- Leonardo Network News:Celebrating 40 Years of the Leonardo Network
The Newsletter of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology and of l'Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences
Leonardo 40th at Pacific Rim New Media Summit
Leonardo officially kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration at the Leonardo reception party for the Pacific Rim New Media Summit (PRNMS) in San Jose, CA, on 6 August 2006. Leonardo was a co-sponsor of PRNMS, pre-summit to the ISEA 2006/ZeroOne San Jose Symposium. The event was the first of many scheduled through 2008 to honor the 40th anniversary of the publication of the print journal Leonardo, founded by artist and scientist Frank Malina in Paris in 1968. Other events marking the anniversary include the Expanding the Space Conference in Spain, October 2006; the New Ideas in Art and Science II conference, Prague, 2007; Leonardo Education Forum at CAA, New York City, February 2007, and a gala event in 2008. For a complete list of events and related activities, visit <leonardo.info/isast/events/leo40.html>.
New Book Series Advisory Board
As one of his first duties as Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Book Series, Sean Cubitt has appointed a new Leonardo Book Series Advisory Board to help screen proposals and manuscripts submitted for inclusion in the Leonardo Book Series published by the MIT Press. The new Book Advisory Board includes Annick Bureaud, Laura Marks, Anna Munster, Michael Punt, Sundar Sarukkai, Joel Slayton and Eugene Thacker.
Annick Bureaud lives and works in Paris. She is a critic and theoretician of new-media and techno-science art. Bureaud is the director of Leonardo/OLATS, the French sister organization of Leonardo <www.olats.org>. Her main research interests are in space art, biotech art and communication and network art.
Laura Marks, a citizen of both Canada and the U.S.A., began as a journalist and is now a scholar and curator of independent and experimental media arts. Currently she is studying contemporary Arab cinema and Islamic genealogies of computer-based art. She teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Anna Munster is a writer, artist and senior lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. Her latest book is Materializing New Media: Embodiment in Information Aesthetics. Her research interests include new-media arts and theory, science, art and politics, especially bioart, and network and mobile media and theory.
Michael Punt is editor-in-chief of Leonardo Reviews. He is a reader in Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth, where he is director of Trans-technology Research. The key concern of his research is the understanding of science and technology as manifestations of a range of human desires and cultural imperatives. A full list of his current projects, recent publications, films and exhibitions can be found at <www.trans-techresearch.net>.
Sundar Sarukkai is a professor at the Centre for Philosophy, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. His research interests are in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language, drawing upon both Indian and Western traditions. He is the author of Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry and Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science.
Joel Slayton is a professor and director of the CADRE Laboratory at San Jose State University. He is the founder of C5 Corporation <c5corp.com>. His artworks involving networks and information visualization have been exhibited internationally. He was formerly editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Book Series and was chairperson of ISEA2006/ZeroOne San Jose.
Eugene Thacker teaches in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture (LCC) at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Biomedia and the Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture and co-author with Alex Galloway of The Exploit: A Critique of the Network Form. He has also collaborated with art collectives such as Fakeshop and Biotech Hobbyist. His current book-project is Necrologies: Bare Life and the Body Politic.
A full list of current and future titles in the series can be found on the Leonardo Book Series web site: <lbs.mit.edu>.