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Fourth Summit on New Media Art Archiving

at ISEA2024 in Brisbane, Australia


ISEA2024 is organising the Fourth Summit on New Media Art Archiving in partnership with the ISEA Symposium Archives, the Archive of Digital Art (ADA), the archive for the Histories of Media Art, the ZKM archive, the SIGGRAPH History Archive, the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE) archives, the MEMODUCT posthuman archive and ISEA International. The Summit will be an integral section of ISEA2024, the 29th International Symposium on Electronic Art.

The summit will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 24-26 June 2024.

After the massive support for the Liverpool declaration (, the initiative started with ISEA round table discussions on new media archiving at ISEA2018 in Durban, South Africa and ISEA2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. The 1-day First Summit on New Media Art Archiving was held during ISEA2020, (online from Montreal, Canada) featuring a keynote lecture, paper presentations, and break-out sessions. This Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving was held during 2 days preceding ISEA2022 in Barcelona, Spain and the Third Summit, also two days, during ISEA2023 in Paris, France. Subjects included, among others, archiving physical artifacts, digitizing museum collections, and innovative approaches to archiving, as well as an emphasis on connecting new media art archives worldwide.

Submissions for the summit must align with one of the below topics:

Topic 1: relevant sub themes of ISEA2024

Relevant sub themes of ISEA204 that can be linked to archiving and/or cultural heritage. Examples include ‘culturally safe virtual spaces’, ‘machine learning as a co-creator’, ‘transmedia storytelling’, ‘digital museology, cultural heritage and archaeological reconstruction’ and ‘all modes of augmented, mixed, extended and virtual realities from interactive digital worlds to metaverse’.

Topic 2: making the Summit a sustainable event

So far, the Summits have been an initiative of the ISEA archivists, who are all volunteers. They have worked without financial means and at the cost of their regular archiving work. How can we give the Summit a more structural basis? What stakeholders would be willing to invest in it? How do we convince these stakeholders to do so? In short we ask for analysis and strategy proposals.

Topic 3: ideas and proposals to help the Connecting Archives project

As a result of the first Summit, an initiative was started to connect New Media Art archives around the World. The rationale, aims and history of the project was described in 3 papers, presented during the Second and Third Summit*. Paper and panel proposals are invited that will bring the project a step forward.

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