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Relive: Media Art Histories—Now Available from the Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press
In Relive, the most recent release in the Leonardo Book Series from The MIT Press, editors Sean Cubitt and Patrick Thomas have compiled the works of leading historians of the media arts that grapple with this dilemma: How can we speak of “new media” and at the same time write the histories of these arts? The contributors consider the idea of history and the artwork’s moment in time; the intersection of geography and history in regional practice, illustrated by examples from Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand; the contradictory scales of evolution, life-cycles and bodily rhythms in bio art; and the history of the future—how the future has been imagined, planned for and established as a vector throughout the history of new media arts. These essays, written from widely diverse critical perspectives, capture a dynamic field at a moment of productive ferment. See <www.leonardo.info/isast/leobooks/cubitt.html>.
Leonardo Awarded NEA Grant
National Endowment for the arts (NEA) has awarded Leonardo/ISAST an NEA art Works grant in support of the “Scientific Delirium Madness” Artist-Scientist residency Project. Scientific Delirium Madness is a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/ISAST and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP). At the heart of the initiative is a month-long residency that will take place in July 2014 at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco. The project highlights public forums featuring seven artists and six scientists selected by an international jury to participate. The project will also present documentation of the participants’ work in print and online. See <www.leonardo.info/isast/announcements/announcement-NEa-Grant-2013.html>.
Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol. 19, Nos. 3 and 4 Available on Amazon
Live visuals have become a pervasive component of our contemporary lives; either as visible interfaces that re-connect citizens and buildings overlaying new contextual meaning, or as invisible ubiquitous narratives that are discovered through interactive actions and mediating screens. The contemporary re-design of the environment we live in is in terms of visuals and visualizations, software interfaces and new modes of engagement and consumption. “Live Visuals” (LEA Vol. 19, No. 3) presents a series of seminal papers in the field, offering readers new perspectives on the future role of live visuals.
What is the relationship between contemporary digital media and contemporary society? Is it possible to affirm that digital media are without sin and exist purely in a complex sociopolitical and economic context within which users bring with them their own ethical and cultural complexities? Through a range of scholarly writings, “Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media” (LEA Vol. 3, No. 4) analyzes the problems of ethics and sin within contemporary digital media frameworks. See <www.leoalmanac.org/category/publications/volumes/>.
Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era: Generative Systems
Artist, author, educator and Leonardo Honorary Editor Sonia Landy Sheridan’s latest book, Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era: Generative Systems (Lonesome Press), covers the topic of Generative Systems, a visionary art program Sheridan founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1970s. Using colorful images showing how youthful, imaginative artists created images and sounds by reappropriating electronic equipment, Sheridan explores the history and the development of generative systems and generative art. See <www.amazon.com/art-dawning-Electronic-Era-Generative/dp/0615888690>.
Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous (LASER) Launches in London
The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series of lectures and presentations on art, science and technology provide the public with a snapshot of the art-science environment of a region and foster interdisciplinary networking. We are pleased to announce a new addition to the LASER series: London LASER. In the tradition of U.S.A.-based LASER events, London LASER will bring artists and scientists together for presentations by guest speakers from a range of disciplines and conversation with audience members. The London LASER series is the eighth LASER program and...