#053 May 1996

                        THE ISEA NEWSLETTER
                           #53 MAY 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)   
                      WWW URL http://www.xs4all.nl/~isea

Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art
September 16-20, 1996, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

The ISEA Foundation and the Rotterdam Festivals Foundation would like to 
welcome participants to the Seventh International Symposium on Electronic 
The symposium brings together experts on all aspects of artistic
applications of electronic technology in a scientific, creative and
educational forum of scientists, artists, policy makers and all other
specialists in the field of the electronic arts.
The five day event wil loffer lectures and hands-on learning experiences
by international experts on the current state of the electronic arts.
Papers, pannels, poster sessions and round tables, selected by the
International Program Committee, will be presented on the most recent
developments in computer graphics, computer animation, computer music,
video art, interactive art, including CD ROM and Internet applications,
artistic applications of robotics, computer aided literature and dance,
etc. There will be special focus on Networked Art and on education as a 
means to bridge the gap between artists and scientists.
Other symposium events will include an art exhibition at the symposium
site, a larger exhibition organized by V2, R96 and the Dutch Photo
Institute, an Electronic Theater, Concerts and Performances.
During and directly following ISEA96, numerous other Electronic Art
events will take place in Rotterdam, ensuring that your visit will be a
fascinating one. The Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF96), including a
large exhibition, concerts, performances, A Web Site Exhibition and an
Internet project in the Harbour Simulator, as well as the public events
organized by the Rotterdam Festivals Foundation, deserves your special
The Organizing Committee plans a stimulating and challenging Symposium 
where artists, scientists, technologists, curators, writers,
students and teachers can exchange expertise and ideas and come away with
a broadened sense of the potential within their fields. Your
participation is an integral part of the succes of the program and we
look forward to meeting you in Rotterdam, September 16-20.

ISEA96 is part of the 'R96' Festival.
Right at the start of the 1996-7 cultural season, Rotterdam Festivals
presents the second edition of a series of new art and culture programs.
The title of this years festival was chosen to highlight the influence of
new media on art, culture and the city. R96 takes place from 19 to 29
September, at several locations in the heart of Rotterdam. During these
10 days, the festival will offer a wide range of activities in all
disciplines, which can roughly be divided into an art program and a city
The art program consists of exhibitions, symposia, theatre, dance and
music performances.
R96 will be programming the remarkable play 'Elsinore", a dazzling gold
version of Shakespeare's Hamlet by Robert Lepage, in the Rotterdam
During both weekends, the city program offers a 'behind the scenes' view
of organizations where applications of electronic and digital technology
play a vital role for work and daily life. A city tour leads the public
through the World Trade Center, a Police station, the library,
MarineSafety harbour simulator and Media school. In each location, the
interpretations of a different artist will give new meaning to the
information present. For those who own semaphones, the 'Buzzer Game' is
the perfect guide. In the evening, R96 presents the first 'Non-Audible'
pop concert and a spectacular multi-media party.

                             ISEA96 PROGRAM


During this part of the symposium,presenters of both invited and free
papers and panels will come together with
participants to talk about both new and current issues in and around the
general themes.

ISEA96 will offer tutorials and workshops for both  newcomers  and those
experienced in diverse fields of the electronic arts.

The symposium has made room available for institutions, active in the
field of the electronic arts, which wish to present themselves and their

These sessions will have artists presenting their work and projects in a
rather informal setting.

Roundtable subjects have been selected by the International Program
Committee. The proposer acts as the chair of the discussion.
Symposium participants can sign up via the enclosed registration form or
at the registration desk at the symposium. However, for practical
reasons, the number of Roundtable participants has to be limited.
Roundtable sessions are discussions to which all participants can

Symposium Proceedings will be published after the Symposium and a
selection of the best papers and abstracts will appear in issues of
Leonardo and Languages of Design. All participants will receive a Book of
Abstracts, including the final program, at the time of registration.
                             September 18-20

(note: not all presentations have been confirmed at time of printing)

                            INVITED SPEAKERS

Jos de Mul (Netherlands, Professor of Philosophy, Erasmus University 
Rotterdam): Opening Speech
Stelarc (Australia): On the Future of Networked Art 


Rich  Gold  (USA):
Technology as a Common Language  between  the Arts and the Sciences

Nancy Paterson (Canada):
Curly,  Larry & PoMo,  Electronic Art & Cyberfeminism

Pieter Huybers and Gerrit van de Ende (Netherlands):
The Outlines of the Polyhedric World   

