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NEXT San Francisco LASER: 11 March 2013

Join us for a lively evening of discussion and networking at the next Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous (LASER), 11 March 2013 at University of San Francisco. LASER presents: Terry Berlier (Stanford) on "Where the beginning meets the end"; Curt Frank (Stanford Univ) on "Historical Pigments: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"; Deborah Gordon (Stanford) on "Anternet: How ant colonies use interaction networks"; and Katharine Hawthorne (Choreographer) on "Choreography as Research." Find out more

FIRST L.A. LASER: 7 March 2013

The first UCLA LASER will take place 7 March 2013 at the California NanoSystems Institute presentation space. The topic for this meeting is Biotech + Art. Everyone invited will introduce their work in 3 minute pecha-kucha style presentation. This will be followed by drinks and food + socializing and making new connections. This event is FREE and open to the public. Art|Sci director Victoria Vesna will lead the LASER meetings. Find out more

Next Daser: 21 March 2013

Greetings, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area readers! Join us for the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), 21 March 2013 at the Keck Center of the National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth St., NW, Washington, D.C. The discussion explores the theme of Water. Enjoy presentations by Hali Felt, Kevin Finneran, Connie Imboden, and Heather Spence. Find out more


Call for Submissions: 4th Leonardo Satellite Symposium at NetSci2013

The deadline for submissions to the Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks Symposium (Leonardo Satellite Symposium at NetSci2013) is coming soon! Submit your 300 word abstract by 31 March 2013 - for submission instructions, visit The overall mission of the symposium is to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. NetSci2013 and the Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks Symposium will take place on 4 June 2013 at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen. Mingle with leading researchers in complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations, while presenting and learning about the diversity of research contributions around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Selected papers will be published in print in Leonardo and in a Leonardo eBook, both via the MIT Press. Find out more


Download "Hybrid Reassemblage: An Exploration of Craft, Digital Fabrication and Artifact Uniqueness," by Amit Zoran and Leah Buechley, as a FREE PDF from the MIT Press Journals website. In the article the authors discuss digital fabrication, and especially 3D printing, as an emerging field that is opening up new possibilities for craft, art and design. The process, however, has important limitations; in particular, digitally designed artifacts are intrinsically reproducible. In stark contrast, traditional craft artifacts are individually produced by hand. The authors combine digital fabrication and craft in their work involving object destruction and restoration: an intentionally broken crafted artifact and a 3D printed restoration. The motivation is not to restore the original work but to transform it into a new object in which both the destructive event and the restoration are visible and the re-assembled object functions as a memorial. Read the article

New from the Leonardo Book Series

Illusions in Motion, by Erkki Huhtamo
Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas presented their audiences with resplendent representations that ranged from historic battles to exotic locations. Such panoramas were immersive but static. There were other panoramas that moved—hundreds, and probably thousands of them. Their history has been largely forgotten. In Illusions in Motion, Erkki Huhtamo excavates the neglected early manifestation of media culture in the making. Find out more

The Fourth Dimension And Non-Euclidean Geometry In Modern Art, by Linda Dalrymple Henderson
In this groundbreaking study, first published in 1983 and unavailable for over a decade, Linda Dalrymple Henderson demonstrates that two concepts of space beyond immediate perception—the curved spaces of non-Euclidean geometry and, most important, a higher, fourth dimension of space—were central to the development of modern art. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Call for Papers: American Synesthesia Association

The deadline for Abstracts is 28 February 2013 for the 10th Annual Conference, 31 May – 2 June 2013, at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstracts of presentations are invited on the following topics: a scholarly paper, a discussion of creative aspects of synesthesia, a reading, a presentation of visual artwork, audio compositions, or video presentations. Find out more