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Global Warning Symposium 2010
Artists, Scientists and Environmental Activism

About the Symposium

The Global Warning symposium will take place September 16 and 17, 2010 in conjunction with the third 01SJ Conference in San Jose, CA. The two-day symposium will examine the interconnectedness of ideas and actions and the current relationships between art-making, science and ecology. A group of distinguished artists, scientists and policy-makers will present and examine case studies of collaborative environmental projects. A session highlighting environmental policy and an overview of activist environmental art will provide context for scientist-artist dialogues engaging active audience participation. Find out more

Art, Science and the Environment
From the Leonardo and LMJ Archives

Leading up to the Global Warning Symposium, we will be publishing abstracts from papers that have been published in Leonardo and LMJ over the years on art, science and the environment. Many of these papers are available for free to current Leonardo and LMJ subscribers. Papers published before 2005 are available through the JSTOR digital archive.

"Shifting Positions Toward the Earth: Art and Environmental Awareness," by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison
ABSTRACT: The authors present their philosophy of a holistic and interdependent universe, and situate the origins of their work in the concern with the issue of survival. Following a model of nature as a conversation, their work is composed of visual and textual narratives presenting arguments for ecological preservation and a rethinking of current uses of technology. An emphasis on the potential of any work to affect this posited universal whole is related to their projects as proposals for change. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 26, No. 5, 1993 and is currently available through the JSTOR digital archive.]

"Of Story and Place: Communicating Ecological Principles through Art," by Ruth Wallen
ABSTRACT: The author argues for the importance of art in the exploration of ecological interrelationships. Art can help engender an understanding of and connection to the natural world, illuminate values and illustrate the myriad of ecological processes. Various artistic strategies used by the artist are discussed, including performances that document close observation of place, site-specific artwork that offers the opportunity to look at the natural and cultural environment in a new way, and digital imaging and web design that encourage a careful reading of representation through juxtaposition of imagery. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 36, No. 3, 2003 and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site and through the JSTOR digital archive.]

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Other Events

Next LASER: June 9 2010

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), June 9, 2010, at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA. Feature presentations include Robert Lang, "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes"; Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, "How Can Art Help Create a Sustainable World?; Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall, "Imaginary Gifts"; and Tom McKeag "How Would Nature Do That?" Find out more


UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media Program
Renews Affiliate Membership

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that The University of California at Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA Program has renewed its membership in the Leonardo Affiliate Membership program. The UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA Program is a center for the development and study of digital media and the cultures they help create. This intensive two-year MFA program brings together faculty and students from across the academic spectrum to study and create interdisciplinary artistic and scholarly research. Find out more

Become a Leonardo Member

Interested in joining the Leonardo community? It's easy! When you subscribe to Leonardo or Leonardo Music Journal, you also become an associate member of Leonardo/ISAST. With your subscription and membership you join a unique community of artists, scientists and researchers working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Benefits include discounts on Leonardo publications, classified ads and invitations to special events. Subscribe/join now and get a 20% discount on your subscription PLUS a free book from the MIT Press! (Offer good through July 4, 2010) Find out more