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Friday, August 14
 

6:30pm

[Keynote] Dominique Moulon: Digital Art: A Contemporary Art

Join us for an exciting keynote by Dominic Moulon. The talk will be immediately followed by an opening party for 5600K, curated by Sarah Joyce and Gordan Duggan, which features works by Carsten Holler, Gunda Förster and Elizabeth McAlpine.

After video emerged as a trend in the 1960s, it gradually acquired the status of artistic medium over close to 30 years. If it took as long for digital technology to achieve recognition as a contemporary artistic medium after having become democratized in the 1980s, then the time for acknowledgment has come.

Thanks in part to the widespread use of the Internet and its mass appeal, digital culture, in all its forms, has become part and parcel of everyday life. Digital and networking technologies have made their way into all private and public spheres of contemporary society; they have also had an impact on how we relate to others and on our worldview. The time has come, then, to consider the consequences of such massive permeation for the art world, without neglecting any of its key stakeholders, whether artists or collectors, critics or curators, galleries or institutions. For the art world is an ecosystem with well-established rules.

We must also acknowledge that the digital medium has a wealth of specific characteristics, which may be insidious at times—so much so that all artworks worldwide are now shaped, in part, by digital technology, sometimes unbeknownst to their creators. The way we perceive the world has changed now that it fits in the palm of one hand or can be grasped between thumb and forefinger.

From now on, everything on the Internet belongs to us, from the most trivial files to the most sensitive data. The final impediments to acknowledging the interconnection of digital technology and art—from media permanence to artwork scarcity—have crumbled away. That is because digital media and art now resonate together, because the practices of artists and amateurs have become intertwined. It is now time to consider what digital technology brings to art and vice versa. It is now or never.



Moderators
avatar for Philippe Pasquier

Philippe Pasquier

ISEA2015 Symposium Director, Associate Professor, Scool of Interactive Arts + Technology
Dr. Philippe Pasquier is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He is both a recognized scientist and a multi-disciplinary artist. His contributions range from theoretical research in artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems... Read More →

Presenters
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Dominique Moulon

Dominique Moulon studied visual art at the Fine Art School (ENSA) of Bourges and holds a Master’s Degree in aesthetics, science and technology from the University of Paris 8. Member of the Observatory of Digital Worlds in Humanities (OMNSH), of the International Association of Art... Read More →


Friday August 14, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
New Media Gallery, New Westminster Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1B6
 
Sunday, August 16
 

9:30am

[Opening Ceremony + Keynote] Brian Massumi: After the Affective Turn: Reassessing Affect.

 



Moderators
avatar for Thecla Schiphorst

Thecla Schiphorst

Professor, SFU
Dr. Thecla Schiphorst is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her background in dance and computing form the basis for her research in embodied interaction, focusing on movement... Read More →

Presenters
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Brian Massumi

Brian Massumi is professor of communication at the University of Montreal. He specializes in the philosophy of experience, art and media theory, and political philosophy. His most recent books include Politics of Affect (Polity, 2015), The Power at the End of the Economy (Duke UP... Read More →


Sunday August 16, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

4:00pm

[Keynote] Michael Connor
Michael Connor is the Editor and Curator of Rhizome at the New Museum. Connor's work focuses on artists' responses to cinema and new technologies. His past solo and collaborative projects as curator include: 'Liquid Crystal Palace,' Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; 'Street Digital' (works by artist duo JODI); 'Wild Sky,' Edith-Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany; 'Screen Worlds', ACMI in Melbourne; 'Essential Cinema' at the Toronto Film Festival, and 'The New Normal' touring exhibition. Connor previously worked as Curator at FACT, Liverpool and Head of Exhibitions at BFI Southbank, London.

Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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Michael Connor

Michael Connor is the Editor and Curator of Rhizome at the New Museum. Connor’s work focuses on artists’ responses to cinema and new technologies. His past solo and collaborative projects as curator include: ‘Liquid Crystal Palace,’ Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; ‘Street Digital... Read More →


Sunday August 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)
 
Monday, August 17
 

4:00pm

Keynote: Sara Diamond Action Agenda: Vancouver’s Prescient Media Arts
SFU Galleries has partnered with ISEA 2015 to present keynote speaker Sara Diamond. Diamond, an SFU alumna, is an artist in the three-part exhibition Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015. The Audain Gallery will be open from Friday August 14 to Monday August 18, 12-5pm. Visit http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1230748&q=899347921&lm=73290424&r=704143&qz=caa5398c8e3ab680b3b3ba9e498bf952 for registration and schedule details.

Under the title 'Action Agenda: Vancouver's Prescient Media Arts,' Diamond will address the ecology and development of early media art and activism in Vancouver. Beginning in the 1960s, Vancouver's hyperactive media art scene was a hotbed of experimentation, collaboration, technical play and radical engagement. Contributions to the scene included feminist collectives, artists' cable television, artist-run media arts centres, university labs and programs, electronic art exhibitions and more. This talk will excavate formations, institutions, actions and activism and point to their relevance in our complex times.

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University and SFU alumna. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists, and a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. She is the winner of the 2013 Grand NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award. Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995.

Diamond's co-publication with Sarah Cook, 'Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues' addresses the first wave of digital media. Her research, art and design practice is focused on data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media.


IMAGE: Gábor Bòdy, Kate Craig and Jeannette Reinhardt on the set of Either/Or in Chinatown, 1984. Commissioned by Video In, produced in residence at the Western Front. Image courtesy of the Western Front archives.

