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LEAF @ CAA 2013

Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) events at the upcoming College Art Association conference, 13-16 February 2013, in New York City: Business meeting: Thursday, 14 February,12:30 -2:00 pm. Come to meet others interested in the LEAF art/sci mission. Open to the public (conference registration not required). 1.5 hour session: Art and Medicine: Reciprocal Influence. Adrienne Klein and Patricia Olynyk, moderators.  Thursday, 14 February, 5:30 -7:00 pm. The panel will explore the impact of medicine on artistic practice, of creative process on medical research, and the very notion of the artist's body as subject matter. Open to the public (conference registration not required). 2.5 hour session: Re/Search: Art, Science, and Information Technology (ASIT): What Would Leonardo da Vinci Have Thought? Joe Lewis, moderator. Saturday, 16 February, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. When Leonardo Da Vinci introduced himself to the Duke of Milan he convinced the Duke that he could develop weapons to protect his city in times of siege. What entrepreneurial activities/businesses/ideas have contemporary artists developed to provide revenue streams to fund their projects? (Conference or single event registration required.)  For more information contact Adrienne Klein

Next Stanford LASER: 6 February 2013, Stanford University, CA

Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 6 February 2013, at Stanford University. Feature presentations include Carina Earl on "Labyrinth of Infinite Doorways"; Luke Muehlhauser (Singularity Institute) on "Superhuman Artificial Intelligence: Promise and Peril"; Christine Marie on "Cinematic shadows and stereoscopic objects"; Jeremy Mende (Designer) and Bill Hsu (San Francisco State University) on "" Confrontational Strategies - The Social Mirror"; plus networking and the opportunity to make an announcement about your own current project! Find out more

LASERs Coming to a Town Near You!

LASER at UCLALEONARDO is pleased to announce the inauguration of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in Los Angeles, hosted by Victoria Vesna at the UCLA Art | Sci Center. Find out more

Watch this space for announcements of additional new LASER venues!

Opportunities and Community Announcements

SMMMASH at Stanford: Thursday, January 17, 6:30pm

What is a body, where does it come from, what is it for? The answers seem obvious until you focus and realize that there is a lot more than the superficial biological facts. For example, our bodies are also for dancing and for playing sports, activities that require incredible skills and practice. We spend an increasing amount of time in a disembodied virtual world of emails, websites, social media and even e-learning; and science will soon be capable of changing the genes of your DNA, of replacing your limbs with better prosthetic limbs, of augmenting your organs with microchips, of cloning your entire being, and of building robots that can do everything you do: what are the implications of a disembodied or "multi-embodied" life? Interaction among bodies is fundamental to shape human psychology: the brains of babies develop faster and better if they are held and cuddled than if they are left alone; and elderly people live longer and healthier lives if they have some kind of physical contact with others. Can surgery, drugs, etc. replace the power of body contact? Visit Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium for a discussion with Dancer Antara Bhardwaj (Chitresh Das Dance company); Robot scientist Oussama Khatib (Stanford Univ); Contemporary music performer Sarah Cahill; Multimedia artist and inventor Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley); Author, culural historian and blogger Piero Scaruffi; along with an art exhibit. Find out more

Call for Abstracts: Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW

The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Renew, will be hosted by RIXC and held in Riga, Latvia, 8-11 October 2013, coinciding with the international festival for new media culture Art+Communication. The conference will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions on the histories of networked digital, electronic and technological media arts. The conference will discuss sustainable approaches towards the issues of producing, preserving and representing media artworks -- how to "renew" them through both tools and histories. Deadline for Abstracts: 25 January 2013; Acceptances announced 25 March 2013. Find out more.

Call for Submissions: 2013 Prix Ars Electronica

Entries for 2013 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration are currently being accepted. The competition is being held in seven categories, including one for Austrian youngsters. The leading barometer of current trends in media art, the Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most highly endowed prize for computer art. Jurors award six Golden Nica statuettes, [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant, 12 Awards of Distinction and a number of Honorary Mentions. Entries can be submitted to  Deadline: 8 March 2013. You can nominate interesting works and other people’s projects at

The Santa Fe International New Media Festival

CURRENTS 2013, the 4th Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival, will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 14-30 June 2013. CURRENTS' curators look for the unique ways artists use technology as a tool for expression and communication, and ways that scientists, programmers and developers are integrating the arts and aesthetics into their explorations and projects. 2013 will be the first year CURRENTS and the Santa Fe Art Institute will collaborate to offer a 2-month residency award at the Art Institute. All artists submitting in the installation category are invited to indicate their interest.  Entry Deadline: 1 February 2013. Festival dates: 14-30 June 2013. Find out more

Call for Articles: Hybridity: The Intersections between Performing Arts and Science

The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media is dedicating an issue to new interdisciplinary connections and intersections between performance and science, as a creative and practical tool that expands and supports the creative endeavors of digital practices in art and performance, and also as a critical framework to discuss and apprehend the impact of digital media arts on the human experience.  Essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, and include images as appropriate. The journal seeks essays by practitioners, researchers and scholars; co-authored articles are also welcome. Submit essays by 1 May 2013. Publication of Special Issue (10.2) on 1 September 2014. Essay submission deadline: 1 May 2013.   Find out more

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM CALL: Understanding Visual Music 2013

The Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre – CEIArtE (Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas) of the National University of Tres de Febrero (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) in Argentina is issuing a call for papers and artworks about videomusic to be considered for the UVM 2013 symposium.  The conference theme, "From macro to micro," suggests the possibility of exploring multiple universes that we are just beginning to discover. The symposium will include a colloquium which invites artists-researchers and academics to expose their explorations and findings, and concerts -open to the general public- with “visual music” works. Symposium: 8-9 August 2013, Buenos Aires – Argentina.  Submissions deadline: 12 March 2013, midnight Buenos Aires time. Find out More


Registrations are open for the international symposium SCANZ 2013:3rd nature. Representatives of local Taranaki groups including iwi will meet with representatives of 10 universities and two New Zealand Research institutes on 1-3 February 2013. The primary aim is to bring together people from Aotearoa and around the world to talk about integrating indigenous knowledge into art, science and technology projects.  Dr. Te Huirangi Waikerepuru is a keynote speaker, as is Leonardo Board Member Nina Czegledy, an international artist-scientist who lives in Canada and Hungary.  Find out more

Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration

University of California, Riverside (UCR) ARTSblock presents "Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration" (19 January-18 May 2013), the first contemporary art exhibition in the U.S. to present an international array of artists and organizations who are exploring the implications of civilian space travel.  Free Enterprise is comprised of 25 artists, collectives, organizations, and initiatives, including Lowry Burgess, Richard Clar, Kitsou Dubois, MIR - Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research, Frank Pietronigroand Arthur Woods. Opening events include Reception and Panel Discussion with curators and artists, Saturday, January 19. Panel Discussion 3-5 p.m. Reception 6-9 p.m. Free and open to the public. The exhibition opens 19 January 2013. Find out more