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.


New Program: Call for Public Space: Papers, Posters and Workshops

As the ISEA2014 Organizing Committee gears up to begin putting together the program for November, this new call is in response to Dubai’s winning bid for EXPO2020, the UAE Pavilion’s presentation at the Architecture Biennale in Venice (whose team includes Zayed University faculty), and the many new media exhibitions appearing in public places. The new dedicated program of the ISEA2014 conference, My Location, My Sense of Belonging, recognizes the importance of public space and the interrelationship of art, technology, design and the city. View the submission page for complete details.


·       Submission of abstracts for papers and posters: May 30

·       Submission of workshops: July 1

·       Announcement of Acceptance: July 31

·       1 October final draft of paper submission and presentation file

·       30 October  to 8 November: ISEA2014 Symposium

·       Final submission of camera ready/publishable paper December 1

·       Paper proceedings to be published in early 2015


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


The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art to be held in Vancouver

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) have won the bid to host the prestigious 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Vancouver, Canada, August 10-15, 2015.

ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, mixing 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. The event annually brings together artists, designers, academics, technologists, scientists, and general audience in the thousands. The symposium consists of a peer-reviewed conference, a series of exhibitions, and various partner events—from large-scale interactive artwork in public space to cutting-edge electronic music performance.

In the last three years ISEA has been hosted in Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Albequerque, New Mexico (2012), and Sydney, Australia (2013), with an upcoming ISEA2014 in Dubai. ISEA2015 in Vancouver marks its return to Canada, 20 years after the groundbreaking first Canadian ISEA1995 in Montreal. Conference events will be held at the Woodward’s campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver with exhibitions and events taking place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and other sites and venues throughout the city.

ISEA2015’s theme of DISRUPTION invites a conversation about the aesthetics of change, renewal, efficiencies and game-changing paradigms. We look to raw bursts of energy, Davids and Goliaths, reconciliation, error, and destructive and creative force of the new. Disruption contains both blue sky and black smoke. When we speak of radical emergence we must also address things left behind. Disruption is both incremental and monumental. Anachronisms; earlier versions. The moments of peace and crisis: the state of things now and a moment ago; the proud Luddites and the insecurity of change; the unstoppable giants, now only shells.

We are familiar in art, design, science, and media with strategies in which something is overturned in order to create something new. In practices ranging from hacking and detournement to inversions of place, time, and intention, creative work across disciplines constantly finds ways to rethink or reconsider object, context, body, network, function. Artists push, shape, break; designers reinvent and overturn; scientists challenge and re-state; technologists hack & subvert to rebuild. We hope to broaden the spheres in which disruptive aesthetics can be explored, crossing into the worlds of science, technology, design, visual art, contemporary and media art, innovation, performance, and sound.

Symposium Directors for ISEA2015 are Dr. Philippe Pasquier and Dr. Thecla Schiphorst from Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) within the Faculty of Communication, Arts & Technology (FCAT).  Artistic Directors are Malcolm Levy, Founder and Director of the New Forms Festival and Kate Armstrong, Director of the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

ISEA symposia are 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).

For further details please contact international ISEA Director Sue Gollifer at or visit the project website at