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GROWING THE NETWORK FOR 50 YEARS

Starting mid-2017, we invite you to participate in our 18-month-long celebration for Leonardo's 50th anniversary. Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of the community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the "new media" of the time, offset print publishing. Leonardo represented a unique vision, serving 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, documenting and capturing the creative innovators and provocateurs of culture is not enough. If media is the messenger, then Leonardo must expand its scope to represent the unique works and challenges we face in the 21st century. To fully realize our purpose and place over the next 50 years, the organization is sponsoring a project called Beta Testing the Future. We are reaching out to pioneers, institutions, thought leaders and the curious in an effort to facilitate the dialogue. As a network of networks, we are reimagining our future, with you at the forefront. We invite you to come along with us on this journey of rediscovery and reinvention at <www.leonardo.info>.

IN MEMORIAM: PAULINE OLIVEROS (1932–2016) AND NATHALIE MAGNAN (1956–2016)

Pauline Oliveros was a senior figure in contemporary American music. Her career spanned 50 years of boundary-dissolving music making. In the 1950s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists and poets who gathered together in San Francisco. Her works in Leonardo Music Journal include "The World Wide Tuning Meditation" (2011) and "Pauline Oliveros in the Arms of Reynols: A Collaboration" (2006). She also curated the audio companion CD for LMJ19 in 2009. The recipient of the John Cage Award in 2012 from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Oliveros was a Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College, Oakland, CA. From the 1960s on she influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Oliveros was founder of the Deep Listening Institute, formerly the Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer.

Cyberfeminist and translator of the work of Donna Haraway, Nathalie Magnan was an amazing networker and much more. From 1986 to 1989 she taught at the University of Santa Cruz. From 1991 to 1999 she was a professor at University of Paris VIII. She then taught at the School of Fine Arts in Dijon and the National School of Art (ENSA) in Bourges. In the 1990s, she participated in the New Queer Cinema festival at the American Center in Paris, pioneering cyberféminisme. She was in Paris in 2000 when women from the FACES mailing list came together to share their practice. In 2001, she participated in the Very Cyberfeminist International conference in Hamburg. Among the many projects she was involved in are two collections of texts—La Vidéo entre art et communication, and Connection, art, networks, media—that she coordinated, independent media collectives, several documentaries she directed and an anthology of texts by Donna Haraway that she co-published.

LEONARDO MUSIC JOURNAL, VOLUME 26 IS AVAILABLE!

In this issue of LMJ, under the broad rubric "Sound and Reception," you'll find articles that address how people listen, how the reception of music and sound has changed and how technology has influenced the listening process. The latest issue features sonic art in a landscape, binaural ghosts of urban space, sonic avant-gardes considered in light of present-day protests and the power of the "passive" microphone. Also included is the downloadable audio companion that features eight tracks by sound practitioners who focus our attention on listening as a creative act. See <www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/currentissue-lmj.html>. [End Page 225]

NEW IN LEONARDO BOOK SERIES: HERE/THERE: TELEPRESENCE, TOUCH AND ART AT THE INTERFACE BY KRIS PAULSEN

In Here/There, Kris Paulsen examines telepresence technologies through the lens of contemporary artistic experiments, from early video art through current "drone vision" works. Paulsen traces an arc of...