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Next LASER: May 10, 2010, The University of San Francisco

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), May 10, 2010, at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. Feature presentations include Chris Palmer, "Tradition Meets Modern Digital Fabrication"; Therese Lahaie, "Longing for the Background"; and Mona El Khafif, "City Space Share" Find out more


Fran Ilich Morales Muñoz Awarded
First Leonardo Scholarship for Media Art Histories

From a field of applicants from twelve countries on four continents, Mexican media artist, author and researcher Fran Ilich Morales Muñoz has been awarded the first Leonardo Scholarship in the Media Art Histories MA program at the Department of Image Science at Donau University (Austria). The jury, consisting of Edward Shanken, Jon Cates and Oliver Grau, selected Ilich from a highly competitive group of candidates based on his extraordinary accomplishments, intellectual sophistication, independent vision and entrepreneurial spirit. Find out more


Now Available from the Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press
Green Light: Toward an Art of Evolution by George Gessert

Hybridized plants were first exhibited as fine art in 1936, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York showed Edward Steichen's hybrid delphiniums. Since then, bio art has become a genre; artists work with a variety of living things, including plants, animals, bacteria, slime molds and fungi. Many commentators have addressed the social and political concerns raised by making art out of living material. In Green Light, however, George Gessert examines the role that aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution. Find out more


Eugene Thacker at Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium

Leonardo Book Series author Eugene Thacker (The Global Genome) will speak at the Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium series at Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley, CA, on Monday, April 26, 2010. In his talk Thacker will explore the twists and turns of the idea of life itself as a key philosophical problematic in modernity, focusing on three main philosophical traditions: vitalism, phenomenology and a third, under-considered approach of the 'dark' or meontological concept of nothingness. Find out more

Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology
Joins Leonardo Affiliate Membership Program

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to welcome Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology into the Leonardo Affiliate Membership program. Founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology is an innovative and progressive institution for art and design. Srishti offers a strong foundation in liberal arts and humanities, and interdisciplinary platforms for critical design thinking. Srishti offers a number of undergraduate and graduate level programs in Product & Interface Design, Furniture & Interior Design, Animation, Digital Video Production, Textile Design, and an interdisciplinary lab called Sangama. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Leonardo Education and Art Forum Call for Participation
New Media, Art-Science, and Mainstream Contemporary Art: Toward a Hybrid Discourse?

Leonardo Education and Art Forum has posted a call for proposals for participation in the panel New Media, Art-Science, and Mainstream Contemporary Art: Toward a Hybrid Discourse? at the 2011 College Art Association conference. This opportunity is available to members of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum. Proposals are due May 3, 2010. Find out more