Vancouver hosts ISEA 2015


The International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA is the nomadic international digital arts gathering. Its 21st edition, ISEA2015 took place in Vancouver August 14-18, 2015.

The symposium consisted of a peer-reviewed conference, workshops, tutorials, panels, as well as a series of exhibitions and performances—from large-scale interactive artworks to cutting-edge electronic music. After 20 years since the first groundbreaking Canadian ISEA in Montreal in 1995, the symposium occurred at the SFU Woodwards and many partner spaces and institutions in Vancouver Downtown in August 2015 .

The ISEA2015 Artistic Program showcased over 160 artworks by contemporary artists. The full ISEA2015 art and symposium program, as well as the workshops highlights, is available HERE.


ISEA2015’s theme of DISRUPTION invited a conversation about change, renewal, and game changing actions. This theme was calling for challenging the status quo and re-examining the frontiers between the academic world, and the art world, between practice and theory, between systems and reality, between art and society.

In practices ranging from hacking and detournement to computational creativity, creative work across disciplines constantly finds ways to rethink or reconsider form, function, context, body, network, and culture. Artists push, shape, break; designers reinvent and overturn; scientists challenge, disprove and re-state; technologists hack and subvert to rebuild.

French artistic presence


Hakanaï is a solo choreographic performance that unfolds through a series of images in motion. In Japanese Hakanaï denotes that which is temporary and fragile, evanescent and transient, and in this case something set between dreams and reality. While widely associated with nature, the term is now often used to elicit an intangible aspect of the human condition and its precariousness. It encompasses two elements: that concerning the human being as well as that related to dreams. This symbolic relationship is the foundation of the dance composition in which a dancer gives life to a space somewhere between the borders of imagination and reality, through her interactions with the images she encounters. The images are on-stage animations that move in physical patterns according to the rhythm of the live sounds that they follow. The performance’s outcome is the revelation of a digital installation to its audience.

When: Thursday, August 13, 8pm
Where: Studio T, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

Hakanaï / trailer from Adrien M / Claire B on Vimeo.

Dominique Moulon

Art curator and art critic, Dominique Moulon is also a member of the Observatory of Digital World in Social Sciences and founder of the website He exposed his vision on digital art on August 14th in a session entitled Digital Art : a Contemporary Art. Dominique Moulon is a professor in Digital Media at the Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques (EPSAA) in Paris, at the Ecole de Communication Visuelle and at Parsons.

PNG Watch the talk of Dominique Moulon to the Straight about how the influence of digital culture had changed the art world.

When: Friday, August 14, 6pm
Where: New Media Gallery , New Westminster (Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1B6)

Isabelle Arvers

Isabelle Arvers questioned the relationship between video games, Internet and art during a panel discussion on August 17th entitled “The Gallery At Play: On the Politics of Exhibiting Game Art”. Independent curator, Isabelle Arvers has collaborated with the Vancouver Center for Digital Media (CDM) in 2014 where the exhibition Evolution of Gaming was presented.

When: Monday, August 17th 11:30am till 1pm
Where: Room 4310, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Center for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Jules Françoise and Frederic Bevilacqua

Building on the success of the first International Workshop on Movement and Computing (MOCO’14) at IRCAM, the second edition MOCO’15 was held at Simon Fraser University. Frederic Bevilacqua heads the research team "Musical Interactions in Real Time" at IRCAM, and studies sounds, the arrangements from their modelisation to their application.

Jules Françoise did his thesis under his direction, and now works on the European project Sketching Audio Technologies using Vocalizations and Gestures. Frédéric Bevilacqua and Jules Françoise participated to the panel discussion "Intersecting Art, Meaning, Cognition, Technology" on August 15th.

When: Saturday, August 15th 9:30am till 5:30pm
Where: Cinema, Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3)

Antoine Schmitt and David Guez at FUSE

Plastic artist, former engineer, and programmer in human-machine relationship as well as artificial intelligence, Antoine Schmitt has been exposed at Centre Georges Pompidou, at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Lyon, Sienne, Linz, Barcelone. David Guez’s work foccuses on the notion of connection, and more specifically on time and memory. He has showcased his work in numerous contemporary art spaces, in France and abroad.

Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE is a wildly popular event where art, music and performance collide. On August 15, 2015 FUSE was the site of DISTURBANCE, guest curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy.

DISTURBANCE brought together 50 top local and international artists to investigate the contemporary moment through the lens of political, social, environmental, technological and aesthetic disruption. Also happening at DISTURBANCE was an exciting program of music and live visuals curated by the New Forms Festival and works by WALLPAPERS (Nicolas Sassoon, Sara Ludy, and Sylvain Sailly) in Beyond the Trees, Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr, curated by Diana Freundl and Caitlin Jones.

When: Saturday, August 15th - 7pm till midnight
Where:Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada)

Electro Cruise, the MEG Boat

For the very first edition of the MegBoat in Vancouver, 3 international artists will be featured: French DJ Kartell, one of the figures of the label Roche Musique, Montreal artist Claire, and Vancouver DJ Tyson Villeneuve on August 22nd.


About ISEA

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International is an international non-profit 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 (ISEA) launched in 1988.

The complete program is available HERE.

Dernière modification : 06/06/2016

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