ISEA2020 Montreal update

Montreal, June 10, 2020 — ISEA2020 from October 13 to 18, 2020 goes entirely digital, with an innovative experiential format.
The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has forced ISEA2020 in Montreal to be postponed to October 13 to 18. The physical distancing measures put in place in many countries and the travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the pandemic mean that we cannot all be physically present in Montreal. Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) – the organizers of ISEA2020 – have thus decided to make the symposium a 100% online event. Our team is currently working on the platform that will allow us to come together, connect, and exchange knowledge and practices, despite the physical distance. We worked with our partners and collaborators, experts in art, design, science and technology to (if only begin to) reinvent the format of academic interdisciplinary conferencing!

Read the academic chairs’ statements regarding the ISEA2020 online turn here.

Our main strategies for ISEA2020 Online:

  • Programming: ISEA2020 is a full week of research and creation, 100% online, with more than 300 international speakers and artists from over 40 countries.

  • Connecting: We are working on the online platform to ensure we meet ISEA’s core values of encouraging and promoting creative exchanges between diverse groups; of creating opportunities for networking and informal meetings, in addition to ensuring the good flow of panel sessions.

  • Programming for all the time-zones: From October 13 to 16, conference presentations will unfold over 16 consecutive hours each day, in order to include participants in all the time zones, from East Asia to the west Americas.

  • Reduced registration fee: The registration fee has been reduced. In addition to saving travel costs, ISEA2020 Online is accessible at a significantly reduced fee, hoping it will attract a larger number of participants, including more students and independent artists.

  • Live Q&A: All presentation sessions, including keynote sessions, will include live Q&A periods, mediated by invited delegates.

  • Art Programming:  We are working with artists and partners on strategies to showcase the selected projects and special programming.

While we regret not seeing you in Montreal, the new format will make ISEA2020 accessible to a larger number and will certainly contribute to a broader discussion on how to produce and transfer knowledge and showcase art through connected digital communication platforms. Our team is committed to ensuring the high standard of creative and academic contributions that is paramount to ISEA.

We look forward to seeing you online this fall!


You can now purchase your ISEA2020 Online Pass at the Early Bird rates of CAD $99(regular) and CAD $69 (students), offer valid until August 13.

If you purchased your pass before June 10 several options are available to you to compensate for the price difference. Please refer to this form.


The deadline to register, to upload the camera-ready papers, and to fill in the Zone Festival form is July 27 at 11:59 pm (GMT-5)


We updated our website. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ page. If you have a specific question, please contact: isea.academic@printempsnumerique.cafor academic presentations / for artworks / for general questions/registration.

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CFN ACM SIGGRAPH2021 Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.

CFN: ACM SIGGRAPH 2021 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.

Polite reminder the  deadline of 1st January 2021 is fast approaching. So, time to submit your nominations for the award through the ACM SIGGRAPH website!

The Distinguished Artist Award is awarded annually to an artist who has created a substantial and important body of work that significantly advances the aesthetic content in the field of digital art.

Visit the URL listed below and click on Artist Award Chair. Please include as much information about your nominee as possible, including web links.

Distinguished Artist Award

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ISEA International Advisory Committee (IIAC) update

“The ISEA International BOARD would like to announce that Tanya Ravn Ag has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the ISEA International Advisory Committee (IIAC).

“Tanya Ravn Ag (Ph.D.) is a Danish curator and scholar examining perceptual experience, expanded reality, temporality, and technogenesis in relation to urban and virtual media aesthetic phenomena and art. She was a visiting fellow at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and is currently a postdoc researcher at the Center for Art as Forum, Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. See

Tanya will work with the ISEA board and the IIAC on furthering the ISEA mission and overseeing the three IIAC subcommittees focusing on the future of ISEA, the ISEA archives and communication.

Congratulations, Tanya.

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ISEA2020 – Recap Video

To wrap up the great ISEA2020. They are sharing their  ISEA2020 Recap Video!
Also, good news, the symposium presentations have been archived and are now available on the Symposium platform for ISEA2020 Pass Holders
Last, but not the least, the Catalogue and Presentation Proceedings are now available on ISEA2020 website!
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ISEA2020 Workshops Registration: ONE WEEK LEFT!

Montreal, September 25th — With the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art just over two weeks away, ISEA2020 FULL PASS holders have only seven days left to sign up to our eye-opening and exhilarating hands-on/online workshops. The workshops are free for pass holders, but require registration and work on a first-come first-served basis. make sure you follow your heart, and quickly, before all the spots are filled up!
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: OCTOBER 2, 2020, September 25th — With the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art just over two weeks away, ISEA2020 FULL PASS holders have only seven days left to sign up to our eye-opening and exhilarating hands-on/online workshops. The workshops are free for pass holders, but require registration and work on a first-come first-served basis. make sure you follow your heart, and quickly, before all the spots are filled up!
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Organised by the archives of:

  • SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show
  • Archive of Digital Art (ADA)
  • Ars Electronica
  • ISEA


final programme

October 16, 2020

All sessions via ISEA2020*) except

Break-out & Concluding sessions**)

Name of Presenter

Country (City) of Presenter


Clock (Montreal time)


8.00: 1 min intro

Melanie Swalwell

Australia (Melbourne)

Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and a national collection


Rodrigo Guzman Serrano

Hong Kong

A History of the Internet through MoMA’s Exhibition Sites. Web-Archiving Art Content at NYARC


Hava Alboudy


Archiving and Researching Media Art in Israel: Challenges, Innovative Solutions, and Potential International Collaborations


Vladlena Gromova

Russia (Saint Petersburg)

