ISEA Foundation

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international nonprofit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology.

The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art. Selection of ISEA symposia is made by the ISEA International Foundation Board.

In an important move for ISEA, an agreement with University of Brighton to establish an ISEA Headquarters was signed in July 2009. ISEA HQ provides an administrative, academic and creative base for ISEA and develops a fruitful partnership with a leading research University.

Sue Gollifer, ISEA International Headquarters Director,

Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Course Leader of the Digital Media Arts MA University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, School Arts and Media


ISEA International Board

The ISEA International Foundation Board is the governing body of ISEA. The primary role of the Board is to oversee the continuation of the annual symposia. The Board holds its General Meeting at each annual symposium, where it updates the public activities and invites organisations bidding for future symposia to present their proposal.

Sue Gollifer, Director

Peter Anders, Chair

Wim van der Plas, Treasurer

Bonnie Mitchell, Secretary

Paul Catanese

Ian Clothier


Sue Gollifer (based in Brighton, UK)

Sue Gollifer is a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Arts and Communication, the Course Leader for the MA in Digital Media Arts (DMA) and Director of ISEA International Headquarters. She has been a professional artist/printmaker for over 30 years, exhibiting work regularly throughout the world, and her work is held in major national and international public collections. She has established a number of international artistic and educational contacts, particularly in Europe, the United States, Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has contributed to the development of an international community of artists and scholars with a shared interest in new technology. She is the Assistant Editor of Digital Creativity, published by Taylor Francis and Routledge, and is on the Leonardo Editorial Review Board of Transactions.

Peter Anders (based in Midland, Michigan, USA)

Peter Anders is an architect, educator, and information design theorist. He has published widely on the architecture of cyberspace and is the author of “Envisioning Cyberspace” which presents design principles for on-line spatial environments. The book was published by McGraw Hill in 1998.

Wim van der Plas (based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Wim van der Plas is a sociologist interested in the relationship between science and art, or, on a more practical level, between technology & culture. Until retiring in 2011, he was a project manager and professor at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. He also worked for the Groningen and Utrecht Art Schools and the Foundation for Creative Computer Applications (SCCA). He is one of the two founders of ISEA and organised the First, Second and Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art. He was head of ISEA Headquarters before becoming an ISEA board member.

Bonnie Mitchell (based in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA)

Bonnie Mitchell is a Professor of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University, where her teaching specialization is in Animation and Interactive Art. She is internationally recognized for her interactive animated installations and collaborative Internet-based art works. In 2006, she was appointed the chair of the international SIGGRAPH Art Gallery. She also coordinated the Beyond Boundaries: Charles A. Csuri 1963-present extensive retrospective exhibition and the Electronically Mediated Performances at SIGGRAPH 2006. She also curated/chaired the GRAPHITE 2006 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and 2007 (Perth, Australia) Art Exhibitions and Art Talks. Bonnie is also President of CreativeMyndz Multimedia Studios, a company that develops interactive media for publishing companies in the field of the arts and humanity.

Paul Catanese (based in Chicago, USA)

Paul Catanese is a Hybrid Media Artist, Author, Associate Professor, Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Program at Columbia College Chicago, and President Emeritus of the New Media Caucus. His artwork has been exhibited widely including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, La Villette and Stuttgart Filmwinter. Paul is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including commissions for the creation of new artwork from and

Ian Clothier (based in Aotearoa New Zealand)

Ian Clothier is an electronic artist, curator, Executive Director of, co-founder of biennial residency SCANZ, and Senior Academic at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. Internationally recognised for working cross culturally in the context of the environment, his projects have been selected for exhibition at five ISEA. Currently involved in live connection to plants and environments, his research is focused on integrated systems, cultural hybridity and nonlinearity.