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  • Leonardo Network News
  • Melinda Klayman, Coordinator

The Newsletter of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology and of l'Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences

In Memoriam: Billy Klüver

It was with a great sense of loss that we learned of Billy Klüver's death this January. Born in 1927, Wilhem J. Klüver founded Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) in 1966, along with fellow engineer Fred Waldhauer and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. The creation of this revolutionary organization was inspired by the event 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performances involving such artists as John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Falstrom, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman, along with a team of 30 engineers and scientists, mostly from Bell Telephone Laboratories, where Klüver worked as an electrical engineer.

Klüver was instrumental in helping artists create work that required technical and technological expertise; they included Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham, as well as the 9 Evenings and E.A.T. teams. His most cherished wish was that the new technologies, until then the military's exclusive domain, would be used with peaceful aims in artistic and community-based projects.

In recent years, Billy Klüver and his wife and longtime collaborator Julie Martin had been in the process of entrusting their considerable resources to various research centers, including the Getty Research Foundation in Los Angeles and the Fondation Daniel Langlois in Montréal.

Sylvie Lacerte

Montréal, 14 January 2004

Leonardo/ISAST Collaborates with ISEA 2006

San Jose, California has been chosen to host a biannual international symposium in August 2006 that will feature a global gathering of leaders in the art, science and technology communities to explore developments in creative expression using new and emerging tools. The International Symposium on Electronic Art, sponsored by the Netherlands-based Inter-Society for Electronic Art (ISEA), fosters interdisciplinary exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies. The 2006 conference theme is "Silicon Transvergence" and will focus on projects that bridge the boundaries between the arts, education, technology and business communities.

Internationally renowned new media curator Steve Dietz will serve as the 2006 symposium director, responsible for coordinating and establishing the programming of the symposium and related events. ZeroOne, a local Silicon Valley non-profit that focuses on creating new opportunities to explore the connections between art and technology, will be the lead organization coordinating the 2006 symposium logistics. The CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University will be the lead educational institution for the ISEA Academic Conference.

A unique pre-conference summit of Pacific Rim New Media Centers will explore the conference theme within a context of economic globalization, regional integration and environmental change. The two-day event will be facilitated by Leonardo/ISAST in concert with its Cultural Roots of Globalization Project. In addition, Leonardo/ISAST will focus a special issue of Leonardo on new media arts programs and emerging artists.

For further information, contact:

Leonardo/ISAST: E-mail: <>; Leonardo Publications: E-mail: <>; Leonardo/ISAST Advisory Board: E-mail: <>; ISEA 2006 San Jose Contact: Joel Slayton, CADRE Laboratory, (408) 924-4368; ISEA 2006 San Jose Contact: Beau Takahara, ZeroOne, (650) 810-1057.

Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board Members Renew Terms

Leonardo/ISAST says goodbye to some of its long-serving board members and welcomes back returning members for another term. Lynn Hershman, Mark Resch and Piero Scaruffi have rotated off the board. Marty Anderson, Penny Finnie and Beverly Reiser have been elected to renew their terms.

Renewing their terms on the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board, Marty Anderson, Penny Finnie and Beverly Reiser have expressed their enthusiasm for new activities in the network's future. Marty Anderson has agreed to serve as vice chair in addition to his role as treasurer of the board. Penny Finnie serves on the Leonardo/ISAST Nominating Committee and fills a key role in the strategic planning process for the organization by leading the project to revise the Leonardo/ISAST vision statement. Beverly Reiser, as chair of...


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