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                             THE ISEA NEWSLETTER

                               # 20, AUGUST 1993

Editors: Dirk Boon, Wim van der Plas (Holland). Correspondents: Yoshiyuki
Abe (Japan), Peter Beyls (Belgium), Leslie Bishko (US), Paul Brown (US),
Annick Bureaud (France), Jurgen Claus (Germany), Roger Malina (US), Ivan
Pope (UK), Rejane Spitz (Brazil). Lay-out: Rene Pare (Grafico de Poost).
Text editors: Ray Archee, Seth Shostak. ISEA, POB 8656, 3009 AR Rotterdam,
The Netherlands. Tel 31-10-2020850, 31-79-612930, Fax 31-79-611737.
Email ISEA@MBR.FRG.EUR.NL (Board) or ISEA@SARA.NL (Newsletter).

ISEA/ISAST MEETING AT SIGGRAPH............................Wim van der Plas
FISEA 93:  THE ART FACTOR ..................................Roman Verostko
IAKTA/LIST...................................................Yoshiyuki Abe
GOETHE ART PROJECT 93........................................Yoshiyuki Abe
MANIFESTATION FOR THE UNSTABLE MEDIA V.....................V2 Organisation
STATE OF THE IMAGE...............................................Dirk Boon

Wim van der Plas

     During SIGGRAPH, the international conference on Computer Graphics
and Interactive Techniques, this year from 1-6 August in Los Angeles, the
Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts and ISAST (International Association
for the Arts, Science & Technology) held a public joint meeting. This
meeting has become an annual tradition, since it was first held in 1990.
There were almost 100 people present. However, a public meeting of the
SIGGRAPH Art Committee, that was staged at the same time, suffered from
a very small attendance. A sorry case of bad planning, but it does prove
that our work is recognized as being important.

     Wim van der Plas presented a short history of both the Inter-Society
and the ISEA symposia, stressing the fact that we need membership  fees in
order to survive and announcing a policy of making more institutes,
organizations and relevant companies Institutional Members. These
Institutional Members must also get a chance to present themselves during
the symposia. After all, ISEA is ment to be an umbrella organization,
bringing not just individuals together, but also organizations. This
includes  commercial companies, that must have no problem paying the fee
for Institutional Members ($100 or more). All participants of the meeting
(and of course, all readers of the ISEA  Newsletter) that have a connec-
tion  with a relevant organization are requested to help out.

     Roman Verostko gave an overview of the state of affairs concerning
FISEA93, the Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art. He received
some 500 proposals all together, which showed an increasing interest in
the symposia. For example, SISEA (1990) received only 300 proposals. "It
is going to be a very interesting symposium", Roman stressed, "we have
papers on subjects like Multi Media Art, Art Networking and the Human Soul
/ Machine relation. Some of the major theaters of Minneapolis will be
used, and participants will be transported by shuttle bus. If you want to
join one of the workshops, you have to be quick to enrol; many local
people are enrolling, and there is a tight limit to the number of possible
participants". There will be a Communication Space at FISEA93, where
equipment will be available (CD-i, CD-ROM, video players, computers with
Internet access, etc). Presentations can be organized there, books can be
sold. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is sponsoring FISEA93.
Since it is the only sponsor, registration fees will be very important to
balance the budget. However, there will be reductions for speakers (30%),
ISEA members (10%) and students and student groups. For more info on
FISEA93, see elsewhere in this Newsletter.

     Minna Tarkka presented the plans for ISEA94 on behalf of the
University  for Industrial Arts, Helsinki. ISEA94 will be held in August
(approximately one month after SIGGRAPH 94), so that reasonable weather
can be expected in Helsinki. Preparation for this symposium is well
underway. The well designed Call for Papers & Participation has been
printed and mailed world-wide.
Themes include the history of electronic technology (and it's artistic
use), the space and landscapes in virtual worlds, the next generation,
design of computer games, etc. ISEA94 intends to devote special efforts at
involving participants from the former Sowjet Union.

