Invited Panels

Culture, Technology and Asian Pop Culture

Chaired by Associate Professor Adrian David Cheok

Date: 25 July
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: National University of Singapore, Engineering Auditorium

Recently there has been a great interest amongst artists, computer scientists, and engineers to merge culture with technology in order to produce a new kind of technology media which can inform, enhance, and entertain society. Related to this is the way in which Asian countries, and some Asian governments, who were previously obsessed with manufacturing and technology have suddenly seen the importance and benefit of culture and content, in particular Pop Culture. The impact of Asian content is being strongly felt not only in Asia, but also in Europe and America and the panel will discuss and analyze this. The panelists are Adrian David Cheok, Michael Cohen, Sam Furukawa, Masa Inakage, Ken Mogi, Ryohei Nakatsu, Francis Quek, Marc Tuters.

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Way to Go: The Impact of Process on Artists’ Residencies in Science and Research Settings

Chaired by Vicki Sowry, art research science Programme Manager at the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT)

Date: 26 July
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Management University
, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

The panel will feature members of artsactive - the leading international network supporting artists’ programmes in science and research settings - as well as individuals with substantial experience in delivering such programmes.  

Confirmed panellists:

Oron Catts (SymbioticA, Australia), Roger Malina (Leonardo, France), Denisa Kera (Transgenesis, Czech Republic), Arantxa Mendiharat (Disonancias, Spain), Irene Hediger (Artists in Labs, Switzerland), Lonce Wyse (ISEA2008 AIR programme, Singapore), Marta de Menezes (Ectopia, Portugal) and Anne Kienhuis (Arts & Genomics Center, Netherlands). 

The panel will present the results of the artsactive think-tank being held in Western Australia immediately prior to ISEA2008. The think-tank, hosted by SymbioticA, will interrogate the issues impacting upon the success and sustainability of art/science residency programs now and into the future, including:

  • residency models and methodologies
  • contracting – in particular IP and copyright
  • partnerships - local, national and international
  • ethical considerations

artsactive –
SymbioticA – 

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Copyright And The Creative Commons

Chaired by Associate Professor Samtani Anil and Associate Professor Harry Tan

Date: 27 July
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, B1-3

An introduction to the key copyright issues that arise as a consequence of new technologies in interactive and digital media. The panel will highlight steps that can be taken by creators and users of copyrighted works to avoid some of the copyright landmines that exist. The panel will also explain the aims and philosophy of the Creative Commons initiative and the specific nature and uses of the Creative Commons licensing suite, and its flexible model of allocating rights; we will hear about CC-related projects. And from stakeholders on what CC mean to them personally and to their institutions.

Organized by the Centre for Asia Pacific Technology Law & Policy (CAPTEL) and Creative Commons Singapore.

CAPTEL and Creative Commons Singapore are also delighted to announce the launch of the Creative Commons Singapore licensing suite at ISEA2008.

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Passing and Peril on the Information Super Highway

Chaired by Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa
Date: 28 July
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Venue: Singapore Management University, Seminar Room 2-5

Through the escalating numbers and increasing awareness of online sting operations, videogaming avatars, and social networking websites, issues of identity and race in cyberspace have come under hard scrutiny. The panel, comprised of artists and academics from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippine Republic, and other countries within Asia will discuss these crucial and controversial issues from within the contrasting perspectives of their own diverse cultures.

The panel is convened by Kóan Jeff Baysa, a curator, writer, critic, physician, and Whitney Independent Study Program Curatorial alumnus.

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Animated Ideas: Investigating the Language of Animation

Chaired by Professor Hiroshi Yoshioka
Date: 29 July
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Venue: Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

Japanese animation, or anime, is so ubiquitous that it now seems to constitute a universal language in globalized pop culture. Aside from the mainstream, young artists are using animation to create new visual experiences. In this panel, we would like to show some of the latest experimental animation works produced by young students and graduates from IAMAS (Institute/International Academy of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences), and discuss the possibility of animation as a new language. Works by Makoto Murayama, Takahiro Hayakawa, ALIMO, Tsumugi Harunari, Nobuyuki Yamanaka and others will be presented, with a discussion featuring Hiroshi Yoshioka, Professor at Kyoto University, and Hideyuki Oda, Makoto Murayama, Takahiro Hayakawa from IAMAS, and animator Stefan Riekeles.

Organised by IAMAS (Institute/International Academy of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences).

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Transitio_MX Curatorial Approaches: Impolis, In(communities) and Free Synthesis

Chaired by Tania Aedo, Director of Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Date: 30 July
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Venue: Singapore Management University, Seminar Room 2-3

Impolis, In(com)unities and Free Synthesis were the three curatorial international projects presented in the last edition of Transitio_MX,  the most important electronic arts event in Mexico. Organized by institutions, curators, researchers and artists, this year’s edition tasked twelve curators to work with ideas around processes-in-community and communities-in-process. The discussion will focus on how the three groups of works presented in venues in the downtown area played and interacted between themselves and the context of Mexico City from a theoretical-esthetical and practical point of view.

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Luminous Green in Singapore
Electronic arts in turbulent weather

Chaired by Maja Kuzmanovic

Date: 30 July
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems, Level 5 Function Room

An open discussion forum, in which we will examine the five themes of ISEA2008 under the lens of environmental and social turbulence. If we look at the problems of distribution of goods, people and information – can we learn from the robustness of distributed collaboration, so well represented in 'wiki' culture and locative media. Gaming culture has a plethora of tools and techniques to engage players in demanding pursuits; some of these techniques can be further developed, to raise awareness and knowledge and action – in a playful, imaginative manner. Climate Chaos is a global problem, which does not recognise national or economic borders. However, our 'global society' is still riddled with border disputes, exclusions and conflicts; perhaps some of the 'open re:source' models from software and electronic arts could offer interesting solutions for more inclusive trans-local societies. During the discussion these topics will be examined from multiple points-of-view in order to examine the role we play in the feisty (?) planetary eco-systems.

With the support of


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