first ISAT, held last year, tried to find out the "lightning effects"
resulting from the encounter of art and science-technology through the
catchwords of "lightning rod of mind." The second ISAT this
year will search for the meaning of such encounter in the theme of the
"Shift to Third Space" in connection with the new dimensional
shift resulted by the ubiquitous computer technology.
The Shift key of personal computer plays the role of expanding functions
by cooperating with other keys. This year's ISAT uses the Shift key as
its logo, a metaphor for the magical transformations realized by the encounter
of art and technology and by the ubiquitous technology which opens the
way for communication between human beings and tacit space and things.
If the ubiquitous computing technology could link the real space and cyber
space and turn them into a new "third space," it will bring
a radical change to human perception, perception mode and the entire modus
vivendi. This year's symposium will focus on finding out what kind of
changes the third space would bring to art and technology and their encounter,