Mike King (UK):
Concerning the Spiritual in Cyberspace: Immortality of Artist and
Artefact in the Digital Terrain   

Jean-Pierre Giovanelli (France):
Technology of Poetics   

Norie Neumark (Australia):
A Shock in the Ear: The Aesthetics of  Sound in Multimedia Interactives

Stewart   Dickson   (USA):
A   Regenerative,   Internet-Driven Philosophical Engine

Sean   Cubitt  (UK):
Online  Sound  and  Virtual  Architecture; Contribution To The Geography
Of Cultural Translation

Eduardo R. Miranda (Brasil/UK):
Machine Learning  and  Musical Invention: A Case Study

Jon Van Oast (USA): 
The (SITO) OTIS Project:  The Past,  Present and  Future of Collective
and Collaborative Art on the  Internet.

Julean Simon and David C. Wohlhart (Germany):
DisNet - a model of  Discursive Networking  

Samia Halaby (USA):
Rhythms, the Aesthetic of Electronic Painting

Edward A. Shanken (USA):
Virtual Perspective and  the  Artistic Vision: a Genealogy  of
Technology, Perception and Power

Hans  Dehlinger  (Germany)
& Qi Dongxu (China)
Art  Experiments  and  Mathematical Explorations into the Universe of
Machine Generated Drawings

Shawn Decker (USA):
Digital Creativity Inside Out

Roberta  Lord (USA):
Holiness and Dread:  Poetics in  Electronic Art  

Ryszard  Kluszczynski  (Poland):
The  Context  is  the  Message. Interactive Art as a Medium of

Barbara London & Grahame Weinbren (USA):
New Media and Self Expression: the Changing Relationship between
Sender/Creator and Receiver/User. 

Antonio Camurri (Italy):
Multimodial Environments


Martin  Sperka (Slowakian Republic):
Artificial Art and Art Aesthetics     

Nell  Tenhaaf, Eliot Handelman, Jeanne Randolf, Phoebe Sengers (USA)
Interpenetrations: Art, science, cultural theory

Roy Ascott (Wales):
Artists teaching artists; case studies of the Masterclass Paradigm    

Julianne Pierce (Australia): Erotics of the Internet

Rob  Fisher (USA), Masaki Fujihata (Japan), Christian LaVigne (USA):
Computers and Sculpture

Lorne  Falk (USA): The Senses in Motion

Maria  Stukoff (Australia): Space, Time, Body and World

Perry Hoberman (USA): Webbed Spaces: Between Exhibition and Network

Peter Ride (UK): Devising & Positioning interactivity in net projects

Mike Leggett (Australia): Burning The Interface

                             PAPERS (SHORT)

David McDowell (Australia):
Scenography and Synesthetics: New Media and Aestetic Experience.

Jorgen Callesen (Denmark): Into the Black Box

Leo  Chanjen  Chen (USA):
Transparency as Interface:  A  'Petite Histoire' of its Tools.

Toshiya Ueno (Japan): Japanimation and techno-orientalism    

James  Hagan  (USA):
>From Appearance  to  Behaviour;  Issues  in Extending the Sculptural

Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (UK): the WWW as Live Interface    

Richard Wright (UK):
More Power; The Pioneers of British Computer Animation and their Legacy.

Eric Singer, Clilly Castiglia, Sabrino Liao, Ken Perlin (USA):
Improv; Interactive Improvisational Animation and Music

Carol  Gigliotti  (USA):
Bridge To,  Bridge From:  The  Arts, Technology and Education.

Anna  Ursyn (USA): Teaching Computer Art with  Integrative Assignments

Brett Terry (USA): Sound/action Paragigms in Multi Media 

Xavier Serra (Spain): Beyond Sampling Synthesis

Lily Diaz (Finland): Cross-cultural comparison of the art of memory   

Adrianne Wortzel (USA):
Medieval  Cartography  and   Mapping the Ideological Territories of

Simon  Penny (USA):
Methodologies, Metaphors and Anachronism in Computer Art Pedagogy and

                             POSTER SESSIONS

Josephine  Starrs (Australia):
Gameplay,  Vapourware and Digital Abberations in the age of Information

Ken Gregory (Canada): Under the Influence of Ether

Niranjan Rajah, Azlin Rahman & Hasnul Saidon (Malaysia):
Locating the Image

Kat O'Brien (Canada): Women, Cameras and Computers 

Louis-Philippe Demers & Bill Vorn (Canada):
Real Artificial Life as an Immersive Medium

