May 28, 2013

ISEA2013 – Program Highlights

International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)
Photo: Julian Assange, Special Keynote Speaker at ISEA2013

The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art presented by Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and supported by Destination NSW to align with Vivid Sydney will showcase the best media artworks and future-focused ideas from Australia and around the world, Friday 7 to Sunday 16 June.

Central to ISEA2013 is a thought-provoking program of artists’ presentations, creative dialogues and critical debates that will unearth the latest thinking and ideas in contemporary culture. The three-day ISEA2013 Conference will feature over 220 speakers, eight keynote addresses from global leaders in the fields of art, science, technology, media and communications. Topics will explore a range of emerging cultural forms including bio-art, data visualisation, robotics, augmented realities and urban and virtual ecologies. The conference will be held from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 June at The University of Sydney.

Special guest Julian Assange will present a Keynote speech at the ISEA2103 Conference at the University of Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 5:30pm. The WikiLeaks founder will address the conference via live video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The Opening Keynote will be given by New York-based Michael Naimark, renowned pioneer media artist and guest curator of the 25th Anniversary Ars Electronica. Professor Brian Rogers will discuss “Perception, Art and Illusion” in his conference keynote address.

The ISEA2013 Talks Program in collaboration with Vivid Ideas will inspire new thinking and creative paradigms through provocative speakers such as Italian media critics and hacktivists Alessandro Ludovico and Paolo Cirio, whose infamous online project Face to Facebook involved stealing one million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software, and posting them on a custom-made dating website. Mark Hosler of Negativland will be giving a storytelling and film presentation titled “Adventures In Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance, Negativland, and the Fight To Not Be Absorbed,” Stelarc will present “Meat, Metal & Code: Engineering Aliveness & Affect” as well as a keynote presentation from Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow.

The ISEA2013 Exhibition and Performance Program will showcase the works of over 200 innovative Australian and international artists at some of Sydney’s key cultural institutions; the Powerhouse Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks Pop-Up, Carriageworks, the College of Fine Arts UNSW, COFA’s Kudos Gallery, 107 Projects, Tin Sheds Gallery, Verge Gallery, ABC Ultimo, UTS Gallery and DAB LAB, Artspace, and Campbelltown Arts Centre. Also, project hubs at Parramatta and at Chatswood will link Darwin, the Tasmanian Wilderness and Indonesia to Sydney.

NOTE: registrations to the ISEA2013 conference are essential. For full program details visit

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