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LABS 2013

As we near the end of the academic year we encourage students who will be getting an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. on a subject related to the intersection of art, science and technology to submit an abstract of their thesis to LABS (Leonardo Abstract Services). This peer-reviewed database has been in existence for over 10 years and functions as a way for international artists and scholars to learn about the work of the next generation. The top-ranking authors each year are invited to publish their work in Leonardo journal and LEA. The LABS peer reviewers for this year are: Yiannis Colakides, David Familian, Tom Leeser, Emmanuel Mahe, Andrea Polli, Lea Rekow, Edward Shanken and Charissa N. Terranova. The database can be viewed at Inquiries: Sheila Pinkel: Find out more


Next Stanford LASER: 4 April 2013, Stanford University

Join us for the next Stanford Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 4 April 2013, at Stanford University, featuring Jesse Houlding on "Phenomena as Material," Chris McKay (NASA) on "The Curiosity Mars Mission," Vijaya Nagarajan (USF) on "Embedded Mathematics in Women's Ritual Art Designs in Southern India" and Niki Ulehla (Puppet Maker) on "Marionettes, Forms and Relationships." Find out more

L.A. LASER - Speaking Your Mind

The next L.A. LASER will take place Thursday, 18 April 2013, 7-9PM at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA. This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone invited will introduce their work in a 4-minute pecha-kucha style presentation. This is followed by drinks and food/socializing and making new connections. Are you working on a cool project? We invite you to submit your name for this LASER! Send your title and 3-5 images to Find out more


FORTHCOMING LEONARDO BOOK SERIES RELEASE: Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers by Karen O'Rourke

Mapping is a way for us to locate ourselves in the world physically, culturally, or psychologically: Contemporary artists beginning with Guy Debord and Richard Long have returned again and again to the walking motif. Author Karen O’Rourke offers close readings of these works—many of which she was able to experience firsthand—and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. She shows that the infinitesimal details of each of these projects take on more significance in conjunction with others. Together, they form a new entity, a dynamic whole greater than the sum of its parts. O’Rourke is a multimedia and communications artist whose work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, and South America. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Call for Applications: Ars Bioarctica Residency 2013

The Finnish Society of Bioart is organizing the ARS BIOARCTICA RESIDENCY PROGRAM at the facilities of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, in the sub-Arctic Lapland. It provides the residents with a combined living and working environment, a basic laboratory, internet connection and sauna. The Kilpisjärvi Biological Station offers to the residents the same possibilities and infrastructure as its scientists and staff: access to scientific equipment, laboratory facilities, thelibrary and seminar room as well as the usage of field equipment. Deadline for applications: 6 April 2013. Find out more

Cybernetics Conference and Call for Papers

The annual conference of the American Society for Cybernetics will be held 28 July - 3 August 2013 in Bolton, UK. This conference is designed around the exploration of understanding and acting as circularly conjoined. Acting and understanding will be given equal weight, with each framing the other. Discussion of these processes and context provides a means of relating practical proposals for interventions and theoretical debate. Deadline for submission of 400-word draft extended abstracts: 31 May 2013. First early bird registration deadline: 3 May 2013. Find out more

StudioLab Call for Works

The deadline for submissions to the exhibition "Yours Synthetically" has been extended until 9 April 2013. The exhibition (co-organised by Ars Electronica, Science Gallery, Royal College of Art, Synergetica Lab and Medialab Prado in the framework of the StudioLab Consortium of which Leonardo/Olats is a member) will take place in the Ars Electronica Center, in Linz, Austria, July to October 2013. Studiolab is a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the studio with the research lab to provide a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design. Find out more

Doctorate in Network Music Performance

Ph.D. in Network Music Performance (NMP) is now offered at Syneme-Asia, the telemusic studio at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (CCOM). Network Music Performance (NMP) is an area of study that focuses on various music practices that occur on networks. The focus of this degree will be to explore advanced applications of live, interactive music performances on high-speed research networks. This degree will be issued by CCOM with the support of a global academic Network of Advisers. Find out more

BioArt Residency

Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art. This interdisciplinary residency at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) focuses on the intersecting domains of the biological sciences and their incorporation into the plastic arts. Demonstrations – including microscopy, plant tissue engineering, molecular cuisine and the production of micro eco-systems – will take place in the new Fine Arts Nature and Technology Laboratory located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. Participants may work in any media including the performing arts. Find out more