EVA Conferences

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James Hemsley, founder of the EVA Conferences, presenting at the EVA London 2016 Conference.

The Electronic Visualisation and the Arts conferences (EVA Conferences for short, aka Electronic Information, the Visual Arts and Beyond) are a series of international interdisciplinary conferences mainly in Europe, but also elsewhere in the world, for people interested in the application of information technology to the cultural and especially the visual arts field, including art galleries and museums.[1]


Started in London (United Kingdom), there have also been EVA conferences in Berlin (Germany), Florence (Italy), Jerusalem (Israel), Paris (France), St Petersburg (formerly in Moscow, Russia), Australasia (first time in Canberra, Australia, in 2016) and other major cities.[2] The first EVA Conference was held at Imperial College, London in 1990,[3] organised by the founders James Hemsley, Kirk Martinez, and Anthony Hamber.

The conferences were initially overseen by EVA Conferences International, based in London. Conference proceedings are published[4] (e.g., for EVA London[5] and EVA Florence[6]). In addition, two collected volumes of revised papers are available.[7][8]

The artist Jeremy Gardiner with his exhibit of the Jurassic Coast at the V&A Digital Futures event organised as part of the EVA London 2016 conference, held at the BCS offices in London, England on 11 July 2016
The digital artist Andy Lomas presenting at the EVA London 2016 conference at the BCS in central London
Kim H. Veltman delivering his keynote talk at the EVA London 2017 conference, 11 July 2017

EVA London[edit]

The EVA London conference, founded in 1990 by James Hemsley,[9] is now organised through the Computer Arts Society (CAS), a Specialist Group of the BCS, each July at the BCS London office.[10]

Some V&A Digital Futures events organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum have been held in conjunction with EVA London.[11][12] In 2016, it hosted an event for the Lumen Prize, an annual award for digital art.[13] The proceedings have published through the BCS Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) series since 2008, and are indexed by DBLP.[14]

In 2019, EVA London helped to co-organise the Event Two digital art exhibition at the Royal College of Art (RCA), held immediately after the conference, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Event One exhibition, also held at the RCA.[15] The main chairs are Jonathan Bowen, Graham Diprose, Nick Lambert, and Jon Weinel.[16][17] From 2020, videos of presentations and links to papers in the proceedings have been archived by the Computer Arts Society in the Computer Arts Archive.[18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Online: Electronic imaging, the visual arts and beyond. New Heritage, 05.02:7, October 2002.
  2. ^ "EVA Conferences International". EVA London Conference. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "News and Events: European session at the EVA 2002". Cultivate Interactive (7). July 2002. Archived from the original on 23 July 2002.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Publications". EVA London Conference. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  5. ^ EVA London 2007 Conference Proceedings, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK, 11–13 July 2007. EVA Conferences International, 2007. ISBN 0-9543146-8-9.
  6. ^ EVA 2006 Florence Conference Proceedings, Florence, Italy, 3–7 April 2006. Pitagora Editrice Bologna. ISBN 88-371-1610-1.
  7. ^ Hemsley, James; Cappellini, Vito; Stanke, Gerd, eds. (2005). Digital Applications for Cultural and Heritage Institutions. Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7546-3359-4.
  8. ^ Bowen, Jonathan P.; Ng, Kia; Keene, Suzanne, eds. (2013). Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4471-5406-8.
  9. ^ Hemsley, James (2013). "The EVA Conference 1990–2012: Personal Reflections". In Bowen, Jonathan P.; Ng, Kia; Keene, Suzanne (eds.). Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture. Series on Cultural Computing. Springer. pp. 1–5. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-5406-8. ISBN 978-1-4471-5405-1.
  10. ^ "EVA London". EVA Conferences International. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Digital Futures". UK: EVA London. 2016. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  12. ^ Ng, Kia; Bowen, Jonathan P.; Lambert, Nicholas, eds. (2015), "V & A Digital Futures meets EVA London", EVA London 2015 Conference Proceedings, Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC), London, UK: BCS, pp. 1–16, doi:10.14236/ewic/EVA2015.0
  13. ^ "EVA, London". The Lumen Prize. July 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)". DBLP. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Event Two @ Royal College of Art". www.eva-london.org. EVA London. 12–17 July 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Organising Committee". EVA London Conference. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  17. ^ Weinel, Jon; Bowen, Jonathan P.; Diprose, Graham; Lambert, Nick, eds. (2019). EVA London 2019: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. Electronic Workshops in Computing. BCS. doi:10.14236/ewic/EVA2019.0. ISBN 978-1-78017-522-5. S2CID 209809246.
  18. ^ "EVA London". Computer Arts Archive. Computer Arts Society. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  19. ^ "EVA London Conference Proceedings". Computer Arts Society. Retrieved 4 August 2023.

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