Montreal, Canada, October 13-18, 2020

Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) is proud to present ISEA2020 from October 13 to 18, 2020 in Montreal.


ISEA2020 will be the Creativity Pavilion of MTL connect; using digital intelligence as the overarching theme, this international event aims to look across the board at the main questions related to digital development, focusing on its economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts in various sectors of activity.


Montreal was awarded host of the next edition of ISEA in the closing ceremony of ISEA2019, held in Gwangju, South Korea. Soh Yeong Roh, Director of Art Center Nabi in Seoul, hand over the eternal light to Mehdi Benboubakeur, Executive Director of Montreal Digital Spring. As Benboubakeur stated: “ISEA returns to Montreal after 25 years. Back in 1995, ISEA positioned Montreal as a digital art center and brought emerging local artists into the international spotlight. In 2020, Montreal will once more welcome the international community of ISEA and will use this opportunity to build a strong momentum for the future.”


ISEA 2020 turns towards the theme of “Why Sentience? Sentience describes the ability to feel or perceive. ISEA2020 will be fully 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?




Caroline Andrieux – Darling Foundry (Montreal, Canada)
Alice Jim – Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
Erandy Vergara – Printemps numérique (Montreal, Canada)





Sofian Audry – Clarkson University (N.Y., U.S.A.)
Skawennati Fragnito – Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
Bertrand Gervais – UQAM (Montreal, Canada)
Christiane Paul – The New School (N.Y., U.S.A.)
Cheryl Sim – Phi Foundation (Montreal, Canada)
Tamar Tembeck – OBORO (Montreal, Canada)
Irma Vila – Open University of Catalunya UOC (Barcelona, Spain)
Soh Yeong Roh – The Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Kore



Christine Ross – McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Chris Salter – Concordia University/Hexagram (Montreal, Canada)






Pau Alsina – Open University of Catalunya UOC (Barcelona, Spain)
Joel Ong – York University (Toronto, Canada)
Philippe Pasquier – Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)
Louise Poissant – UQAM & Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et culture (Montreal, Canada)
Bart Simon – Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
Christa Sommerer – University of Art and Design (Linz, Austria)
Jonathan Sterne – McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Marcelo Wanderley – McGill University (Montreal, Canada)