 


Presenters
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Dr. Sara Diamond

President & Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University
Insight: Successful future cities will combine a profound commitment to design and values driven solutions. These must combine qualitative tools that engage and mobilize residents and the many other stakeholders in our urban world, and quantitative methods. Data is a critical resource... Read More →



Monday August 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)
 
Tuesday, August 18
 

11:30am

[Keynote] Hildegard Westerkamp: The Disruptive Nature of Listening


A true state of listening cannot be acquired by force. The order to listen - LISTEN! we all have heard and experienced it - guarantees a closing off, a turning away, a non-listening, possibly even a permanent disturbance in our once open and trusting listening channels. It is perceived like any sound that annoys, disrupts, hurts, or injures: we cringe, we try to block it out, might fight it, may want to get rid of it, but we will not listen.
By its very nature listening is a continual and gentle process of opening. We usually know when we are in that place of perceptual receptivity and we know when we have lost it. Listening is never static, cannot be held on to, and in fact needs to be found again and again.
As such, it is disruptive in its nature. Paradoxically, while a grounded and calm state of mind, a sense of safety, peace and relaxation are essential for inspiring perceptual wakefulness and a willingness and desire to open our ears, normal routines, habits and patterns will be disrupted and laid bare in such a process of listening; noises and discomforts inevitably will be noticed, and all kinds of experiences will be stirred and uncovered. Listening in fact implies a preparedness to meet the unpredictable and unplanned, to welcome the unwelcome. How do we reach such a state of listening, why would we want to?

http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/writings%20page/articles%20pages/disruptive.html 

Moderators
avatar for Thecla Schiphorst

Thecla Schiphorst

Professor, SFU
Dr. Thecla Schiphorst is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her background in dance and computing form the basis for her research in embodied interaction, focusing on movement... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Hildegard Westerkamp

Hildegard Westerkamp

Hildegard Westerkamp has lectured on topics of listening, environmental sound and acoustic ecology and has conducted soundscape workshops internationally. By focusing the ears’ attention to details in the acoustic environment, her compositional work draws attention to the act of... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Studio T, Room 2240 Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

7:00pm

[Closing Ceremony + Keynote] The Yes Men: Tactical and Creative Resistance
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The Yes Men will tell contemporary stories of traditional mischief, focusing on the role of creative disruption in the service of social movements.


The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two guys who couldn’t hold down a job until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government. As the Yes Men, they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the crimes of their unwilling employers.

Armed with nothing but quick wits and thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment.

Their outrageous satirical interventions at business events, on the internet, television, and in the streets form the basis of two award-winning feature documentaries, The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World, festival favorites in Toronto, Berlin, SXSW and others.

Their latest feature documentary, The Yes Men Are Revolting, adds to their hit list some of the biggest climate criminals, hilariously targeting such planet-plundering entities as Shell Oil, Gazprom Oil, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Their work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, ARS Electronica, and many other art exhibitions.

They are the recipients of numerous awards, including Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, Grierson Documentary Award, Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, the United Nations Association Film Festival Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Award at HBO Comedy Arts Festival, and the Audience Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

They are the authors of several books, articles, and they lecture internationally on art and social change.

They are the founders of a nonprofit, the Yes Lab, and the Action Switchboard, an online platform for generating real-life direct actions in the service of social movements.

As a result of their two decades of work, the Yes Men have discovered that tackling hard-boiled issues with huge dollops of laughter is a powerful tool for change, and now they want everyone to get involved in the fight.


Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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The Yes Men

The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, have been called “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation” by author Naomi Klein. The Yes Men have impersonated World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation, and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)
 
Wednesday, August 19
 

4:00pm

[IP7] Kadenze, Ascribe.io, Rosa Menkman (Keynote) and The Lumen Prize
ISEA is a unique occasion for institutional art, design and art + technology communities to present, demonstrate and gather to compare visions, strategies, program developments, curriculum, student-works, inter-institutional collaborations. Institutional Presentation sessions are dedicated to the presentation of organizations, artist-run centres, departments, programs, gallery, museum, company, or creative/pedagogical initiatives. Rather then focusing on the research content, artwork or artifact, they focus on the organizational, financial, curatorial, community enabled, and community enabling initiatives.

IP Session 7:

4:00-4:15pm Sarah Reid, Ajay Kapur and Perry Cook. 
Online Curriculum Platform, Kadenze: An Interactive MOOC Platform for Arts & Technology. Valencia, CA, USA

4:15-4:30pm 
Greg McMullen. Digital Copyright Management: Ascribe.io: Digital Attribution. Berlin, Germany

4:30-5:00pm Rosa Menkman. 
Keynote: Institutions of Resolution Disputes. (30 Minutes)

5:00-5:30pm Leo Bridle and Carla Rapoport. The Lumen Prize Exhibition. London, UK (30 Minutes)

Moderators
avatar for Philippe Pasquier

Philippe Pasquier

ISEA2015 Symposium Director, Associate Professor, Scool of Interactive Arts + Technology
Dr. Philippe Pasquier is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He is both a recognized scientist and a multi-disciplinary artist. His contributions range from theoretical research in artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Leo Bridle

Leo Bridle

Lumen Prize
The Lumen Prize in an international competition for digital fine art. Now in it's fourth year, we are excited to be announcing our 2015 longlist at ISEA. This year our travelling exhibition of works will be in London, New York, Shanghai and our home town of Cardiff, Wales.
avatar for Rosa Menkman

Rosa Menkman

Every technology possesses its own inherent accidents. I am a Dutch artist and theorist who likes to focus on visual artifacts created by accidents in both analogue and digital media. The visuals I make are the result of glitches, compressions, feedback and other forms of noise... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Cinema, Room 3200 Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)