"Zero@wavefunction" by Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski. (copyright: Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski)
Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is recognized as a global leader in the interdisciplinary world of art/science/technology. For more than 40 years Leonardo has promoted and publicized the work of creative individuals who look beyond the barriers that separate the arts and sciences, focusing instead on the strengths that emerge from cross- fertilization among disciplines.
Today we see heightened awareness and interest in these hybridized practices, as the challenges facing society become increasingly complex. Our programs and activities reflect the exploding interest in this evolving field:
Building on its renowned scholarly print publications, The Leonardo Publishing Program has grown to include online and electronic publishing initiatives that reach out to a broader audience. Current explorations include projects in interactive and emerging media, encompassing both open participation and peer-review practices, to meet the needs and interests of the Leonardo community. Publications include Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal (in print and on-line) and the Leonardo Book Series (all published by the MIT Press); and the digital/electronic publications Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Leonardo On-Line, Leonardo eBooks, Leonardo Reviews, Leonardo Transactions and Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS). The Leonardo Archives encompass 45 years of articles that provide a history of ground-breaking work by thousands of artists, scientists, technologists and theorists.
The Leonardo Affiliate Program is at the heart of Leonardo’s thriving online community of artist and scientist professionals (and their institutions) working in the art/science/technology field. The Affiliate Program connects ground-breaking universities, departments, companies and individuals to Leonardo and to each other. In addition we have a rich history of collaborative activities with like-minded and complementary organizations and institutions around the world. Through the Leonardo Network, as well as targeted working groups and online forums, Leonardo serves as a center of knowledge sharing, resources, best practices and documentation in the field.
Leonardo's role as convener, facilitator, provocateur and innovative leader in art/science/technology has resulted in the presentation of hundreds of Art/Science/Technology Events around the world. The popular LASERs (Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous) are lecture/networking gatherings that spotlight art and science practitioners and thinkers. Leonardo collaborates with organizations such as NetSci and ZER01 in the presentation of thematic symposia. And Leonardo meetings, workshops and gatherings are conducted each year within international conferences such as the annual ISEA and SIGGRAPH conferences.
Leonardo has long served as a critical resource for classroom curricula and student research. The Leonardo Educators and Students Program promotes the advancement of scholarship in the field of art/science/technology through a series of initiatives, including the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF), the Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS), the Leonardo Awards Program, student internships, publication discounts for students and educators, and student art/science contests. The Leonardo Scholarship program at Donau-Universität Krems (Danube University Krems) highlights Leonardo's role in the documentation of Media Art History. In the planning stages is a broadening of Leonardo's educational outreach to K-12 grades, with a focus on providing basic concepts of art/science/technology while inspiring students to consider careers in the field.
Updated 11 April 2012