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LEONARDO, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 163–164, 2000 163© 2000 ISAST Leonardo/ISAST NEWS The Newsletter of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology Leonardo Award for Excellence The Leonardo Award for Excellence has been presented to artist Hubert Duprat and critic Christian Besson for their lively and fascinating article, “The Wonderful Caddis Worm: Sculptural Work in Collaboration with Trichoptera,” on Duprat’s work with insects to create “sculptures.” By removing the aquatic caddis fly larvae from their natural habitat and providing them with precious materials, Duprat prompts the larvae to manufacture cases that resemble jeweler’s creations. The article covers Duprat’s artistic processes and background , along with discussions relating to information theory, art and biology, history and animal behavior. The article is accessible on-line at . The Leonardo Award for Excellence recognizes excellence in an article published in the journals Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal. Excellence is defined as originality, rigor of thought, clarity of expression and effective presentation. The Leonardo Award for Excellence was originally established by chemist and inventor Myron Coler and publisher Robert Maxwell; Leonardo/ISAST has continued the tradition. Past recipients of the award have included Rudolf Arnheim, Otto Piene, Charles Ames, Frieda Stahl, Donna Cox, George Gessert, Janet Saad-Cook, Alvin Curran, Karen O’Rourke and Eduardo Kac. For more information about the Leonardo Awards Program, contact Leonardo/ISAST, 425 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, U.S.A. E-mail: . Web site: . —Andrea Blum Artist Godefroy Kouassi Godefroy Kouassi, Untitled, painting from the series Misery Surrounded by Gold, 120 × 100 cm, 1991 (Fig. 1). In the series Misery Surrounded by Gold, Godefroy Kouassi, originally from Togo, denounces the exploitation of African labor by wealthy coffee and cocoa merchants by painting on coarse canvas sacks used for coffee. To learn more about his work, visit the Virtual Africa web site at: . —Jocelyne Rotily New Reviews Panel Members Leonardo Digital Reviews welcomes four new members to the Reviews Panel; here we present brief outlines of their activities and backgrounds. Reviews appear in each issue of Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal and on-line at . Individuals interested in joining the Leonardo Digital Reviews Panel should send a brief bio and sample review to . See the web site for a full list of all Reviews Panel members and their bios. Rahma Kazam is an English music journalist based in Paris. Khazam writes about sound art, electroacoustic and electronic music for publications such as The Wire and SoundArts (a Japanese magazine published by the Xebec Corporation), as well as for several French music magazines. She is particularly interested in the relations between music and technology. Carlos Palombini is a visiting lecturer in music at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco at Recife. Palombini received his Ph.D from the University of Durham, U.K., and has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq) and the Rockefeller Foundation at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and Universidade Estadual de Campinas. His articles and reviews have appeared in Music and Letters, MikroPolyphonie, Organized Sound, Leonardo, Computer Music Journal and Electronic Musicological Review. Christiane Paul is the publisher/editor of Intelligent Agent, a print and on-line magazine that focuses on the use of interactive media and technology in arts and education. Paul has written and lectured extensively on new media art, hypermedia and hyperfiction; her articles have been published in Intelligent Agent, Sculpture magazine and Leonardo, among other publications. She is the author of the hypertext Unreal City: A Hypertextual Guide to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (Watertown, MA: Eastgate Systems, 1995). Paul teaches at New York University and Fordham University. Josep Saldaña is a freelance e-consultant and writer who researches emerging culture. Saldaña has worked in the computer , media and telecommunication industries since 1984. He is the founder and director of NetConexin , a Spanish magazine on Internet culture and was the Spanish commissioner for the Internet 1996 World Exposition. Saldaña has collaborated, as a citizen and as an independent consultant, in the strategic plan for the cultural sector of Barcelona and has worked with artists the independent filmmakers’ festival L’Alternativa. —Kasey...


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