#051/52 Mar/Apr 1996


                            THE ISEA NEWSLETTER
                           #51/52 MARCH/APRIL 1996
Editors: Dirk Boon, Wim van der Plas (Holland). Correspondents: Yoshiyuki
Abe (Japan), Ray Archee (Australia), Peter Beyls (Belgium), Leslie Bishko
(US/Canada), Paul Brown (Australia), Annick Bureaud (France), Jurgen  Claus
(Germany), James Faure Walker (UK), Roger Malina (US), Rejane Spitz  (Brazil)
Lay-out: Rene Pare (Grafico de Poost). Text editors: Ray Archee, Seth
Shostak. Honorary Member: Herbert W. Franke
               ISEA, POB 8656, 3009 AR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 
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         Email: ISEA@MBR.FRG.EUR.NL (Board) or ISEA@SARA.NL (Newsletter)   
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Recently, the ISEA Newsletter has not been appearing with the 
same regularity as we have done for almost 50 issues. We apologize 
for that. The reason is that the same people who edit the 
Newsletter, are busy organizing ISEA96 (in September in 
Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Things are going to change, however. The people who organized 
ISEA95 in Montreal, have found government support for continuing 
ISEA activities. Since we never received such support in Holland, 
and had to work as volunteers with borrowed equipment and office 
space, we are very glad to be able to move the ISEA secretariat 
to Canada. We are sure Alain Mongeau c.s. will be able to do a 
more professional job and make the Inter-Society the large scale 
organization it deserves to be.

We will keep you informed on the proceedings...

The International Program Committee of ISEA96 and the several 
local committees are in the middle of selecting proposals for the 
Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art. We foresee 
that it will take the rest of April to compile the program and 
that we will be able to mail the preliminary program (with 
registration forms) very soon there after. 
We received some 700 proposals. We are still accepting tapes for 
the Electronic Theater (we will until July). Proposals for the 
Exhibition, Concerts & Performances  and General Events are also 
considered by 'R96' and 'DEAF' the two festivals ISEA96 
cooperates with.
We foresee Rotterdam becoming another highlight in the series. 
And we are looking forward to meeting you here in September.


Due to a number of technical and editorial problems, we regret to inform 
you that there is a delay in the appearance of our Journal Languages of 

Our publication schedule now looks like this:
Volume 3 - Issue 1:     April 25, 1996
Volume 3 - Issue 2:     May 29, 1996 
Volume 3 - Issue 3:     September 27, 1996
Volume 3 - Issue 4:     November 26, 1996

The Proceedings of ISEA95 Montreal, the Sixth International Symposium on
Electronic Art, will be available as of January 15th, 1996.  The hard copy
is edited by the University of Montreal.  

The 320 pages proceedings contains papers presented during the Conference
Program by:
Roy Ascott, Doug Back, Cameron Bailey, Louis Bec, Justine Bizzocchi, Peter
Bosch & Simone Simons, Julio Bermudez & Debra Gondeck-Beckers, Veronique
Bourgoin & Marc Roelens, Anita Cheng, Christopher Csikszentmihaly, Char
Davies, Dominique de Bardonneche-Berglund, Derrick de Kerckhov, Isabe1le
Delmotte, Toni Dove, Wayne Draznin, Kitsou Dubois, Tessa Elliott, Agustin
Fernandez, Nicholas Gebhardt, Peter Gena & Charles Strom, Carol Gigliotti,
Elizabeth Goldring, Gary R. Greenfield, Heidi Grundmann & Gerfried Stocker,
Ian Haig, Ross Harley, Mara Helmuth & Aladin Ibrahim, Nigel Helyer, Michael
Hill, Jake, Kathy Kennedy, Judith B. Kerman, Mike King, Ted Krueger, Graham
Harwood, Kharim Hogan, Christian Lavigne, Mike Leggett, George Legrady,
Pierre Levy, David Clark Little, Jean Paul Longavesne, Geert Lovink,
Virginia Madsen, Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew, Brian Massumi, Andra McCartney,
John D. Mitchell & Robb E. Lovell, Mary Leigh Morbey, Margaret Morse, Axel
Mulder, Sally Jane Norman, Marcos Novak, Nancy Paterson, Mark Pesce, Keith
Piper, Christophe Ramstein, Catherine Richards & Kim Sawchuk, Martin Rieser
, Thecla Schiphorst, Jeffrey Schulz, Patricia Search, Tom Sherman, Joel
Slayton, Martin Sperka, Bruce Sterling, Hal Thwaites, Heidi Tikka, Todor
Todoroff, Laura Trippi, Jeffrey Ventrella, McKenzie Wark, Lanny Webb,
Annette Weintraub, Andrea Wollensak, Andrea Zapp

