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Next LASER: October 14, 2009

Attention Bay Area readers! Join us for the next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), October 14, 2009 at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, for feature presentations by Carlo Sequin on "Knotty Sculptures," Steve Wilson on "Overview of Art and Biology Experimentation," Wayne Vitale on "The Aesthetics of Oscillation in Balinese Music," and Bruce Damer on "The EvoGrid: Building a Precursor Artificial Origin of Life Simulator." Find out more


Re:live09 - Third World Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

How do the media arts change? How did contemporary media arts come to look and sound like they do? What options, potentialities and eccentricities in the history of media have been lost, overlooked or suppressed? What is the history of speculation on alternate histories, and how have they altered the course of media art history? Over three stimulating days (November 26-29, 2009), historians, curators, media artists, creative arts practitioners and theorists at the forefront of their practice will gather in Melbourne, Australia for Re:live09 - Third World Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology to explore the latest research and theories that challenge. Find out more

(Un)Inhabitable?: The Art of Extreme Environments

Leonardo/Olats, in collaboration with the @rt Outsiders Festival, is pleased to host a discussion on "Habitability and Extreme Environments." The discussion will take place on the YASMIN discussion list from September 25 to October 15, 2009. Find out more


Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) Top-Rated Authors, First Half of 2009

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce the top-rated abstracts published in the English-language Leonardo Abstracts Service database during the first half of 2009: Paul Thomas, Ionat Zurr, Stephen Jones, Noah Shibley, Stephen Thompson, Zita Joyce, Susan Ballard, Brigitta Zics, Hollis Taylor, B. Lea Cox, Rolf Wolfensberger and Elizabeth Muller. Find out more

Leonardo Electronic Almanac Special Issue: Dispersive Anatomies

The LEA special issue Dispersive Anatomies, guest edited by Sandy Baldwin and Alan Sondheim, considers the network as dispersive anatomy. As the call for papers stated, "A fundamental shift in the way we view the world is underway: the abandonment of discrete objects, and objecthood itself. The world is now plural, and the distinction between real and virtual is becoming increasingly blurred, with troubling consequences within the geopolitical register." Also includes the Dispersive Anatomies Gallery, curated by Mez Breeze. Find out more

Call for Papers: Leonardo Music Journal 20 (2010) -- Improvisation

Improvisation has been a critical component in many forms of music around the world throughout most of history and is an essential quality of human intelligence that extends far beyond the borders of art. It remains, nonetheless, a controversial subject in contemporary Western music: detested and denounced by such titans as Pierre Boulez and John Cage, embraced with equal fervor by others, and seriously misunderstood by many. For Volume 20 of the Leonardo Music Journal we welcome papers on aspects of improvisation in music, art and the general realm of decision-making -- especially texts addressing the interplay of improvisation and technology. Proposals are due by October 15, 2009. Find out more

Opportunities and Community Announcements

IMAGINING MEDIA. produced@zkm

The future is the declared objective of the work produced at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. On the occasion of its jubilee, now twenty years after its founding in 1989 the institution casts back to its past with the opening of the exhibition IMAGINING MEDIA. produced@zkm which brings the history of ZKM to life in a large-scale overview presentation commencing on October 10, 2009. In this exhibition, the best of media art works produced by international artists at ZKM will be presented. Find out more