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Julian Assange to give keynote for 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art


5 June 2013

Julian Assange will give the keynote address via Skype from the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Julian Assange will give the keynote address via Skype from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, will present a special keynote address for the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art via live video link at the University of Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 5.30pm.

He will address a small public audience as well as conference delegates from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has spent the past year after being granted political asylum.

Assange's live stream via Skype will be screened in two lecture theatres: New Law 101 (conference audience) and Eastern Avenue Auditorium (general public audience).

The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013) is symposium presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and supported by Destination NSW to align with Vivid Sydney.

Apart from Assange's address, an exciting range of media artworks and future-focused ideas from Australia and around the world will be exhibited at the University and venues across the city from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 June.

Other venues include the Powerhouse Museum, Campbelltown Arts Centre, College of Fine Arts galleries, Project 107, UTS gallery, the Rocks and Parramatta foreshore and associated exhibitions at Artspace and Art Gallery NSW.

Dr Kathy Cleland, a senior lecturer in the Digital Cultures program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the co-chair of the event, said the ISEA2013 team had been working on the program since it won the bid in 2010.

"It's very exciting to finally see it all come to fruition with some amazing exhibitions across Sydney, public talks at the MCA, and the academic conference here at the University of Sydney," Dr Cleland said.

"A highlight will be Ryoji Ikeda's test pattern [No 5] at Carriageworks, which is a large-scale immersive audiovisual exhibition that uses five projectors to illuminate a floor screen measuring over 30 metres long and 10 metres wide."

In a partnership with the Vivid Ideas program at the Museum of Contemporary Art is a series of artist talks on Sunday 9 June. This includes presentations by Dr Lian Loke and Dr Martin Tomitsch, both from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and Professor Ross Gibson from Sydney College of the Arts.

"The last time ISEA took place in Australia it was 1992 when digital media was very much on the fringes. Now it is in the mainstream," Dr Cleland said.


Event details

What: Julian Assange keynote speech via video link, part of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art

When: 5.30 to 6.30pm, Thursday 13 June

Where: Eastern Ave Auditorium, Camperdown Campus 

Cost: $25, concession $15. Available to students, staff and other non-conference delegates, proceeds go to Wikileaks Foundation.

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Carriageworks, 8 June to 1 July

A highlight of the program is the Australian premiere of test pattern (no 5), a stunning large-scale immersive installation by renowned Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.


See the full conference program, public talks, exhibitions, performances and workshops.


'test pattern [enhanced version]', 2011 © Ryoji Ikeda - Image Credit: Park Avenue Armory New York and Forma © James Ewing .
'test pattern [enhanced version]', 2011 © Ryoji Ikeda - Image Credit: Park Avenue Armory New York and Forma © James Ewing .

Exhibitions on campus at the University of Sydney


Tin Sheds, 11 to 19 June

An investigation of electronic art and architecture - disSentience includes University of Sydney artists Dagmar Reinhardt and Lian Loke from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Also at Tin Sheds is an installation by Matthew Sleeth and Transpotage, a living installation by Spanish architectural duo Selgascano.


Verge Gallery, 8 to 16 June

Verge Gallery on City Road hosts three different works concerning the inescapable cycle of decay and renewal.


Hug@ree, Eastern Avenue, 11 to 13 June 

Hug@ree will be installed by one of the gum trees located immediately outside of the Eastern Avenue Auditorium for the duration of the conference. Participants are invited to join in a collective hug for environmental activism.


New Law Building, 8 to 10 June 

The Situational Library: A Swap, Drop & Roll Project invite people to bring a book, in paper or electronic form, to add or swap, to help build a Situational Library.


Sydney College of the Arts 

Re:Cinema at the SCA Gallery is curated by Ryszard Dabek from Sydney College of the Arts, and spans the fields of video art, installation, experimental film practices, photography and new media feature.


University of Sydney artists in other ISEA2013 exhibitions


Margaret Seymour, also from SCA, has a new robotic project called TRACKER to be exhibited as an associated ISEA2013 event in an Open Studio at Articulate project space in Leichhardt.

Other robotic works are on exhibition at Artspace including Mari Velonaki's The Woman and the Snowman, which had its inception at the University of Sydney and Accomplice, by Dr Rob Saunders, senior lecturer in Design Computing in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. In this collaboration with artist Petra Gemeinboeck, Saunder's autonomous robots hammer holes in the gallery walls to see what's on the other side.

Unhomely - Reynold's Cottage is a pop up at the Rocks and a collaboration by Ross Gibson, Professor of Contemporary Arts at SCA, with Kate Richards and Aaron Seymour.


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