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San Francisco Art Institute, 3–4 November, 2018 – Artists and researchers at the forefront of using science and technology to advance art and human knowledge are gathering in San Francisco in a few weeks to celebrate 50 years of mind-bending creative exploration and research. Leonardo invites members of its art, science and technology community to participate in its flagship 50th-anniversary event, The Convening.

Mixed-reality ecosystems, kinetic typography, biohacking, data-portraits created from the ads presented to us by online ad-trackers—these are a few of the exciting arenas being explored by these artists and researchers, who regularly cross boundaries, blurring the lines between science and art and then rigorously studying the results.  

Their research finds a home in Leonardo—the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.

The Leonardo Convening is the culminating event of our 50th anniversary. The event’s aim is to initiate a challenging, vital network-wide experience. The event is designed to bring together attendees from diverse disciplines and experiences. We want this event not only to celebrate 50 years of building our network but also to help us design where we want to be in the next 50 years. This will be both an outcome of design thinking and a sector manifesto.

"Over the past year we have listened and celebrating with communities in over 30 international cities and are bringing it home to San Francisco. We felt it was critical to push beyond the conference/festival model and work outside silos. We are crossing industries, fields and boundaries in order to make deep intentional experiences," Says Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director for Leonardo/ISAST.

What are some of the most cutting-edge and innovative concepts being explored at this intersection today? What is the role of meaning and understanding in art when our perception is manipulated by technology? What social challenges and solutions are being explored by those working across disciplines?

Leonardo was founded half a century ago by astronautical pioneer and kinetic artist Frank Malina, who set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time—offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision—to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work.

About Leonardo/ISAST
Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through its programs that focus on interdisciplinary innovation in the arts, sciences and technology. From its beginnings in 1968, Leonardo/ISAST have served as THE virtual community for purposes of networking, resource-sharing, best practices, research and events in art/science/technology. Follow Leonardo/ISAST on Twitter at, on Facebook at or Instagram at

Event Information, Speakers, and Sponsors
Leonardo/ISAST is working with cultural institutions around the world, including ARUP, Nokia Bell Labs, Hosfelt Gallery, CODAME, Exploratorium, Gray Area, and more. For updated event details and registration of Leonardo’s 50th anniversary celebration, visit

Global Partners and Events
Leonardo/ISAST is working with more than 35 partners and cultural institutions around the world. For updated event listings of Leonardo’s 50th anniversary celebration, visit