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Amalia Ecoli Finzi Named 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal

The International Astronautical Federation has named the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal to Amalia Ecoli Finzi, a professor at Politecnico di Milano. Professor Finzi has held leading positions on several ASI and ESA Boards and Committees, including the Mars Exploration Task Force, the Human Spaceflight Vision Group and the Exploration Advisory Committee and has provided valuable contributions on a large number of projects dealing with space exploration. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the SD2 Instrument of the Rosetta Spacecraft designed for the perforation of the Martian soil and the collection of samples to be returned. Frank Malina, founder of Leonardo journal, was a scientist who was integral in the early development of rocket science as well an artist. Find out more


Upcoming DASER: 20 September 2012, Washington DC

Join us for the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), 20 September 2012, at the National Academy of Science Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. This month, the discussion's theme is Brain Science and the Cyborg: Fact, History, and Possibilities. Feature presentations by neuroscientist James Giordano, educator Monica Lopez-Gonzalez and futurist Jonathan Peck. For those not in D.C., a live webcast will be available here. Find out more

KOSMICA, Mexico City: 27 - 29 September 2012

Join Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina at the 2012 KOSMICA gathering in Mexico City, 27 - 29 September 2012. KOSMICA is a 3-day galactic gathering, an off-the-planet mix of art, science, debate, music and film, exploring alternative and cultural uses of space. For its first edition in Mexico City, KOSMICA will see over 15 participants actively working in cultural and artistic aspects of space exploration. Urban stargazing, cosmic music, zero gravity dance, armchair space exploration, science fiction and DIY rocket science collide in a unique and unmissable event. Find out more

Next LASER: 10 September 2012, University of San Francisco

Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 10 September 2012, at the University of San Francisco. Feature presentations include "At the Intersection of Beauty and Strength: Earthen Structures that Survive Earthquakes" by educator Hana Mori Bottger, "Lights, Nano, Action!" by educator Jennifer Dionne , "Phenomena as Material" by artist Jesse Houlding and "Embedded Mathematics in Women's Ritual Art Designs in Southern India" by educator Vijaya Nagarajan. Find out more


LEA Digital Media Exhibition: In Darwin's Garden

Leonardo Electronic Almanac presents "In Darwin's Garden," a site-specific, web-based installation by Chris Meigh-Andrews on the grounds of Down House – the family home of naturalist Charles Darwin – in Kent, England. This project takes as its focus an old mulberry tree growing at the back of the house, which serves to represent the relationship between the domestic life of the Darwin Family, the garden as a site for Charles Darwin’s careful and systematic observation of natural processes that he drew on in developing his theory of Natural Selection, and the slow but inevitable change in the cycle of life and the seasons. Find out more

CALL FOR PAPERS: LMJ23: Sound Art (2013)

Art is getting noisier every day. Whether made by sculptors, video artists, composers, printmakers or installation artists, there’s no question but that “Sound Art” is a genre ascendant. The Turner Prize went to a Sound Artist last year, phonography has revived an interest in R. Murray Schafer’s Soundscape theories, and critical writing is beginning to proliferate on the topic. It’s time for Leonardo Music Journal to give this field a closer look. For Volume 23 of LMJ we solicit articles and artists' statements that address the role of sound in art that wouldn’t necessarily be called "music." The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2012. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

(e)merge: ZERO1 Street Festival

Join ZERO1 on Friday, September 14th from 6PM - midnight in re-imagining San Jose's SoFA District to look and feel like how people imaging Silicon Valley to be, (e)MERGE is a street festival featuring the work of over 100 emerging artists whose experimental works engage with a range of radical new technologies. Featured projects include wearable technology, film screenings, a silent disco, street projections, performances, a swap meet, augmented reality, interactive lounges, live music, beer tasting, food trucks and more! Find out more


Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban physical context. Hybrid City Conference 2013 (23-25 May 2013, University of Athens, Athens, Greece) will consist of three days of paper presentations, discussions, workshops and satellite events, under the theme "Subtle rEvolutions". Find out more

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD), Digital Art

Project title: Living Laboratories: Enhancing Audience Engagement through Making and Curating Digital Art.This collaborative doctoral project will be a partnership between FACT Liverpool and Newcastle University's Culture Lab, and provides a unique opportunity for an ambitious practitioner who can gain invaluable academic and real life experience that is new in its kind. This practice-based research focuses on the currently evolving questions of digital art works, their importance as cultural products, and their place in the institutional settings of the cultural sector in the age of information technology. Find out more

VAST2012: The 12th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Digital technology has the potential to influence every aspect of the cultural heritage environment. Archaeologists and cultural heritage scientists as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts have in the past collaborated to find solutions to optimize all aspects of capturing, managing, analyzing and delivering cultural information, but many unsolved problems remain. VAST 2012 will provide an opportunity for the heritage and ICT communities to understand these challenges and shape the future of ICT and heritage research. We are seeking contributions that advance the state of the art in the information technologies available to support cultural heritage. Find out more