23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art

XVI International Image Festival

June 11 - 18, 2017

University of Caldas, Manizales / Colombia


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.

ISEA2017 invites to reflect on the contributions that art, design, and technology provide as alternatives for social development based on respect for natural biodiversity and having pacific coexistence of the communities. ISEA2017 welcomes submissions in three broad categories: academic (papers, posters, panels, and roundtables), creative (artworks, installations, performances, and design cases) and learning (residence, workshops, tutorials, artist or designer talks, and institutional presentations).


ISEA es unos de los eventos mundiales más prominentes en arte y tecnología, el cual combina dominios académicos, artísticos y científicos en una discusión interdisciplinaria y muestra de producciones creativas que aplican nuevas tecnologías en arte, interactividad y medios electrónicos y digitales.

ISEA2017 invita a reflexionar acerca de las contribuciones que el arte, el diseño y la tecnología proveen como alternativas para el desarrollo social basado en el respeto por la biodiversidad natural y la convivencia pacífica de las comunidades. ISEA2017 acepta propuestas en tres categorías: académica (ponencias, posters, paneles y mesas redondas), creativa (obras de arte, instalaciones, performances y casos de diseño) y aprendizaje (residencia, talleres, tutoriales, conversatorios de artistas o diseñadores y presentaciones institucionales).


Bio creation & data

Data is becoming pervasive in our daily lives. Scientists have used data and biological processes to create products and systems, while artists explore the aesthetics of technology, data and biology. How do artists integrate data and biological phenomenon in the creative process? In what ways do designers take advantage of large amounts of data to make decisions that affect sustainability and biodiversity?

Bio creación & datos

Los datos se han convertido en un elemento omnipresente en nuestra vida cotidiana. Científicos han usado datos y procesos biológicos para crear productos y sistemas, mientras los artistas exploran la estética de la tecnología los datos y la biología. ¿Cómo los artistas integran datos y el fenómeno biológico en el proceso creativo? ¿De qué manera los diseñadores aprovechan grandes cantidades de datos para tomar decisiones que afectan la sostenibilidad y la biodiversidad?

Critical perspectives on the use of technology for peace

Technology is a potential tool that supports peace process and conflict resolution. What is the role of art and design in defining the use of technology to support peace and conflict resolution? Are there cultural identity tensions catalyzed by technologies? How can technology promote intercultural dialogues and peace construction?

Perspectivas críticas en el uso de la tecnología para la paz

La tecnología es una herramienta potencial que soporta procesos de paz y resolución de conflictos. ¿Cuál es el rol del arte y el diseño en la definición del uso de la tecnología para soportar la paz y la resolución de conflictos? ¿Existen tensiones de identidad cultural catalizadas por las tecnologías? ¿Cómo puede la tecnología promover diálogos interculturales y construcción de paz?

Media art, landscape and heritage

ISEA2017 will take place in a region in Colombia known as the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. We invite work that reflects on the conflict between media and heritage. How do artists and designers include heritage in their critical thinking and aesthetic decisions? How could media art help disseminate cultural values around peace? Does media art have the capacity to preserve heritage? Does conservation or cultural transformation generate conflict?

Artes mediales, paisaje y patrimonio

ISEA2017 tendrá lugar en una región en Colombia conocida como el Paisaje Cultural Cafetero, declarado por la UNESCO como Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Convocamos obras que reflexionen sobre el conflicto entre medios y patrimonio. ¿Cómo artistas y diseñadores incluyen el patrimonio en su pensamiento crítico y sus decisiones estéticas? ¿Cómo pueden las artes mediales contribuir a diseminar valores culturales entorno a la paz? ¿Tienen las artes mediales la capacidad de preservar el patrimonio? ¿Son la conservación o la transformación cultural generadores de conflictos?

Interdisciplinary platforms for coexistence

Transdisciplinary teams collaborate to generate social and political content and debates. Artists, designers and scientists have tried to work together and get citizens involved with interactive technologies and media. Are these platforms showing paths for social coexistence? How transdisciplinary collaborations can generate social benefits? How can biological process be used as source of inspiration and the generation of social possibilities for living in peace?

Plataformas interdisciplinarias para la convivencia

Equipos transdisciplinarios colaboran para generar contenido y debates sociales y políticos. Los artistas, los diseñadores y los científicos han intentado trabajar juntos e involucrar a los ciudadanos con tecnologías y medios interactivos. ¿Están estas plataformas mostrando rutas para la convivencia social? ¿Cómo las colaboraciones transdisciplinarias pueden generar beneficios sociales? ¿Cómo pueden los procesos biológicos ser usados como fuente de inspiración para la generación de posibilidades sociales para vivir en paz?

The cultural dimensions of bio-creation and peace

In recent times, pockets of peace across our planet have emerged and Colombia is one example. Does the idea of peace have a larger role to play than simply resolving conflict? In what ways could indigenous awareness contribute to our understanding of peace? What bridges in thought and action are needed to achieve global peace across cultural and transdisciplinary boundaries? Is bio-creation in conflict with, or in accord with, indigenous awareness of living organisms?

