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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.

Project Components


2004 was a year populated with provocative, "of-the-moment" discussions sparked by ZeroOne and a range of co-hosts and collaborators. Dedicated to inspiring culture on the edge of art and technology, ZeroOne, kicked-off the year with the launch of a DVD created by Aspect Magazine, titled Artists of the West Coast, featuring the work of digital artist Anthony Discenze, Carole Kim, and Jesse Gilbert as well as Scott Snibbe, a ZeroOne advisory board member from Survival Research Laboratories, and filmmaker Brent Watanabe.ZeroOne HOTSPOTS

Through a nomadic series of discussions on hot topics in art & technology called ZeroOne HOTSPOTS, ZeroOne and its co-hosts, including SF Camerawork, The Computer History Museum, and Leonardo/ISATS tackled topics ranging from convergence of VJ and DEMO Culture to Burning Man Art.

HOTSPOT - ON THE FLY: The Convergence of VJ & DEMO Culture (3.18.04)


The Inaugural Biennial Festival (visit site)

More than 20,000 individuals, 75% from outside of San Jose, experienced the 250 art installations and more than 25 performances and public talks by almost 500 artists from more than 40 countries at dozens of exhibitions at San Jose institutions and throughout the city during the week-long Festival, the largest of its kind devoted to the creative intersection of art and technology in the history of North America.

Students from 5 continents participated as part of a significant educational outreach program; the Festival commissioned over a dozen new works, 5 of which were long-term residencies in collaboration with Montalvo Art Center and San Jose State University. In addition, the festival supported an additional 29 projects at levels ranging from $1,500 to $75,000. The Festival and Symposium also resulted in worldwide attention in the press (New York Times, Asahi Shimbum, Mercury News, Wired among others), and broadcast media as well as online forums, such as YouTube, flickr, and the blogosphere.

Boon to San Jose