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Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of Scientific Delirium Madness–-a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/(ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP)–-is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected. At its heart, the project is a month-long residency in July 2015 for six artists and six scientists at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco. The program will also include public and academic forums, published blogs, and papers in Leonardo, published by MIT Press. Scientists selected must be involved in significant art-related research, and/or be practicing a form of art and/or have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science. This includes but is not limited to poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, choreography, music composition, media arts/filmmaking, sculpture and photography. By the same token, artists selected will have a track record of work driven by the influence of the sciences, such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, environmental or agricultural science. A strong sense of play and experimentation is essential. Applications are now open for artists who wish to be considered for this special residency. Deadline to submit: 15 March 2014. Find out more


The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus-Liebig-Universität (JLU GCSC) offers a doctoral program tailored to the needs of PhD students, with an excellent research environment and the support students need to excel in their academic as well as non-academic careers. The GCSC’s academic framework reflects a pluralistic understanding of the study of culture. JLU aims to enhance dialogue among the disciplines, fostering self-reflexive, interdisciplinary and international approaches to the field and promoting these insights. Find out more



The first LASER: London will take place on 18 February, 6–8:30 p.m. at the University of Westminster. This inaugural event will bring together important players in London’s art/science cultural scene: founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst Nicola Triscott will discuss some seminal moments of Arts Catalyst’s 20 year history; neuroscientist and Director of Science Gallery London at King's College London Daniel Glaser will share his vision for the new Science Gallery London due to open in 2016; and science-theatre artist and festival director David Finnigan will talk about engaging audiences through climate science theatre. Find out more


For East Coast members of the art-science community, the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) will take place on Thursday, 20 February, 6–9 p.m. This month, in celebration of its third anniversary, DASER explores the theme of art as a way of knowing. Panelists will include Washington, D.C.-based artist Michele Banks, Philadelphia, PA-based artist Diane Burko; bioartist and Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Robert Root-Bernstein; and curator, art and science historian and post-doctoral researcher at Image Knowledge Gestaltung Nina Samuel. Those unable to attend the event are invited to stream it online via live webcast, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST. Find out more


Join us for wine and discussion at the next LASER: New York on Saturday, 1 March, 4–7 p.m. at LevyArts, 40 E 19th St. #3-R. The evening will feature presentations by Director of the Program in Museum Studies at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science Bruce Altshuler discussing developments the history of exhibitions after 1960 and exploring noted exhibitions involving science, technology and socially engaged practices; curator and art historian Dan Siedell on the relationship between science and religion; and artist, teacher, curator, university administrator at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and former LEAF Chair Adrienne Klein, who will report on the LEAF-sponsored presentations held at this year’s College Art Association conference. Former LEAF Chair Ellen Levy will be hosting on behalf of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Space is limited; to reserve your place, send an email to <>. Find out more


Join us for the inaugural LASER in Austin, Texas, on 4 March, at 7 p.m. Over the next year, the Umlauf Museum, in partnership with Leonardo/ISAST, will host events exploring such diverse topics as the impact and creative application of technology; the intersection of anatomy, art and genetics; the role of art in environmental education and activism; visualizing and understanding Big Data; building community and communication between disciplines; and much more. Like successful LASER programs in London, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and New York City, LASER: ATX will provide a space for progressive thought leaders to come together to form community and explore the intersections of disciplinary thinking. LASER: ATX welcomes innovators of all types—artists, scientists, curators, scholars, engineers, designers and educators—to participate. Speakers for the inaugural event will include Leonardo Executive Editor and Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair at UT Dallas Roger Malina; composer, media artist and Senior Lecturer at UT Dallas Andrew Blanton; Austin-based artist Francesca Samsel; and Program Manager at the Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin Kathy Ellins. LASER: ATX is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP by emailing <>. Find out more


We are delighted to invite submissions for Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks (AHCN), the 5th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2014, which will take place in Berkeley at the Clark Kerr Campus of the University of California, Berkeley, on Tuesday, 3 June 2014. The 2014 symposium will follow the established AHCN format, leveraging interaction between the arts, humanities, network research, data science and information design through keynotes, a number of contributions and a panel discussion. The organizers are looking for a diversity of research contributions revolving around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks and research in network visualization. As in previous years, selected papers will be published in print, both in a special section of Leonardo Journal and in a dedicated Leonardo eBook. Deadline to submit: 28 March 2014. Find out more



Leonardo Just Accepted makes recently accepted articles available online in anticipation of their publication in Leonardo journal. Two new articles have been posted to the Leonardo Just Accepted page of the MIT Press website: “Frampton’s Demon: A Mathematical Interpretation of Hollis Frampton’s Zorns Lemma” by Chris Enns and “Like Windows to Another World: Constructing a Systematic Typology of Pictorial Mediums” by Or Ettlinger. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements


The Future of Art & Science Collaborations is a series of lectures by eminent international researchers and practitioners at the intersection of art and science. This month, Waag Society's Wetlab (Amsterdam) brings a new series of three lectures by Joanna Jeśman entitled “Living Tissues and Living Issues.” This new series looks at how technology shapes new relations between organisms and in turn how technology is shaped by those organisms. From an artistic, academic and sociopolitical perspective, the lectures will focus on issues regarding hybridity, performativity and food, as these seemingly unrelated topics have a very strong influence on how we perceive the Other and each other in modern society. The next lecture, (Per)Formativity of Bioart, will take place on 20 February at De Waag - Makers Guild in Amsterdam. Find out more


Recent manifestations of artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology demonstrate a distinctly autodidactic, heuristic approach to understanding the physical and natural world. Intimate Science, on view at Parsons The New School for Design’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center until 15 April 2014, features artists who are engaged in non-disciplinary inquiry and therefore have license to reach beyond conventions. This kind of practice hinges on up-close observation, experiential learning and inventing new ways for the public to participate in the process. Intimate Science examines how networked communication and open source culture have contributed to a shift from artists aiding science to artists doing science, and the impact this imparts on the way scientific knowledge is acquired, utilized and disseminated. Find out more


Making_Life, a project of the Finnish Society of Bioart in collaboration with Biofilia (Aalto University, Finland) and Bio:Fiction, is a series of three consecutive work periods over the course of 12 months. The goal of Making_Life is to enable practitioners to engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical ramifications of synthetic biology through art critically and in an informed manner. The first period will take place 22–27 May 2014 in Helsinki, the second is planned for November 2014 in Vienna, and the third, in May 2015, will also take place in Helsinki. The first and second work periods will cover the introduction to synthetic biology, its sciences and technologies, work on associated questions in art, ecology, ethics and politics and practical experience in the laboratory and with experiments. The third work period will be an intense session to create prototypes for artworks. Deadline to submit: 15 March 2014. Find out more


This call invites paper submissions for publication in a special issue of Icono14, the Journal of Communication and Emergent Technologies, entitled Media Art: Art, Science and Technology. The aim of this special issue of Icono14 is to provide a genealogy of Media Art and an overview of current digital research and artworks. As a response to the need to develop an interpretative analysis of digital culture according to our present, the contributions will provide a better understanding of the new processes of artistic production and distribution in an always more interconnected context. Deadline to submit: 30 March 2014. Find out more


Researchers at Cornell University invite your participation in a digital media art preservation project currently underway. Responses will help guide a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to create preservation and access frameworks for digital art objects in the holdings of Cornell University Library's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. In developing a preservation framework that will address the needs of the broadest range of archive users, researchers seek the input of artists, researchers, educators, curators and others who work with interactive digital artworks and artifacts. Information about questionnaire results will be published and made available to the broader media archives community. Find out more