Lane  Hall & Lisa Molina (USA):
What's So Hard about Hardcopy

Leon   C.M.   Wennekes   (Netherlands):
TIME;   for  a   better Understanding, a better Education and more Fun

Cristine Tamblyn (USA):
Mistaken  Identities:  A CD rom genealogy

Mark  Tribe,  Markus  Weisbeck &  Niko  Waesche  (Germany):
Surf Design;  Web  Development  in a Fluid  Environment

Zvonimir Bakotin (Russia/Netherlands): Trans Navigation

James Faure Walker (UK): Cool Heaven   

Patricia Search (USA):
Hickory Dickory Dock; the  Clock  strikes one  in Hyperspace

Naoko Tosa & Ryohei Nakatsu (Japan):
For  Interactive Virtual Drama: Body Communication Actor

Simone Simons & Peter Bosch (Netherlands):
The Electric Swaying Orchestra

James KM (Canada): Media Probes

Matthew Jones (UK):
Conventional Art as Web Based Exhibits: a new electronic art form

Robin Noorda (The Netherlands):
Horses in the Air: VR Techniques in a linear TV Program

Janet Silk & Ian Pollock (USA): Intimacy, Concept, Interaction

Annette Weintraub (USA): The Web as Intimate Space

Marius Serra (Spain): Babble, the Virtual Tower of Bable

Martin Rieser (UK): Interactive Narratives; Educating the Authors

Jacquelyn Martino (USA):
Without a Special Object of Worship: an intertactive book arts  computer 

Nik Williams & Henry Lowengard (USA):
CYBERGOMI; here today, gone tomorrow

Rob Fisher (USA): Journey into the Living Cell

Ignasie Ribas, Xavier Berenguer, Pere Freixas (Spain):
The Handling of Poetry in Interactive Media

Michael  Bielicky (Tjech Republic):
Exodus,  Internet project in the Negev Desert

Rosa Freitag (UK): Interacting with Human Characters, a different genre  of Computer Games

Sonya   Rapoport   &  Marie-Jose   Sat   (USA):
Brutal   Myths; Collaborative Creation and Interaction.    

Derek Richards (UK): Permanent Revolution I; Flame Wars

Heidi  Grundman (Austria): Radio the Ne(x)t Century

Michael LeBlanc and Andrea Wollensak (Canada):
The McLuhan Probes

Victoria Vesna (USA): Bodies INcorporated

Sue Machert (Germany): SUBconsciousNet         

Peter  Lunenfeld  (USA):
Light in  space:  Hyperaesthetics  Case Studies

Wolfgang von Stuermer (Germany): VC-Virtual Chess Salon

Christophe Ramstein (Canada):
Navigation  on  the  Web  with  Haptic Assistance.


Richard  Povall  (UK):
Aesthetic  and  Compositional  Issues  in Interactive Systems

Josepha  Haveman (USA):
Bridging the Gap (Education as a way  of bridging the gap between artists
and technologists)

Cynthia Rubin (USA):
Breaking the Code:  Art that does not Stand on  its  Own (How does the
WWW liberate artists from the idea  of the work of art as a stand alone


Michael Century(Canada): CITI, Centre for Information Technology Innovation   

Elizabeth  O'Grady (Canada):  inter/@ccess 

Hasnul Saidon (Malaysia): Creative Studio,  University  Malaysia Sawarak  

Jeremy  Welsh (Norway): Kunstakademiet i  Trondheim, Intermedia Dept.   

Steve  Partridge (UK): University of Dundee, School of Television & Imaging

James K.M. (Canada): Vancouver Film School Multimedia  

Bulat Galeyev (Russia): Prometei 

Georgy  Senchenko (Ukraine): Space of Cultural Revolution 

Leonello  Tarabella (Italy): Computer Music CNUCE/CNR, Pisa    

Jose   Alcala  Mellado (Spain): Universidad  de  Casilla- La Mancha

Katerina Thomadaki & Maria  Klonaris (France): A.S.T.A.R.T.I.

