The International Image Festival is an event of electronic arts and digital culture organized by the Visual Design Department at the Universidad de Caldas in Colombia since 1997. This year, the Festival will host ISEA2017, one of the most important symposiums on Electronic Art in the world, and for the first time will be held in a Latin American country.

At the same time, the Festival will be part of selected cultural events in the ’Crusade Season France-Colombia’ initiative, led by the French Institute and the Ministry of Culture.

In this space, you’ll find the reunited programming for the 16th International Image Festival and ISEA 2017. This app enables you to create your own schedule for attending certain events during the Festival.

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Monday, June 12 • 09:00 - 12:00
WORKSHOPS | Avatar life-review to support memory in older adults

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This workshop will introduce an innovative therapy platform designed for older adults, with interactive avatars reflecting users’ speech, gestures, and emotional states in real time. This transdisciplinary project integrates electronic arts, gaming, computer science, gerontology, storytelling, and therapy rooted in Korean

shamanistic practice.


This system was designed to strive to enhance seniors’ quality of life, fostering communication among peers, caregivers, and family members, promoting intergenerational relationships by eliciting memories invested with emotion and buoyed by engaging play. Seniors act out reminiscences at various ages (child, teenager, adult, elder), embodying their life stories and those of significant others through configurable avatars. Avatars’ affective gestures and sound reflect results of sentiment analysis algorithms detecting the emotional contents of the user’s live speech.


This workshop will examine diverse aspects of the project: conceptual foundations, multimedia production, research findings based on formative testing with the senior target population, and avatar life-review system opening to public.

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Semi Ryu

Associate Professor, Kinetic Imaging, VCUarts
Semi Ryu specializes in 3D animation and virtual puppetry based on Korean ritual and oral storytelling. Her artworks and papers have been internationally presented in screenings, exhibitions, performances, and publications in 20 countries, including the Chelsea Art Museum, and the... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 09:00 - 12:00 GMT-05
C202 - Campus Central, Universidad de Caldas - Calle 65 # 26 - 10