Current ISEA Symposia


ISEA2014 – Dubai United Arab Emirates

20th International Symposium on Electronic Art

October 30 to November 8 2014

ISEA2014 will be hosted by Zayed University in collaboration with the Dubai Convention Bureau and will engage with a range of cultural and creative partners in the Middle East.

The overarching theme of ISEA2014 ‘Location’ will explore strands such as Technology; Science & Art East Meets West; Emerging Economies/Emerging Identities; Nomadic Shifts and Digital Archaeology and Collaborative Spaces.

ISEA Dubai 2014, Oct. 30-Nov. 8, 2014


CFP for the Panel: “Responsive Environments – On the Interrelation between Location, Atmosphere, and Digital Media”

Deadline for Abstracts: July 15, 2014

Chair: Dr. Christiane Heibach / Andreas Simon / Jan-Lewe Torpus

Institute of Experimental Design- and Media Cultures, Basel,


Responsive/Sensitive Environment, Embodied Interaction, Holistic Experience, Atmosphere, Extended Human Senses, Affective Computing, Media Art, Artistic/Design Research, Adaptive Architecture


Since the emergence of computer technologies the notion of „location“ has been expanded. From the beginning, digital media were seen as world-generating technologies being able to create alternative forms of „locations“, e.g. virtual environments. Currently, tendencies like ubiquitous computing and wearable computing point to a further dimension of “location”: hybrid spaces in which moving, multi-sensing, and interacting may reach new levels of intensity. This causes a paradigm shift in digital technologies, because the simulation of virtual spaces is substituted by experiments with interaction and digitally expanded perception in physical space. Thus, mobile and pervasive technologies will change the future design and artistic opportunities of Human-Computer-Interfaces. Furthermore, their extended responsiveness will modify the individual’s perception and notion of the self.

The panel aims to discuss different artistic approaches to hybrid spaces and the notion of “location”, starting with our own project of a responsive environment, which is designed as physical space, composed of different materials and changing atmospheric components like shapes, light, sound, smell, temperature or airflow. Using sensory and feedback technologies we aim to establish a close relation between the humans and this environment to question the idea of an immediate experience as it is currently discussed in phenomenological approaches like those of Brian Massumi and Mark B.N. Hansen.

We want to invite artists and researchers working in similar directions to generate an interdisciplinary approach which promises to match theory, art and holistic experience. By this we also aim to critically reflect the consequences of current technological developments heading towards an “interfaceless“ connectivity between humans and machines (like in biofeedback technologies) and/or the design of an ‚intelligent‘ environment (as intedend e.g. by ubiquitous computing applications).

Please send a short abstract (max. 300 words) including university affiliation, address, homepage and e-mail by July 15, 1014

Notification of acceptance: Aug. 4, 2014


Proposals are being accepted from institutions to present their activities and/or research in the context of electronic or emerging art. View the submission pagefor complete details.

Please note Institutional Presenters are not eligible for any fee waiving. Each speaker is required to register and pay the full fee.

Visit the main ISEA2014 theme and subtheme page for information to consider while developing your proposal.

Submit a 300 word abstract proposal, along with other requirements.

Please take the sub-themes into consideration and feel free to think beyond them under the overarching theme of Location.

Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed on a monthly basis.


For information on the ISEA2014 Academic Committee and selection process, or for general information about ISEA2014, please contact us



Sorry for cross posting but please note the new change of date August 14-18 2015, to take account of ACM SIGGRAPH 2015 date so you have opportunity to attend both events




((( ISEA2015 ))) 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art

August 14-18 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

Submission types:


We are delighted to announce the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art will be held August 14-18, 2015, in Vancouver, Canada. The ISEA2015 symposium welcomes submissions for three broad types of activities:

1 – An exciting art program that will run throughout the duration of the symposium. We welcome submission of artworks, installations and performances alike. Please see our call for artworks to find out how you can be part of it:

2 – A set of workshops and tutorials will occur on Friday the 14th, and Saturday the 15th of August 2015. See the call for workshops and tutorials for more details on how to propose your own workshop or tutorial:

3 – The academic symposium will occur from Sunday the 16th to Tuesday the 18th of August 2015. It includes the following activities for which we solicit submissions:

  * Long Paper with Oral Presentation

  * Research Notes with Oral Presentation

  * Short Paper with Demonstration or Poster Presentation

  * Round Tables and Square Panels

  * Institutional Presentations

ISEA2015 submissions in the Long paper, Research notes, and Short paper categories need to be the full length version of the paper (not only the abstract). Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by members from our International Program Committee. Accepted submission will be published in the ISEA2015 Proceedings (with an ISBN/ISSN). These proceedings will be available online prior to the symposium.

For more details on how to contribute in any of the above categories, see our call for papers and panels here:

Submissions are to be made through our ISEA2015 EasyChair portal:

Important dates:


- 10 August 2014: Early bird submission deadline for artworks

- 15 September 2014: Notification of early artworks acceptance

- 20 December, 2014: Submission deadline for full research or art papers, research notes, panels, workshops and tutorials

- 20 December 2014: Late submission deadline for artworks

- 15 January 2015: Notification of acceptance for artworks, workshops and tutorials

- 15 February, 2015: Notifications of acceptance of full research or art papers,  research notes, and panels

- 21 February, 2015: Submission deadline for short research or art papers with demonstration or poster presentation, research or art demonstrations, institutional presentations

- 21 March, 2015: Notifications of acceptance for short research or art papers with demonstration or poster presentation, research or art demonstrations, institutional presentations

- 14-18 August, 2015: ISEA2015 Symposium


Symposium Organizers


Dr. Thecla Schiphorst  (Symposium Director)
School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)
Faculty of Communication, Arts & Technology (FCAT), 
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Philippe Pasquier (Symposium Director)

School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Kate Armstrong (Artistic Director)
Independent Curator, Director of the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre,
Emily Carr University of Art+Design,
Vancouver, Canada.

Malcolm Levy (Artistic Director)
Founder and Director of the New Forms Festival
Vancouver, Canada.



The series of ISEA symposia is coordinated by ISEA International. Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology. ISEA International Headquarters is supported by the University of Brighton (UK).