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The Art | Sci Center at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is dedicated to pursuing and promoting the evolving "Third Culture" by facilitating the infinite potential of collaborations between (media) arts and (bio/nano) sciences. The center's affiliation with the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) offers access to cutting-edge researchers and their laboratories and a dedicated gallery for exhibitions. Here too the center hosts the Sci|Art NanoLab Summer Institute for high school students by introducing them to the vast possibilities in the quantum field of artscience for the present/future generations. In cooperation with CNSI, the UCLA School of the Arts and the Department of Design | Media Arts, the Art | Sci Center supports visiting research scholars, and artists in residency from around the world. The center hosts lectures, mixers, and symposia to bring artists and scientists together in order to mesh these cultures and inspire individuals to think about art and science as already interrelated and relevant to our society. Find out more

Scientific Delirium Madness

Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of Scientific Delirium Madness–-a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP)–-is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected. At its heart, it 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 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

Partners in the Future of Art / Science

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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 Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin Program Manager Kathy Ellins. LASER: ATX is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP by emailing Find out more


The next LASER: USF from 6:45–9:30 p.m. at the University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room, San Francisco, CA. Katherine Worel will kick off the evening with a presentation on the role of plastic art in the digital age. She will be followed by musician Ellen Fullman on her experiences in conceiving, designing and working with the Long String Instrument; visual designer Jeremy Mende on his two recent installation projects, 100 Years From Now and Narcissus; and geobiologist and University of California, Davis professor Dawn Summer, who will describe some explorations of scientific data and artistic expression using the UC Davis Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences software and hardware environment. 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



It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of Water Is in the Air: Physics, Politics, and Poetics of Water in the Arts, the latest addition to the Leonardo e-book series. This e-book, edited by Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina and Leonardo/Olats Director Annick Bureaud, explores the ways that artists from all over the world, working at the cutting edge of science and engineering, create work that addresses critical issues of water in culture and society. Drawing on 30 years of work documented in Leonardo, Water Is in the Air brings together a wide range of topics from art and climate change and pollution to artificially seeded clouds, from water fountains to the physics and poetics of waves. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements


What happens when the world’s largest particle physics laboratory collides with internationally renowned artists? Find out on Monday, 3 March 2014, 7:00–8:30 p.m., at the Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum, where Ariane Koek, Director of the Collide@CERN artist-in-residency program, will introduce and moderate a conversation between sound sculptor Bill Fontana and CERN cosmologist Subodh Patil discussing their impact on each other’s work. Find out more


The Athens Video Art Festival, an international festival celebrating digital arts and new media, invites artists from all over the world to participate in its 10th anniversary edition that will take place in May 2014. The Athens Video Art Festival will bring together a global community of artists and audiences with the aim of encouraging, stimulating and promoting all aspects of digital creation by investing in local as well as international artists and communities. This call welcomes projects in eight official categories: video art, animation, digital image, web art, installations, performances, music and applications. Deadline to submit: 10 March 2014. Find out more


Simulation—as a critical new technology and methodology—is rapidly being embraced across several domains, from defense, mining, resources and heavy industries, to emergency and national security services, transportation and education. SimTecT 2014, the Asia Pacific Simulation Training Conference & Exhibition, provides a forum for those involved with simulation to allow for discussion and distribution of information and to further advance the research, development and use of simulation technologies and practices in society, industry, academia and government across the Asia Pacific. The SimTecT Organizing Committee has announced a call for submissions for the 19th Annual SimTecT Conference, which will be held 25–28 August 2014 at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia. Topics include education and workplace training; modeling and decision supported systems; human interactions; engineering, design and industrial applications; and innovative and emerging trends. Deadline to submit full paper abstracts: 10 March 2014. Deadline to submit short paper abstracts: 16 April 2014. Find out more


Every two years, The New Technological Art Award (NTAA) of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation (Ghent, Belgium) is awarded to artworks in which culturally influential technology plays a central role. The award is an attempt to fill a gap in the mainstream art world by recognizing the technological developments that impel our global culture. Award recipients will be selected by an international jury, and winning artworks will be shown in NTAA’s biennial exhibition entitled update_5, this year in its fifth iteration, which will be on view 8–23 November 2014 at Zebrastraat in Ghent, Belgium. Deadline to submit: 31 March 2014. Find out more


The Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMéRA) is issuing a call for applications for residencies set to take place in 2015 and 2016. IMéRA is calling upon applicants in three categories: individual scientists and artists, for residencies scheduled between 23 February 2015 and 13 July 2016 (duration: 5 or 10 months); scientist and artist teams, for residencies scheduled between 23 February 2015 and 13 July 2016 (duration: 2, 3 or 4 weeks); and individual scientists for a residency formulated in collaboration with the LabexMed program scheduled between 15 September 2014 and 17 July 2015 (duration: 5 or 10 months). IMéRA is looking for applicants who share their goal of fostering the emergence and development of world-class cross-disciplinary research approaches between the arts and sciences. Deadline to submit: 7 April 2014. Find out more


The aim of the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conference is to facilitate conversations on design and collaborations between digital arts and the humanities, creative industries, and digital libraries and archives. This call invites submissions of original papers, panels, roundtables, installations, performances and workshop sessions that address the conference theme, Communication Futures: Connecting interdisciplinary design practices in arts/culture, academia and the creative industries. The conference will be held 31 August–3 September 2014 at the University of Greenwich and other venues around the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, U.K. Deadline to submit: 14 April 2014. Find out more