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MIT Press Podcast: The Sublime in Art and Science

MIT Press Podcast Series Episode #18 features Michael Punt, Sundar Sarukkai, Martyn Woodward and Roger Malina discussing the connections between science and the arts, especially where the sublime—the unknowable, the incomprehensible—fits within these fields. This conversation was inspired by Leonardo Reviews Quarterly 2.01 (which is now available as an e-book from Amazon). Find out more


Upcoming DASER: 18 October 2012, Washington, D.C.

Join us for the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), 18 October 2012, at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. This month, the discussion's theme is Brain Science and the Cyborg: Ethical Issues, Utopian and Dystopian Depictions and the Realities of Policy. Feature presentations by neuroscientist James Giordano, filmmaker Anya Meksin, artist Jill Scott and CEO Michael Swetnam. For those not in D.C., a live webcast is available here. Find out more


Call for Submissions: Balance-Unbalance 2013

Submissions are now being accepted for Balance-Unbalance 2013, an international conference to be held at Central Queensland University in Noosa, Australia, from 31 May–2 June 2013. Balance-Unbalance is organized by Ricardo Dal Farra and a team at the Noosa Biosphere (in partnership with UNESCO and international organizations including Leonardo/ISAST). Balance-Unbalance is designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. One of the main goals of Balance-Unbalance is to develop the role of the arts and artists in dealing with environmental challenges. Find out more


Leonardo Call for Papers: Art & Atoms

Chemistry’s unique connection to art—a science simultaneously steeped in abstraction and application, process and product—is the focus of the Art & Atoms special section, guest curated by chemist and Leonardo Board Member Tami Spector. We especially seek submissions related to topics on the cutting edge of chemistry, including nanoscience, synthetic biology, fuel cells and neurochemistry. Find out more

Forthcoming: LMJ 22—Acoustics

Immersed as we are in electronically mediated sound, at the end of the day—whether it’s coming from ukuleles or earbuds—sound reaches us through acoustic pressure. The sheer physicality of sound, and its quirky interaction with our sense of hearing, has driven many a composer and sound artist to go back to the "year zero" in music—before the codification of melody, rhythm and harmony—and explore fundamental aspects of the physics and perception of sound. LMJ22 highlights writings on the role of acoustics and psychoacoustics in music and audio art. The issue includes a CD curated by Daniel James Wolf and an online supplement available to subscribers entitled "Alvin Lucier—A Celebration." LMJ 22 will be released November 2012. Find out more

Low-cost Article Access to Leonardo and LMJ

The MIT Press Journals now offers low-cost article access through third party service Deep Dyve. Users can now rent articles published in Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal and other MIT Press Journals for a limited, one-time use or extended use with special membership. This service is in addition to the other article access options currently provided by the MIT Press. Find out more


Ontario College of Art & Design University

Leonardo is pleased to feature Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University as a renewing Leonardo Affiliate Member. Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University is Canada's "university of the imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians. University departments, nonprofits and for-profit organizations working at the intersection of art, science and technology are invited to join the Leonardo Affiliate Member Program. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Data Ecologies at the University of Plymouth

Data Ecologies: Contemporary Practice at the Confluence of Art, Technology and the Environment (10 November 2012, Plymouth University) is a symposium that invites creatives, academics, scientists, technologists and all interested parties to share “instruments” or provocative prototypes and practices that, through the use of data, enhance our understanding of the world and our impact on it, defining a range of trans-disciplinary strategies and projects to manifest complex ecologies—to make the invisible visible. Find out more

Koc University, Istanbul, Department of Media and Visual Arts, Full-Time and Part-time Positions

Koc University, Department of Media and Visual Arts, invites applications for part-time instructor and full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2013). At the time of employment, qualified full-time position candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and part-time instructor candidates should have a minimum M.F.A. or equivalent degree. Areas of specialization are open, but candidates with applied and/or research experience in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: Design, Film Production and Film Studies, Animation, Communication and Media Studies, Media and Communications management. Find out more

Assistant Professor, Department of Visualization
College of Architecture - Texas A&M University

The Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University seeks two tenure-track Assistant Professors. Responsibilities include pursuing innovative and creative research agendas, teaching and advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the department, university, and the field. Another position is the area of interactive visualization with an emphasis on games for education, entertainment and/or simulation. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2012. Find out more