Beginning Monday, April 24th, ISEA2006 will host a month long series of discussions on the accepted paper abstracts for each of the Symposium themes:  Interactive City, Community Domain, Pacific Rim and Transvergence.

An important objective to ISEA2006 is enabling conversation and discourse between audience(s) and presenters.  Toward that objective this years ISEA incorporates a single main track of presentations + artists presentations combined with a pre-publishing model.  The reading of papers is not permitted.  Instead authors will present their abstracts in the on-line Forum and then pre-publish full manuscripts weeks prior to the Symposium.  The goal is to inform and influence both authors and audiences as well as create conversational relationships and provide for advanced consideration of topics to be presented at the Symposium. 

At ISEA2006 each theme will have two extended ‘conversational’ sessions in which several authors present summaries of their papers followed by a moderated conversation and audience interaction. An important role in the Symposium and Forum is that of the Moderator. We have invited a group of prestigious Moderators who will facilitation of individual sessions of the Online Forum and Symposium.

Interactive City: Anthony Burke
Community Domain: Sara Diamond
Transvergence: TBA
Community Domain: Alice Ming Wai Jim
Transvergence: Wendy Chun
Pacific Rim: Amanda McDonald Crowley

Interactive City paper titles and authors:

Mirjam Struppek, Urban Screens
Tapio Mäkelä, Ars Memorativa in the Interactive City
Alison Sant, Redefining the Basemap
From Scenography to Planetary Network for Shanghai 2010

Transvergence  1:  May 1-May 7
Moderator:  TBA

Gheorghe Dan and Alisa Andrasek: Phylotic BodayScapes / Entheogenic Gardens Poly-Scalar Heterotopic Botany

Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Towards a New Class of Being-The Extended Body

Josephine Bosma, Voice and Code: From spoken word and song to writing music to code

Community Domain 1: May 8-14
Moderator: Sara Diamond

Trebor Scholz, The Participatory Challenge: Incentives for Online Collaboration

Valentina Nisa, Mads Haahr and Ian Oakley, Community Networked Tales: Stories and Place of a Dublin Neighborhood: The Media Portrait of Liberties

Kevin Hamilton, Absence in Common: An Operator for the inoperative Community

Community Domain 2: May 8-14
Moderator:  Alice Ming Wai Jim

Joline Blais, Indigenous Domain:  Beyond the Commons and Other Colonial Paradigms

Sharon Daniel, Public Secrets: Information and Social Knowledge

Mara Traumane, Media Referentiality: “Productive ” Knowledge Networks in Experimental Arts

Transvergence 2: May 15-21
Moderator: Wendy Chun

Steve Anderson, Coming to Terms with the Digital Avant Garde

Jon Ippolito and Joline Blais, Art as Antibody: A redefinition of art for the Internet Age

Ned Rossiter,  Organized Networks as New Institutional Forms Pacific Rim : May 22-29 Moderator: Amanda McDonald Crowley Timothy Murray, Chinese Archival Futures