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GLOBAL WARNING Symposium Program

Join Leonardo at the upcoming GLOBAL WARNING Symposium (September 16 and 17, 2010, San Jose, CA), where creative minds will gather to explore scientific problem-solving, art-making and the environment. Featured speakers include Kathleen Dean Moore, Gail Wight, Gerard Kuperus, Peter Roopnarine, Karen Holl, Marisa Jahn, Tiffany Holmes, Andrea Polli, Tim Dye, Buster Simpson, Robin Lasser, Marguerite Perret, Jade Chang, and the Climate Clock Initiative artist groups: Freya Bardell, Brian Howe and Brent Bucknum; Usaman Haque and Robert Davis; and Chico Macmurtrie, Geo Homsy, Bill Washabaugh and Gideon Shapiro. Seating is limited and the event is expected to sell out! Tickets are now available for the symposium via the ZER01 web site. 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.

"Wilderness as Reentrant Form: Thoughts on the Future of Electronic Art and Nature Wilderness as Reentrant Form" by David Dunn
ABSTRACT: Proceeding from an assumption that electronic representations of the natural environment (both recorded and real time) not only can help give humanity a greater awareness of the complexity of the non-human world but also can contribute toward alleviating the problems posed by recreational overuse of the wilderness, the author argues for institutional encouragement of technologically sophisicated artists working toward this possibility. Current examples of artistic works are discussed within a philosophical context. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 21, No. 4, 1988, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the JSTOR digital archive.]

"Planet Earth in Contemporary Electronic Artworks" by Julian Knebusch
ABSTRACT: This article presents an overall view of contemporary electronic artworks related to Planet Earth as a topic of artistic inquiry. The author presents and interprets philosophically the different ways in which artists have approached Planet Earth and tried to reappropriate this object of modernity. In order to do so he outlines a phenomenological reading of these artworks and confronts them with the well-established phenomenological discourse about humans' relationship to Planet Earth. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 37, No. 1, 2004, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

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Leonardo/ISAST has joined the Twittersphere! We will be using the new Leonardo/ISAST Twitter account to post live updates from the upcoming GLOBAL WARNING Symposium (September 16 and 17, 2010, San Jose, CA). Join Leonardo/ISAST on Twitter and get in on the conversation:

Other Events

Next LASER: September 13, 2010, University of San Francisco

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), September 13, 2010, at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. Feature presentations include Tanu Sankalia, "Urban Fabric of Past, Present, and Future"; Deborah Aschheim, "Memory", Anne Fougeron, "City of the Future" and Jeff Hull, "Situational Design: Interactions at the Conflux of Narrative, Consciousness and Genuine Space". Find out more


Leonardo @ Ars Electronica

What kind of new art genres are being developed by artists’ creative use of mixed media technologies, visual culture and communities and what is their impact on education? How is design research and education being embedded in the new modular curricula structures? What are the most effective elements of curricula to educate artists as well as art teachers for the future? Leonardo will host a panel at Ars Electronica to inspire an open discussion by educators and the public on burning issues towards developing an international dialogue. Find out more


Now Available from the Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press
Enfoldment and Infinity, by Laura U. Marks

In both classical Islamic art and contemporary new media art, one point can unfold to reveal an entire universe. A fourteenth-century dome decorated with geometric complexity and a new media work that shapes a dome from programmed beams of light: both can inspire feelings of immersion and transcendence. In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities, visual and philosophical, between these two kinds of art. Her argument is more than metaphorical; she shows that the "Islamic" quality of modern and new media art is a latent, deeply enfolded, historical inheritance from Islamic art and thought. Find out more

Leonardo Abstract Services Call for Submissions

LABS (Leonardo Abstract Services) is an on-line database dedicated to sharing of ideas via publishing of MA, MFA or Ph.D. thesis abstracts that relate to the intersection of art, science and/or technology. We invite faculty whose graduating students are involved in these issues to encourage students to post their abstracts on this database. New entries are annually peer reviewed, and authors of the highest ranked abstracts are invited to write an article for the Leonardo journal and/or have their abstracts posted on LEA (Leonardo Electronic Almanac). Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Announcing The Cambridge Literary Review

The Cambridge Literary Review is a new print journal of poetry, fiction and essays. It is committed to publishing interdisciplinary work. Essays have covered such topics as Otto Neurath’s picture language "Isotype," poetry and politics, Hume, Hegel and Walter Benjamin, as well as traditional literary criticism. Find out more

"Ecotones" by Janine Randerson

"Ecotones" (working title) is a new data-ecological project by Janine Randerson that employs information from satellite telemetry and sonification of the paths of migratory birds from the Northern hemisphere to the Southern hemisphere. The bar-tailed godwit, a bird with the longest non-stop migration of any species, arrives annually in Miranda, an estuary in New Zealand's North Island. This area is an "ecotone," or transitional space between terrestrial and marine ecosystems; where land meets sea, saltwater meets freshwater. Find out more