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[ISEA2019] 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art (Gwangju, South Korea)


The 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art


As the organizer of ISEA2019, Art Center Nabi awaits the participation of various local/international media artists. We look forward to your interests and participation in the upcoming ISEA2019 that will be held in Gwangju, Korea, this June.

ISEA(International Symposium on Electronic Art) is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcasing creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic media.

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◆ Pre-registration - Regular ticket  (May 1 ~ June 14)
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*On-site registration : June 22 ~ June 27  /  12:00 pm (KST)

◆ Main Theme 

- LUX AETERNA (Eternal Light)

A topic inspired by a literal meaning of the host city Gwangju, “City of Light”, includes subcategories embracing complex themes that allow open interpretations in culture, science, and history. For example, religiously, light is implied as divinity and immortality and scientifically, it is an energy collection of particles and wavelength signals. It symbolizes the enlightenment and rationale in humanities. Also, the presence of light creates Umbra and Penumbra. In light of the fact that light is the most specific example of versatility in which various interpretations can occur, it will provide us with the context where cohesion of procedural logic based on the human sensibilities and technology of artistic inspirations is freely presented, which is in line with what ISEA has been pursuing.


◆ Sub-themes

- Aeternitas: Eternity of the Mortal

※ Related Research Fields: Bio Art, Neuroscience, Hypernatural, Technological Singularity, Human Brain, Artificial Life, Brain-Computer Interface, Digital Undertaker, 'Right to be forgotten vs. Freedom of exx-pression, etc.

This topic includes various perspectives associated with the eternity of the human being. In the near future with the technology’s singularity, humans may have to confront a moment to make a decision whether to physically gain an eternal life or to bestow transcendent personalities upon their traces. We look for works and researches in the theme of eternity and mortality that are inspired by religious, scientific, humanistic, and artistic aspects.

- Symphonia: Harmony of Noise

※ Related Research Fields : Sound and Music Computing, Signal Processing, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Socio-Technical System, Data Science, Complex Network, Data Visualization and Analysis, Computational Aesthetics, etc.

Since both sound and light are wave-like phenomena (by possessing the characteristics of wavelength), a research topic in both sound and light can be expanded to Vision technology and the Signal Processing in engineering. This topic, involving the two different types of wavelength invites a wide range of researches on light and sound, Data Analysis, Data Visualization that would extract meaningful signals from noise, and harmonization.

- Illuminatio: Enlightenment of A.I (Artificial Intelligence) & A.E (Artificial Emotion)

※ Related Research Fields : Perception, Cognition, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Emotion, Impact of A.I on Society and Arts

The influence of the Enlightenment movement in the society is similar to that of Artificial Intelligence(AI) which could happen in the near future-breaking down the old customs and discovering and spreading the universal truth through objective observation. This topic seeks a type of projects and researches that explores AI’s ability to configure human’s creativity and emotion. In addition, assuming the feasibility of Artificial Emotion (A.E), this topic invites works and research that deal with the essence of a man in the near future.

- Penumbra: In-between

※ Related Research Fields : Robotics, Altered Reality(VR/AR/MR), Interactive Art, Blockchain, Education, STEAM, etc.

We look for various topics for research that are not mentioned above. Light and shadow are relative concepts. The topics of the paper mentioned so far are the signposts for guidance and inspiration. However, beyond our narrow point of view, we would like to hear your very own stories. We hope to encounter works and research that are full of imagination and creativity, beyond our limited frame.

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