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Global Warning Symposium 2010
Artists, Scientists and Environmental Activism

Global Warning Participants

The GLOBAL WARNING--Artists, Scientists and Environmental Activism Symposium, organized by ZER01: The Art and Technology Network, the City of San Jose Public Art Program, the SJSU CADRE Laboratory for New Media and LEONARDO/ISAST, with additional support from the Montalvo Arts Center, will be held September 16–17, 2010, in San Jose, CA, in conjunction with the 3rd 01SJ Biennial taking place September 16–19. Confirmed for Day 1 of the symposium are a keynote talk by Nobel laureate Dr. Stephen Schneider, an overview of environmental activist artists by Gail Wight, and a lively artist-scientist dialogue featuring Dr. Karen Holl, Marisa Jahn, Andrea Polli and Meredith Tromble. Day 2 of the symposium will highlight the work of the three finalist Climate Clock Initiative artist teams. Find out more

Art, Science and the Environment
From the Leonardo and LMJ Archives

Leading up to the Global Warning Symposium, we will be publishing abstracts from papers that have been published in Leonardo and LMJ over the years on art, science and the environment. Many of these papers are available for free to current Leonardo and LMJ subscribers. Papers published before 2005 are available through the JSTOR digital archive.

"Between Reason and Sensation: Antipodean Artists and Climate Change," by Janine Randerson
ABSTRACT: The author, drawing on her experience as a New Zealand artist who has collaborated with meterologists, suggests that artists may enter climate change discourse by translating (or mis-translating) scientific method into sensory affect. She examines three recent art projects from Australasia that draw on natural phenomena: her own Anemocinegraph (2006-2007), Nola Farman's working prototype The Ice Tower (1998), and Out-of-Sync's ongoing on-line project, Talking about the Weather. The author cites Herbert Marcuse's 1972 essay "Nature and Revolution," which argues that sensation is the process that binds us materially and socially to the world. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 40, No. 5, 2007, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

"Gathered from Coincidence: Reflections on Art in a Time of Global Warming," by George Gessert
ABSTRACT: How will global warming affect art? The author proposes that the effects will be continuous with other human-caused threats to civilization such as nuclear weapons. Such threats have already contributed to devaluation of the human figure. In many different times and places, the primary focus of art, with the notable exception of Western art, has been on nonhuman imagery. Global warming will give this new significance. Questions of permanence and impermanence in art are also likely to become more relevant. [This paper was originally published in Leonardo Vol. 40, No. 3, 2007, and is currently available to Leonardo and LMJ subscribers through the MIT Press web site.]

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Other Events

NEXT LASER: June 9, 2010

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), June 9, 2010, at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA. Feature presentations include Robert Lang, "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes"; Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, "How Can Art Help Create a Sustainable World?; Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall, "Imaginary Gifts"; and Tom McKeag, "How Would Nature Do That?" Find out more

20XX.EDU: Grand Challenges in Education

This panel, scheduled to take place at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, brings together a diverse group of outstanding researchers and artists, academy and industry professionals, educators, and government officials to discuss the future of education in its broadest sense, encompassing both formal and informal learning. The panel is being organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and Leonardo/ISAST. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

Call for Participation
Into Focus: Art/Science in the University Classroom

In conjunction with the College Art Association 99th Annual Conference, to be held February 9-12, 2011 in New York City, Science & the Arts at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York will host a panel titled "Into Focus: Art/Science in the University Classroom." If you have developed or participated in instruction bringing together art and science, we would like to give you the opportunity to share your experiences. The panel is a satellite event of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum. Find out more