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Global Warning Symposium 2010
Artists, Scientists and Environmental Activism

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.

"Entomogenic Climate Change: Insect Bioacoustics and Future Forest Ecology" by David Dunn and James Crutchfield
ABSTRACT: Rapidly expanding insect populations, deforestation and global climate change threaten to destabilize key planetary carbon pools, especially the Earth's forests, which link the micro-ecology of insect infestation to climate. To the extent mean temperature increases, insect populations accelerate deforestation. This alters climate via the loss of active carbon sequestration by live trees and increased carbon release from decomposing dead trees. A self-sustaining positive feedback loop can then emerge. Extensive field recordings demonstrate that bioacoustic communication plays a role in infestation dynamics and is likely to be a critical link in the feedback loop. These results open the way to novel detection and monitoring strategies and nontoxic control interventions. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 42, No. 3, 2009, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

"Monitoring Nature's Sounds with Terrain-Based Constructions" by Leif Brush
ABSTRACT: The artist describes his work with Terrain Instruments, sound-monitoring constructions and installations in the landscape and explains how they differ from traditional musical instruments and sculpture. His own approach to composition incorporates both decision and chance. Brush details his work with sound selection through a microprocessor and explains how these 'soundworks' reach audiences. The viewer/listener is asked to use new channels of perception to experience artworks that proceed from a traditional source, the natural environment. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 17, No. 1, 1984, and is currently available through the JSTOR digital archive.]

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Other Events

Leonardo at SIGGRAPH

Art Papers

SIGGRAPH Art Papers inform artistic disciplines, set standards, and stimulate future trends. In addition to the core topics of the digital arts and interactive techniques, Art Papers explore the theme of SIGGRAPH 2010's juried art gallery, TouchPoint: The Haptic Exchange Between Digits. Art Papers will be presented by their authors on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in 20-minute sessions with five minutes of Q&A. The papers are published in a special issue of Leonardo, Vol. 43, No. 4 (2010).

Gallery Reception and Special Issue Release

Celebrate the intersection of art and technology in TouchPoint: Haptic Exchange Between Digits and the related Special Issue of Leonardo (Vol. 43, No. 4, 2010) at the gallery reception and special issue release party, 2 P.M. Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Talk with the artists, designers, and Art Papers authors about their work and meet the members of the SIGGRAPH 2010 committee who organized this year's Art Gallery.

20XX.EDU: Grand Challenges in Education, Parts I & II

This two-part panel, scheduled to take place at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 brings together a diverse group of outstanding researchers and artists, academy and industry professionals, educators, and government officials to discuss the future of education in its broadest sense, encompassing both formal and informal learning. The panel is being organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and Leonardo/ISAST.

Leonardo and LEAF Town Hall Meeting

Join Leonardo for a Town Hall Meeting at 3:45 P.M. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 to discuss matters of interest to the Leonardo community, including a presentation by Ellen Levy, chair of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum.

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Art and Technology | Contemporary Art and New Media: Towards a Hybrid Discourse

Dr. Edward Shanken will be chairing a panel titled "Art and Technology | Contemporary Art and New Media: Towards a Hybrid Discourse" at the upcoming College Art Association conference in February 2011 in New York, NY. Dr. Shanken recently chaired a panel at Art Basel in June of this year on the same topic. Participants in the panel included Nicolas Bourriaud, Michael Joaquin Grey and Peter Weibel. Video documentation of this conversation is now available on-line. Find out more


Leonardo Abstracts Service Top Rated Authors

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce the top-rated abstracts published in the English-language Leonardo Abstracts Service database during the first half of 2010: Nathaniel Stern, Perdita Phillips and Tom Davis. Find out more

Leonardo 43:4, Special SIGGRAPH Issue Now Available

Inside Leonardo 43:4: SIGGRAPH 2010 Art Papers and TouchPoint Art Gallery: a selection of art work and papers from the 2010 SIGGRAPH Conference and Art Gallery that offer insights into the humanity of technology and explore the importance of human interaction and response in physical and emotional forms. Find out more




SUMMERLAB2010: New Narratives of Mobility
A workshop hosted by LABoral Centro de Arte y Creaci&oactue;n Industrial

For the third year running, Leonardo Affiliate Member LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is organizing SummerLAB, an annual event conceived to bring digital creators together with the purpose of developing collaborative projects. The new introduction this year is the focus on research and development of productions revolving around a specific topic. On this occasion, SummerLAB will be looking at mobility, mobile technologies, experimentation with new data transmission technologies and, finally, how new narratives are traced through these processes. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Judging Edward Teller by Istvan Hargittai now available

Judging Edward Teller: A Closer Look at One of the Most Influential Scientists of the Twentieth Century (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2010, hardcover, 650 pages, illustrations) by Istvan Hargittai is a balanced portrait of the multifaceted and enigmatic scientist against the backdrop of a turbulent period of history. The author avoids bias and preconceptions, and critically examines Teller’s personality, family background, actions, and the experiences that guided his actions. Hargittai corrects many of the myths that others and Teller himself promulgated. He reveals the contradictory nature of this complex man in all his strengths, flaws, and brilliance. Find out more