ISEA 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 showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media.

Next year, ISEA2019 is going to take place in Gwangju, South Korea.

We welcome various proposals from academics, artists and professionals for ISEA2019. We hope to see you at ISEA2019, next June in Gwangju, South Korea.



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Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-10-31

Call for paper description

ISEA2019 in partnership with Asia Culture Center warmly welcome artists working at the intersection of art and technology to create works addressing the themes of ISEA2019. Along with the ACC ACT studio, in which lab projects on Mixed Reality, Media Surface, Kinetic Art and A.I. Visual & Sound will take place, we expect a lively interaction and networking between artists, technicians, developers, researchers as well as fruitful results. The program is open for artists to propose all kinds of innovative concepts and ideas in relation to the themes of ISEA2019: Aeternitas, Symphonia, Illuminatio, and Penumbra. All forms and media are open for consideration.

● Residency Duration: April-June, 2019 (around 2 months, minimum 4 weeks)

*Applicants should be able to participate in the residency program for at least four weeks, including the week ISEA2019 takes place. The duration of the residency will be discussed with the finalists.

● Residency Venue: Asia Culture Center, 38 Munhwajeondang-ro, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

● Supports: Flight, Accommodation, Art Production (studio space, access to the technical facilities/equipment, opportunity to participate in the Lab program) 

● Application Period: 15 September - 31 October 2018 

● Application Deadline: 31 October 2018 11:59pm (KST)


The results of the residency will be showcased at the Asia Culture Center during ISEA2019. Deliverables expected from successful applicants include:

● Artist Presentation for the general public and professional networking

● Open Studio at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

● Documentation and behind-the-scenes interview created in conjunction with artist

● Group juried exhibition of all artist-residents at Asia Culture Center during ISEA2019.

Topics of submission

Major Topic - Lux Aeterna
Detailed Topics - Aeternitas / Symphonia / Illuminatio / Penumbra

Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light)
A topic inspired by the 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 implies divinity and immortality. 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.
Aeternitas: Eternity of the Mortal
This topic includes various perspectives associated with the eternity of the human being. Humans are finite beings. In contrast to their physicality, their achievements embody transcendental personalities beyond time. Scientific research, on the other hand, denies time transcendence because it is based on the experimental modification. 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
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. In fact, there have been emerging opinions about Vision Insight that machines could be more accurate than humans when looking into the essence. However, not only limited to the field of science but also in many other fields, an unrefined signal could open up various possibilities of perspectives in interpreting the nature of collections of data. For example, in Phaidon, Simmias mentions the attunement referring to the remaining sound even after the destruction of Lyre. 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)
Eighteenth-century Europe embraced Enlightenment ideals in order to advance culture and civilization by the power of the human intellect and rationale. 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. AI has been a controversial topic because it is uncertain how SNN(Spiking Neural Network) that mimics the thinking process of human’s social and artistic brain activity will be able to solve problems. Even if SNN gains the problem-solving ability, various kinds of questions still remain. For example, SNN’s decision-making process and the purpose for solving problems is vague. 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
We look for various topics for research that are not mentioned above. Light and shadow are relative concepts. A research that might be deemed a failure for some researchers could be seen as the process of the search for the truth from the perspective of another research field. 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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  • Gwangju Cultural Foundation
    Gwangju Convention & Visitors Bureau
    The Korean Society of Media & Arts
    Korea Tourism Organization

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    Asia Culture Center
    Art Center Nabi