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Leonardo Initiatives at UT Dallas

Leonardo executive editor and chair emeritus Roger F. Malina has been named distinguished professor of arts and technology in the School of Arts and Humanities and professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Texas, Dallas. In partnership with Leonardo/ISAST and under the direction of Roger Malina, UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program has started a project on campus entitled "Leonardo Initiatives." The first Leonardo Initiative at UT Dallas is currently under way with the publication of the e-book Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks. This project documents the work of 25 researchers whose work explores the meaning and application of the science of complex networks as it relates to art history, archeology, visual arts, the art market and other areas of cultural importance. Find out more


Upcoming DASER: 24 May 2012, Washington DC

Join us for the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous DASER), 24 May 2012, at Keck Center, Washington DC. This month, the discussion focuses on recent developments in experimental and interactive technology in art. Feature presentations by artist Jonah Brucker-Cohen, educator Max Kazemzadeh, and others. Find out more

Upcoming New York LASER: Citizen Scientists

Patricia Olynyk (LEAF Chair) and Ellen K. Levy (past LEAF Chair) are pleased to inform you of the upcoming NY LASER on Saturday, May 12th, 4-7pm. The theme of this event is: Citizen Scientists with guest speaker Linda Weintraub (ArtNow Publications). This event is hosted by the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). The salon is open to all members of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) on a respond-first basis. Those members who wish to present thematically related work after Linda Weintraub’s presentation may participate in the petcha kutcha that follows. The event can accommodate up to four additional presentations. All who wish to attend should reserve a place by sending an email to Ellen Levy at


Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks: A Leonardo Multimedia E-book and Web Companion

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce the publication of the Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks e-book and web companion. Produced in partnership with the ATEC program at the University of Texas-Dallas and MIT Press, the e-book contains 25 articles documenting the work of 45 leading researchers in the field. The science of complex networks is explored within the contexts of art history, archeology, visual arts, the art market and other areas of cultural importance. Find out more

CALL FOR PAPERS: LMJ23: Sound Art (2013)

Art is getting noisier every day. Whether made by sculptors, video artists, composers, printmakers or installation artists, there’s no question but that "Sound Art" is a genre ascendant. The Turner Prize went to a Sound Artist last year, phonography has revived an interest in R. Murray Schafer's Soundscape theories, and critical writing is beginning to proliferate on the topic. It's time for Leonardo Music Journal to give this field a closer look. For Volume 23 of LMJ we solicit articles and artists’ statements that address the role of sound in art that wouldn’t necessarily be called "music." The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2012. Find out more

LABS Review Panellists, 2012-2013

Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) has named the review panelists for 2012-2013. The panelists are: Yiannis Colakides, co-director of NeMe (New Media), Limassol, Cyprus; David Familian, artistic director of the Beall Center for Art and Technology at University of California Irvine, Irvine, California; Tom Leeser, Program Director of the Art and Technology Program in the School of Art and the Director of the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California; Andrea Polli, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Engineering at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque; Edward Shanken, researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a member of the Media Art History faculty at Donau University in Krems, Austria; Charissa N. Terranova, PhD, Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies, School of Arts & Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas; and Shawn Decker, Professor in the Art and Technology Department and the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find out more


The Arizona State University Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Renews Affiliate Membership

The Arizona State University Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is a center for learning, innovation and creative research that brings national and international art and artists to the Phoenix AZ area while also supporting local artists and their work. A leader in multiple fields, including digital art, social residency and social practice as an agent of change, the museum models an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to art, often by engaging the public directly in the process. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media 2012 MFA Exhibition, April 28-May 6

The Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at UC Santa Cruz presents an exhibition of eleven graduate students whose works employ advanced technologies for creative potential and social impact. Entitled "I've got something on your mind," this year's UCSC DANM MFA exhibition is the culmination of two years of research and artistic exploration, and will include new media works that explore performativity, interactivity and participation. Through storytelling about places, times and players, these artists experiment with digital media to produce unforeseen, imaginative outcomes. Find out more