Since 2003 the ADA Network has hosted national face-to-face symposia around key themes in digital and media arts.
Energetics and Informatics: the 7th ADA Symposium, was held in Whanganui, December 10-12, 2010. Invited keynotes were Douglas Kahn, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding. The symposium examined the relationship between energy and information in media arts and included a screening programme and two exhibitions.
The 6th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium was hosted by Victoria University in Wellington and examined the critical intersections between digital materials and art practice. Invited keynotes were Phil Dadson, and Matthew Fuller with Eric Kluitenberg. The symposium examined the relationship of the digital to matter and questioned the role of critical discourse in contemporary art practice.
The 5th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium was hosted by the Design and Arts College in Christchurch. Tending Networks addressed new developments, connections, and opportunities in digital, new media and electronic art practice in New Zealand and internationally. Invited keynotes were by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries and Adam Hyde.
The 4th Symposium, ADA@SCANZ was hosted by WITT and the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. It focused on local contexts for digital and electronic practices and included keynotes by Danny Butt and Su Ballard. It was followed by a day of workshops lead by SCANZ residents.
The third ADA symposium ADA_emerge, focused on notions of emergence and was hosted by University of Otago and Dunedin School of Art. International keynotes were presented by Steve Dietz, Melinda Rackham and Anna Munster. It included a screening and performance programme at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
The 2nd ADA symposium was hosted by AUT University in Auckland, and was titled simply: SYMPOSIUM. A range of artist presentations looked at definitions of the digital, as well as asking questions of the ADA network itself: who are we? what do we want? and where are we going?