Leonardo serves as a critical content provider through our print and digital publications, which include scholarly journals Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac as well as the Leonardo Book Series—all published by The MIT Press. To meet the needs and interests of the community, the publishing program has grown to include online and digital publishing initiatives that explore experimental projects in interactive and emerging media, encompassing both open participation and peer-review practices.
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Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina who saw the need for a journal to serve as an international channel of communication between artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. Today, Leonardo is the leading journal for readers interested in the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts.
Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ) is devoted to aesthetic and technical issues in contemporary music and the sonic arts. Each issue features artists and writers from around the world, representing a wide range of stylistic viewpoints, and includes the latest offering from the LMJ audio series—an exciting sampling of works chosen by a guest curator and accompanied by notes from the composers and performers.
The Leonardo Book Series includes books by artists, scientists, researchers and scholars who present innovative discourse on the convergence of art, science and technology. Envisioned as a catalyst for enterprise, research and creative and scholarly experimentation, the series enables diverse intellectual communities to explore common grounds of expertise.
Leonardo Reviews is the work of an international panel of scholars and professionals invited from a wide range of disciplines to review books, exhibitions, CDs, websites and conferences. Collectively they represent an intellectual commitment to engaging with the emergent debates and manifestations that are the consequences of the convergence of the arts, science and technology.
Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design In 2012, The Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) launched a White Papers initiative to build community awareness of perceived challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of science, engineering, art, design and the humanities. The resulting study takes note of the growing international interest and development of initiatives in universities, corporations and civil society. The SEAD White Papers initiative was chaired by Roger Malina and co-chaired by Carol Strohecker, with the assistance of an international Steering Group and coordination by Carol LaFayette and Amy Ione, Managing Editor. The report contains images from SEAD collaborators and links to all White Papers contributions.
Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), is Leonardo's peer-reviewed digital journal dedicated to providing a forum for those who are interested in the realm where art, science and technology converge. LEA publishes recent work and critical discussion on topics of current relevance and encourages contributions from scholars, artists, scientists, educators and developers of new technological resources in the fine arts and media arts.
The Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is an evolving, comprehensive database of thesis abstracts (PhD, Masters and MFA) on topics at the intersections between art, science and technology. This English-language database is hosted by Pomona College (Claremont, CA). Each year a selection of abstracts chosen by a peer review panel for their special relevance is published in Leonardo and on this website.
The Leonardo Gallery highlights a variety of artists' works selected by an invited curator. The gallery generally consists of a curator's statement plus 6–8 pages of artists' images and their very brief statements about the work shown. Galleries are published simultaneously online and in Leonardo. Curators interested in more information about the Leonardo Gallery or in submitting gallery proposals, should contact the Leonardo Editorial office.
Leonardo/Olats, the French branch of Leonardo/ISAST, is a cultural association of project-based online research and publications in the field of arts and techno-sciences. Leonardo/Olats is interested not only in the production of technological art but also in the encounters among scientists, engineers, artists and cultural actors.