     Henry See, independent artist from Montreal, presented plans for
ISEA95. The organizing committee for this symposium consists of represen-
tants of 4 universities and several artists.  Besides a region with a
tradition in communication theory (McLuhan, Gould, a.o.), the french
-speaking city of Montreal considers itself to be a sort of gateway
between the U.S.A. and Europe. A representative of the Canadian
government's Department of Communication has contacted the organizing
committee and promised support. In return for this extensive financial
and material aid, the government expects the symposium to have not a
regional, but a national scale.  Already several important museums in the
cities of Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa have made commitments to ISEA95.

     On behalf of ISAST and it's journal, Leonardo, Roger Malina spoke
next. From now on, Leonardo will be published by MIT press and so will the
Leonardo Electronic News (LEN).  This will become more of a Journal
(instead of a Newsletter) and it will be distributed electronically, but
not for free. 'Words on Work' by Judy Malloy will remain a substantial
contribution to LEN, and it will start to serve as a 'who is who' in
electronic art. LEN is, and will be editted by Craig Harris.

     Paul Brown in the mean time, will continue publishing Fine Art Forum
(FAF), the (electronic and free) newsletter of ASTN, the Art, Science  &
Technology Network, ISEA's sister organization. Paul told the audience
that FAF has a content limit of 25K bytes, but  there is now a FTP data
base in the FAF index, so that one can acquire all information available.
Gopher, the navigation aid on Internet, will also be useful here: in about
two months there will be a Gopher version of FAF.
In the future the Mosaic software, developed by the National Center for
Super Computing Applications, will be on top of Gopher. This software is
hyper linked, and it will be possible to download images, sound and even
video. The ISEA Newsletter is trying to work out an even closer cooper-
ation with FAF in the future.

        Simon Penny, chair of the SIGGRAPH 93 Art Show and board member
of ISEA, announced the publication of an Anthology of Critical Issues in
Electronic Media. The compilation of this book was inspired by ISEA and
the symposia.

     Jim Demmers, of Public Domain pointed attention to this small
organization of artists in Atlanta. They publish a journal that appears
about once a year and they OWN a Sun mini computer - this machine was
donated, and is available for artists who can obtain an account on this
machine. (Info: jdemmers@noel.pd.org)

     Machiko Kusahara reported on a group of Japanese electronic artists,
of which she is a member. Since 1990, the group has organized collective
exhibitions, and produced many fine catalogues. The group had an ISDN
exchange with Scotland and is looking for more opportunities to exchange
images via ISDN.

     Rejane Spitz announced her intention to stage an ISEA symposium
in Brazil. ISEA has received much press attention in Brazil, since Rejane
heads the South American branch of the Inter-Society. However, the Brazil
symposium cannot be realized without outside help, since Brazil lacks the
funds.  The idea was applauded by the audience.

     Tim Druckrey proposed an ISEA symposium to be held in New York.
Earlier (not during the panel), a proposal for ISEA, Munich (Germany) was
announced, as well as a proposal for an ISEA in London in the U.K. Since
the Inter-Society aims at staging the symposia variously in Europe and on
other continents, the future looks bright until about the year 2000.

Roman Verostko
FISEA 93, November 3-7  1993, Minneapolis, USA.

Cyberspace yields to sacred space in this year's electronic international.
Brenda Laurel treads where angels fear by addressing the "The Soul and the
Machine: Artists and Technologists in Collaboration". Expect this subject
to explode at FISEA 93 with "COLLABORATION" emerging as a transforming

Look for cliches to crunch and crash during two days of papers and panels.
Expect some long held assumptions about art to wilt in a fully extravagant
day of innovative "projects and applications".
Sanctuaries for machine-soul encounters include the Walker Art Center
(electronic theater), the U of M's Tedd Mann Concert Hall (live perfor-
mance), and the MCAD Gallery (art show). Applications include artificial
life, virtual reality, automata, networking, body and sound arts. Watch
for some old votive lights to fade at this Fourth International in Min-
neapolis. Attend this growing "ecclesia" and experience transforming
hyperspace with your own eyes and ears!

