Abraham Palatnik, legendary pioneer of kinetic art, proclaimed in his Folha de Sao Paulo 1986 interview that "Artists researching new media are the ones that can bring us into contact with the unexpected, giving life to what we call creativity". His words give us added meaning today, when at a time of global health crisis, it is the spark of creativity that so many people are searching for as they live in socially and physically restricted worlds while trying to reignite the sort of movement that was so much a part of Palatnik's life and work.
During the lockdown, every conversation, which occurs either online or behind a mask while standing the recommended six feet apart, has started with a story of experiencing a new order to our lives. As someone born in Texas, this is not a welcome change from the previously polite discussion about the weather which used to be the only shared experience agreed upon as a safe topic.
As a result of more than 50 years of publishing work on the cutting edge, Leonardo has become the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts, design and humanities on science and technology.