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Written by Steve Dietz   
Dec 31, 2005 at 05:03 PM

Symposium Submissions Due January 15, 2006


ISEA2006 seeks paper and presentation proposals responding to the Symposium themes of Transvergence, Interactive City, Community Domain or Pacific Rim. This is the only call for papers and presentations that there will be for ISEA2006.

What tactics, issues and conceptual practices expose or inform the distinctions of these subject terrains relating to contemporary art practice? What theoretical analyses illuminate art practice engaged with new technical and conceptual forms, functions and disciplines; provide for innovative strategies involving urbanity, mobility, community and locality; examine the role of corporations, civic cultural organizations and their relationship to strategic planning; serve to expose new portals of production and experience; and provide for provocative analysis of contemporary political and economic conditions?

The ISEA2006 Symposium is discussion and conversation based. This orientation is intended as a break from the tradition of reading academic papers and the formalities of panels and is the result of a month-long online discussion with 21 international participants (see list below). All sessions are moderated, include respondents and are designed to encourage audience participation. Session formats will emphasize questioning, debate and provocation. Papers, abstracts and poster texts will be pre-published on the web and in print. There will be a pre-symposium online public forum designed to encourage interaction between symposium presenters and the public to provide for discussion and debate.

We are seeking proposals for papers, artist and poster sessions.


Submission Procedure


You must login and create a submission using the official ISEA2006 submission tool.

Open: November 15th, 2005
Closed: January 15th, 2006

Submissions will be evaluated by the ISEA International Program Committee.

On the Submissions Call Page be sure to:
Select "Symposium" from the CALL pull down menu
Select the theme your are responding to from THEME pull down menu

Symposium Themes

Interactive City

There is an invisible city growing among the growth of the megacity, and it is the electromagnetic, hertzian spectrum that flows ceaselessly with data about and from and between us, but which is always activated by the interfaces of commerce and government-cell phones, surveillance cameras, marketing databases, navigation systems that will alert us to a nearby sale. We imagine the city itself as an interface, which accesses the future, the past, the distant, the present, the communal, the individual in marvelous ways that allow us to enjoy the 'opaque and fictitious thickness' of an invisible city made visible.

Pacific Rim

The political and economic space of the Pacific Rim represents a dynamic context for innovation and creativity framed by issues of economic globalization, isolationist nationalism, regional integrations and environmental change. The concept of a Pacific Rim is that of a complex geo-political-economic framework that necessarily includes a vast network of city-states, regions and their associative relationships that exist beyond the mere geographic location or assignment of populations. Artists, designers, theorists, cultural producers, researchers, urban planners and creative strategist responsive to the rapidly transforming cultural ecology of Pacific-Asia conditions are invited to submit proposals that serve as platforms for discussion and debate.


Transvergence goes beyond the disciplinary. Creative interplay of disciplines to catalyze artistic, scientific, and social innovation is evidenced by decades of multi-/ pluri-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary discourse and practice. The models of the think-tank, media lab and research centre have shown their limits since the 80s and 90s, as have tactical media activism tied to the logic of events, and NGOs facing the donor system's arduous accountability requirements; university research is often encumbered by best-practice driven managerial culture, and 'creative industries' clusters are subject to economies of scale and uneven divisions of labour. ISEA seeks new visions of organizational and participatory models as structures of possibility for transvergent practice.

Community Domain

The Community Domain theme stands in relation to contemporary debate about 'Public Domain 2.0' (Kluitenberg, 2003), but emphasizes the idea of domain from a grass roots perspective and the idea of community starting with the individual rather than the demographic. In other words, the goal is not to train people to become artists but to use digital and networked technologies to allow people to participate in the creation of their own stories - to become producers rather than only consumers.

Symposium Structures and Calls

There are three types of Calls for Participation:

  1. Papers
  2. Posters
  3. Artist Presentations

There will be a limited number of Panel presentations shaped in relation to the Symposium themes. Panels may be proposed or the organizers may curate these based upon Paper, Poster and Artist Presentation proposals.

Call for Papers

Papers submitted will be pre-published on-line with presentations limited to 10 minutes. Paper presenters will be grouped thematically to encourage discourse that presents divergent perspectives and views that serve as a catalyst for conversation.

  • Submission of proposal abstracts: January 15th, 2006
  • Notification: February 28th, 2006
  • Final manuscripts: June 10th 2006

Accepted abstracts will be posted online. Final manuscripts will be pre-published online beginning July 1st. A one month online pre-symposium public discussion forum will feature accepted Papers in one week sessions dedicated to each symposium theme. Authors must commit to having papers available for publication by June 10, 2006.

