The Convening

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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.


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San Francisco Art Institute featuring President Gordon Knox.
SFAI Gordon Knox


Nokia Bell Labs presents Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.).
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Gray Area presenting Pedagogical Workshop with Artist/Educator Matt Ganucheau.

Gray Area

Gray Area


Exploratorium Presenting Peripatetic Conversations
Kirstin Bach is the Program Manager for the Center for Art & Inquiry at the Exploratorium. Claire Pillsbury is a Program Director in the Lab (R&D) Department of the Exploratorium.

The Vortex: What happens when imperfect humans seek perfect knowledge?

Vortex Collaborator and New Media Artist Meredith Tromble. Vortex Collaborator and Geobiologist Dawn Sumner. Vortex Collaborator and Choreographer Donna Sternberg.
Distinguished Chair, Performer, Composer - David Rosenboom The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts 


Joel Slayton
Anna Bacchia - COn-SCIENCE THEATRE of BEING Initiator, Artistic Director Roger Malina, Executive Editor Leonardo Publications Joel Slayton - Citizen Sticks, Artist/Curator


Evening Reception presented by CODAME Art + Tech


Facilitated by Future Strategist Alan Boldon with Dartington Foundation and Weave Labs.



Bell Labs


Drake Brewing Gordon Beirsh Revive Ripple
Wholesome Creamery Vegan Robs Mr Espresso  




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 94123-94612
United States

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