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Marc Hebert Named Chair/President of Leonardo

The Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST announces the election of Marc Hebert as Board Chair and President of the nonprofit organization.  Marc brings tremendous business and nonprofit experience and expertise to his new role at Leonardo.  He is the Chief Operating Officer at Estuate, a global information technology (IT) services company. From 2006-2008 he was the first Chief Marketing Officer for Virtusa Corporation, a publicly-traded IT services firm. From 1999-2006, he was Executive Vice President, Marketing and Alliances for Sierra Atlantic, where he was responsible for corporate positioning, lead generation, public relations and partner development. Previously, Mr. Hebert was Vice President for Oracle Corporation. He has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, was interviewed in Investors Business Daily, and has been widely quoted in major media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times and Boston Globe about offshore outsourcing. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, including La Mamelle/ArtCom and the Santa Clara Vanguard. Upon accepting his new position, Marc said: "I feel very fortunate to lead Leonardo into a new era during a very exciting time for the Art/Science/Technology movement.  Leonardo’s global, virtual community drives the engine of innovation in both academia and industry; it’s fascinating to be at the forefront of the ideas and work coming from the integration of these disciplines.  Our outgoing chair Greg Harper has done a terrific job of positioning us for this role, and we thank him for his leadership over the past several years."

Greg Harper, who has served as Leonardo’s Chair and President since 2009, will remain on the Board as Treasurer and Legal Counsel. As Greg recently assumed duties as Board President of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Transit Agency, he nominated Marc as successor Leonardo/ISAST Chair/President “in recognition of the fine job Marc has done as the coordinator of Leonardo’s strategic planning for the past year.” Find out more

LASER: The Next Generation

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that a new Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series will commence in Berkeley in June 2013. The new series is chaired by Piero Scaruffi and sponsored by UC Berkeley Extension ( and the Minerva Foundation (  LASER was first conceived and organized in San Francisco in 2008 as a forum for artists and scientists to share insights about their work with each other and with interested audience members.  LASER also provides participants and attendees with time to network and share opportunities. Over the past 5 years, LASER has grown to a number of venues (USF, Stanford, UCLA, NY) and has sparked a sister event series in Washington, D.C., called DASER.
About the LASER @ UC Berkeley Sponsors:
Founded in 1891, UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley.
Established in 1983 by Helen and Elwin Marg, Minerva Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable foundation, dedicated to promoting original and challenging approaches to the study of the visual brain. Find out more

ANNOUNCING: OPEN CALL for the next LA LASER events: FEB 21 (games), MARCH 7(biotech), APRIL 18(neuroscience), and MAY 9 (environment).The inaugural LA LASER took place on January 17 with: Christina Agakapis (post-doc, bio), Jonathan Arnou (UCLA SPIN lab), Robert Bilder (UCLA Neuroscience), Rita Blaik (PhD, Material Sciences), Mark Cohen (UCLA Neuroscience), Douglas Campbell (MindShare LA), Joyce Cutler-Shaw (artist), James Gimzewski (UCLA Nanotech), M.A. Greenstein (CGI Inc.), Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA Media History), David Familian (UCI Beall Gallery), Eric Parren (media artist), Julie Pate (artist), Siddharth Ramakrishnan (Puget Sound, Seattle, Neuroscience), Marcos Novak (UCSB, Media Art).   LA LASER invites you to submit your name for consideration for future LASERs. Meetings are topic-based to better facilitate networking and collaboration. Please send an email to:


Next Stanford LASER: 6 February 2013, Stanford University, CA

LASER at UCLAJoin us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), 6 February 2013, at Stanford University. Feature presentations include Carina Earl on "Labyrinth of Infinite Doorways"; Luke Muehlhauser (Singularity Institute) on "Superhuman Artificial Intelligence: Promise and Peril"; Christine Marie on "Cinematic shadows and stereoscopic objects"; Jeremy Mende (Designer) and Bill Hsu (San Francisco State University) on "" Confrontational Strategies - The Social Mirror"; plus networking and the opportunity to make an announcement about your own current project! Find out more

Upcoming DASER: 14 February 2013, Washington, D.C.

Greetings, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area readers! Join us for the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), 14 February 2013 at the Keck Center of the National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth St., NW, Washington, D.C. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the discussion’s theme is Love and the Brain. Enjoy presentations by Bianca Acevedo, Helen Fisher, Claudia Hart, and Michael Salcman. Find out more

The Annual College Art Association Conference Begins Soon!

Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) events at the upcoming College Art Association conference, 13-16 February 2013, in New York City: Business meeting: Thursday, 14 February, 12:30 -2:00 pm. Come to meet others interested in the LEAF art/sci mission. Open to the public (conference registration not required). Panel: Art and Medicine: Reciprocal Influence. Adrienne Klein and Patricia Olynyk, moderators.  Thursday, 14 February, 5:30 -7:00 pm. The panel will explore the impact of medicine on artistic practice, of creative process on medical research, and the very notion of the artist's body as subject matter. Open to the public (conference registration not required). Panel: Re/Search: Art, Science, and Information Technology (ASIT): What Would Leonardo da Vinci Have Thought? Joe Lewis, moderator. Saturday, 16 February, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. When Leonardo Da Vinci introduced himself to the Duke of Milan he convinced the Duke that he could develop weapons to protect his city in times of siege. What entrepreneurial activities/businesses/ideas have contemporary artists developed to provide revenue streams to fund their projects? (Conference or single event registration required.)  For more information contact Adrienne Klein


Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Djerassi Artists Residency Program Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to welcome the Djerassi Resident Artists Program as its newest Affiliate Member! The Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP) is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. Its mission is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the Program is situated. DRAP strives to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations. As stewards of a unique and beautiful property located in Woodside, on the San Francisco Peninsula, DRAP also seeks to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment. See also the announcement below. Find out more



Inside 46:1 That’s the breaks: Art and craft can be risky, even heartwrenching. 3D printing can’t repair memories but can bring the wreckage back to (hybrid) life (see article by Amit Zoran and Leah Buechley). Vitruvian antibodies, shadows of bacteria: The stuff of life and modern sculpture bond like E. coli and its prey, or actually something much more appealing (see article by Julian Voss-Andreae). Protein, enriched by art: South Indian folk patterns make molecular structures into Eulerian eye candy (see article by S. Balaji and S. Neela: Protein Kolam). Apps for the haphazard in life: As architecture, construction et al. look to lock p’s and q’s in rigid place, some code for serendipity (see article by Dermott McMeel and Chris Speed). Find out more

Women, Art and Technology Companion Website

Judy Malloy, Editor of Women, Art and Technology, a Leonardo Book, presents a wealth of resources on the artists, pioneers and practitioners working in a wide variety of media, in the book's companion website. Lists and links to books, papers, internet journals and portals and other publications, links to new media works, links to projects and organizations, as well as supplemental material are on view. See

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Scientific Delirium Madness: Call for Artists and Scientists

Leonardo announces a new collaborative initiative with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP).  At the heart of the initiative is a month-long residency in July of 2014 for six (6) artists and six (6) scientists at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco. Applications are now open via for artists who wish to be considered for this special residency.  The deadline is February 15th.  Scientists, mathematicians and additional artists will be proposed via nominators selected by the project’s steering committee.  Inquiries should be directed to Margot H. Knight, Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, CA 94062 at  650-747-1250 or Piero Scaruffi, Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Chair at  Find out more

Call for Experiments and Exhibits: Science Gallery de Dublin

Calling all researchers: mathematicians, statisticians, neuroscientists, psychologists, social scientists and risk lovers. Entries to the May exhibition in the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, are to be submitted through no later than 15th February 2013, 5pm GMT. For more information please contact or call us on 01 896 4115. To Apply: Rregister on the Open Call site. Find out more

Call for Projects: HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions

Conference, workshops, exhibition and parallel events, in collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), 23-25 May 2013. As sharing and collaborative tactics migrate from online culture to the urban realm and ICTs become increasingly open and personalized, rich opportunities for new forms of participation in civic life arise. Citizens may be enabled to access information about the city and also to become involved in the production, collection and distribution of data related to urban matters. Works will be presented as part of an online exhibition to be launched during the Hybrid City events and will also be on view at the Media Lounge of the Museum. Deadline for submissions: 8 February 2013. Please submit your project online: Find out more

Call for Submissions: 2013 Prix Ars Electronica

Entries for 2013 Prix Ars Electronica prize consideration are currently being accepted. The competition is being held in seven categories, including one for Austrian youngsters. The leading barometer of current trends in media art, the Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most highly endowed prize for computer art. Jurors award six Golden Nica statuettes, [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant, 12 Awards of Distinction and a number of Honorary Mentions. Entries can be submitted to  Deadline: 8 March 2013. You can nominate interesting works and other people’s projects at

Call for Articles: Hybridity: The Intersections between Performing Arts and Science

The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media is dedicating an issue to new interdisciplinary connections and intersections between performance and science, as a creative and practical tool that expands and supports the creative endeavors of digital practices in art and performance, and also as a critical framework to discuss and apprehend the impact of digital media arts on the human experience.  Essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, and include images as appropriate. The journal seeks essays by practitioners, researchers and scholars; co-authored articles are also welcome. Submit essays by 1 May 2013. Publication of Special Issue (10.2) on 1 September 2014. Essay submission deadline: 1 May 2013.   Find out more

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM CALL: Understanding Visual Music 2013

The Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre – CEIArtE (Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas) of the National University of Tres de Febrero (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) in Argentina is issuing a call for papers and artworks about videomusic to be considered for the UVM 2013 symposium.  The conference theme, "From macro to micro," suggests the possibility of exploring multiple universes that we are just beginning to discover. The symposium will include a colloquium which invites artists-researchers and academics to expose their explorations and findings, and concerts -open to the general public- with “visual music” works. Symposium: 8-9 August 2013, Buenos Aires – Argentina.  Submissions deadline: 12 March 2013, midnight Buenos Aires time. Find out more