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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
Sunday, August 16 • 6:00pm - Monday, August 17 •10:00pm
CATALYZE: Opening Reception at Museum of Vancouver

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Join us for CATALYZE, a large-scale event featuring cocktails, openings and performances to celebrate the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2015) at the Museum of Vancouver.

ISEA2015 Artistic Directors Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy have developed a program of works that investigate the state of contemporary culture, with specific reference to natural processes and the effects of digital aesthetics on the living.

This event features the opening of Lively Objects, which explores the seduction of things that seem to possess, or to be possessed by life. It brings together a collection of objects that vibrate with vitality through mechanical, magical or mythical forces. The exhibition addresses the idea of enchantment in a contemporary context and asks why and how, in an age of rationality, we are attracted by the animistic and atavistic experience of things “coming to life”. Curated by Caroline Langhill and Lizzie Muller, Lively Objects is spread throughout the eclectic permanent collection of the Museum of Vancouver, infiltrating dioramas, display cases and didactic panels. Lively Objects features works by Diana Burgoyne, Wendy Coburn, Steve Daniels, Judith Doyle, Kate Hartman, Garnet Hertz, Simone Jones, Germaine Koh, and Norman White. 

CATALYZE is an opportunity to see groundbreaking performances by Instant Places (Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh). 

This event will feature an outdoor pavilion of drinks, conversation and music with works from Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning, Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen, and Tobias Klein. Nathanial Stern & Erin Manning will present Weather Patterns: the Smell of Red, which uses wind and spice to create feedback loops that amplify how movement and transformation are sensed. Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen will present 

Mycelium Mockup

, a video installation constructed from environmentally sustainable blocks of agricultural waste and mycelium, a thread-like fungus that plays an essential role in natural world. Tobias Klein will present Slow Selfie_3.0, a slow-growing sculpture that transforms crystal condensation into a three dimensional self-portrait. And featuring artists, Katsufumi Matsui, Kazunori Ogasawara, Seiichiro Matsumura, Seiko Okamoto & Cuichi Arakawa.

The event costs $20 general admission. It is free for MOV Members and ISEA Festival pass holders. Special Student pricing $14. This also includes entry to Sagmeister’s The Happy Show (which closes Sept 7).


The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits.

Since its rebranding in 2009 the MOV has become a leader in the reimagining of museums. Our exhibitions are Vancouver centric and designed to make the viewer think not just about the objects, but their greater context. We've played host to two Venice Biennale in Architecture projects. We've even gone so far as to hire a Curator of Contemporary Issues. We are a bold, contemporary museum, and we can't wait for you to visit.


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Kate Armstrong

Director, Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Kate Armstrong is the Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a research lab that builds projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building. In 2013 she founded Design for Startups, which works with... Read More →
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Malcolm Levy

Artistic Director, ISEA 2015
Malcolm Levy is an artist and curator whose practice focuses on photography, video and further contemporary image making. Recent exhibitions include the Maraya Arts Park (Sharjah), CSA (Vancouver), Gallery 295 (Vancouver), Supermarkt (Berlin), Audain Gallery (Vancouver), Grim... Read More →

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Tobias Klein

Assistant Professor, City University Of Hong Kong
Tobias Klein is an architect and interdisciplinary artist/designer. He generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. His most recent work... Read More →
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Katsufumi Matsui

Ph.D. student, The University of Tokyo|Bunkyo|Tokyo|Japan
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Michael Morris

I am an artist based in Dallas, Texas. I primarily work with film, video, new media, and the various extensions of each. I'll be performing my expanded cinema works from the last several years on Sunday night at the Vancouver Museum.
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Nathaniel Stern

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
I am an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist and public citizen. I've produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive, immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures... Read More →

Peter Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Installation, experimental documentary, generative art, interactivity, media culture

Sunday August 16, 2015 6:00pm - Monday August 17, 2015 10:00pm PDT
Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9
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