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Stephen Schneider, 1945--2010

The board and staff at Leonardo/ISAST were deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Dr. Stephen Schneider, Stanford professor and noted climate change scientist, while en route to the U.K. from a scientific conference. Throughout his 40-year career, Schneider was outspoken about the need for an aggressive response to climate change and his belief that scientists’ involvement in advocacy was necessary and important to engage the public and improve their understanding of science and the environment. Find out more

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.

"Vanishing Landscapes: The Atlantic Salt Marsh" by Joseph Emmanuel Ingoldsby
ABSTRACT: The author, trained in art and landscape architecture, utilizes observation of nature and culture as a central focus in his art. The work involves research, scientific collaboration and examination, documentation, analysis and synthesis using art, science and technology for environmental advocacy. The focus for these works has been on the coastal landscape of New England, the imprint of humans on land and sea, and the impact of climate change on the marine landscape and fisheries of New England. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 42, No. 2, 2009, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

"The Ecological Imperative: Elements of Nature in Late Twentieth Century Art" by Aleksandra Manczak
ABSTRACT: The author draws attention to visual artworks of the 1980s and 1990s in which the artists, drawing upon diverse trends, disciplines and artistic generations, applied materials directly from the surrounding environment in pieces called eco-installations. The text attempts to explain certain creative postures and artistic decisions in the context of our advanced civilization---its achievements and threats alike. The eco-installations---subtle, subdued, gentle, fragile, fleeting, whose finite existence (like that of living organisms doomed to pass away) reflects the artists' own decisions---are in urgent need of identification, analysis and documentation. Among artists recognized in international circles, the author situates two Polish artists perhaps less well known than their colleagues. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 35, Number 2, 2002, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

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Other Events

August LASER

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), August 11, 2010, at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA. Feature presentations include Renetta Sitoy, "The Internet as Media"; Shona Kitchen, "Hyper-functional Landscapes and Art", Leila Takayama, "Throwing Voices" and Fred Kuttner, "Can Quantum Mechanics Save Science from Newton's Sleep?". Find out more


The Hybrid City as Interface
A YASMIN discussion July/September 2010

In the beginning of the 21st century, urban environments, within which social life evolves, are being radically reordered by technological systems and networks. Join the YASMIN discussion list to discuss the relations between the virtual and physical experience of the city, as well as the new social dynamics of this hybrid urban context for everyday life. Find out more


LMJ 21 Call for Papers
Beyond Notation: Communicating Music

Peer-to-peer file exchange, the iTunes store, MySpace, Pandora – by 2010 it's obvious that the Internet has radically transformed the economy and culture of selling, distributing, owning and hearing recorded music. Less discussed is the Web's impact on that part of music that used to be called "the score" – instructions, suggestions and materials for performing, rather than consuming, music. For Volume 21 of Leonardo Music Journal we solicit papers that address the impact of technological change on how we distribute instructions and materials for musical performance. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

ASCI Call for Entries:
Digital'2010: Planet Earth

12th International Juried, Digital Print Exhibition, Digital'2010: Planet Earth, organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) to be held at the New York Hall of Science; October 3, 2010 - January 31, 2011; Entry Deadline: August 16, 2010. Find out more