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ISEA2009, The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art

23 August – 1 September 2009

For a week at the end of August, the University of Ulster was host to ISEA2009: The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art. For the first time in the 20 years distinguished history of this international forum, 500 delegates from all over the world came together on the island of Ireland to explore the interface of art, design, advanced electronic and digital technologies, science and communication. Innovative creative strategies were showcased in a major international leading edge art exhibition in Belfast, held for the first time in partnership between Ormeau Baths Gallery, Golden Thread Gallery and the University’s Belfast campus foyer and gallery space. It was complemented by specially commissioned art projects, public interventions and artist led workshops in collaboration with a wide range of cultural organisations in the region. In addition, Spark, a platform for advanced technological solutions, and a Creative Industries exhibition showcasing Northern Ireland businesses in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast framed the main symposium held there. In a total of nine keynotes and almost 300 presentations, papers and open spaces the potential and pitfalls of technological and scientific innovation for the ways we live, work, communicate and interact were probed through creative imagination and critical in(ter)vention. The event demonstrated the University’s leading role in art and design led innovation and the Creative Industries sector in Northern Ireland. Through partnerships with Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Dundalk Institute of Technology, ISEA2009 included a significant series of programmed events across the border.

Conference Proceedings

Updated 6th of August 2010

Update on the production of the conference proceedings

Dear Delegate,

We are currently pursuing the opportunity to publish the proceedings for ISEA2009 through an independent publisher with a respective distribution platform, which would give the contribution greater weight and exposure. We will endeavour to update at the earliest possible opportunity on the respective outcome. Thank you for your patience.


  • About ISEA?

    Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) is an international nonprofit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies.

    ISEA publishes a newsletter; hosts an online archive and exchange environment and oversees the International Symposium on Electronic Art, a regular gathering of the international art, science and technology community.

    To learn more about us, go to


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