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In Memoriam: Paul Stephen Coates

Paul Stephen Coates died peacefully in the early hours of Friday, 14 June 2013. He made a very significant contribution to the development of microcomputer-based graphics and the use of computers in design education, and he made a major contribution to the whole field of generative systems. As one of the founders of Autographics (1978-1996) he created, wrote and marketed the world’s first micro drafting system several years before AutoCad. He developed a series of highly innovative, friendly yet technically brilliant products over nearly 20 years. As a teacher he inspired generations of students, many of whom now have formidable reputations of their own. Find out more

Call for Participation: The Art/Science Curriculum in the Classroom and in the Cloud

In conjunction with the College Art Association 102nd Annual Conference, to be held 12-15 February 2014 in Chicago, LEAF (Leonardo Education and Art Forum) will present a panel titled "The Art/Science Curriculum in the Classroom and in the Cloud." If you have developed or participated in instruction bringing together art and science, this panel will provide an opportunity to share your experiences. Please submit an abstract (up to 200 words) to Adrienne Klein, Include a brief biographical statement with mailing address, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Please include a cover note explaining your interest and expertise in the topic. Proposal deadline: 20 July 2013. Selected proposals will be acknowledged by 31 August 2010. Find out more


Next San Francisco LASER: 8 July 2013

The next Bay Area LASER will take place Monday, 8 July 2013, 6:45–9p.m. at the University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room, SF, CA. The program includes presentations by shadow artist Christine Marie, musician Sarah Cahill, Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz Dave Deamer and Adrian David Cheok of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. Find out more

Next NYC LASER: 16 July 2013

The next NYC LASER will take place Tuesday, 16 July 2013, 6:30-9 p.m. at LevyArts, 40 E 19th St #3-R., NY, NY. The featured speaker will be artist Cynthia Beth Rubin, followed by brief presentations by artist and environmentalist Mara Haseltine, curator Xiaoying Juliette Yuan, curator Amy Lipton and former LEAF Chair Ellen Levy, reporting on art that addresses science at the current Venice Biennale. Space is limited; to reserve your place, send an email to Ellen Levy at Find out more

Leonardo @ SIGGRAPH 2013

Save the dates! Join Leonardo at the 2013 SIGGRAPH Conference in Anaheim, California, 21-25 July 2013. Leonardo events include a presentation of SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Papers, a reception for the SIGGRAPH Gallery: XYZN: Scale (Tuesday, 23 July, 2-3:30 PM), the Leonardo Birds of a Feather community meeting (Wednesday 24 July, 1-2:30 PM) and the Cross-Disciplinary Education Birds of a Feather meeting, co-sponsored by the SIGGRAPH Education Committee and Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) (Sunday, 21 July, 9-10 AM) []. At the gallery reception, you will have a chance to meet the artists and authors featured in the SIGGRAPH 2013 Art Catalog, published as a Leonardo special issue (Vol. 46, No. 4, 2013). At the Leonardo community meeting, you will have a chance to exchange ideas with other members of the Leonardo community as well as several Leonardo journal editors. Find out more


Call for Submissions: Art-Science-Technology M.A. and Ph.D. Abstracts

Students who will be receiving an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. on a subject related to the intersection of art, science and technology are encouraged to submit an abstract of their thesis to LABS (Leonardo Abstract Services). This peer-reviewed database has been in existence for over 10 years and functions as a way for international artists and scholars to learn about the work of the next generation. Find out more

Leonardo Affiliates

Evolutionary Systems Group

Evolutionary Systems Group (ESG), directed by Pier Augusto Bertacchini, Eleonora Bilotta and Pietro Pantano, is an interdisciplinary group of professors and researchers operating in a broad scientific area characterized by interdisciplinarity. The group operates at the University of Calabria (Italy) and aims at promoting scientific exchange and high formation through the Doctoral School "Archimede" in Science, Communication and Technologies; a Ph.D. course in "Psychology of Programming and Artificial Intelligence"; a Laboratory of Psychology; a strong relationship with other Ph.D. courses held at national and international universities; and international projects in collaboration with other universities and research. ESG research is theoretical and applied, covering various fields, including digital edutainment and science communication, scientific visualization and digital art, evolutionary and generative music, mathematical modeling of natural and artificial behavior and cultural heritage and educational technologies. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts

TransCultural Exchange’s 2013 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Engaging Minds will take place at Boston University, 10–13 October 2013. Laurie Anderson will deliver the keynote address. Exclusively devoted to practicing artists of all disciplines, the four-day conference will include more than 100 key international curators, residency directors, critics and funders who will conduct portfolio reviews, professional development workshops and speak about their programs for artists to work and interact with their international peers. Find out more

ICA 19

The 19th International Congress of Aesthetics will be held in Krakow, Poland, 21–27 July 2013. Over 800 participants from 53 countries will come together to discuss relevant topics in aesthetics,art, science and technology. The program includes two bioart panels covering the topics of aesthetics and ontology in current bio art practices, chaired by Dr. Ingeborg Reichle of Humboldt University of Berlin, and the aesthetics and politics of biotechnological art, chaired by Dr. Polona Tratnik of the University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia. Find out more