At this year's Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art expect a
fresh array of projects and applications. Here's one under way already
thanks to the energy and planning of Judith Kerman and her colleagues.
Here's how they plan inquiry "Beyond the Book"
What goes on "beyond the book?" What does the computer make possible in
literature that can be done without it? When is it literature? Hypertext
or "horrortext?" Four working writers will discuss and demonstrate com-
puter-based poetry and fiction, primarily hypertexts, and related software
tools in a freewheeling double Projects and Applications session on Sunday
morning. We will make mini-presentations, have an intens conversation and
let people stop by to listen in, chime in and try out the . . . software?
"texts"? whatever-ya-callems. We will facilitate exploration and debate on
these questions, not pronounce on them, and solicit opinion from people
working in other genres. Issues we want to explore include aesthetics,
developing useful critical discourse, creating an audience, and platform
obsolescence. Y'all come!
Judith Kerman, Saginaw Valley State University, MI. KERMAN@tardis.svsu.edu
Richard Gess, Emory University, GA. LIBGESS@emuvm1.cc.emory.edu
Robert Drake, Cleveland State University, OH. AU462@cleveland.freenet.edu
Anita Stoner, Syracuse University, NY. AJSTONER@mailbox.syr.edu

Our current thoughts on intersting questions:
(1) DEFINING THE AESTHETIC/S: What aesthetic structures are implied or
imposed by various tools (including StorySpace, Hypercard, COLLOQUY,
multimedia)?  Are different issues raised for "poetry" and "prose" (or
maybe lyric and narrative) and what are they?  What happens to the act of
"reading"?  What are the implications of interactivity for the questions
of authorship and audience?  Where do sound, graphics and animation fit
into "literature"?  What does have film to tell us about these questions?
Are interactive forms "texts" (in the older sense) or "performances"?

(2) DISTRIBUTIONS AND AUDIENCE: How do we/can we reach or create our
audience? What lessons can we derive from the struggle between the small-
press paradigm and the best-seller paradigm (or independent film vs.
Hollywood blockbuster - pick your medium).

thetic choices by artists make these new forms work and which are merely
conservative reflexes? How do we develop aesthetic standards. a genuine
criticism, useful to both artists and readers?

(4) PLATFORMS AND OBSOLESCENCE: How vulnerable is the form to the obsoles-
cence of the platforms and operating systems? Are we making lasting work
or ephemera? Will the future of today's electronic writing depend on some
kind of ongoing conversion as platform evolve (and if so, who makes the
decisions about what gets preserved?), or some library- or museum-based
preservation of dead tech? Is computer-based literature, particulary in
its interactive forms, more vulnerable than other arts to these issues?

Want to get the discussion going ahead of time? Send comments to
KERMAN@tardis.svsu.edu for distribution to the rest of our group. We are
also looking for a list to post this discussion to - suggestions welcome.
This event takes place in the context of the Fourth International Sym-
posium on Electronic Art. For regsitrationnn an program information:

FISEA 93, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 2501 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404. Tel: 1-612-874-3754, Fax: 1-612-874.3732,
Email: fisea93@mcad.edu, Program Director: Roman Verostko 1-612-825-2720

Yoshiyuki Abe

Following the 1993 ICMC in Tokyo, Japan, a workshop on Knowledge Tech-
nology in the Arts will be held in Osaka on September 16. Osaka is 3 hours
from Tokyo by train, and 1 hour by plane. The workshop is sponsored by the
International Association for Knowledge Technology in the Arts, IAKTA,
Inc., Boston, MA, USA and Laboratories of Image Information Science and
Technology, Osaka, Japan (Haruhiro Katayose, Workshop Coordinator).

As fields of computer-art, all of the arts have come to share more than
they used to in the past. This is the case since interactive processes,
in whatever medium, have much in common, especially in terms of com-
positional strategy and the restructuring of aesthetic materials by way of
computers. The present generation of artists, in whatever aesthetic
medium, is striving to harness new technology to their pursuits, and to
invent new artistic forms that could not be realized without the assis-
tance of technology.

