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Second International Symposium on Electronic Art (SISEA)

November 1990

In November of 1990, ANAT coordinated the attendance of a cultural delegation at the Second International Symposium on Electronic Art (SISEA) in Groningen, the Netherlands. SISEA was organised by SCAN, The National Institute for Computer Animation, Groningen State Polytechnic and Academie Minerva of the Groningen Polytechnic.

The aim of SISEA was to bring together experts in the field of the electronic arts, to focus on the most recent developments in computer graphics, computer music, interactive art, video art etc.

As part of the proceedings, ANAT was announced as the coordinator of the Third International Symposium on Electronic Art (TISEA) in Australia in August, 1992.

The delegation was sponsored by the Cultural Activities Division of the Australian Film Commission, the Visual Arts and Crafts Board of the Australia Council, the Cultural Activities Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and SISEA. 

The core event of SISEA was a Symposium held over three days, at which papers addressing recent developments and current concerns in the field of the electronic arts were presented. Additional events included workshops, exhibitions, film and video programs, concerts and performances. The program highlighted speakers of international renown, speaking about the arts, sciences and technology as interactive, rather than as discrete disciplines.

Australians in attendance at SISEA were: Stelarc, Brian Langer, David Worrall, Sally Pryor, Paul Brown, Gary Warner, Ken Wark, Ross Harley, Linda Wallace, Tim Gruchy, Anne Marie Chandler, Virginia Barratt, Jay Younger, James Knox and Mahalia Middlemist. Those exhibiting works, but not in attendance included: Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Phil George, John Waller and John McCormack.

Tim Gruchy presented a work called Glitch, involving the use of projected imagery computer programmed to synchronise with an original soundtrack and Stelarc presented Amplified Body, Laser Eyes and Third Hand

David Worrall presented an overview of the Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology (a high tech educational facility), its rationale and operation, during an institutional panel.

Sally Pryor presented a paper titled Thinking of Oneself as a Computer. She was one of the few delegates to discuss women and technology. 

Linda Wallace presented a paper titled Region, which served to focus on some of the issues at stake in art and technology within an Australian and regional context. 


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