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May 15, 2009

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June YASMIN Discussion—
Art and Atoms: Fission and Fusion

During the month of June 2009 YASMIN participants will discuss the ways in which the arts and humanities are engaging with nuclear energy, and the cultural context of nuclear fusion and fission. This includes both peaceful and military uses of nuclear energy, as well as the use of radio-isotopes in medicine and natural radioactivity. Discussions will include both historical examples from the 1950s and '60s as well as the engagement of artists, science historians and other researchers today. FIND OUT MORE


Now Available: Leonardo Vol. 42, Issue 3
Inside Leonardo 42:3: Midas at the molecular scale: At the nano level, when we touch gold we become part of it and it part of us. Paul Thomas digs beneath our myths about reality with atomic force microscopes and silicon nitride cantilevers. Getting back in touch: Thecla Shiphorst sees that, as mobile, wearable technology starts to vanish into our clothes, our motions and senses come under the spotlight. She and her colleagues watch the busy intersection of body, mind and technology. Making ourselves into makers: More and more creators today mash the play and invention of art and design up with the tools and precision of engineering and science. Mark Gross and Ellen Yi-Luen trace the revival of a "maker culture." The Leonardos of posthumanist perspective: Cami Nelson compares Leonardo da Vinci's skeptical approach to the Renaissance theory of painting with recent artists' revisions to virtual reality. FIND OUT MORE

LABS Call for Submissions
Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS), consisting of the English-language, Spanish-language, Chinese-language and French-language databases, is a comprehensive collection of Ph.D., Masters' and MFA thesis abstracts on topics at the intersection of art, science and technology. Postgraduate students whose theses investigate philosophical, historical or critical applications of science or technology to the arts (visual, sound, performance, text), computer sciences, the sciences and/or technology are invited to submit abstracts of their theses for consideration. Next deadline for submissions: June 30, 2009. FIND OUT MORE


Banff New Media Institute Joins Leonardo Affiliate Membership
The Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) is an internationally respected arts production and research institute. Programs are designed to support creative pluralism, different modes of inquiry, the production of new work, and the engagement of artists, producers, technologists, and researchers with the aesthetics and culture of new media. BNMI offers thematic and self-directed artist residencies, partners on research initiatives, provides training, and offers professional development and production support in a multi-disciplinary development environment. Practitioners are able to access a range of expertise, peers, facilities, and environments--all in the Centre's inspiring mountain campus. BNMI draws on more than 15 years of new media experience at The Banff Centre. Working with key partners, BNMI leverages local knowledge, international networks, and a commitment to providing a rich context for experimentation, risk taking, and the development of new knowledge. Fundamental to BNMI is the belief that the creative sector flourishes through collaboration and that the links and tensions across art, technology, science, and research have a critical role to play in describing new ways to see the world, participating in contemporary cultures, and shaping the future. BNMI features a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural environment where practices and people converge. Leonardo/ISAST welcomes Banff New Media Institute as a new Affiliate Member. FIND OUT MORE

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