Call for Papers: Pioneers and Pathbreakers/Memiors in Dark Culture | Leonardo/ISAST

Call for Papers: Pioneers and Pathbreakers/Narratives in Dark Culture

Dates or Deadline: 
2 August 2016 to 1 January 2020
Organized by: 
Leonardo Journal
Poe Johnson

Guest Editor Poe Johnson

Scope The Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers Project, in anticipation of Leonardo journal’s 50th anniversary, seeks papers dealing with the history of developments in the arts, sciences and technology and the art-science movements.

The aim of the project is to establish reliable, selected online documentation by twentieth-century artists, scholars and institution builders whose works and ideas have been influential in the development of technological art and art-science movements.

In our always-ongoing attempt to enlarge the historical terrain within the development of the encounter between the arts, sciences, and technology, during its 50th anniversary, Leonardo/ISAST is proud to announce the formation of a new memoirs series: Narratives in Dark Culture.

We invent the term “dark culture” by analogy to the concept of “dark matter” in astronomy. Astronomers have realized that most of the universe does not emit light of any kind and alternative methods must be used to understand the full content of the universe. Similarly, we have found that the Pioneers and Pathbreakers project favored the work of those associated within universities and technological industries, with their attendant issues regarding a lack of racial and gender diversity, while the work of artists and thinkers in popular culture fields have largely been ignored.

With this project, we aim to publish memoirs and podcasts featuring artists, writers, theorists and other content creators who used genres of popular culture to depict the interaction of science, identity and technology within artistic mediums. In particular, we invite artists and thinkers of color from a wide range of cultural, regional and gendered backgrounds to share their experiences on working as a minority within popular cultural realms.

Since its founding in 1966, and the publication of the first issue in January 1968, Leonardo has accompanied and championed the work of the pioneers who were just beginning to use computers and other emerging technologies for artistic purposes. This project creates an opportunity for Leonardo journal, as well as the artists, writers and thinkers themselves, to begin authoring a new history on the relationship between art, science and technology.

We are interested in topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Memoirs by artists (of all methodologies and genres), writers and theorists working within popular culture genres (science fiction, popular music, graphic narratives, etc.)
  • Texts must be written by the artist, in English, and cover an extended body of work. Length may be up to 2,500 words, including 8 illustrations.
  • Memoirs by curators who organized art exhibitions highlighting technological artworks that represent underrepresented groups.
  • Memoirs by pioneering collectors who were early supporters of technological artists in popular culture.

We are happy to record short podcasts over the phone or Internet with pioneers for publication on the Creative Disturbance podcast platform.

Readers of Leonardo are asked to encourage their colleagues to submit such memoirs, which will be invaluable primary documents for historians and scholars in the future.

Proposals and Inquiries Interested authors may submit manuscript proposals or inquiries to Leonardo.

Manuscript Submissions For detailed instructions for manuscript and art preparation, visit Information for Journal Authors.

To submit a completed manuscript, upload at Editorial Express.

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