ISEA International

University of Brighton Brighton
United Kingdom
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Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international nonprofit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology.

The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art. Selection of ISEA symposia is made by the ISEA International Foundation Board.

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 Arts and Architecture and Course Leader of the Digital Media Arts MA has been appointed as the inaugural ISEA Director at the University of Brighton.


The series of symposia known as the International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts.

This network took the shape of an association, founded in 1990 in The Netherlands, called the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts. The Board and membership of ISEA has always been international, bringing together individuals and organizations from around the world. From the founding of ISEA until 1996, the organization was based in the Netherlands. From 1996 to 2001, ISEA headquarters was based in Montréal, Canada. In 2009 a new Headquarters was established at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom. The Inter-Society existed for over 15 years as a membership organisation and in 2009 ISEA was changed from the association to a foundation in order to better serve its mission.

The organization is now managed by the ISEA International Foundation Board, whose main role is to oversee the organization of the symposia in each selected city. It assures the continuity of symposia identity and quality, and works closely with the Host Organization. The symposia have been held as both a biennial and annual event. In 1998, the symposium returned to the biennial format for ten years. It is now held annually.

Events arranged by this organization:

Event City Datesort ascending Event type Link to edit content
ISEA2023 SYMBIOSIS Paris 16.05.2023 to 21.05.2023 Exhibition
ISEA2022 POSSIBLES Barcelona 10.06.2022 to 16.06.2022 Exhibition
ISEA2020 Why Sentience? Montreal 19.05.2020 to 24.05.2020 Exhibition
ISEA2015 Disruption Vancouver 14.08.2015 to 19.08.2015 Conference
ISEA2013: Electronic Art – Resistance is Futile Sydney 07.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 Conference
ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness Albuquerque 19.09.2012 to 24.09.2012 Conference
ISEA2011 Istanbul Istanbul 14.09.2011 to 21.09.2011 Conference
ISEA2010 RUHR Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg 20.08.2010 to 29.08.2010 Conference
ISEA2009 Belfast 23.08.2009 to 01.09.2009 Conference
ISEA2000 Paris 07.12.2000 to 10.12.2000 Conference
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