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Online Interview with Leonardo Executive Editor

The online magazine recently published an interview featuring Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina, artist Mariateresa Sartori and artist Bryan Connell on the topic of “hybrid cities” -- highlighting technologically mediated urban activities and experience. Find out more


4th Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks Symposium: 4 JUNE 2013

The fourth Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2013 on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks takes place 4 June 2013 at DTU in Copenhagen. The symposium highlights arts and humanities as interesting sources of data, where the combined experience of arts, humanities research and natural science helps overcome the limitations of artificially segregated communities of practice. Furthermore, the symposium focuses on striking examples where artists and humanities researchers make an impact within the natural sciences. By bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities, the symposium aims for a better understanding of networks and their visualizations in general. Running parallel to the NetSci2013 conference, the symposium also provides a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers and practitioners of complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations. Find out more

Round Table: The Data Body on the Dissection Table: 4 June 2013

Contemporary medical sciences reveal ever more about the complex systems of the human body – but at a barely perceptible level. The (medical) human body today is understood, tested, and treated as a huge system of data, including complex interactions among our genetic material, our environment and our host of microbial companions. At this round table following the fourth Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2013 on 4 June 2013 in Copenhagen, speakers include Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University Center for Complex Network Research, Boston; François-Joseph Lapointe, Artist and Professor at the Biological Sciences Department, University of Montreal; Annamaria Carusi, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Medical Science and Technology at the University of Copenhagen; and Jamie Allen, Artist and Head of Research at CIID/Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Find out more

Berkeley LASER: 5 June 2013, UC Berkeley

Join us for the launch of the new Berkeley LASER series, in Room 110, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at 6:45PM. Like its LASER sisters, this series’ bi-monthly agendas include presentations of Art/Science projects, news from audience members and casual socializing/networking. Speakers for this first evening include Indre Viskontas on “Music that Moves,” Robert Buelteman on “Photography without the Camera,” Jennifer Dionne on “Lights, Nano, Action!” and Vijaya Nagarajan on “Embedded Mathematics in Women’s Ritual Art Designs in Southern India.” Sponsored by the Minerva Foundation. Find out more


Join us for the next Stanford Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 6 June 2013, at Stanford University, featuring Walter Kitundu (sound artist) on "The Turntable as a Lens," Sean Gourley (Quid) on "A Global Intelligence Platform: the new AI - not Artificial Intelligence, but instead Augmented Intelligence," Jeremy Mende (Designer) and Bill Hsu (San Francisco State University) on "Confrontational Strategies - The Social Mirror" and Melanie Swan (MS Futures Group) on "Natural Aesthetics: GenArt, BioArt, Biomimicry, SynBio, CrowdArt." Find out more


Leonardo Book: Illusions in Motion

Media archaeologist Erkki Huhtamo discusses his new Leonardo Book Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (MIT Press) and media archaeology in general in a long Q & A published in the MIT Press blog. Erkki Huhtamo’s Illusions in Motion is a huge exploration of the formative stages of media culture between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. The centerpoint is the moving panorama, once a very popular media spectacle, which has been nearly completely forgotten. The book brings it back to living memory, discussing its relationships with other spectacles, such as dioramas and magic lantern shows. It also investigates how panoramas inspired writers, scientists, philosophers and cultural commentators, contributing to the formation of a media-cultural imaginary. Find out more

Leonardo Affiliates

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers rigorous training in an unrivaled variety of musical styles and cultures. This vibrant mix helps each student to acquire the musical fluency to work across conventional boundaries, expand his or her artistic and cultural horizons, and develop a global creative vision. The school offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including: the Performer-Composer Program, including African American Improvisational Music; Composition, including Experimental Sound Practices; Jazz; performance programs in African Music and Dance, Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance, Brass, Guitar, Harp, North Indian Music, Percussion, Piano/Keyboard, Collaborative Keyboard, Strings, Voice, Winds, World Music, World Percussion; Music Technology; and Musical Arts. All interact in a lively, interdisciplinary atmosphere guided by principles of artistic excellence, experimentation, critical reflection and independent inquiry. Students work alongside faculty to explore new musical possibilities and contribute to the evolution of music practice as composers, performers and producers who will help shape the global musical landscape of tomorrow. Leonardo/ISAST welcomes CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music as a returning Affiliate Member. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements


