ISEA2015 Student Volunteer Program




The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art invites students, artists, practitioners who want to be ‘where the action is’ to volunteer for ISEA2015.

What is ISEA2015?

The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) is the main nomadic international academic gathering focused on electronic and digital arts. Since its inception in 1988 in the Netherlands, it has been organized in 4 continents and in over 20 international cities that span Istanbul, Paris, Munich, Albuquerque, Sydney and Dubai. ISEA last came to Canada in 1995 in Montreal, where it had a tremendously positive impact on the local community both in terms of cultural and economic shifts that remain central to Montreal even today! ISEA brings together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media.

ISEA2015 is hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Arts, and Technology, its School for the Contemporary Arts, and its School for Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT). We expect 1000+ artists, scholars, researchers and students from around the world, making it the largest event on electronic art and digital media offered to date in British Columbia. While centered at SFU Woodward’s, our programming is overflowing in various venues in the Vancouver area. Partners include many local artistic organisations and venues including: the vancouver Art Gallery, the Western Front, VIVO, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), Grunt Gallery, Vancouver New Music, 221A, New Westminster New Media Gallery, Fortune Sound Club, the New Form Festival, amongst others. As such, we believe that this event will exemplify SFU’s vision of engaging students, engaging research (both practice and theory), and engaging the local, national and international communities.

ISEA2015 is a five-day symposium featuring over 500+ speakers, presenting 19 workshops, 10 tutorials, papers, panels, roundtables, posters, and demonstrations, and showcasing over 180 artworks ranging from large-scale interactive artworks to cutting-edge electronic music performances. The theme of ISEA2015 – Disruption – will allow re-examining and re-negotiating the frontiers between the academic and the art world, between practice and theory, between systems and reality, between art and society.

To frame this dialogue, ISEA2015 will feature keynote addresses by visionary pioneers such as Brian Massumi, Michael Connor, Dominique Moulon, Hildegard Westerkamp and Sara Diamond. The Yes Men will cloture the symposium with an address on the use of creative expression for disruption and subversion.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers will have the opportunity to be immersed in the network of inspired fellow students, professional artists, designers, academics and scientists. Other benefits include:

  • ISEA 2015 full symposium pass
  • Complimentary snacks for the breaks between shifts (no lunch is provided)
  • Conference T-Shirt
  • Certificate of participation as a volunteer, upon request


Visit the Call For Volunteers and apply Today at
Notification of acceptance will be sent out on July 5th.
If your application is unsuccessful (which you will know on July 5th), you will be given a code in order to benefit from the early bird rate for attending the symposium.

Volunteer Position

You can participate as volunteer for different positions, including some due before the conference.
Visit for details about each position available.

  • Volunteers Lead (Pre-Conference Position)
  • Installation Setup (Pre-Conference and Conference Positions)
  • Registration Desk Clerks
  • Room Monitors
  • Room Technical Setup
  • Way-finding
  • Openings, Performances, Sitting Artwork and Exhibitions Monitors

Volunteer Requirements

As volunteer you will be asked to fulfill 25-hours in 5 shifts of 4 hours each, and up to 4 hours of training during the orientation session. The symposium holds a diversity of events from 8am until 1am most days. Volunteer managers will try to accommodate your preferences for volunteer times, however, our priority is to ensure there are enough volunteers for each area. You must be able to work all 5 shifts, plus training time, in order to qualify as a volunteer

The volunteer orientation will be held on prior to you first shift. In order for you to fully understand your role at the conference as well as the location of various meeting rooms, participation in the volunteer orientation session is mandatory. This means that you have to be in Vancouver on Thursday the 13th of August.

We will be grateful if you disseminate the call-out to relevant parties through your channels. We need around 120 volunteers.

Philippe Pasquier
ISEA2015 Symposium Director
Miles Thorogood
ISEA2015 Volunteer Chair.

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