For its first ever online edition, organized in Montreal by Printemps numérique, ISEA2020 will welcome over 350 presenters, of which over 40 are Hexagram researchers, student researchers and member collaborators who will partake in 20 paper presentations, panels and a workshop, as well as artwork exhibitions. Several of our researchers will present interuniversity and international research collaborations.
The very first Montreal edition of the International Symposium for Electronic Arts, in 1995, had a strong impact on our cultural, academic and media arts landscape, as recalled in these interviews with Gisèle Trudel, Yan Breuleux and Jean Dubois.
In 2020, ISEA will be dedicated to examining the resurgence of sentience—feeling-sensing-making sense—in recent art and design, media studies, science and technology studies, philosophy, anthropology, history of science and the natural scientific realm—notably biology, neuroscience and computing. We ask: Why sentience? Why and how does sentience matter? Why have artists and scholars become interested in sensing and feeling beyond, with and around our strictly human bodies and selves? Why has this notion been brought to the fore in an array of disciplines in the 21st century?
The questions raised within and around this theme are related to the practices and research of several of our members, who were part of the organization of ISEA2020 and of the international programming committees, namely Christopher Salter and Alice Jim (both from Concordia University) co-chair the academic and the artistic committees respectively. Other Hexagram contributors to the organization include:
Artistic Committee: Sofian Audry (UQAM), Cheryl Sim (member collaborator from Phi Foundation);
Academic Committee: Louise Poissant (UQAM), Bart Simon (Concordia Univesity);
International Programme Committee and Artistic Jury: Alanna Thain (McGill University), Aleksandra Kaminska (Université de Montréal), Alexandre Castonguay (UQAM), Jean Dubois (UQAM), Ricardo Dal Farra (Concordia University), Jonathan Sterne (McGill University), Alice Jarry (Concordia University), Barbara Clausen (UQAM), Yan Breuleux (NAD- UQAC), David Howes (Concordia University), Nicolas Reeves (UQAM), Louis-Claude Paquin (UQAM), Manuelle Freire (UQAM), Philippe-Aubert Gauthier (UQAM), Monika Gagnon (Concordia University), Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University), Samuel Bianchini (collaborator from École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – Université PSL), Alain Thibault (collaborator, ELEKTRA Montreal).
Session from 1:30 pm to 2 pm:
Aural Soilscapes: sensory challenges in a subterranean world by Sandra Volny (Sound and Space Research) with Ruth Schmidt (INRS).
Session from 10:15 to 11:45 am
Artist Talk Dissipative Topologies 1.0 | Standing Waves by Nima Navab (Concordia University) ;
- Garnet Willis, Allison Moore, Alice Jim, Florencia Marchetti, Suzanne Kite (Concordia University)