Celebrating Leonardo

More than 40 years ago in Paris, a group of artists, scientists and engineers got together and decried the lack of professional venues through which emerging work bridging the two cultures could be presented, debated and promoted. Frank Malina, himself a research engineer and a professional artist, convinced publisher Robert Maxwell of Pergamon Press to take on the challenge of publishing a peer-reviewed scholarly art-science-technology journal, the first time such a project had been attempted. Since that time we have published the work of thousands of artists, researchers and scholars.

Watch an interview with Executive Editor Roger Malina as he explains more about the history and activities of the Leonardo community.


Volumes 1-33 available through JSTOR: jstor.org

Volumes 34-current volume available through MIT Press: mitpressjournals.org/leon and mitpressjournals.org/lmj .


"For 40 years Leonardo has been at the forefront of experimental art. Way before the larger art world embraced video and new media, Leonardo had already championed these and other, emergent art forms. Readers of Leonardo, and participants in Leonardo events, have always learned about innovative developments before they hit the mainstream. Leonardo has played a central role in fostering debate and development of experimental art, such as bio and space art, to name a few, not to mention the fact that its books, journals, and websites document and archive the achievements of leading artists and theorists. It has been a pleasure to see Leonardo evolve and expand into new fields, in perpetual dialogue with social and cultural transformations. Happy birthday Leonardo!"

-- Eduardo Kac, Leonardo Editorial Board member; editor, Signs of Life: BioArt and Beyond (2007, Leonardo Books/MIT Press)

“How many organizations can move with the times - especially during the changes of the last four decades? Leonardo has always been there at the frontier. Artists started exploring video - Leonardo was there. They started experimenting with computers, robots, algorithmic composition, AI, alternative interfaces - Leonardo was there. The extraordinary world network of artists, theorists and scientists promises that Leonardo will be there when the next developments emerge. Leonardo has been critical in my own practice - letting me know what others are doing and providing a place to share my discoveries.”

-- Stephen Wilson, past Leonardo Governing Board member and author of Information Arts (2001, Leonardo Books/MIT Press)

"There are three main reasons for which Leonardo has been important to me for the last 40 years. Firstly, it reinforced my long-standing friendly relationship with the Malina family since Frank discussed with me the launching of the Leonardo journal early in 1967 and Roger gave me a helping hand in the publication of my Leonardo book From Technological to Virtual Art at the beginning of 2007. Secondly, consulting the Leonardo journal and sites during 40 years provided a background for my different activities: teaching, writing and exhibiting art works connected with science and technology. And finally, belonging to the Leonardo community during that period gave me a feeling that I am not alone in trying to pursue my open-ended research."

-- Frank Popper, Leonardo Editorial Board member; author, From Technological to Virtual Art (2007, Leonardo Books/MIT Press)

"Leonardo is the preeminent network of all things related to the interface of art, science, and technology studies. Serving as a stimulating nexus of professional artist-researchers, cutting-edge publications, and international mega-events, Leonardo nurtures into being the most influential thinkers of our time. In a word: priceless."

-- Mark Amerika, author, META/DATA (2007, Leonardo Books/MIT Press)

"....congratulations on Leonardo's remarkable 40th anniversary. What an immensely important resource Leonardo has been to those of us in the art, science and technology community and I'm proud to have been in some ways part of it over the years. I'm sure its importance and influence will continue to grow and that it will make an even greater contribution in the future."

-- Robert Russett, University of Louisiana


Joining the Leonardo community puts you in contact with a vibrant community of professionals working across the boundaries of art, science and technology. Associate membership comes with a number of benefits including a subscription to Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal and invitations to events throughout the year. Find out more!

Updated 7 March 2012