A Database of Interdisciplinary Art in Russia





Oliver Grau


Museum-Network Digital Arts: For a concerted Collection, Documentation and Conservation Strategy (Including intro to ADA)


Christina Radner


The Ars Electronica Archives


Bonnie Mitchell

USA (Ohio)

The SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show Archives


Wim van der Plas& Bonnie Mitchell


The ISEA Symposium Archives





Scott Rettberg


ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base


Camille Baker


Brief history of STARTS and STARTS related EU policy overview


Adam Lockhart


VR as a Preservation and Simulation Tool for Media Artwork Installations





Tadeus Mucelli

Brazil (Belo Horizonte)

Digital Art Festival, Biennial Of Digital Art and Labcult (UFMG/PPGCI)


Elisa Arca Jarque

Peru (Lima)

ePPA: Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation


Bertrand Gervais

Canada (Montreal)

Carving out a Path: Building Research and Knowledge environments (RKE) in a Digital Culture





Devon Mordell

Canada (Ontario)

Preservation Begins at Creation: An Embedded Digital Archivist Within the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts


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Montreal, September 1st, 2020 — Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique), host of the 26th edition of the International Symposium on Electronic Art, is thrilled to announce the complete official programme, with over 300 international speakers and artists from over 40 countries.

In our time of unprecedented upheaval, ISEA2020 and Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) have developed the 2020 edition in response to the current circumstances and with their shared ethos—community, exchange, and technological innovation—at heart. The result is an entirely virtual interactive symposium accessible to anyone anywhere in the world; a symposium that truly inhabits the digital space.

From October 13 to the 18, participants will be able to actively engage in conferences, posters, artistic programme and workshops, and engage with speakers, artists and other attendees to foster the creative and professional dialogues and connections that are at the core of ISEA.

Photo © Clea T. Waite – Ice-Time: Immersive Cine-installation and Embodied Perception

Today, the theme of ISEA2020 – Why Sentience? – resonates more than ever. What does it mean to feel and to perceive during these unstable times? How do we foster connections across communities, generations, and borders through a screen? The value of our innate differences and the ways in which we come together is critical to our current survival and growth. The programme of the 26th edition of ISEA opens into reflection on the sociopolitical, environmental and technological modes of experience that allow breaking the distance as much as they mediate remote dialogue.


  • From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (GMT-5) from October 13 to 16, the academic programme and talks — including keynote speakers, paper presentations, posters, institutional presentations, artist talks and workshops — will be entirely presented through an online platform by Swapcard, which allows networking and exchanges between registered participants during presentation sessions and throughout the duration of the symposium: • Three simultaneous broadcasting channels dedicated to the academic programme;
  • With the exception of the three keynote speakers and posters, presentations will be pre-recorded and broadcast to ensure the quality and fluidity of the programme. Each session will include live question-and-answer periods with the speakers and the session Chair.

HYBRID ARTISTIC PROGRAMME  The artistic programme presents a selection of 80 artworks by 105 local and international artists including installations, videos, VR pieces, web art, online performances, and interventions in the public space, which can be experienced on the ISEA2020 online platform and on a dedicated website. While we are aware that our proposed online solutions do not replace the real, embodied experience of the artworks, we hope the artistic programme can, in this way, enter a dialogue with the academic programme of the symposium.

While we do not encourage delegates to travel to Montreal specifically for ISEA2020, given that some social distancing and congregation restrictions were recently lifted, we have resumed collaborations with some partner organizations in Montreal. A small number of artworks by local artists will be exhibited at Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée and Maison de la culture Janine Sutto, and a programme of interventions will be presented in public spaces. These works will also be documented on the ISEA2020 Online platform and on the artistic programme website.


SPECIAL EVENTS NOT TO MISS! Delegates are also invited to special events, including the Summit on New Media Art Archiving, also to take place online on October 16, coordinated by representatives from the ISEA Symposium Online Archive, the Archive of Digital Art (ADA), the Ars Electronica Archive and the SIGGRAPH Digital Art Show Archive.

Composite #25 will take place on October 15, in collaboration with CREO. Six to eight artists, creators, and digital entrepreneurs will share their initiatives with professionals from various backgrounds and with the general public. This event is Free. Register to receive the link.


ISEA2020 Online stands for the creativity pavilion of MTL connect: Digital Week. There are two distinct virtual platforms for MTL Connect and ISEA2020, but delegates registered for ISEA2020 will have full access to both.


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ISEA2020 is pleased to present the preliminary programming of Artworks and Workshops, October 13 to 18 in Montreal, with the theme: “WHY SENTIENCE?”.
*Presenters are confirmed upon registration
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POSTPONEMENT NOTICE – ISEA2020 New Dates: October 13 to 18, 2020

POSTPONEMENT NOTICE – ISEA2020 New Dates: October 13 to 18, 2020

Montreal, March 23, 2020 — With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing an extraordinary situation. Following the measures announced by the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada, in a concerted decision with its partners and collaborators, Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) has decided to postpone ISEA2020: WHY SENTIENCE? We are looking forward to seeing you in Montreal, October 13 to 18 2020!

Our priorities are public health and high-quality programming, and we will work hard during the spring and summer to ensure that the ISEA community enjoys a memorable symposium! We thank you for your understanding.



Any purchases already made will be automatically transferred to the new dates.The new deadline for Early Bird registration, for presenters to upload camera-ready papers and to fill in the Zone Festival form is May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm (GMT-5).

The answers to most of your questions can be found in the FAQ. If you have a specific question, contact us at the following emails:

Regarding academic papers, panels, institutional presentations and artist talks,

For artworks, contact:

For workshops, contact:

For general public, contact:

See you in Montreal in October!

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