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Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board Elects
New Chair Greg Harper

The Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board elected Greg Harper as chair in the August 2009 board meeting. Among the board chair duties are: overseeing the running of the Governing Board and Executive Committee; chairing meetings of the Governing Board and Executive Committee; working in partnership with the Governing Board and staff to make sure Board resolutions and decisions are carried out and acting as spokesperson for the organization. Find out more


Next LASER: December 9, 2009

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), December 9, 2009, at the SETI Institute, Palo Alto, CA. Feature presentations include Chris Chafe, "Making Music in Data-Rich Environments," Paul Rabinow, "Ars Synthetica," Deborah Munk, "The Art of Recycling," and Cindy Stokes, "Dynamic Form." Find out more


2009 Year-End Campaign: Support Leonardo/ISAST

Your financial contribution to Leonardo/ISAST will help ensure that we keep going and growing! Please make your tax-deductible donation today, and tell us what matters most to you and your community. Help Leonardo turn the future you envision into a reality - your support will make a difference! Find out more

Call for Contributions: WATER and SPACE:
Societal, Educational and Cultural Aspects

A joint session (E1.6-E5.4) between the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee and the IAA Commission VI and co-sponsored by ITACCUS on the topic "Water and Space: Societal, Educational and Cultural Aspects" will be held during the International Astronautical Congress that will take place in Prague in 2010. Inter-disciplinary in nature, it will explore the societal and cultural contexts of water as related to space. Find out more


Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) Call for Submissions

Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS), consisting of the English-language, Spanish-language, Chinese-language and French-language databases, is a comprehensive collection of Ph.D., Master's and MFA thesis abstracts on topics at the intersection of art, science and technology. Postgraduate students whose theses investigate philosophical, historical or critical applications of science or technology to the arts (visual, sound, performance, text), computer sciences, the hard sciences and/or technology are invited to submit abstracts of their theses for consideration. Next deadline for submissions: December 31, 2009. 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

Leonardo Music Journal Volume 19 Now Available!
LMJ19: Our Crowd--Four Composers Pick Composers

Inside Leonardo Music Journal, Volume 19: Take back the noise: Armed with mics, parabolic speakers and tuning tubes, O+A turn modern aural mayhem into habitable soundscapes. The last tangible medium: The CD inspired what might be the last culture of a recording medium. Volker Straebel reports on the end of sound recording media. Pandora's blippoo: Rob Hordijk's Blippoo Box packages chaos theory in its certified-organic analog sound. Windstorms, dog-barks and sound arts: Liz Phillips's installations and sculptures draw on the natural energies around them to add sonic elastic to the atmosphere. LMJ 19 includes the audio CD "Telematic Music: Six Perspectives," curated by Pauline Oliveros with contributions by Nameless Sound Youth Ensemble + Guests, Norman Lowrey, Sarah Weaver, Tom Bickley, If, Bwana, Caterina De Re, Seth Cluett, Doug Van Nort, Marc Jensen, Kathy Kennedy, Paula Matthusen, Shannon Morrow, Monique Buzzarté, Kristin Norderval and Elainie Lillios. Find out more.


University of Illinois eDREAM Institute Joins
Leonardo Affiliate Membership Program

eDream, the Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute, was founded in January 2009 at the University of Illinois by the Office of the Provost to serve as an international center for envisioning and practicing the emerging digital arts. eDream sponsors visiting artists and scholars, conducts active research programs, contributes to significant creative productions, and fosters new academic programming. Led by Donna Cox, Guy Garnett, Bob Patterson, and Kelly Searsmith, eDream is housed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and draws upon the unique strengths of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Institute is developing international partnerships, which include the Cyprus Institute, and is seeking collaborators for research projects, scholarly exchange, and creative production. This coming April, eDream will lead the Arts for HASTAC 2010. Leonardo/ISAST welcomes University of Illinois eDream Institute as a new Affiliate Member. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Call for Submissions:
UC's STAGE International Script Competition

Submitted plays must explore scientific and/or technological stories, themes, issues or events. Multi-media theatre pieces, non-traditional plays and new forms are encouraged. Current and previous STAGE judges include Pulitzer, Tony, Olivier & Nobel-winning judges David Auburn, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire, Sir Anthony Leggett & Dr. Douglas Osheroff. The winner of the Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration (STAGE) Competition will receive a $10,000 USD prize, along with possible opportunities for developing and promoting the winning script. The deadline is December 15, 2009. Find out more

Call for Applications:
Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program, UC Santa Cruz

The Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is accepting applications for Fall 2010 now through February 15, 2010. This interdisciplinary, two-year MFA program brings together faculty and students from across the academic spectrum to pursue artistic and scholarly research. Find out more

Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Ryerson University New Media Program

Apply your MFA or equivalent and studio-based teaching experience in this probationary tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, in Experience Design, commencing August 1, 2010, subject to final budgetary approval. Fluency in at least two current programming languages and an established art practice focused on the creative use of artificial intelligence, networked computational art and/or behavioral/social physical objects are required. Find out more

Full/Assistant Professor Position
Louisiana State University, AVATAR Initiative

The Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies, and Research (AVATAR) Initiative at Louisiana State University (LSU) is a platform for intersections among the arts, technology, and computational sciences, uniting scholars across the university, including the Schools of Art, Music, Landscape Architecture, and Mass Communication; the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and English; as well as the Center for Computation & Technology. It builds upon a university-wide commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching, progressive state tax credits for digital media and recent economic development in the region. LSU AVATAR invites dynamic, interdisciplinary scholars and artists dedicated to the advancement of digital media to apply to join our faculty. Find out more