Shawn Decker (USA): School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Tessa  Elliott (UK): Middlesex University    

Xavier  Berenguer (Spain): Institut de l'Audiovisual, Barcelona   
Galeria Virtual    

Peter   Lunenfeld (USA):
Art Center,  College of Design/Southern California New Media Working 

Mikhail  Zalivadny (Russia):
The Hatomaya Itiro Electro- Acoustic Music School Studio

                          WORKSHOPS & TUTORIALS
                             September 16-17


Zack Settel & Cort Lippe (USA):
Real Time Audio  Morphing,  with NeXt Cube (half day). Preferably in
combination with Tutorial

Web Sites as Project Tools
With  the  organizers  of the Doors of  Perception  and  Victoria 
Vesna, Judith Donath and Nik Williams (2 days)

Michael  O'Rourke (USA):
Introduction to Three dimensional Computer Animation : 3-D Studio (half
day). In cooperation with autodesk Holland.Preferably in combination with

Stephen Wilson (USA):
Intermediate/advanced Authoring for the WWW (1 day workshop)

Quick Time VR
On Macintosh, for starters (photographers, graphic designers, etc.) 1 day
Workshop in cooperation with PF Publishing.


Michael  O'Rourke (USA):
Introduction to Three-Dimensional Computer Animation (half day)

Josepha  Haveman (USA):
3 half day tutorials:
1.  Computers and Art;  An  introductory tutorial overview   for  artists
who  are   new   to   digital media/technology.
2. Image   processing; For   professional artists and photographers.
3. Image   processing; creative potentials and aesthetics of digitally
'enhanced' imagery.

Mari Kimura (USA):
Virtual soundscape; Violin and Vitual Reality Sound Environment. (half

Zack  Settel & Cort Lippe (USA):
Real Time Audio Morphing  (half day)

                             ISEA96 FESTIVAL

An art exhibition will be held at the site of the conference,
featuring, among others, the latest electronic art from Japan. (In
cooperation with ISEA-Japan and the Japan Foundation).

ISEA96 shall host a Film and Video Show of computer animation and video

One evening will be reserved for those interested in viewing and
listening to a series of international computer music concerts and
electronic art performances.


The Dutch Electronic Art Festival, organized by V2-Organization, consists
of exhibitions,a symposium presentations, concerts, performances and
various special events.
Furthermore, the DEAF symposium will be presented as part of ISEA96. More
information on DEAF is presented on the other side of this folder

WWVC Spui 189, The Hague
The World Wide Video Centre invited Stefaan Decostere (in 1994), General
Idea (in 1995), Ponton European Media Art lab, Bill Viola and Rem
Koolhaas to develop a project for the privalite windows of the festival
premises. The Ponton project 'Numud' will not be unfolded until September
1996, however the web site will be premiered by April 26th.
'Numud',a virtual display of social architecture, focuses on interaction
and communication on different levels; providing, generating, and
initiating content. The Interactive proces between artist, scientist and
Ponton is based on the idea that traditional public space lost its
communicative role. Technical development, specialisation and social
isolation are leading to new forms of communication.

Witte de With, centre for contemporary art Rotterdam
Witte de Withstraat 50
Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.
The Canadian artist Tony Brown will present five gigantic kinetic
sculptures/ installations in Witte de With, consisting mechanized and
computerized elements, light, sound and projected images.
In a time where the rapid rise of the new media and technology has an
enormous influence on society, the work of Tony Brown has special
meaning. It intertwines different disciplines such as visual arts,
architecture, dance, cinema, literature and new media in a highly
technological and spectacular icon.
Tony Brown will also show an ambitious interactive internet project on
the occasion of this exhibition. It will include a digital, 3D
reconstruction of this exhibit.

                           GENERAL INFORMATION

The Symposium will be held at the 'World Trade Center' (WTC) Congress
Center, Beursplein, Rotterdam. During the Symposium the organization can
be reached at the WTC by telephone: +31-10- 405 44 44. Trains leave every
half-hour from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Central Station.
Train traveling time is less than an hour. There is a local airport in
Rotterdam with connections to several European destinations.
The WTC is located right in the city center, 10-15 minutes walking
distance from Rotterdam Central Station and can also be reached by the
subway as well (Beursplein/ Churchillplein station). The Workshops and
Tutorials will be held at several locations in Rotterdam, the Hague and

More information, with reference to the locations, will be sent to you
together with the confirmation of your reservation.

Registration of the Symposium will be at the WTC from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00
p.m. on Sunday, September 15. From Monday, September 16, to Friday,
September 20 registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the WTC.
Participants can receive mail during the Symposium adressed to ISEA96,
World Trade Conference Center, Beursplein Rotterdam. During the symposium
you can be reached by fax (+31-10-477 86 05) as well.


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