Las dimensiones culturales de la bio-creación y la paz

Recientemente, focos de paz en nuestro planeta han emergido y Colombia es un ejemplo. ¿Tiene la idea de paz un rol más amplio que simplemente resolver conflictos? ¿De qué maneras podría la conciencia local y nativa contribuir a nuestra comprensión de la paz? ¿Qué conexiones de pensamiento y acción son necesarias para lograr paz global más allá de las fronteras culturales y transdisciplinarias? ¿Está la bio-creación en conflicto con o en correspondencia con la conciencia local y nativa de organismos vivos?

Design, Art, Science, and Technology

This subtheme is to open up participation for other authors that want to submit works to ISEA2017 and include a broad interdisciplinary discussion and showcase about interrelations among design, art, science and technology.

Diseño, Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología

Este subtema es para dar apertura a la participación de otros autores que desean enviar trabajos a ISEA2017 e incluir un amplia discusión interdisciplinaria y muestra acerca de las interrelaciones entre diseño, arte, ciencia y tecnología.


We invite scientists, artists, designers, and professionals to debate issues of design and creation. The official language of the event is English; submissions must be written in English. Authors will have the opportunity to give their oral presentations in Spanish; those presentations will be live translated to English for the audience.


Convocamos a científicos, artistas, diseñadores y profesionales a debatir cuestiones de diseño y creación. El lenguaje oficial del evento es inglés; las propuestas deben ser escritas en inglés. Los autores tendrán la posibilidad de realizar sus presentaciones orales en español; estas presentaciones tendrán traducción simultánea al inglés para la audiencia.

ISEA Foundation

ISEA International is a not for profit organisation constituted in the Netherlands. It is managed by a voluntary board who oversee the activities of ISEA International. The main activity of ISEA International is the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), an annual gathering of the international art, science and technology community. The symposium includes an academic conference, exhibitions, performances and workshops. It is a nomadic event and is held in a different location every year. Selection of ISEA symposia is made by the ISEA International Foundation Board on the basis of a competitive bidding process. In an important move for ISEA, an agreement with University of Brighton to establish an ISEA Headquarters was signed in July 2009. ISEA HQ provides an administrative, academic and creative base for ISEA and develops a fruitful partnership with a leading research University. Sue Gollifer, Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Course Leader of the Digital Media Arts MA is the ISEA International Headquarters Director at the University of Brighton.

ISEA International board

The ISEA International Foundation Board is the governing body of ISEA. The primary role of the Board is to oversee the continuation of the annual symposia. The Board holds its General Meeting at each annual symposium, where it updates the public activities and invites organisations bidding for future symposia to present their proposal.

Peter Anders (based in Midland, Michigan, USA)

Peter Anders is an architect, educator, and information design theorist. He has published widely on the architecture of cyberspace and is the author of “Envisioning Cyberspace”, published by McGraw Hill, which presents design principles for on-line spatial environments. Anders received his degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S.1976), Columbia University (M.A.1982) and the University of Plymouth Planetary Collegium (Ph.D. 2004). He has received numerous design awards for his work and has taught graduate level design studios and computer-aided design at universities including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Detroit-Mercy, and the University of Michigan. He is principal of Kayvala PLC, a design practice specializing in architecture and media/information environments.

Bonnie Mitchell (based in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA)

Bonnie Mitchell is a Professor of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University, where her teaching specialization is in Animation and Interactive Art. She is internationally recognized for her interactive animated installations and collaborative Internet-based art works. In 2006, she was appointed the chair of the international SIGGRAPH Art Gallery. She also coordinated the Beyond Boundaries: Charles A. Csuri 1963-present extensive retrospective exhibition and the Electronically Mediated Performances at SIGGRAPH 2006. She also curated/chaired the GRAPHITE 2006 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and 2007 (Perth, Australia) Art Exhibitions and Art Talks. Bonnie is also President of CreativeMyndz Multimedia Studios, a company that develops interactive media for publishing companies in the field of the arts and humanity.

Ian Clothier (based in Aotearoa New Zealand)

Ian Clothier is an electronic artist, curator, Executive Director of Intercreate.org, co-founder of biennial residency SCANZ, and Senior Academic at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. Internationally recognised for working cross culturally in the context of the environment, his projects have been selected for exhibition at five ISEA. Currently involved in live connection to plants and environments, his research is focused on integrated systems, cultural hybridity and nonlinearity.

Sue Gollifer, Director ISEA International HQ (Based in Brighton, UK)

Sue Gollifer is the Director of the ISEA International Headquarters, UK. She is a Principal Lecturer and the Course Leader for an MA in Digital Media Arts and a researcher and curator at the University of Brighton, UK. She is on a number of National and International Committees, including (CAS) the Computer Arts Society, (DAC) the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and the Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH ‘The Life Time Achievement in Digital Arts Award’. She has been a curator of a number of National and International Digital Art Exhibitions including, the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Exhibition (2014): Synaesthesia, the “Intuition and Ingenuity” art exhibition to celebrate the Alan Turing Centenary 2012 and the & the William Latham Exhibition Mutator 1 & 2 (2013) at Phoenix, Brighton. In 2006 she was awarded an iDMAa Award, The International Digital Media Arts Award for her ‘Exceptional Services to the International New Media Community’.

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