Yoichiro Kawaguchi, "Gemotion Dance" interactive installation with performance, 2002. copyright: Yoichiro Kawaguchi.

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Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers
New Call: Narratives in Dark Culture
Guest Editor: Poe Johnson (poejohnson@gmail.com)

The Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers Project, in anticipation of Leonardo journal’s 50th anniversary, seeks papers dealing with the history of developments in the arts, sciences and technology and the art-science movements.

The aim of the project is to establish reliable, selected online documentation by twentieth-century artists, scholars and institution builders whose works and ideas have been influential in the development of technological art and art-science movements.

In our always-ongoing attempt to enlarge the historical terrain within the development of the encounter between the arts, sciences, and technology, during its 50th anniversary, Leonardo/ISAST is proud to announce the formation of a new memoirs series: Narratives in Dark Culture.

We invent the term “dark culture” by analogy to the concept of “dark matter” in astronomy. Astronomers have realized that most of the universe does not emit light of any kind and alternative methods must be used to understand the full content of the universe. Similarly, we have found that the Pioneers and Pathbreakers project favored the work of those associated within universities and technological industries, with their attendant issues regarding a lack of racial and gender diversity, while the work of artists and thinkers in popular culture fields have largely been ignored.

With this project, we aim to publish memoirs and podcasts featuring artists, writers, theorists and other content creators who used genres of popular culture to depict the interaction of science, identity and technology within artistic mediums. In particular, we invite artists and thinkers of color from a wide range of cultural, regional and gendered backgrounds to share their experiences on working as a minority within popular cultural realms.

Since its founding in 1966, and the publication of the first issue in January 1968, Leonardo has accompanied and championed the work of the pioneers who were just beginning to use computers and other emerging technologies for artistic purposes. This project creates an opportunity for Leonardo journal, as well as the artists, writers and thinkers themselves, to begin authoring a new history on the relationship between art, science and technology.

For the Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers Project see http://www.olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php.

For the Pioneers and Pathbreakers Call for Papers see http://www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/calls/pioneers.html.

We are interested in topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Memoirs by artists (of all methodologies and genres), writers and theorists working within popular culture genres (science fiction, popular music, graphic narratives, etc.)
  • Texts must be written by the artist, in English, and cover an extended body of work. Length may be up to 2,500 words, including 8 illustrations.
  • Memoirs by curators who organized art exhibitions highlighting technological artworks that represent underrepresented groups.
  • Memoirs by pioneering collectors who were early supporters of technological artists in popular culture.

We are happy to record short podcasts over the phone or Internet with pioneers for publication on the Creative Disturbance podcast platform.

Readers of Leonardo are asked to encourage their colleagues to submit such memoirs, which will be invaluable primary documents for historians and scholars in the future.

Interested authors should submit manuscript proposals or completed manuscripts to the Leonardo Editorial Office. Email to leonardomanuscripts@gmail.com.


Call for Papers: Leonardo Education and Art Forum

LEAF will be represented by the following session at the College Art Association Conference in February 2017, and CAA has scheduled two panels. We now seek proposals for the second panel, which is designated an Open Session.

The Centenary of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s On Growth and Form
Part Two: Performance Art, Interactive Media, and Bioart

Co-chairs: Ellen K. Levy and Charissa Terranova

In the 100 years since its publication in 1917, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s On Growth and Form has commanded a large following across fields, in science and the arts. It inspired numerous other scientists, including C.H. Waddington, Alan Turing, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Stephen Jay Gould. In the world of art, On Growth and Form is famous for its influences on the emergence of biomorphic shapes in modern painting and sculpture, postwar British art, and architecture. Thompson argued the mechanics of physical force were of central importance in the generation of living form. In addition to evolutionary concepts such as selection and fitness, his work proposed that constraints, physico-chemical reactions, and body structures influence the development of organisms. Part One explores some of these areas and their history.

For Part Two we seek further papers about the role and influence of Thompson’s On Growth and Form. In adding a second panel, we especially hope to address the connection between Thompson’s ideas and performance, broadly conceived. Our goal is to tease out the influences of Thompson's thinking on this field at two levels: first, in history as a generative resource in performance art; and second, in the present as it catalyzes performativity in lived time within bioart and interactive art. We welcome proposals on the role of Thompson in performance art across time and milieu.

Prospective participants (all must be CAA members) should send a 300-word abstract and two-page CV by mid-August to levy@nyc.rr.com and terranova@utdallas.edu.



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Updated 2 August 2016