Call for Posters

Poster Sessions are scheduled throughout the Symposium to provide opportunity for the presentation of individual or group projects or research. Poster Sessions represent a significant opportunity for the presentation of creative, scholarly or community based initiatives. Sessions are moderated. Posters will be on display continuously with scheduled author attendance.

  • Submission for Posters: January 15th, 2006
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15th 2006

Posters submissions must be presented in a standardized format. Posters are 4 x 5 ft. and must be in a form that can be attached to presentation boards at the Symposium. A limited number of standard, networked computer stations will be available to complement the posters.

Call for Artists Presentations

Artists Open Mic sessions provide an opportunity for explication of artistic achievement responsive to the Symposium themes. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes and will be grouped together by the organizers as appropriate to subject matter. An assigned moderator will coordinate presentations and audience questions. We recognize, of course, that the Artist Presentations are inadequate to fully present one's work, and we encourage artists to present paper and poster proposals as well as work (see We especially encourage artists whose work has been accepted to the Symposium and Festival to submit a presentation proposal.

Artists submissions should include a brief description of the proposed work to be presented along with appropriate documentation.

  • Submission of proposals for artist presentations: January 15th, 2006
  • Notification: March 15th, 2006

All Panels and Artist Presentations will be Webcast live and also available as podcasts immediately following presentation.

There are five additional categories of Symposium presentations that contribute to the overall scope of Symposium proceedings: Keynotes, Emergent Topics, Summit Presentations, Organizational Meetings, Chat Rooms. These are described below. Presenters in these categories will be determined by the IPC. They may be selected from submissions for Papers, Artist Presentations, and Poster Sessions, but please it is not possible to submit directly in these categories:

Keynotes: Keynote presentations are invited featured speakers. Sessions include a respondent/moderator and have extended opportunities for audience interaction.

Emergent Topics: Dedicated sessions on day 3-4 of the Symposium that are a direct response to the discourses, topics and interactions stemming from days 1-2. Speakers and topics will be identified through a ballet system involving all Symposium participants and audiences.

Summit Presentations:
There are four pre-symposium Summits focused on special topics: The Pacific Rim New Media Summit hosted by San Jose State University; Interactive City hosted by Intel Berkeley Lab; Creative Communities Forum hosted by the City of San Jose; Artists, Corporation and Policy hosted by Montalvo Arts Center; and Technology Ethics and Environment hosted by Santa Clara University. Each will have a dedicated session for presentation of research, projects and analysis outcomes.

Organizational Meetings: Provision for meeting times and spaces for international cultural organizations, institutes and programs to host meetings specific to their constituency.

Chat Rooms: Chat Rooms are for break out discussions and emergent conversations stemming from Symposium interactions. These are self-organizing sessions based on Symposium interactions and trajectories.

Submissions Due: January 15

Notification of Papers: February 28
Notification of Posters + Artist Session: March 15
Abstracts: April 1
Online Forum: April 15 - May 15, 2006
Papers due: June 15
Papers published: August 1
Summits: August 7 - 8
Symposium : August 9 - 13

For help or questions: iseahelp[at]

 Symposium Local Host Committee

Co-Chairs: Joel Slayton, Steve Dietz
Jonathan Berger
Natalie Bookchin
Geoffrey C. Bowker
Danny Butt
Laura Esparza
Peter Lunen Feld
Ken Goldberg
John Kreideler
Margaret Morse
Gunalan Nadarajan
Sally Jane Norman
Marisa Olson
Narendra Pachkhede
Christiane Paul
Eric Paulos
Huan Sauss
Trebor Scholz
Carol Stakenas
Eddo Stern
Mark Tribe
Rob van Kranenburg
Victoria Vesna
Steve Wilson

ISEA2006 Symposium Discussion Forum

From September 22-29, 2005, we hosted an online forum to:

  • gather input on the potential frameworks and structure of the ISEA2006 Symposium
  • inform and emerge discourses across the themes of: Interactive City, Transvergence, Community Domain and Pacific Rim
  • define the role of pre-symposium/con-current/post-symposium activities and community networks
  • identify desirable Symposium processes and outcomes

Forum participants included:

Joel Slayton
Steve Dietz
Alex Adriaansens
Peter Anders
Andreas Broeckmann
Danny Butt
Steve Cisler
Amanda McDonald Crowley
Nina Czegledy
Sara Diamond
Ken Goldberg
Honor Harger
Doug Kahn
Patrick Lichty
Kim Machan
Gunalan Nadarajan
Marisa Olson
Christiane Paul
Julianne Pierce
Trebor Scholz
Ana Serano
Rejane Spitz
Carol Stekenas
Mark Tribe

Last Updated ( Feb 27, 2006 at 06:12 PM )