KISS2013: INTERfaces Sound Symposium

Composers, sound designers and performers are invited to register for this year's Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2013) in Brussels, Belgium, from 12–15 September 2013. Featured events include hands-on demonstrations of interfaces for interactive sound and performance, a public dialog on spatialization featuring electronic music pioneers Annette Vande Gorne and Joel Chadabe, a competition pitting teams of sound designers and engineers against the clock to create new performance interfaces, an exclusive preview of new developments in the Kyma sound design language, concerts of new music inspired by the Belgian painter René Magritte, live Kyma electronics and an installation in the ISIB foyer where visitors will create a continuous, collaborative soundscape. Find out more

Call for Submissions: Science Inspires Art: The Cosmos

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

Call for Submissions: SMART Art Contest 2013

The Science & Math-based Art Contest is calling on artists around the world to submit artwork that creatively demonstrates a scientific or mathematical concept, principle or phenomena through artistic media of their choosing including digital, drawing, photography, sculpture, performance, painting, fiber arts, etc. Deadline to submit: 10 August 2013. Find out more

Call for Submissions: Third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN

CERN and Ars Electronica have launched an open call for artists working in the digital domain to apply for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN. The winner will receive a fully funded residency at CERN and Ars Electronica to create new dimensions in their artistic practice by encounters with the world of science. This is the third year of the collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica. Deadline for Submissions: 26 September 2013. Find out more

Call for Contributions: SEAD Learning Studies

The SEAD network (Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts & Design) is interested in learning more about published studies in which math, science and engineering education is integrated with music, art, dance, theater, literature, poetry, creative writing and/or design education in either formal or informal settings for K-12 through professional schooling. SEAD is particularly interested in studies that have formally evaluated educational outcomes resulting from the integration of SEAD subjects. These outcomes include, but are not limited to: skill and knowledge acquisition and transfer, problem finding, standardized test scores, classroom success, visual imaging, pattern recognition, empathizing, modeling ability and measures of creativity. To contribute, please email Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein at Find out more

Call for Proposals: Helmholtz Initiative on Synthetic Biology

The Helmholtz Initiative on Synthetic Biology is calling for proposals for art exhibits developed during an experimental laboratory experience. The project aims at introducing artists to the technical methodology of Synthetic Biology and to uncover common aspects for a critical assessment of societal and cultural aspects of this emerging discipline. Selected artists will be invited to a four-week experimental laboratory visit at the BioQuant Center for Quantitative Analysis of Molecular and Cellular Biosystems in Heidelberg, Germany, where he or she will be introduced to experimental techniques that will inspire his or her exhibition. The exhibits will be presented to the public in an exhibition in the BioQuant Center in Heidelberg during the international research symposium “Synthetic Biology – From Understanding to Application” at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg on 9–11 December 2013. Deadline for proposals: 28 July 2013. Find out more

Open Call for Ph.D. Candidates: Planetary Collegium

The I-Node of Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University, located at the Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture (ICAC) invites applications for Ph.D. candidates to enroll in October 2013 for the 2013–2014 academic year. The Collegium consists of artists, theoreticians and scholars who meet online and periodically face-to-face in many parts of the world, to develop their research in the practice and art theory, technology and science. Within the context of the transdisciplinarity and syncretism, the Collegium promotes the integration of art, science, technology and consciousness research within a post-biological culture. Deadline for proposals: 18 July 2013. Find out more

Call for Submissions: Transmediale 2014: Afterglow

If we are living in a post-digital culture, then afterglow is what characterizes its aesthetics and politics during the transition to new cultural forms that are still unknown to us. In the 2014 edition of the Transmediale festival, the idea of an afterglow of digital culture is taken as an opportunity to speculate on positions that lead beyond the digital: not beyond the digital as in doing away with digital technology, but as a metaphysical character that overcodes all forms of existence. We invite the contributors of Transmediale 2014 to reflect on this afterglow: to exploit our nostalgia for the pre-digital through the use of trashed technologies, ideas and narratives and/or to imagine new modes of existence and new modalities of critical intervention. Deadline to submit: 31 July 2013. Find out more

Call for Papers: EvoMUSART 2014

The 3rd International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design is calling for papers for EvoMUSART 2014, to be held in April 2014 in Baetha, Andalusia, Spain. Submissions should concern the use of biologically inspired computer techniques such as evolutionary computation, artificial life, artificial neural networks, swarm intelligence and other artificial intelligence techniques in the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music, design, architecture and other artistic fields. Deadline to submit: 1 November 2013. Find out more

Film Premiere: Art Is the Prize

David Bowen, whose paper “Growth Rendering Device” was published in Leonardo 42:4, will be featured in a documentary filmed in Fall 2011 during the SiTE:LAB ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bowen participated in SiTE:LAB where he presented his kinetic sculpture entitled Telepresent Water, an installation piece using wave data to recreate the movement of water in a remote location. The film documented the experience of the venue and its artists over the many weeks of installation and exhibition. It is scheduled to release September 2013 during SiTE:LAB 2014. Find out more