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The Convening - Save the Date

The 50th Anniversary Convening of Global Events Around the World

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The Convening

Based on the SEAD study Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation, Leonardo/ISAST hosts a regional event for our 50th anniversary that alchemizes all the action categories listed in the report. The event aims to create the following sentiments - igniting, experiential, crucial, embodied, challenging and fun. The event design will bring together attendees from disciplines and experiences. The outcome of the event will not only be to manifest the action categories but to jointly create a potent statement of premise or manifesto.  

Tentative Program

Day 1 - Experiential 

Lightning keynotes curated to inspire.

This day will encompass a set of transdisciplinary experiences ranging from small art/sci collaborations, institutions, academia and corporate innovation. 

Evening Reception.

Day 2 - Vision Planning

This day, participants will gather for a facilitated daylong future-casting workshop focused on the transdisciplinary movement as a whole and its relationship to society. This may result in a manifesto or multiple manifestos, new collaborations and a new vision for Leonardo.

SEAD Action Categories

Translating, Convening, Including, Documenting, Enabling, Embedding, Situating, Sense Making, Learning, Collaborating, Thriving.



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 Leonardo/ISAST
50 Years of Celebrating the Community

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.

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 10:00 PM
2 Marina Blvd
Landmark Building C, Suite 260
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, CA 94612-94612
United States

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