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Next LASER: October 14, 2009

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), October 14, 2009 at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, for feature presentations by Carlo Sequin on "Knotty Sculptures," Steve Wilson on "Overview of Art and Biology Experimentation," Wayne Vitale on "The Aesthetics of Oscillation in Balinese Music," and Bruce Damer on "The EvoGrid: Building a Precursor Artificial Origin of Life Simulator." Find out more


Leonardo Education Forum Elects New Chairs

The Leonardo Education Forum (LEF) has elected two new chairs, Patricia Olynyk and Joe Lewis, to help lead the group through 2014. LEF promotes the advancement of artistic research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science and technology. Serving practitioners, scholars and students who are members of the Leonardo community, LEF provides a forum for collaboration and exchange with other scholarly communities, including the College Art Association of America (CAA), of which it is an affiliate society. Find out more

New Book: Arte, ciência e tecnologia: passado, presente e desafios Now Available

The book Arte, ciência e tecnologia: passado, presente e desafios by Diana Domingues and published by Editora UNESP in partnership with the Itaú Cultural was launched on September 17, 2009 at the #8. ART Symposium in Brazil. The book, inspired by REFRESH! The First International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology which took place at The Banff New Media Institute in 2005, focuses on the historical relationship between art, science and technology and attempts to put into place the history of art in Brazil and the necessary elements, strategies, artists and institutions that shape the theories of this field of knowledge. The book includes many texts previously published in titles in the Leonardo Book Series. Find out more


Call for Submissions: SIGGRAPH 2010 Art Papers and Art Gallery

SIGGRAPH 2010, in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST, seeks papers that illuminate and explore how people understand the changing roles of artists and art-making in our increasingly networked, multi-sensory, online world. Accepted papers will be featured in a special issue of Leonardo which will be published in conjunction with the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference. SIGGRAPH is also looking for exceptional works of art, completed in the last two years, by artists who physically engage technology in their creative process. The aim is to gather a compelling and varied group of creative projects that relate to the SIGGRAPH 2010 Art Gallery theme, "TouchPoint: The Haptic Exchange Between Digits." Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Berkeley Symphony Season Opener
Half-Price Ticket Offer for Leonardo Community Members

"Welcome Joana: A Berkeley Opener," Thursday, October 15, 7 PM (note early start time!), UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA. Berkeley Symphony welcomes 32-year-old Lisbon native Joana Carneiro in her inaugural performance as Music Director. Carneiro will conduct works by two well-known Berkeley composers: John Adams's The Chairman Dances and the West Coast premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank's Peregrinos (Pilgrims), a work inspired by stories gathered from Latino immigrants and the subject of a recently completed PBS documentary. Find out more