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The Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA) is an international non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies. The ISEA oversees the International Symposium for Electronic Arts, an international conference on electronic art that is held every two years in different locations around the world and attracts attendees from over 50 countries.


The 13th International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA2006) was held in San Jose California August 7-13th, 2006 in conjunction with the premiere of ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, an innovative biennial festival for San Jose and the Greater Bay Area. Four interrelated themes define ISEA2006: Transvergence, Interactive City, Community Domain and Pacific Rim. Up to 2000 attendees are expected to participate in the ISEA2006 and 70,000 members of the general public to attend a public lecture, exhibition, performance, concert or otherwise participate in the festival.


Dancing on the Web, Dancing over the Ocean

This pilot project brought young people from various high schools and youth groups in Silicon Valley together with young people from the Joko Clubs in the African nation of Senegal. Joko Clubs are computer access and training centers providing Senegalese people access to internet to form a cultural website and an online community.

At the outset, these youth from two continents contributed to and communicated over a website.

Under the guidance of choreographers, they were to teach each other dances and created new dance forms that are informed by each otherÕs culture. The project culminated in a three-day series of performances at the Tapestry 2001 Festival in San Jose. Joko Club members, who were not able to join us in California where connected via the web enabling them to watch the performances as they were held in New Venture Hall at The Tech Museum of Innovation.

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