It is one of the special opportunities when working with knowledge tech-
nology in the arts that the tools used are equally of interest for pur-
poses of theory and of practice. This symbiosis of theory and practice is
one of the real advantages of working with knowledge technology. On the
one hand, as practitioners artists need theory to aid them in their
insight into their own process; on the other hand, esthetics and the
theory of arts can greatly benefit from the documenting and monitoring
abilities of computer technology, since for the first time in history,
those abilities make it possible to study artistic work empirically.

For further info, contact:
Haruhiro Katayose, workshop coordinator
Laboratories of Image Information Science and Technology(LIST)
Senri Life-Science Center 11F
1-4-2 Shinsenri-higashimachi
Toyonaka, Osaka 565 Japan
Email: katayose@inolab.sys.es.osaka-u.ac.jp
Fax: +81-6-873-2040
(Or contact ISEA)

Yoshiyuki Abe

From August 28, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's birthday on, we will start an
exhibition of Goethe Art Project '93. This year, Takehisa Kosugi, an
extraordinary sound artist is to create his new installations imagina-
tively linked with Goethe's "Metamorphose Theory" at Tokyo Goethe Gallery.

Since 1990, we have invited eight artists of painting, photography, video
and electronics who are interested in creatively coupling Goethe's idea
with today's cultural actuality and have provided them our spaces and
Goethe Art Project is an attempt to develop our activity toward more
creative directions than a wait-on library service.  We believe that
our collections and spaces encourage not only scholars but also artists.

Tokyo Goethe Gallery has been established in 1949 as a foundation to
collect materials on Goethe and to support cultural activities on/under
his influence.  After a long career of library service in Shibuya-ku,
we moved to the present housing with exhibit spaces at Nishigahara,
Kita-ku in 1988. We consistently follow our non-profit policy.

Tetsuo Kogawa / Director
Tokyo Goethe Gallery
2-30-1 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114, Japan.
Tel: 81-3-3918-0828,  Fax: 81-3-3576-0045

V2 Organisation

The 5th edition of this annual festival will be on the BODY: 'the
physical body in relation to the material body in electronic space',
'the body as an architectural object that can be designed', 'the body
in ruin', 'the body without organs' and more of these topics will be
addressed to. In general our relation to nature will be a central issue.
'Is men still the measurement of all things?' The festival will have an
analytic approach on our technological society in relation to the arts.
An exhibition, film cyclus, radioshow, symposium and some performances
will be part of this festival that will present an international group of
artists and scientific researchers. Participating artists will be:
STELARC (Aus), Erik Hobijn (NL), Paul Shermon (UK), Arthur and Marilouise
Kroker (Can), Gregory Whitehead(USA).
Info: V2 Organisation, PO Box 11007, NL-5200 EA 's-Hertogenbosch, Holland.
Tel: 31-73-137958, Fax: 31-73-122238

Dirk Boon

11-12, 18-19, 25-26 September 1993 , Royal Palace, Antwerpen, Belgium.

State of the image proposes a philosophical survey of various new
tendencies in the field of the image and related technologies. Lectures,
performances, film & video screenings, exhibitions by various
artists/theoreticians. The event will take place from 11 to 26 September
at Eldorado, Centrum voor de Beeldcultuur, Koninklijk Paleis, Meir 50,
B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium, and is part of "Antwerpen 93 Cultural Capital
of Europe". In three consecutive weekends specific aspects of the image
will be investigated.

WEEKEND 1: 'Images of yesterday' (cinema, videography, commercials....)
Participants: Jasia Reichardt (UK), Jean-Paul Fargier (F), Fabrice Revault
(F), Anne Sauvageot (F), Jean Douchet (F), Georg Seesslen (D), Fernand
Jung (D).

WEEKEND 2: 'Images of today' (hybridness, acceleration, image synthesis)
Participants: Wim van der Plas (ISEA, NL), Peter Callas (Aus), Henk
Oosterling (NL), Edmond Couchot (F), Stefaan Decostere (B) a.o.

