DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 16, 2019
(11:59pm EST: Eastern Standard Time – North America) UTC-5
ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media.
For 2020, ISEA Montreal turns towards the theme of Sentience. Sentience describes the ability to feel or perceive. To be sentient is thus to be “capable of feeling,” from the Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) while “feeling,” the present participle of sentire “to feel,” refers to “being conscious” of something. To feel or perceive something at first seems to suggest that sentience is a uniquely human trait. Yet, sentience implies sensing the world and acting on it across all entities—animal, plant, mineral, environment or machine—rather than cutting things into binaries: human/non-human, animate/inanimate, alive/dead, human/machine, nature/technology.
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?
ISEA2020 invites artists, designers, scholars, researchers, innovators and creators to contribute to this growing discussion about our sentient world and to address the following questions:
– Why sentience now? Why has this ability to feel (or perhaps, inability or underused ability to feel) become crucial to “our” historical present (indeed, whose historical present)?
– What are the histories and geographies, places and non-places, temporalities, processes, specificities and intimacies, residual colonialisms of sentience, as explored in media arts and technological aesthetics?
– Should sentience be a genuine part of a climate or environmental aesthetics and politics?
– Is sentience queer? Is it an alternative to and a deep questioning of human/nonhuman binarism, identity categories and heteronormativity? Does the investigation of sentience redefine queerness? Is sentience an emerging queerness?
– How is sentience investigated in Indigenous media arts, aesthetics, philosophy, humanities and social sciences?
– Is there such a thing as a politics of sentience? Is this politics necessarily progressive? Could it be deceptive? What is sentience’s relationship to power and knowledge?
– How does sentience intersect with ideologies of ability and disability? Who counts as worthy of rights and in what way? What would constitute a neuro-diverse politics and aesthetics of sentience?
– What is the role of sentience in a post-factual world? In the age of neoliberalism and globalization?
-Where are the sites that sentience takes place? In the laboratory, the street, the gallery, the museum, the forest, inside bodies, the planet?
– How does sentience reframe contemporary understandings of artificial intelligence, perception, cognition, and consciousness?
With these questions, contributors are asked to identify their submissions with one or more of the following seven tracks:
Full and short paper submissions and panel discussions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by members of the International Programme Committee (IPC). Chairs make the final decisions of acceptance/rejection based on IPC’s recommendations. Full and short papers, and abstracts of panels discussions will be published in the Proceedings. Proposals for artworks for the juried exhibition will be single-blind peer-reviewed (reviewers know the identity of the artist, but the artist does not know the identity of the reviewer) by a jury comprised of members of the IPC and organizing committee members. Workshops/Tutorials and Artist Talks/Work-in-Progress Presentations will be selected by appropriate chairs based on their quality and relevance to the Symposium. Institutional presentations are selected by the organizing committee, based on their relevance to ISEA’s mission.
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
Easychair is now open. If you do not have an Easychair account, you will need to set one up (follow the instructions directly on Easychair).
Please note: incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Institutional Presentations from communities working on matters pertaining to the themes of ISEA symposia, based on their relevance to contemporary trends, developments, and debates, intended as opportunities for networking and as a forum for institutions such as galleries, museums, NGOs, networks, schools, and companies to introduce themselves to the community and discuss for example organizational, financial, and curatorial matters.
Proposals for half, full or two-day workshops during ISEA2020. Workshops will be announced on the ISEA2020 website, and organisers may release their own call for submissions and may submit a one-page abstract of their workshop proposal to be included in the proceedings.
To propose a workshop:
We welcome submission of interactive works, concerts, performances, screenings, installations, site-specific works, interdisciplinary projects, animation, video, experimental animation, photography, and events in the public space.
IN A SINGLE PDF FILE, please provide the following information:
1. Application form. Please use submission template (download here)
– Artist(s) Bio (within 300 words)
– Thematic Statement (200 – 500 words)
– Artwork Proposal (300 – 800 words)
– Images, Sketches, Drafts
– Technical and Logistical Requirements
– Links to the Video Documentation online (if applicable)
3. Estimate budget and an indication of existing financial support
4. Submission must be accompanied by signed copyright form available here
If relevant, please mention:
5. Venue/location preference (if known), OR, venue/location requirements and constraints
6. Time of day and date preference (if known), OR, time of day and date requirements and constraints
7. Estimate project timeline
Note: proposals for artworks for the juried exhibition will be single-blind peer-reviewed (reviewers know the identity of the artist, but the artist does not know the identity of the reviewer) by a jury comprised of members of the International Programme Committee (IPC) and organizing committee members.