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Source: Alain Mongeau, Program Chair, ISEA95 Montreal

                              CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA

April 9-12 1996, Radisson Santa Fe Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico


"During the twentieth century, the Newtonian view of the world has been
challenged on many different fronts.  One of the most serious challenges
comes from the growing interest in so-called complex systems.  In an
increasing number of fields, scientists have shifted metaphors, viewing
things less as clocklike mechanisms and more as complex ecosystems.  Rather
than viewing the world in terms of one individual object acting on another
in a neat causal chain, researchers are viewing the world in terms of
decentralized interactions and feedback loops.  They are studying how
complex behaviors can emerge from interactions among simple rules, and how
complex patterns can emerge from interactions among simple components."
        Mitchel Resnick
        Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

In manufacturing and process control, we have become all too familiar with
the complexity that characterizes our systems.  Thousands of control
variables must come together in near-perfect harmony to produce
end-products that meet the stringent demands of today's end-user.
Flexibility in response to ever-changing market demands has shifted the
emphasis of plants from product to process, further pushing the requirement
for agile, robust facilities that come on-line quickly and respond to
change, without becoming mired down in system complexity.

This same complexity effects our organizations, management structure, or
even market response and analysis.  Despite best efforts to plan for every
contingency, often the outcome of our efforts is based on the interaction
of seemingly small and unrelated events.

Over the past decade, researchers in a wide range of fields have begun
studying Chaos and the sciences of complexity, and how they can apply them
to better understanding and predicting the behavior of complex systems.
Biologists have ascertained simple rules that, when allowed to interact in
simulation, cause complex systems we know as bee hives, ant hills, termite
mounds, and DNA.  Economists have been able to look for patterns in
seemingly random data to predict stock market and economic behavior.  The
future portends the development of swarm computers, where highly
specialized silicon agents "swarm" together much like a biological system
to attack a problem, then disburse, their task completed.

What does this mean to manufacturing and process control?  In 1991, the
science was first applied in the manufacturing arena.  Visionaries in the
controller and automotive industries allied to attack a complex problem
using simple rules.  The results were impressive on many fronts.
Quantifiable results included a significant reduction of software needed
for complex systems, and economic justification based on material savings
through better control.  The resulting system showed a marked improvement
in quality, and its simplicity of implementation raised worker empowerment
to new levels

Today when discussing advanced control concepts, the term "autonomous
agents" pervades the process control and manufacturing industries.  Major
corporations in a range of industries are examining agents and their impact
on systems.  The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences supports
special interest groups focussed on agents and their impact on competitive,
agile manufacturing to meet emerging market demands.  ARPA is investing
heavily in autonomous agent-based schedulers to replace the brittle MRP
systems in use today.  The concept of autonomy in corporations where
functional groups flock together to meet the needs of the company are at
the heart of the reengineering phenomenon.

Four years ago, a small group of adventurers came together in Santa Fe to
discuss the implications of the new science in manufacturing and process
control.  They met informally and talked about what was being done in other
areas.  They sought to learn from this work, and carry the lessons into
their own domain to apply them.  Each year, conference attendance has grown
as have the practical applications of chaotic, or agent-based systems in
use in our sectors.

