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The Convening

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The Convening


The Leonardo Convening is the culminating event of our 50th anniversary. The event’s aim is to initiate a challenging, vital network-wide experience. The event is designed to bring together attendees from diverse disciplines and experiences.

We want this event not only to celebrate 50 years of building our network but also to help us design where we want to be in the next 50 years. This will be both an outcome of design thinking and a sector manifesto.




About San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. SFAI has consistently held fast to a core philosophy of fostering creativity and critical thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary environment. At SFAI, we educate artists who will become the creative leaders of their generation.


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About Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit. Our mission is to apply art and technology to create social and civic impact through education, incubation and public events. We use digital tools to create art and design projects that benefit society. We test and scale projects with high impact potential, teach digital tools to support artists and technologists, and inspire our community by promoting meaningful new work.


About Exploratorium

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.


About Dartington

Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything. And that’s how we use our estate to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world. In this, very little has changed since Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought this estate in 1925 and embarked on what they called the Dartington Experiment to regenerate a rural community.

The Elmhirsts welcomed artists, economists, horticulturists and social reformers to Dartington and encouraged them to grapple with the pressing issues of their day. The common theme then, as now, concentrated on making the world a better place for others. Today we are a social enterprise that ploughs surplus from our commercial enterprises back into the many projects we fund and support.



Inspired by the global network of creative coders, designers artists that Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray knew from around the world, CODAME was founded in 2010 to celebrate their passion for art and technology back home. The first CODAME ART+TECH Festival happened on a foggy rooftop in downtown San Francisco, setting the precedent for our immersive, engaging and out of the ordinary events.

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About Bell Labs

‌‌‌‌Nokia Bell Labs is a leading research organization in information technology and communications. Following the acquisition of Alcatel Lucent in 2016, Bell Labs became an integral part of Nokia and continues setting the global standard in research and innovation. Our scientists and engineers are dedicated to exploring and inventing technologies that shape the future of how we live, work and communicate with each other.


About Presence

We're communities that gather in experiences to connect authentically through art.

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 journal 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.

Leonardo/The International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology

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.  Leonardo/ISAST was created to address the rapidly expanding needs of the art, science and technology community, by participating in conferences, symposia, festivals, lecture series and awards programs, in addition to publishing. To fully realize our purpose and place over the next 50 years, we are opening our doors to 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 take sides.

Leonardo's anniversary celebrations are made possible by our international partners and led by the 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Nina Czegledy.


November 3rd, 2018 10:00 AM   through   November 4th, 2018 8:00 PM
2 Marina Blvd
Landmark Building C, Suite 260
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, CA 94612-94612
United States

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Experience passes
Leonardo Insider - Ends 31 May $ 135.00
General Registration - Ends 30 Sept. $ 215.00
Late Registration - Ends Nov 4 $ 295.00