WEEKEND 3: 'Images of tomorrow' (interactivity, cognition & behavioural
evolutions, etc). Participants: Roman Verostko (USA), Derrick de Kerckhove
(CDN), Florian Rotzer (D), Michel Waisvisz (NL), Ubique (NL), Barney
Haynes (USA), Peter Beyls (B), Luc Steels (B) and Kathleen Rogers (UK)

There is a permanent exhibition from 17 to 26 september with video instal-
lations from Kathleen Rogers and Florence de Meredieu & Nil Yalter (F),
interactive works from Catherine Richard (CDN), Tim Gruchy (AUS), Laurent
Mignonneau (F) & Christa Sommerer (A) and Jill Scott (AUS) and computer
graphics from Char Davies and Michael Tolson.

Info: Eldorado, Koninklijk Paleis, Meir 50, B-2000 Antwerpern, Belgium.
Tel: 32-3-2338571, Fax: 32-3-2328660

                           CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION

INA in cooperation with the cinema Georges Melies and the City of
Montreuil (Paris' suburb) will organize a competition of video ro cinema
works (2D and 3D) containing one or several sequences of computer graphics
frames or special effects within the European Student's Computer graphics
Festival which will take place in Montreuil on October the 16th 1993.

This competition is open to european students and schools. All works
together with the entry form should reach INA before September 10th 1993.
For entry forms and information
INA, Imagina, piece 3224, 4 Av. de l'Europe, 94366 Bry sur Marne CBedex,
France. Tel: 33-1-49832684, Fax: 33-1-49833185


PERFORATIONS 5: Bodies, Dreams & Technologies, will collect and assemble
memories, stories and fantasies exploring the relationship between the
human and the machine, and the impact of this relationship on the creation
of present and near-future cultures.
We value noise, chaos, fluxus, anarchy, dada-streams, improvisation,
nonhierarchalization, conflict, discontinuity, experimentation, invention
and wild speculation. (We also tolerate more reasonned presentations as
long as they avoid being too priggish.)  We are looking for material --
drawings, photography, text, hypertext, computer graphics, animation,
audio and video --that is explicitly experimental in the approach taken
toward these themes.

All submittals should include the author(s) name, address, and phone#.
Address inquiries and submissions to:
PERFORATIONS 5, c/o Public Domain, Inc., P.O. Box 8899, Atlanta, Georgia,
USA  30306-0899.

Email queries to: perf5@pd.org
Human contacts: Chea Prince  1-404-6338022, Anne Balsamo 1-404-8948923
Robert Cheatham  1-404-3775114


                               Support FineArtForum

August 30 - September 2, 1993, Seoul, Korea.
Contact: Sung Yong Shin, Computer Science Department, Korea Advanced
Institute of Science & Techonology, 373-1 Kusung-dong, Yusung-ku, Daejon
305-701, Korea.  Tel: 82-42-8693528, Fax: 8693510,

September 2 - 5 1993, Freiburg, Germany
Info: Freiburger Video Forum, Konradstr. 20, D-7800 Freiburg, Germany.
Tel: 49-761-709757, Fax: 49-761-701796

September 10 1993, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Sept 10: Tutorials, Concert.
     11: Paper sessions, Keynote address(John Chowing, Stanford U.)
         Reception, Concert.
     12: Paper sessions, Special lecture(Joji Yuasa, UCSD)
         Special program(Lecture concert), Concert.
     13: Paper session, Panel session, Special program(UPIC system),
         Concert, Banquet.
     14: Paper sessions, Concert.
     15: ICMA general meeting.
For further info, contact:
ICMC1993 secretariat, 9 Babashita-cho, Shinjuku-ku 162, Japan
Tel: 81-3-3202-7521, Fax: 81-3-3202-7523, Email: icmc93@waseda.ac.jp

September 15 - 19 1993, Osnabruck, Germany
Info: European Media Art Festival, PO Box 1861, D-4500 Osnabruck, Germany.
Tel: 49-541-21658, Fax: 49-541-28327