This year's conference promises to continue the trend.  Speakers from
industry will discuss how they have applied the science in their plants.
Researchers and key speakers from the Santa Fe Institute will discuss the
latest developments in the field.  Workshops have been refined to include
specific tracks for attendees to sign up for depending upon their
interests.  Once again, we have included poster sessions and demonstrations
so that participants can see firsthand the work that is being done.

The 1996 Chaos in Manufacturing conference is geared toward the technical
or business visionary.  Our objective is to create an environment where you
can open your mind.  You'll be exposed to new techniques, and learn from
those who have hands-on experiences, and from discussions with your peers.
The atmosphere is casual, interactive and intensive.

We hope to see you there.  In order to provide the highest quality
conference for participants attendance is limited, so please register as
early as possible.

Info: Amanda Lapierre, RMI
586 Nashua Street, Suite 56, Milford, NH 03055, USA
Fax: 1-603-878-4385, E-mail: 75074.1127@compuserve.com

June 6th to 9th, 1996. Madrid, Spain

5CYBERCONF is an international conference that addresses the social, 
political and cultural implications of cyberspace from a critical standpoint
and encourages discussion between theoreticians and practitioners. Hosted for
the first time in Europe, this fifth edition of CYBERCONF considers computer-
human interface breakthroughs, our fascination and weariness with disobedient
technology, the role of synthetic behaviour in virtual design, and the 
increasing importance of cross-cultural contributions to the electronic 

The six themes are:

Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia
Gran Via, 28. 2 planta
28013 Madrid, Spain.
Tel. 34-1-542-9380, Fax. 34-1-521-0041, Email 5cyberconf@ceai.telefonica.es 
Contingency Email 100705.140@compuserve.com


Interactive Spaces - Europe
(Espaces Interactifs - Europe)
May 7th - June 9th 1996, Pavillon de Bercy, Paris

The Paris City Hall and ART-EL present "Espaces Interactifs - Europe",
from May 7th to June 9th 1996, at the Pavillon de Bercy in Paris, new
venue for art exhibitions recently opened in a former wine storage
building located in the Parc de Bercy.

Following the recent thinking about the relationship between artistic
creation and new technologies, this event proposes an exploration of the
new interactive spaces opened by CD ROM and the Internet. The selected
artworks in this exhibition - works and installations on CD ROM, on
Internet, sound installation, poetry on floppy disks - are
representative of new interactive electronic art forms that can just as
easily be viewed in the homes of private individu's.

Curated by ART-EL - Jo=EBl Boutteville and Annick Bureaud -, this event
invites nine European artists, or groups of artists, to exhibit new
creations or recent works :

KP Ludwig John, Stephan Eichhorn, Michael Touma, Tjark Ihmels
(Germany), Die Veteranen, work on CD ROM
Richard Kriesche (Austria), Spheren der Kunst, work on CD ROM
John Vink (Belgium), Camps de refugies, work on CD ROM
Muntadas (Spain), The File Room, installation, work on Internet
Philippe Bootz (France), Passage (only-once readable poetry), work on
floppy disk 
Dutey J.(France), Les Mots et les Images, work on floppy disk
Nil Yalter, David Apikian et Nicole Croiset (France), Pixelismus,
installation on CD ROM
Harwood (Great Britain), Rehearsal of Memory, installation on CD ROM
Piero Gilardi (Italy), Interactive Rocks, sound installation.

Co-produced by the Paris City Hall (Association pour l'Animation et la
Promotion du Parc Floral de Paris) and ART-EL, the exhibition "Espaces
Interactifs - Europe" is organized with the support of the French
Ministry of Culture (Fine Arts Department and Foreign Affairs
Department) with the participation of the European Cultural Centres and
Institutes in Paris. It has received the patronage of the European

Opening on Monday, May 6th at 7 pm
Forum with the artists on Tuesday, May 7th, all day
Opening days : Tuesday to Sunday, 12 am - 7 pm

Venue : Pavillon de Bercy
Parc de Bercy, Rue Paul Belmondo, 75012 Paris
Information during the exhibition: Tel: 33/1/44670488

