New Media Art History – ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art) Archives

Co-sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and ISEA
Coordinated by: Bonnie Mitchell and Jan Searleman

Event Date and Time: 12 August 2021 : 11:00 – 11:30am PDT


The ISEA archive team has been developing two new media art archives (New and Classic) that enable researchers, educators, students, artists, and community members to access information from the International Symposium on Electronic Art from 1988 to the present. The archives contain thousands of academic papers, images of artworks, performances as well as abstracts of workshops, panels, round table discussions, and other presentations related to electronic art.

These free online resources have been the result of an international collaborative team of volunteers and students. The ISEA Symposium Archives provide free and easy access to an amazing wealth of material, enabling the next generation to benefit from, and be inspired by, the creativity and innovative research of the past.

Bonnie Mitchell – Bowling Green State University
Janice Searleman – Clarkson University
Wim van der Plas – ISEA International
Terry Wong – Simon Fraser University

Additional Information:

New ISEA Symposium Archives: https://isea-archives.siggraph.org/
Classic ISEA Symposium Archives: http://www.isea-archives.org/




Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie Mitchell is a new media artist and Professor at Bowling Green State University in Digital Arts, in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Mitchell is a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH History and Digital Arts Committee where she focuses on the development of the SIGGRAPH archives and coordination of the SPARKS lecture series. Mitchell’s artworks explore spatial and experiential relationships to our physical, social, cultural, and psychological environment through interaction, abstraction and audio. Her current creative practice focuses on development of physically immersive environments using interaction via electronics and special FX to reveal change over time. Her work has been exhibited internationally at numerous venues.

Jan Searleman

Jan Searleman taught Computer Science at Clarkson University for 37 years, retired in 2015, and since retirement has been an Adjunct Research Professor at Clarkson. Her research areas are Virtual Environments, Human-Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence. In 1979, Jan, along with colleague James Lynch, established a major in Computer Science. She was also instrumental in creating Clarkson’s MS and PhD in Computer Science. Jan created and taught a variety of CS courses, including Artificial Intelligence in 1979, and Computer Graphics in 1980 (in the days of a green dot on a black screen). In the 1990s, she created a student lab in Virtual Reality, and introduced a course on Virtual Environments. A senior member of the ACM since 1976, and of SIGGRAPH since 1978, Jan established Clarkson’s ACM student chapter in 1980. She also created Clarkson’s ACM SIGGRAPH student chapter. She advised both chapters until her retirement.