Dates or Deadline: 
14 May 2019 to 13 May 2022
Organized by: 
Tami Spector
Leonardo Program: 

Guest Editor
Tami I. Spector, University of San Francisco Professor of Chemistry, Member, Leonardo Governing Board, LASER host

In 2008 cultural historian Piero Scaruffi piloted the first Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in San Francisco, CA with the intention of bringing together artists, scientists and technologists for presentations that foster cross/trans-disciplinary insights and dialogue with their co-presenters and the LASER audience. Since that time the program has grown to include a global network of more than 30 LASER programs, each of which is inflected by the vision of the specific organizers, presenters and environs (www.leonardo.info/laser-talks). With this special section we aim to expand the purview of the individual LASER programs beyond their localities into conversation with each other and the larger Leonardo community. To this end we seek manuscripts from speakers and organizers highlighting work presented at the LASERs worldwide.

Manuscript Submissions
We seek Leonardo manuscript submissions of 1,500–2,000 words of the following types:
artist’s notes, short statements, general notes, theoretical perspectives and technical notes 

For detailed instructions for manuscript and art preparation, visit Information for Journal Authors. To submit a completed manuscript, upload at Editorial Express.

LEON 52:3 - Exiting the Comfort Zone: From Algorithm to Interaction in the Early Work of Simon Biggs

The 1970s and early 1980s saw the emergence of the microcomputer and the domain of personal computing. Within that context, some artists were working with such digital systems, contributing to these developments in various ways. This article reflects upon one such artist’s involvement in these developments and how his initial interest in computational processes allowed him to explore a series of formal concerns, and how this then evolved into an engagement with more conceptual and philosophical concerns around the ontology of people and technology.

LEON 52:3 - Legitimizing Boundary Crossing for the Average Scientist: Two Cases Acknowledging How Arts Practice Informs Science

To normalize ArtScience, examples need to be shared of its average practitioners within the sciences, in addition to its historical exemplars. Described here are two cases of arts practice informing scientific research as experienced by early-stage researchers in postdoctoral or PhD work. Each case involves different arts approaches and yields different effects on the science; both inform ideas for how to better support and institutionalize ArtScience work.

LEON 52:3 - The Artificial Memory of Mr. Polly: Memory Simulation in Databases and the Emergence of Knowledge

Human memory may be characterized by five dimensions: (1) large capacity; (2) associativity; (3) diversity of memory systems; (4) change over time; and (5) a unified memory experience. The organization and multidimensionality underlying memory can be represented with set theory. This offers a new mathematical perspective, which is the foundation for the cognitive memory architecture Ardemia. The authors present a relational database implementation of Ardemia that supports the creation of the artificial memory of Mr. Polly, the main character in H.G. Wells’s novel The History of Mr.

LEON 52:3 - Artistic Approaches to Design and Manufacturing Techniques Dedicated to Space Applications

Space exploration is undergoing exciting disruptive change, both through the advent of new business models and through the development of innovative technologies. As a consequence of this accelerated activity, innovative design and manufacturing techniques dedicated entirely to space exploration and exploitation are slowly emerging. These go beyond the simplistic approach of considering space as a harsh environment and rather offer solutions adequately developed for alien environments such as interplanetary space or planetary bodies.