Leonardo's 50th Anniversary

Celebrating the Community for 50 Years

June 2017–December 2018

A half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years.

Today, documenting and capturing the creative innovators and provocateurs of culture is not enough. If media is the messenger, then we must expand our scope to represent the unique works and challenges we face in the 21st century. To fully realize our purpose and place over the next 50 years, we are opening our doors to a year and a half of community collaboration to inform our efforts to redesign our programs and mission to meet the needs of our audience. We are reaching out to pioneers, institutions, thought leaders and the curious in an effort to nurture the exploding art/science/technology global community.

As a network of networks, we are reimagining our future with you at the forefront. We invite you to come along with us on this journey of rediscovery and reinvention. Why? Because the ideas that lead to critical breakthroughs can come from any direction and they don't taking sides.

To help us reimagine Leonardo's next 50 years, join us in Project Delphi where we will be gathering and sharing responses with the community. To start, we have three questions for you, beginning with the one below.

Global Anniversary Events

Celebration City State/Province Country Start End
Opening Celebration at ISEA 2017 Manizales Caldea Colombia 11 Jun. 2017 11 Jun. 2017
art*science - The New and History Bologna Italy 3 Jul. 2017 6 Jul. 2017
The Overview: Leonardo 50th Anniversary Celebration Plymouth Devon United Kingdom 22 Aug. 2017 22 Aug. 2017
It is our pleasure to be able to partner with organizations around the world that excel at elevating conversations among artists, scientists and technologists.
Project Delphi is Leonardo’s experimental hub that we are using to explore how to reimagine Leonardo for the next 50 years and beta test the future. It provides a space for international dialogue in the community before, during and after each of our global anniversary celebrations. Project Delphi collects and publishes ideas, concepts and the work of researchers, scholars, artists and innovators. We invite you to join the conversation today.