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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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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ISEA2020 update


ISEA2020, from May 19 to 24, 2020, will bring together in Montreal the scientific, academic and artistic work based on research and creative practices that explore new technologies. Don’t miss it!


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News: ISEA2022 confirmed

After a very competitive bid process; ISEA International are pleased to announce that ISEA2022 will be held in Paris, France.

Tentative dates are JUNE from 13th to 18th  2022


But not forgetting ISEA2020 Montreal, Canada, May 19-24, 2020

Registration now open: Get the early-bird rate before March 16, 2020



Plus ISEA2021 which will be held in Barcelona, Catalonia in June 27 – July, 3 2021 Spain

Future ISEA Symposia

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ISEA2020 is taking over Montreal this spring

26th International Symposium on Electronic Art

 ISEA2020 is taking over Montreal this spring

 Montreal, ( as of January 16, 2020) – Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) announces the venues of ISEA2020. From May 19 to 24, 2020, Montreal will enjoy an impressive programming!

The 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art is bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in electronic art, interactivity and digital media. Its program is articulated in such a way as to offer international participants a unique experience in Montreal!


 Location: NAD – UQAC SCHOOL





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CFN: ACM SIGGRAPH 2020 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.

Call for Nominations: ACM SIGGRAPH 2020 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.

Polite reminder the  deadline of 1st January 2020 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.

Nominations NOT submitted through the SIGGRAPH website will not be considered.

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One week to go – Deadline ISEA2020

26th International Symposium on Electronic Art

Call for participation:
1 week left to submit!

Montreal, December 9, 2019 – There is only one week left to submit your proposal and to participate to ISEA2020, from May 19 to 24, 2020 in Montreal.

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.

For 2020, ISEA Montreal turns towards the theme of SENTIENCE.

ISEA2020 invites artists, designers, scholars, researchers, innovators and creators to submit a proposal.

The final submissions deadline is DECEMBER 16, 2019 for all the categories:

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ISEA2020 Deadline extended December 16 2019

ISEA2020 Call for participation: deadline for submissions extended
The ISEA2020 Committee announces that the new deadline for applications is December 16, 2019.
ISEA2020 is expanding the capacity to host both the symposium and exhibitions to welcome more participants in Montreal! ISEA2020 will be hosted in top-notch facilities located in downtown Montreal, with easy access to public transport, wheelchair accessible, fully equipped with computers, light control, and extra rooms for workshops, panels, and paper presentations.
At the same time, we have received many requests to extend the deadline for submission of long and short papers in particular. As a result, we are extending the final deadline for all submissions to December 16, 2019.
ISEA2020 Committee thanks all participants who have already submitted proposals to date.
ISEA2020 hopes you will take advantage of the extended deadline to submit your proposal.
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I week left to submit to ISEA2020

Quick reminder


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Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) is excited to be hosting ISEA2020 / MTL connect to be held from May 19 to 24, 2020 in Montreal, Canada.

ISEA2020 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.

We ask: why sentience? Why and how does sentience matter?


ISEA2020 invites artists, designers, scholars, researchers, innovators and creators to participate in the various activities deployed from May 19 to 24, 2020.

The final submissions deadline is NOVEMBER 25, 2019.

Submit your application for WORKSHOP and TUTORIAL

Submit your application for ARTISTIC WORK

Submit your application for FULL / SHORT PAPER

Submit your application for PANEL

Submit your application for POSTER

Submit your application for ARTIST TALK

Submit your application for INSTITUTIONAL PRESENTATION


You can apply for several categories. All profiles are welcome. Notifications of acceptance will be sent around January 13, 2020.


Registration is now available to assist to ISEA2020 / MTL connect, from May 19 to 24, 2020. Book today your Full Pass and get the early-bird rate!

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