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  • Leonardo/ISAST NEWSThe Newsletter of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
  • Andrea Blum, Leonardo/ISAST News Coordinator

LEA Editorial Board Member Michael Naimark

Michael Naimark has been a professional media artist and researcher for over two decades. As an independent media artist from 1980 to 1992, he produced artworks in conjunction with the Paris Metro, the Exploratorium (San Francisco), the ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) and the Banff Centre (Canada) and consulted for companies including Atari, Lucasfilm, Apple and Panavision. In 1992, he became a member of the research staff of the newly founded Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, CA, employed for arts and media projects, where he stayed through 2001.

Naimark is an expert in place representation and its consequences and has worked extensively with field cinematography, interactive systems and immersive projection. He was instrumental in making the first interactive video at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1970s and was on the original design team for the MIT Media Laboratory. He has been a member of the Society for Visual Anthropology since 1984. His art projects have been exhibited internationally.

Naimark's published work includes "Realness and Interactivity," in B. Laurel, ed., The Art of Human Computer Interface Design (New York: Addison-Wesley, 1990); "Field Recording Studies," in M. Moser, ed., Immersed in Technology (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996); and "Art 'and' or 'versus' Technology," in C. Sommerer, ed., Art@Science (Vienna: Springer Verlag, 1997).

In 2001 Naimark's 3D interactive installation Be Now Here, a unique collaboration between Interval Research and the UNESCO World Heritage Center, was exhibited at the San Francisco Film Festival and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Naimark is currently in residence at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan and an advisor for Media Lab Europe in Ireland.

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New in Virtual Africa

In the new Virtual Africa project "Alma da Agua: A Space Awareness Initiative" by Richard Clar and Dinis Ribeiro, natural water samples gathered from the eight Portuguese-speaking countries will be combined in space aboard a Brazilian sounding rocket. In metaphorically celebrating their common bond of language between these countries, the project addresses the possibility of greater technical unification and deeper collaboration of Portuguese-speaking countries in addressing the issues of water management using space technology.

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Jocelyne Rotily, Leonardo/OLATS Virtual Africa Project Coordinator

Africa Project Coordinator Jocelyne Rotily is Doctor in Art History and American Civilization. She is a specialist in the history of American art collecting and in the study of modern American art, including art by minorities. Since 1996, she has worked for Leonardo/ OLATS as a curator and graphic designer and is now in charge of three of its projects: "Virtual Africa," a multidisciplinary exhibition on traditional and contemporary African cultures; "Frank J. Malina, Kinetic Artist and Engineer in Astronautics"; and "Abraham Palatnik." She is also research assistant at the Varian Fry Foundation in France, the purpose of which is to bring to the largest public audience and to schools and universities in France the memory of the humanitarian resistance of Varian Fry and of the American rescue and relief organization he established in Marseilles during World War II.

As a fellow at the Roberto Longhi Foundation in Florence and at the École Française de Rome, Rotily first wrote a biographical study on the American art historian Bernard Berenson, focusing on his relationships with French intellectuals (André Gide, Marcel Proust and others) and on his contribution to the development of Renaissance art collection in the United States. She has published articles in literary journals such as L'Infini and Critique on building connections between the visual arts and literature. As a specialist in the history of French-American artistic relationships, she more recently published Artistes américains à Paris, 1914-1939 (Paris: L'Harmattan, 1999), in which she examines the role played by Paris and its artistic avant-garde in the birth of a typically "American" art.

Rotily was a teacher at Harvard University in the Art History Department and in the Romance Languages Department...


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