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Frank Malina Centenary Year Celebrations

Frank Malina, pioneering rocket scientist, artist and founder of Leonardo journal, was born on 2 October 1912. Beginning in October, we celebrate the centenary year of the life and achievements of this remarkable man. Find out more


Next NY LASER: 6 October 2012

The upcoming NY LASER on Saturday, 6 October 2012, 4-7pm, will include a review of events held at ISEA. Speakers for this event will include Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles, author of Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the Twentieth Century and Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space. Professor Kevles will be speaking about art and Zero Gravity. Astronomer Lucianne M. Walkowicz (Princeton University) will also present her work. Wine + discussion @ LevyArts is hosted by the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). Please note: The salon is open to members of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) on a first-response basis. To become a LEAF member, contact LEAF Chair Patricia Olynyk at Members who wish to present work after presentations are invited to contact Ellen Levy at for details. The first 20 who respond will be saved a place. Attendance is limited in order to allow for a deep exchange of ideas.

Next SF LASER: 10 October 2012, Stanford University

Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 10 October 2012, at Stanford University. Feature presentations include "Biology and Art" by author/educator Andrew Todhunter; "Where the Beginning Meets the End" by artist/educator Terry Berlier; "A Plan to Power the World for All Purposes with Wind, Water, and the Sun" by educator Mark Jacobson; and "Music from High Latitudes" by composer Cheryl Leonard. Find out more


LEAF: Developing Cloud Curricula in Art and Science 2012

The Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Art Science Cloud Curricula workshops will generate and build an internationally recognized art and science cloud curriculum course outline. The workshops outcome will be a curriculum that is expected to become a benchmark of what we see as quintessentially important to engage in the world of research at the core of Art/Science. This workshop is established in collaboration with the Science, Engineering, Art and Design (SEAD) curriculum white paper and STEAM. The proposed workshops will be able to define and construct an actual sample curriculum that will be placed on an art/science cloud wiki. The workshops will happen in real-time with invited collaborators at two significant events in 2012: The Re-New Interactive Media Arts Conference (19-24 November 2012) and MutaMorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainty (CIANT) (6-8 December 2012). Find out more

Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances

The new book Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances on Critical Art Ensemble's 25-year history is due for publication by Four Corners Press on 31 October 2012. Since its formation in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble (Leonardo 2004 New Horizons Award winner) has set out to explore the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism. Composed of a revolving cast of media practitioners, the award-winning group has exhibited and performed in a variety of venues internationally, from the street to the museum to the internet. Disturbances is the first book to assess the group’s 25-year history, examining the environmental, political and bio-technological themes of their various initiatives. In the publication each project is presented by the group itself, from Flesh Machine (1997–1998), in which they exposed the role of eugenics in the fertility market, to the multimedia Marching Plague commissioned by The Arts Catalyst (2005–2007), which revealed the farcical failures of governmental germ warfare programs. Disturbances is a landmark handbook for activists in art, theory, science and politics. Arts Catalyst is hosting a special event in London on 4 October 2012 to mark the launch of the book. Find out more


LEA Call for Papers: The Culture of Digital Education: Innovation in Art, Design, Science and Technology Practices, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Following the special event at the ISEA2011 Istanbul Education Workshop titled Brain Drain/Brain Gain in Art, Science and Technology, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac is pleased to announce a special edition that will investigate current pedagogic issues with a special emphasis on art, science and technology education. In addition we will include in this publication summary papers of various international educational events and workshops from the last five years. The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is inviting proposals from academics, critical theorists and artists for this special issue investigating the changes and innovation in the new culture of digital education. Deadline for abstracts: 1 November 2012. Find out more

CALL FOR PAPERS: LMJ23: Sound Art (2013)

Art is getting noisier every day. Whether made by sculptors, video artists, composers, printmakers or installation artists, there’s no question but that "Sound Art" is a genre ascendant. The Turner Prize went to a Sound Artist last year, phonography has revived an interest in R. Murray Schafer’s Soundscape theories, and critical writing is beginning to proliferate on the topic. It’s time for Leonardo Music Journal to give this field a closer look. For Volume 23 of LMJ we solicit articles and artists' statements that address the role of sound in art that wouldn’t necessarily be called "music." The deadline for proposals is 15 October 2012. Find out more


Join as a Leonardo Member and Get Great Deals

Interested in joining as a member of Leonardo/ISAST? It's easy! When you subscribe to Leonardo or Leonardo Music Journal, you also become an associate member of Leonardo/ISAST. With your subscription and membership you join a unique community of artists, scientists and researchers working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Individual membership benefits are good for an entire year and include discounts on back issues, books and classified ads plus elligibility to participate in Leonardo Education and Art Forum panels, invitations to special Leonardo member events and more. Find out more

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts in Sound

Leonardo is pleased to feature the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts in Sound as a renewing member in the Leonardo Affiliate Membership program. The Master of Fine Arts in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a unique program in the creative use of sound that goes well beyond the boundaries of a typical program in visual art, music, or multimedia. Students may pursue the creation and recording of audio work; the composition of music in numerous genres; live performance, improvisation, and audio installation; the integration of sound in other media, such as video, film, performance, and web-based art; designing and building software and hardware instruments; live and recorded electroacoustic music; and the use of distribution technologies such as radio, internet, and others. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking

Focusing primarily on the work of one of the most notable mathematicians of the twentieth century, "The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking" explores the role of images in the development of what has become known as fractal geometry and chaos theory. Nina Samuel, visiting professor from Das Technisches Bild in Berlin, is the curator of this exhibition, which will be on view at the Bard Graduate Center from September 21, 2012 to January 27, 2013. Find out more

Studio Art PhD: Call for Applications

The PhD at Transart Institute is a three-year low-residency program in advanced studio art offered exclusively for practice-based research (creative work) accompanied by a written thesis. Transart is particularly keen on encouraging proposals that relate to its research clusters: Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Meditation, Performance Activism; Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image; Land and Sea; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; and Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny. Deadline: 1 November 2012. Further information: or

swissnex San Francisco hosts The Changing View of Skin Diseases

swissnex San Francisco kicked off the series Feel the Skin: A Multidimensional Approach in August 2012. The series continues on 10 October 2012 with "The Changing View of Skin Diseases," a discussion on how physicians and their patients have interpreted and treated skin problems from the Enlightenment up through today. Two speakers will be involved, Californian dermatologist Dr. Kieron Leslie and Swiss historian Dr. Severine Pilloud. Find out more

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Curating Art and Science

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London in partnership with The Arts Catalyst, London. Recent contemporary arts projects have directly engaged with, or taken as their subject, a range of sites, spaces, practices, ideas, and cultures of science and advanced technology. These trans-disciplinary art projects present highly varied contexts for research, production and exhibition; working alongside The Arts Catalyst this studentship will investigate the practical, curatorial and production demands posed by these projects. Find out more