January 27, 2020

Field Schools to Colombia, ISEA2020, and Mexico

Photo: Martin Messier - Field performance - 2015
Photo: Martin Messier – Field performance – 2015

ISEA2020 – International Symposium on Electronic Arts @ Montreal

[3 credits]

Program open to GRADUATE and UNDERGRADUATE students

from CONCORDIA and OTHER UNIVERSITIES as well

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, a professor teaching electronic/media arts and music/sound arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, will offer undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of fine arts backgrounds, as well as science, engineering, and communication, an opportunity to work on self-proposed research-creation projects, and to attend one of the leading conferences on electronic arts in the world. As this program allows students from other universities to participate, it will also be an occasion to know Montreal for them.

After some days of lectures and research-creation workshops at Concordia University, students will attend the International Symposium of Electronic Arts – ISEA2020, one of the largest and most important electronic arts academic and artistic – itinerant – event on the field. Students will complete their project right after the Symposium, and guided by the professor. http://isea2020.isea-international.org

The Symposium program of activities often mixes lectures, forums, workshops, and keynotes presentations.  Students will be able to choose from a huge pool of activities and presentations – in agreement with the professor – based on their research/artistic interests. 

ISEA has been held 25 times, in countries all around the world, from The Netherlands in 1988, 1990 and 1996, to Japan in 2002, Australia in 1992 and 2013, Turkey in 2011, South Africa in 2018, the US in 1993, 1997, 2006 and 2012, Dubai in 2014, Colombia in 2017, and South Korea in 2019, among other editions. In Canada, it was hosted 25 years ago in Montreal, and again in 2015 in Vancouver. For a complete list of the Symposia and their website links: http://www.isea-web.org/symposia/past-isea-symposia/

Some comments from students that took Field Schools programs with Dr. Dal Farra in recent years:

“The students and teachers who participated in the events with me were all easy to work with and had a passion for their fields that brought me inspiration in my own personal endeavors […] As for the festival itself, I was faced with many new ideas that I had never seen or heard before […] the people I met were what made the field school an experience that I will never forget” – Andrew McCafferty, past program participant.

“it has been a unique chance to meet and discuss with searchers and artists from different horizon, sharing ideas about creation and society, and finding out that I could too be the source of pertinent ideas and project.” – Gabrielle Couillard, past program participant.

[…] the high diversity of skills that participants in the school had led to new opportunities of sharing structured and improvisational knowledge” – Antoine Bellemare, past program participant.

“The festival was a whirlwind. Once it began on Monday it was suddenly Saturday. It was nonstop between the keynotes, workshops, and performances […]It was said many times throughout the field school but it is true that I learned more in 10 days than I did in a semester of 4 classes at Concordia.” – Bryan Greenfield, past program participant.

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Program Dates: Friday May 15, 2020 to Sunday May 25, 2020

Credits: 3-credit course

Program course: “ISEA2020 – International Symposium on Electronic Arts @ Montreal” Field School

Registration: https://www.concordia.ca/students/exchanges/field-schools/art-science-technology-colombia.html

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This intensive summer field school is organized around the programming of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts – ISEA2020. The field school will expose students to national and international media and electronic arts creation. The program will facilitate encounters between the students, the artists and their research and artistic production.

The course will allow students to propose and work on their own projects, guided by the professor, and ISEA2020 will serve as a source of inspiration, information and knowledge to the state-of-the arts leading international productions in the field. Engaging with theoretical and practical notions pertinent to the electronic and contemporary arts world, students will explore multiple artistic perspectives that shed light on the concerns of contemporary creators and that will allow students to hone their visions as both makers and audience-members.

 OBJECTIVES

Students will develop tools to observe and critically reflect on:

• Their own artistic practice in the wider context of contemporary creation

• Electronic/media arts creation, production and aesthetics

Students will work on their own research-creation projects, guided by the professor, including but not limited to the following broad areas: art-science; electronic/media arts; art and technology; fine arts; music/sound art; transdisciplinarity; and more.

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MORE DETAILS: https://www.concordia.ca/students/exchanges/field-schools/art-science-technology-colombia.html

· Questions about the REGISTRATION process: Maral Abajian (Concordia International) maral.abajian@concordia.ca

· Questions about CREDITS: Perla Muyal (Fine Arts, Concordia) Perla.muyal@concordia.ca

· Only for questions about the content of the program: Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra ricardo.dalfarra@concordia.ca 

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