By Sophie Fouladi

Leonardo is honored to announce Mary Anne Staniszewski and Yiannis Colakides as the new coordinators/editors of the Leonardo Graduate Abstracts (LGA). This program, a crucial part of the Leonardo Educators and Students initiative, features a comprehensive database of graduate thesis abstracts at the intersection of arts, sciences, and technology. The abstracts cover diverse fields such as visual arts, sound, performing arts, computer sciences, and other technological disciplines, focusing on philosophical, historical, critical, or applied science and technology aspects in the arts. Initiated at Pomona College, the English-language database aims to spotlight interdisciplinary work often overlooked in existing theses repositories.

Mary Anne Staniszewski, an associate professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been instrumental in establishing the practice-based “Electronic Arts” PhD program. Her extensive work includes notable publications such as Believing Is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art (Penguin USA, 1995) and The Power of Display: A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art (MIT Press, 1998). She is currently completing a book, a contemporary-historical analysis of race intertwining arts and sciences. Staniszewski’s academic and literary contributions bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role as an LGA editor.

Yiannis Colakides, an architect and activist, co-founded NeMe, a cultural NGO in Cyprus that tackles environmental, geopolitical, economic, and digital technology issues. His curatorial and editorial work includes recent projects like State Machines (Institute of Network Cultures, 2019), Frankenstein Reanimated (Torque Editions, 2022), and A Sea Change (Quo Artis, 2024). Colakides’s activism involves challenging precarious regulations affecting cultural NGOs in Cyprus. With extensive experience in peer reviewing for Leonardo, his multifaceted background and commitment to interdisciplinary research make him a valuable addition to the LGA team.

We are thrilled to have Mary Anne Staniszewski and Yiannis Colakides take on these new roles, building on the legacy of the database originator Sheila Pinkel. Their diverse experience and profound dedication to interdisciplinary research will undoubtedly enrich the Leonardo Graduate Abstracts program. We look forward to seeing the initiative’s continued growth and impact under their guidance.

Click here to learn more about submitting a graduate abstract for review.