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Upcoming DASER: 22 March 2012, Washington DC

Join us for the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous DASER), 22 March 2012, at Keck Center, Washington DC. This month, the discussion focuses on the intersection of visual culture and evolution. Feature presentations by professor Gerald Borgia, associate professor Nathaniel Comfort, artist/educator Ellen Levy, and professor David Rothenberg. Find out more


Now Available: Leonardo, Volume 45, Issue 2

Inside Leonardo 45:2: Prepared for emergences: Mutant frogs, sound swarms and music critics were some of the ways Tom Davis coaxed self-organizing art out of complexity science. Information artist v. media meltdown: In the heat and hubbub of Japan's nuclear crisis, Rama Hoetzlein designed an on-line data artwork to cut through a spreading cloud of info-pollution. Changing the mental climate: A storm surge of art-science-community action is giving shapes and sounds to our brave new climate dystopia and what we can do to change it. The multiple choice: How do our brains handle challenging images? Microscopist Amanda Wilson surveys artists, scientists and a third kind. Find out more

LEA CALL FOR PAPERS: Astronomy, Lunacies and Ends of the World

Are the contemporary lunacies and conspiracy theories on the end of the world in 2012 just another cultural fad similar to the end of the world in the year 2000 or in the year 1000? Is the world really destined to end or does the Mayan calendar’s prediction represent another excuse to develop myths and illusions? Proposals are invited from artists and scientists that work on issues related to astronomy, mythologies, social behaviors, conspiracy theories inspired by astronomy as well as eschatological interpretations of historical and contemporary times. Interdisciplinary proposals that merge astronomical science and psychology, popular culture, sociology, mass media or philosophical analyses are particularly welcome. We welcome exploration of deep ecology and global management of the earth as a system as ways of avoiding catastrophic futures. Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2012 Find out more

Leonardo Abstracts Service Upcoming Deadline: 30 June 2012

As we near the end of the academic year, we want to bring the Leonardo Abstract Service (LABS) to the attention of students and educators. Students who will be getting an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. in a subject related to the intersection of art, science and technology are encouraged to submit an abstract of their thesis to the LABS database. The LABS database, which has been in existence for over 10 years, functions as a way for international artists and scholars to learn about the work of the next generation. The database is peer-reviewed, and the top-ranking authors are invited to publish their abstracts in Leonardo and Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA). Educators: Please bring the LABS database to the attention of your students! Find out more Find out more


School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Department Renews Affiliate Membership

The School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Department is dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber. This is accomplished through a progressive curriculum; a faculty comprised of well-known artists, curators and professionals; state-of-the-art facilities and our location in New York. Following a broad curriculum, including studio work, art history and programming, each student’s education is individually tailored from over forty course offerings per semester. While multidisciplinary in nature, areas of specialization include animation, motion graphics, video art, interactive media, installation/digital fine art and performance. Find out more