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Left: Title: The Generative Freeway Project [2013] Credit: Matthew Sleeth (Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, New York)
Grobak Padi (Australia/Indonesia). Image: Multicultural Arts Victoria, 2012.
Right: Sanity Clause (Australia), Four arm turntable built by John Jacobs used in Dragged Backwards through a Hedge. Image: Ian Andrews, 2013.

The ISEA2013 program will take over greater Sydney and beyond, with the announcement of projects at Powerhouse Museum, The Rocks Pop-Up, Carriageworks, 107 Projects, the College of Fine Arts UNSW, COFA’s Kudos Gallery, Tin Sheds Gallery, Verge Gallery, UTS Gallery and DAB LAB, Artspace as well as a Parramatta hub and projects linking Darwin, the Tasmanian Wilderness and Indonesia to Sydney.

The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art — presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and supported by Destination NSW to align with Vivid Sydney — will showcase the best media artworks and future-focused ideas from Australia and around the world, Friday 7 to Sunday 16 June 2013 at venues across central and outer Sydney, and Darwin.

The ISEA2013 EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM will showcase the works of over 150 innovative Australian and international artists.

The Powerhouse Museum will also be a major exhibition hub for ISEA2013. Already announced is Experimenta Speak to Me – 5th International Biennial of Media Art featuring Wade Marynowski and Jess MacNeil. Exhibiting alongside this is the first survey of ANAT’s Synapse initiative that has provided over 30 Australian artists with the opportunity to pursue speculative creative research projects with scientists and medical researchers in Australia and beyond. The Synapse: A Selection provides a snapshot of the diverse and fascinating collaborative projects that participating artists and scientists have produced over the past five years and includes works by Keith Armstrong, Helen Pynor and Peter Clancy, George Poonkin Khut, Mari Velonaki, Erica Secombe, Ken+Julia Yonetani, Nola Farman, Chris Henschke and Kirsty Boyle.

International leaders in the BioArt field, SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts based at the University of Western Australia, will present their first major Australian exhibition bringing together the works of 15 artists from different disciplines semipermeable (+). Featuring sworks specially commissioned for the exhibition including Nigel Helyer and Oron Catts – the groundbreaking artistic interventions range from protocells, infection and DNA through to skins and garments, to borders and state control at The Powerhouse Museum.  

ISEA2013 and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority present Electronic Art Pop-Ups, a special instalment  in the ongoing pop-up program at The Rocks. ISEA2013 has selected six outstanding artworks from across the globe to bring the latest in contemporary art into the heart of this historic area of Sydney.

Electronic Nights will transform Parramatta’s River Foreshore with interactive artworks, performances and food, presented by ISEA2013 and Parramatta City Council. Over two nights, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June from dusk to late, encounter interactive artworks along the riverbank that explore movement and sound, electrical generation, multi media performance and art and roaming data projections.

Projects include Grobak Padi 2013 an intimate exchange between cultures and cities through a fusion of food, film and dance using ‘gerobak’ – traditional Indonesian food carts. Wired up carts will link Sydney and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, live via multi-channel links, along with in-cart video art and a multimedia dance spectacle by artists Michael Hornblow (Australia), Agung Gunawan (Indonesia) and Tony Yap (Australia/Malaysia).

Keith Armstrong’s collaborative work, facilitated by the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Long Time, No See? is an opportunity for the public to create possible futures through data mapping and a smartphone App on local walks throughout Parramatta City.

Darwin and Sydney will be connected through The Portals, a curated program of five telematic artworks distributed across these two cities. As large screens proliferate in our environment can we imagine a different way of using these resources aside from broadcasting TV? This project connects the extensive urban infrastructure of The Concourse in Sydney’s Chatswood with communities in Darwin in real time across two large public screens through networked and interactive artworks, via high speed broadband. The Portals includes live art, visual art, e-literature, interactive performance, sound art and community engagement.

Other exhibitions will showcase the diversity of electronic art practice including the week-long collaborative production of an expanded Durational Book being created at the State Library of NSW by 6 artists, including Chris Caines and Megan Heyward, the meeting of electronic art and architecture at the Tin Sheds Gallery, a sound art exhibition at UTS Gallery, experiments in cinema at COFA-UNSW’s iCinema and an exploration of place and representation at COFA’s Kudos Gallery, with the interactive installation Juxtaposition, combining two radically different environments: the Tasmanian wilderness and the extreme urban development of Hong Kong. In an apparently endless stereoscopic 3D giga-pixel panoramic montage, the two locations merge seamlessly from one into another as the observer turns the circular ‘screen’ to control both the viewpoint and the related soundscape.

ISEA2013 will feature two programs of sound art performances: Macrophonics II by Donna Hewitt, Julian Knowles, Wade Marynowsky, and dancers, presented in association with UTS; and Polysonics, with performances by Michaela Davies, Ian Andrews, Garry Bradbury, Shane Fahey, Evan Carr, David Carr, Hamish Stuart, Leah Barclay, Garth Paine at ABC, Studio 22.

For full program details visit www.isea2013.org

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its funding and advisory body.

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ISEA2013 Director, Jonathan Parsons is available for media interviews.



Founded in The Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).




For the past 25 years, the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) has been a catalyst for experimentation and innovation across art, science and technology. ANAT champions artistic excellence by supporting professional artists and fostering a culture of creative risk-taking, secures the necessary resources to enable artists to pursue creative research and realise groundbreaking artworks, and communicates the importance of creative experimentation and expression within the arts and — increasingly — in broader society. www.anat.org.au



Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 24 May – 10 June 2013. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.



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