This unique special issue of the journal Artificial Life (MIT Press) connects the themes and methods of Artificial Life with the wider areas of art and creativity and the field's implications for culture. It is an unusual but exciting step for a scientific journal to support a special issue on art and creativity. This certainly sits well with Artificial Life's interdisciplinary approach and provides a unique opportunity to draw together works that sit between the formally established disciplines. The intention is for the special issue to be of broad and long-lasting appeal, not only for regular readers of the Artificial Life journal, but for readers engaging with other sciences, and with the arts and humanities. Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2013. Find out more


Ever since early humans looked up in wonder at the sun, moon, and stars, we've been on a quest to decipher the mysteries of our cosmos. The vastness and unreachability of the "unknown" captivates the imaginations of scientists and artists alike. Art & Science Collaborations is also on a mission of discovery: they are seeking original art [executed in any media and documented via stunning images] related to astronomy (including astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology, astrogeology), questions of cosmology, extra-terrestrials, or the nature of matter and/or time in relation to universal laws for an art-science juried exhibition to be held at the New York Hall of Science from 31 August 2013 to 2 March 2014. Deadline for submissions: 21 July 2013. Find out more

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Artist-Run Spaces: Nonprofit Collective Organizations

Recently published, Artist-Run Spaces: Nonprofit Collective Organizations in the 1960s and 1970s is a rich resource about artist spaces that have had a major impact on new art activities. International in scope, the book was developed in collaboration with the initiators and founders of Art Metropole (Vancouver), Artpool (Budapest), Ecart (Geneva), Franklin Furnace (New York), La Mamelle/Art Com (San Francicso), Museum of Conceptual Art (San Francisco), Printed Matter (New York), and Zona (Florence). The activities of these seminal organizations interconnected to form an international alternative network of artist activity that focused on new art practices, self-organization strategies, and politics of exchange. Darlene Tong, Leonardo/ISAST governing board member, contributed the section on La Mamelle/Art Com. Edited by Gabriele Detterer and Maurizio Nannucci; published in Zurich by JRP Ringier (2013). Find out more


The antiAtlas of borders is a transdisciplinary event that will take place between 30 September 2013 and 1 March 2014. Bypassing cartography, and at the crossroads of research and art, it offers a new approach of the mutations of borders and on the way they are experienced by people in the 21st century. The antiAtlas is an outcome of a transdisciplinary research project led by IMéRA (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées – Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research) on the mutations of contemporary territorial configurations. The objective of antiAtlas is to decompartmentalize the fields of knowledge, bringing together artists, human scientists, hard scientists and professionals through an international symposium open to researchers, institutional actors and the public at large; an art-science exhibition at the Musée des Tapisseries in Aix en Provence; an art-science exhibition at La Compagnie in Marseille; an artistic and scientific web site; and an art-science printed volume. Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013. Find out more


The Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) presents Sea Change, an exhibition of a diverse collection of contemporary projects by internationally renowned artists, architects and scientists who explore the shifting interactions of land and sea. Scientific, lyrical and fantastical, their works use kites, giant seal costumes, pin-hole cameras, shadows and stilts to explore the subject of sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. WEAD ( is an international organization focusing on women’s unique perspectives to further the field and understanding of ecological and social justice art. The exhibition takes place 8 June--15 September 2013 at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, perched on stilts above a salt marsh at 4901 Breakwater Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545, U.S.A.The Center is partnering with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to work with Bay Area communities to begin planning for sea level rise and to educate the public about anticipated changes. Find out more