September 16 - 19  1993,  Xebec Hall, Kobe City, Japan.
Concerts, workshop and lecture on computer music, modern music and
Japanese traditional music.
Info: Kobe IMMF'93 secretariat, c/o XEBEC corporation
7-2-1 Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650, Japan
Fax: 81-78-303-4632

September 22 - 24  1993, Dusseldorf, Germany
Contact: Sheona Gillespie, Tel: 49-211-556281, Fax: 49-211-556231

September 27 - 29  1993, Westport, Connecticut, USA
Contact: Tony Abott, Tel: 1-203-2266967, Fax: 1-203-4545840

October 8 - 9  1993, Biel, Switzerland
International Video Art Party. Info: VVV, PO Box 3607, CH-2500 Biel,
Switzerland. Tel: 41-32-228335, Fax: 41-32-233696

October 11 - 13 1993, New York, USA
Contact: Victor Harwood, Tel: 1-212-2264141, Fax: 1-212-2264983

October 29 - November 6 1993, Geneve, Switzerland.
International competition, art school programmes and world premieres.
Info: S.I.V., Saint-Gervais Geneve, 5 Rue du Temple, 1201 Geneve, Switzer-
land. Tel: 41-22-7322060, Fax: 41-22-7384215

November 2 - 4 1993, RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International exhibition and conference for tele- and datacommunnication.
Info: Amsterdam Rai, EuroComNet 93, PO Box 77777, NL-1070 MS, Amsterdam,
The Neteherlands. Fax: 31-20-6464469

November 4-10, 1993, Arnhem, Holland
Films, videos, installations, performances and other artistic manifes-
tations. Lectures on experimental film, experimental music and their
relationship. Art from East European countries and special-feature: media
art from the USA (normally not within the scope of this festival).  Info:
AVE, POB 307, 6800 AH Arnhem, Holland. Tel: 31-85-511300, Fax: 517681

November 3-7, Minneapolis, USA
Info: FISEA 93, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 2501 Stevens Av S,
Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA. Tel: 1-612-8743754, Fax: 1-612-8743732,

November 25 - 28  1993, Farnham, England, UK
The 1993 Animation Studies Conference of The Society for Animation Studies
will be held at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, England
from Thursday 25th November to Sunday 28th November 1993.
Info: Roger Noake, Animation Studies Conference, West Surrey College of
Art and Design, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS, UK.
Fax: 44-252-733869

December 2 - 5  1993, Graz, Austria
Film and architecture - two artistic disciplines in which vision takes
form. International competition, forum and conference.
Info: Artimage, Katzianerstrasse 3, A-8010 Graz, Austria.
Tel: 43-316-829513/842487, Fax: 43-316-829511

January 23-28, 1994, Perth, Australia
Topics: Education, training & public information, Industry applications &
contexts, Finding markets and niches, Creative design, Management &
marketing, Research & evaluation
Info: John W. Brown, Western Australia House, 115 Strand, London WC2R OAJ,
UK. Tel: 44-71-2402881, Fax: 2406637
or Promaco, Unit 9a Canning Bridge Commercial Centre, 890-892 Canning
Highway Applecross, Western Australia 6153. Tel 61-9-3648311, Fax: 3161453

The Inter-Society aims at joining a world-wide network of artists, scien-
tists and their institutes, making it easier for the institutes and
individual members to share expertise with each other. The aims of the
Inter-Society are to promote a structured approach to electronic art and
to help finance worthy electronic art projects. For membership information
contact ISEA at the address on the front page.

ISEA distributes a hard copy version of this Newsletter in order to keep
its members, who have no access to Electronic Mail, informed. Those
members can, if they desire, get in touch with the Email addresses men-
tioned in this Newsletter by contacting ISEA.

Support: Erasmus University Rotterdam (Law Dept), Amsterdam University,
V2  Organisation,  Tell Productions,  YLEM,  ISAST,  Renderstar Tech-
nology,  Media Research,  Museum der Stad Gladbeck, Corel Corporation.
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