ISEA2017 - 16th International Image Festival

This event came for the first time to a Spanish-speaking country to recognize the biocultural heritage of a megadiverse country. For that reason, ISEA2017 selected the topic Bio-creation and Peace, as a central topic which invited to reflect on the role of art, design, science and technology, in the look for alternatives to respect this biodiversity, and pacific connivance between communities and environment. About 1.400 authors from 44 countries were presented in this call.

Design, Art, Science, and Technology

Interdisciplinary discussion and showcase about interrelations among design, art, science and technology.

The cultural dimensions of bio-creation and peace

In recent times, pockets of peace across our planet have emerged and Colombia is one example. Does the idea of peace have a larger role to play than simply resolving conflict? In what ways could indigenous awareness contribute to our understanding of peace? What bridges in thought and action are needed to achieve global peace across cultural and transdisciplinary boundaries? Is bio-creation in conflict with, or in accord with, indigenous awareness of living organisms?

Interdisciplinary platforms for coexistence

Transdisciplinary teams collaborate to generate social and political content and debates. Artists, designers and scientists have tried to work together and get citizens involved with interactive technologies and media. Are these platforms showing paths for social coexistence? How transdisciplinary collaborations can generate social benefits? How can biological process be used as source of inspiration and the generation of social possibilities for living in peace?

Critical perspectives on the use of technology for peace

Technology is a potential tool that supports peace process and conflict resolution. What is the role of art and design in defining the use of technology to support peace and conflict resolution? Are there cultural identity tensions catalyzed by technologies? How can technology promote intercultural dialogues and peace construction?

Bio creation & data

Data is becoming pervasive in our daily lives. Scientists have used data and biological processes to create products and systems, while artists explore the aesthetics of technology, data and biology. How do artists integrate data and biological phenomenon in the creative process? In what ways do designers take advantage of large amounts of data to make decisions that affect sustainability and biodiversity?

Media art, landscape and heritage

ISEA2017 took place in a region in Colombia known as the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Reflection about the conflict between media and heritage. How do artists and designers include heritage in their critical thinking and aesthetic decisions? How could media art help disseminate cultural values around peace? Does media art have the capacity to preserve heritage? Does conservation or cultural transformation generate conflict?