An executive HQ that manages the day-to-day implementation of ISEA International’s work as specified by the
  • A financial structure that supports the sustainable operation of ISEA



ISEA International will:

  • strive for high quality in all it undertakings by adopting the best symposium review, selection and presentation policies
  • ensure that the symposia archives are made available in a sustainable way by forming appropriate partnerships
  • provide continuity from symposium to symposium by developing a supportive information recording and exchange mechanism
  • construct a financial model that can support a sustainable operation of ISEA



ISEA is inclusive and encourages diversity

ISEA seeks to conduct transparent and ethical practices in all that it does ISEA supports collaboration and seeks to achieve strong partnerships ISEA embraces creativity and encourages innovation

ISEA values uniqueness and respects individual differences


HQ Role

The ISEA Head Quarters (HQ) will:

  1. be the primary public contact point for ISEA International; responding to queries and maintain the ISEA website, contact database and mailing list. It will keep the Board informed as
  2. solicit and advise potential Symposia hosts, act as their primary contact and advise the Board on short-listing and
  3. be the contact for all agreed Symposium organisers, ensuring good governance and that contractual obligations are met. It will advise hosts on all matters that bear on the quality of an ISEA Symposium, including physical facilities, selection and reviewing procedures, IPC selection, publication, copyright permission, publicity and promotion. HQ will ensure that the Board receives all reports due from these
  4. attend and support ISEA International Board meetings, including assisting with funding applications initiated by the


ISEA/HQ partnership

  1. ISEA International will provide an agreed annual payment to support travel, subsistence and other agreed expenses incurred in carrying out its duties.
  2. The HQ host organisation will contribute the time of the HQ Director, administrative and technical support together with the necessary overheads.
  3. The HQ host organisation may be able to offer digital archive storage for ISEA



ISEA International is a voluntary organisation with an impressive cultural outreach and academic impact, we expect the new HQ also to work in the same spirit.

ISEA International provides coverage for HQ costs up to a max. of 6750 Euro (incl VAT/TAX) and will support applications for additional funding as required.

It is expected that HQ will offer in-kind support, which could include office space and the time of staff, for example.


The starting date has to be agreed, but it is hoped that it will be within 2022.


Examples of HQ’s role in detail

  • Day to day answering emails, phone calls, disseminate ISEA information to the mailing list,
  • Making prospective site visits
  • Dealing with Copyright implications re publications and artistic
  • Reviewing work for Symposia on a procedural level
  • Organising meetings at the annual Symposium
  • Follow up questionnaire and final reports for .
  • Working with prospective Symposium host bidding teams, such as Conference Centres, Business Cities organisations and Academic
  • Organising meetings at the annual Symposium
  • Working with Board Sub-Committees
  • Provide administrative support to the Board’s Secretary
  • Manage and maintain the online work environment for the ISEA Board
  • Organising meetings at Symposium, such as the AGM, future Symposium host presentations and expressions of interest
  • Managing the expression of interest bid and review
  • Helping with future strategies
  • Support the transfer of knowledge and knowhow between
  • Support the use of standard templates for the review, ticketing
  • Build strategic networks and relationships regionally, nationally and
  • Communicate and engage with other similar organisations, such as DACS, New Media Caucus, ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM C&C, Leonardo, Ars Electronica, Lumen,
  • Be responsible for the hosting and timely maintenance of the ISEA website and the ISEA electronic archive as it is
  • Maintain a full physical archive and
  • Maintain and promote the ISEA


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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