Press Officer: Yvette Sautour, Tel 33/1/43382323, Fax: 33/1/43380532

Contacts: Paris City Hall, Marie-Odile van Caeneghem, Tel: 33/1/42764940
ART-EL, Tel: 33/1/45620917

I am pleased to announce that "BOY", an interactive video, has been selected
for inclusion in the following exhibition:

April 26, 1996:
...will showcase live, time-based experimental performance and installation
Produced by Sharon Benedict.
Presented by Eventworks 96 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,
For more information...
     call Eventworks at +1-617-232-1555x561
     e-mail Eventworks@mecn.mass.edu

Also, updates on the "Burning the Interface" exhibit at the Museum of
Comtemporary Art in Sydney, Australia can be found at...

Nino Rodriguez
506 North Flores Street #7, West Hollywood, CA 90048, USA
Email: nino@pobox.com, Tel: +1-213-653-4266


1. Icon on Silver
Annual exhibition of the Soros center for Contemporary Arts - Skopje,
Exhibition and CD ROM presentation
Contact Address: Ruzveltova 34, 91000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
tel/fax:		389.91.361.855 e-mail: scca@soros.org.mk
Parts of the CD ROM project Ikona na Srebro / Icon on Silver can also
be seen at our web site. easiest to find at: 

2. Deep Space, Art group Archimediala , 15.04.1996
Computer Interactive Installation
Presenting a deeper inner connection between the human and the space.
The project deals with the breathing of the universum. Maximum of 9
visitors at one time. 
Contact Address:	
Nezavisen kulturen Centar Mala Stanica, Zeleznicka 18, 91000 Skopje, 
Republic of Macedonia. Tel/fax: 389.91.115.103
Soros Center for Contemporary Arts - Skopje, Macedonia
Ruzveltova 34, 91000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/fax: 389.91.361.855
e-mail: scca@soros.org.mk

3. Visual Experiment, Violeta Blazeska and Bogdan Grabuloski, April 1996
Traveling exhibition now to take place in the Museum of Contemrporary
Art - Skopje
Contact Address: 
Museum of Contemporary Art - Skopje
Samoilova b.b. 91000 Skopje, Macedonia. tel/fax:  389.91.117.734


26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30  APRIL 1996, Den Haag, The Netherlands

installations, video and CD-Rom on exhibit in the Haags
Gemeentemuseum through 2 June 1996

The festival focusses on the achievements of media art in the widest sense;
drawing attention to new developments in international media art; the
critical consideration of the place and possibilities of media arts;
publicizing new productions both to the general public and to the artistic
world; the provision of opportunities for artists to illustrate their work
and to dialogue with each other and with the general public; the stimulation
of interest in media art; the provision of a meeting place for artists,
distributors, curators, programme compilers, television directors, press,
producers and public.

The fourteenth World Wide Video Festival will presents around 15
installations and more than 100 video and CD-Rom productions, lectures,
performances and interviews. The festival will be held at various locations
in The Hague. Haags Gemeentemuseum (installations, video tapes and CD-Rom),
Theater aan het Spui (performances, auditorium presentations, viewing on
request, CD- Rom, interviews), World Wide Video Centre (Priva-Lite projection,
installations, projections) and the Atrium of the Town Hall (installation).
The installations, video tapes and CD-Rom in the Haags Gemeentemuseum  will
be exhibited in various rooms in the Museum for five weeks after the opening
of the Festival (from 26 April through 2 June 1996). There will also be 
another 'Academy Day' for the audio visual departments of the High Schools
for Art. This will be held on 26 April 1996. Recent interest in media art
generated through CD-Rom and the internet will be represented in the 1996

The installations
The installations exhibited in the Haags Gemeentemuseum will include IRIT
BATSRY's 'Giacometti's Scale' (Israel), Giacometti's texts about sensory
experience of art and reality form spirals on the walls. Seven projectors
at unexpected locations within two spaces link images of the outside world
with those of the 'inner' world. HENNING LOHNER (Germany) 'Raw Material 
vol. 1-11' presents random selections of 400 hours of image footage from
Lohner's own archive on 11 monitors. Landscapes and interviews with artists
and philosophers about the (

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