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50 Influential Articles In Celebration of 50 Years of MIT Press

As part of MIT Press's 50th anniversary celebration, 50 influential articles published by the Journals division of the MIT Press have been selected based on suggestions from MIT Press journal editors. The selected articles will be freely available through the MIT Press web site until 19 June 2012. Among the selected articles are "The Artist and Advanced Technology" by Frank Popper (originally published in Leonardo 28:1, February 1995), "Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture in Voyager" by George Lewis (originally published in Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 10, December 2000) and "Nanotechnology: The Endgame of Materialism" by James K. Gimzewski (originally published in Leonardo 41:3, June 2008). Find out more


Upcoming DASER: 24 May 2012, Washington DC

Join us for the next DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), 24 May 2012, at Keck Center, Washington DC. This month, the discussion focuses on recent developments in experimental and interactive technology in art. Feature presenters include artist Blake Fall-Conroy, artist Michelle Lisa Herman, program director Blair Murphy, artist Steven Silberg and educator Max Kazemzadeh. Find out more


Trust Me I'm An Artist - Public Event Series

Trust Me I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art/Science Collaboration is a series of public events led by artist Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Professor Bobbie Farsides (Chair of Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School), with the support of Waag Society, Leiden University, BioSolar Cells and Leonardo/Olats. The series investigates the new ethical issues arising from art and science collaboration and considers the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved. The next event is scheduled for 31 May 2012 and will take place at the Salle des Actes, The École normale supérieure, Paris, France. For this event, Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoit Mangin) will propose, in front of an audience, their project "Du cheval au panda" to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country). Find out more


Now Available from the MIT Press: Leonardo 45:3

Inside Leonardo 45:3: Kids on the Moon: Visits to space scientists and sessions with arts engineers work out what India's Moon mission means to children in the shadow of its satellite dish; Art's literally burning issues: Ecoartists use the visual, the tangible and the playable to wrap our minds around the (dire) shape of the planet; Winding down the mystery of an ancient gearbox: A shipwrecked analog computer washes up against a Greek myth--that the ancient Greeks had no complex machines; The center can't hold, but things fall in place: How do systems fit together, come apart, fit into bigger systems--whether we are artists or E.coli? Find out more


University of Calabria Evolutionary Systems Group Renews Affiliate Membership

Evolutionary Systems Group (ESG), directed by Pier Augusto Bertacchini, Eleonora Bilotta and Pietro Pantano, is an interdisciplinary group of professors and researchers operating in a broad scientific area characterized by interdisciplinarity. The group operates at the University of Calabria (Italy) and aims at promoting scientific exchange and high formation through the Doctoral School "Archimede" in Science, Communication and Technologies; a PhD course in "Psychology of Programming and Artificial Intelligence"; a Laboratory of Psychology; a strong relationship with other PhD courses held at national and international universities; and international projects in collaboration with other universities and research centers (i.e. "Scientific Scenarios and Art" project in the Culture 2007-2013 Programme). Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Founding Director of the Museum of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

The Museum of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz, is seeking a founding museum director with experience in museum management as well as a proven record of success in development/fundraising. Strategic leadership and planning as well as creativity and vision are essential. Conceived as an ‘institute of creativity and curiosity’ this museum will operate as an intellectual hub for UCSC faculty and students, visiting artists, scholars, scientists and the public. It will provide flexible space for installations, exhibitions, performances, research, seminars and events. The arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences will explore a wide range of topics across the disciplines using the museum as a focus for their intersection, for example: environmental research and sustainable design, social justice and film, art and physics, literature and music. This is a rare opportunity to lead a visionary museum, to participate in its conception and implementation, and to guide its program and future vision, working collaboratively and creatively with constituents from the Arts Division and the entire campus. Find out more

The American Society for Cybernetics Conference: An Ecology of Ideas

The American Society for Cybernetics, working with the Bateson Idea Group, is pleased to announce its joint conference to be held in Asilomar, California, 9 to 13 July 2012. The title of the conference is "An Ecology of Ideas." A major (but not exclusive) intention is to move forward from the work of Gregory Bateson, which will provide a major focus. Find out more