ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, is one of the most important annual events worldwide dedicated to the crossroads where art, design, science, technology and society meet.
The event has been held over 26 times all over the world, and after more than 10 years since it last graced European soil, it touches down in Barcelona. With it comes an enthusiastic international and local community, ready to work together to develop this interdisciplinary field.
As it has travelled the globe over the years, ISEA has served as a meeting point for artists, scientists, technologists and theorists to share their research along with their latest prototypes, technological developments or artistic works linked to science and technology.
What makes ISEA unique is that it is not so much an academic conference as a conference-based event that offers a wide array of activities, which surprise visitors with newly conceived formats in every edition.
At the symposium you are sure to find exhibitions, workshops, open-air projects, round tables, talks from artists, school initiatives and a variety of other activities, all with the involvement of different organisations and communities from the city of Barcelona.
ISEA2022 reinforces Barcelona’s role as a leader in research and scientific output, intellectuality and cultural creativity in both a national and international context.
It is a multifaceted event that seeks to explore the intersections between art, design, science and technology in all its aspects.
It is at the same time interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, intersectoral and international, making it possible to bring together in a single event a congress for academic and independent researchers, an open conference program, round tables, a professional meeting space, a set of exhibitions of artistic pieces, demos and prototypes, workshops, performances and artists talks open to the city and citizens with the complicity and involvement of local and international agents.
The UOC is an innovative university that is rooted in Catalonia and open to the world. It offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society.
Mission, vision and values
Its educational model is based on personalization and accompanying students using e-learning.
The UOC wants to be a university that, by being connected to the network of the world’s universities, drives the creation of a global knowledge space and cutting-edge research in the knowledge society.
The UOC has an innovative educational model that focuses on the student. The University offers them a top-quality, personalized education that helps them to be more competitive and contributes to the progress of society.
The five values that guide the UOC’s activities are:
- Commitment to students, graduates and society; to service quality, and to constant innovation within the organization.
- Respect for people, ideas, cultures and the world.
- Transparency in information, data and processes.
- Professionalism, to empower the people who form part of the organization, to recognize our successes and to learn from our mistakes.
- Sustainability, whether economic, social or environmental, of the activities undertaken by the organization.
The CCCB is a multidisciplinary cultural centre that deals with the key challenges of contemporary society through different languages and formats.
It offers an extensive programme that includes major thematic exhibitions, conference series and literary meetups, film screenings and festivals.
Barcelona City Council
Barcelona City Council supports ISEA through its Barcelona Science Programme, an initiative it launched to promote scientific knowledge and involve the public in its development.
The Programme invites all people to participate and be heard with regard to the preparation, methods and results of scientific research based on criteria such as ethics, transparency, equality and equal access to knowledge.
Based on this vision, the city becomes the stage where science and society meet to have dialogue, to understand and advance together and make a combined effort to confront the local and global challenges of the 21st century.
Santa Mònica is a multidisciplinary centre with a special focus on the culture surrounding the digital media produced in Catalonia. The centre acts as a platform for the diffusion of the contemporary creativity of our country.
It also gives the public a space for reflection that encourages discussions and generates ideas about the different concepts involved in artistic creation and its relation with the public: creativity, awareness, innovation, knowledge, aesthetics…. It also offers an exhibition space where international artists and creators find the possibility to present their works.
Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura
The Government of Catalonia has been providing institutional support to ISEA2022 from the outset, through the involvement of the Ministry of Culture and the network of cultural facilities in Catalonia. Its main mission is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of Catalan art and culture.
The MACBA aims to encourage enjoyment and interest in art and contemporary culture through a transformative impact and aspiration among individuals and society. Its mission is to bring contemporary art to life with a particular focus on Catalan production. Through research, the generation of knowledge and dissemination, it aims to encourage enjoyment and interest in art and contemporary culture. The MACBA wishes to play its part in building a freer society with a sense of critique.
Hac Te is the new Art, Science and Technology Hub promoted by eleven institutions to make Barcelona a global centre for research, training, dissemination, transfer and production in this field. Its aim is to explore and develop intersections between art, science and technology to boost the digital transformation of society.
New Art Foundation
The New Art Foundation was created to help the artistic community position new scientific, technical and conceptual formulas in Art, to make them known and to educate society, enabling it to appreciate Art at its intersection with Science and Technology as an expression of the most forward looking ideas.