Call for participation for ISEA2020 open



Montreal, Canada, May 19-24, 2020

For 2020, ISEA Montreal turns towards the theme of Sentience. Sentience describes the ability to feel or perceive. To be sentient is thus to be “capable of feeling,” from the Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) while “feeling,” the present participle of sentire “to feel,” refers to “being conscious” of something. To feel or perceive something at first seems to suggest that sentience is a uniquely human trait. Yet, sentience implies sensing the world and acting on it across all entities—animal, plant, mineral, environment or machine—rather than cutting things into binaries: human/non-human, animate/inanimate, alive/dead, human/machine, nature/technology.

ISEA2020 will be fully dedicated to examining the resurgence of sentience—feeling-sensing-making sense—in recent art and design, media studies, science and technology studies, philosophy, anthropology, history of science and the natural scientific realm—notably biology, neuroscience and computing. We ask: why sentience? Why and how does sentience matter? Why have artists and scholars become interested in sensing and feeling beyond, with and around our strictly human bodies and selves? Why has this notion been brought to the fore in an array of disciplines in the 21st century?





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ISEA2020 update

ISEA2020 will take place in Quebec, Canada,May 19 to 24, 2020.

The host city will be Montréal, with Printemps Numérique and MTL Connect as main organizing partners around the theme “SENTIENCE”.

Today, when more and more “emotionless” decisions are determined by algorithms and data, what is the value of human instinct and emotion? This is the guiding theme of the symposium, SENTIENCE: The ability to feel and perceive – press release.

The call dates will be open early in September
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ISEA2019 Official promotion video

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ISEA2019 ‘Early Bird registration’

Just a reminder the ISEA2019 ‘Early Bird registration’ is open until 30 April 2019

The regular registration will be from 1 May 2019 to 28 June 2019


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ISEA2019 deadline – Artist talk, Institutional Presentation

????The deadline for submission is Today(11:59 pm KST), February 28th!
Please submit your Artist talk, Institutional Presentation proposals before the deadline.
>>Submission Instruction :
Official Website:
Facebook page:
Instagram: @isea2019
For General Inquiries:
#isea2019 #gwangju #LUX_AETERNA #media_art #new_media_art #digitalart #south_korea #international_symposium_on_electronic_art #symposium #electronic_art
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Expressions of Interest to host ISEA2022

The ISEA International Foundation Board is pleased to make a call for Expressions of Interest to host ISEA2022 (28th International Symposium on Electronic Art).

How to Bid

 ISEA International makes an annual call for proposals to host the International Symposium on Electronic Art. The call for proposals is made 3 years in advance.

ISEA is a forum for interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The Symposium is an annual nomadic event, hosted by organisations around the world. The first International Symposium on Electronic Art was held in 1988 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 For information about past and planned symposia see

If you are interested in making a possible bid to host ISEA2022 contact Sue Gollifer, ISEA Executive Director, University of Brighton, UK email: as soon as possible for submission information.

Timetable for ISEA2022 bids:

March 31, 2019 – Expression of Interest deadline

April 14, 2019 – Bidding organisations notified

June 22 – 28, 2019 – Presentation at ISEA2019 (Gwangju, Republic of Korea) AGM and Meeting with the ISEA International Foundation Board

August 31st, 2019 – Full bid document deadline*

November 1st, 2019 – Candidates notified of outcome


Future ISEA symposium schedule include:

ISEA2019 Gwangju, Republic of Korea

ISEA2020 Winnipeg, Canadian province of Manitoba

ISEA2021 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


ISEA International



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[ISEA2019 Extension of Submission Deadline for Paper/Panel Discussion/Poster]

[ISEA2019 Extension of Submission Deadline for Paper/Panel Discussion/Poster]
Submission Deadline for Paper(Full/Short), Panel Discussion, Poster:
10 January 2019
Thank you all for submitting proposals for ISEA2019. We greatly appreciate the time and consideration you showed for our Open Call. The ISEA2019 Open Call for Artworks (artistic work, artistic presentation) and Workshops/Tutorials is officially closed.
However, the Submission Deadline for Paper (Full/Short), Panel Discussion, and Poster has been extended to 10 January 2019 (11:59pm KST) due to a large number of inquiries requesting an extension. We look forward to receiving more proposals for papers, panels, and posters.
Moreover, for the Academic Program, a session on education is planned to be emphasized. We cordially invite you to actively participate in the symposium.
Please visit our website for more information at: and refer to the ‘Submission Guidelines’ webpage for application details. (
[Special Session: Art, Tech and Money]
We are thrilled to announce a special session on art, technology and money. This session will explore new ecosystem(s) among art, technology and money. Most of us in art and technology field have had to rely on governmental funds or private charity. But with the rise of social impact investment there may be a new horizon opening up for creating new values, where artists and technologists find new ways of communicating with the public. In this special session we want to explore new opportunities as well as possible risks.
We look forward to receiving various proposals regarding this new session.
For Enquiries:
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ISEA2019 Deadline extended 20 December 2018

Following on from several requests we have extended the call for Papers, Posters, Panels, Workshops, Tutorials and Artistic works for ISEA2019
New Submission deadline (extended) until December 20th
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CFP ISEA2019 *update*


25th International Symposium on Electronic Art 

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

Submissions now open 

The theme of ISEA2019, Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light), celebrates Gwangju, ‘City of Light’, home to Korea’s exceptional traditional art, culinary culture, and dynamic progression into the modern world.

This is the embodiment of the essence of Light – traversing the boundaries between harmony and chaos, conquest and challenge, nature and man, mystery and mastery, and the future and the past.

The following sub-themes lay out the paradoxical yet all-embracing nature of light in nature, science, and art with which Lux Aeterna challenges all participants.

  • Aeternitas: Eternity of the Mortal
  • Symphonia: Harmony of Noise
  • Illuminatio: Enlightenment of A.I & A.E
  • Penumbra: Inbetween

*Submission: More details on how to contribute in any of the above categories and review process, see our submission page at



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25th International Symposium on Electronic Art

ISEA2019 Gwangju, South Korea
June 22-28, 2019

The call for participation for ISEA2019  submissions is now open


ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media.

A topic inspired by a literal meaning of the host city Gwangju, “City of Light”, includes subcategories embracing complex themes that allow open interpretations in culture, science, and history. For example, religiously, light is implied as divinity and immortality and scientifically. it is an energy collection of particles and wavelength signals. It symbolizes the enlightenment and rationale in humanities. Also, the presence of light creates Umbra and Penumbra. In light of the fact that light is the most specific example of versatility in which various interpretations can occur, it will provide us with the context where cohesion of procedural logic based on the human sensibilities and technology of artistic inspirations is freely presented, which is in line with what ISEA has been pursuing.

  • Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light)

    – Aeternitas: Eternity of the Mortal
    – Symphonia: Harmony of Noise
    – Illuminatio: Enlightenment through A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) & A.E. (Artificial Emotion)

    – Penumbra: In-between


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