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© 2000 ISAST LEONARDO REVIEWS LEONARDO, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 225–236, 2000 225 Leonardo Digital Reviews Editor-in-Chief: Michael Punt Coordinating Editor: Kasey Rios Asberry Reviews Panel: Fred Andersson, Rudolf Arnheim, Wilfred Arnold, Eva Belik Firebaugh, Andreas Broeckmann, Sean Cubitt, Shawn Decker, Tim Druckrey, Michele Emmer, Josh Firebaugh, George Gessert, Thom Gillespie, Tony Green, István Hargittai, Paul Hertz, Rahma Khazam, Richard Kade, Douglas Kahn, Nathalie Lafforgue, Patrick Lambelet, Michael Leggett, Michael Mosher, Axel Mulder, Kevin Murray, Frieder Nake, Jack Ox, Robert Pepperell, René van Peer, Clifford Pickover, Harry Rand, Sonya Rapoport, Kasey Rios Asberry, Edward Shanken, Rhonda Roland Shearer, Yvonne Spielmann, Barbara Lee Williams, Stephen Wilson, Arthur Woods. Advisors: Roy Ascott, Annick Bureaud, Marc Battier, Curtis E.A. Karnow, David Topper, Nic Collins. Corresponding Editors: Roy Behrens, Molly Hankwitz, Bulat M. Galeyev. CONFERENCE INVENÇAO 99 SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, 1999. Reviewed by Daniela Kutschat, Rua Silvia 63, apt. 303, 01331-010 São Paulo, Brazil. E-mail: . From 24 to 29 August 1999, the Itaú Cultural Institute in São Paulo held the event “Invention: Thinking the Next Millennium, ” a collaborative symposium promoted by ISEA, CAiiA-STAR, Leonardo/ISAST and the Itaú Cultural Institute. The symposium brought together technologists, artists, architects, philosophers, historians, anthropologists and scientists seeking to identify questions and issues related to the creation and emergence of new paradigms for the next millennium. According to professor and theoretician Arlindo Machado, chairman of the organizing commission and the brain behind the event, the conference was a result of (a) the common will of the representatives of the above entities to renew and reformulate the traditional formulae of symposia related to “electronic art ”; (b) the attempt to include themes and discussions on new paradigms found in the interface between art, science and technology; and, finally, (c) an interest in taking the event out of the traditional social and geographical circuit and situating it within a peripheral environment, stimulating it with the exchange of ideas and modi operandi. After brief presentations by the organizing committee members—among them Roy Ascott (CAiiA-STAR), Roger Malina (Leonardo/ISAST) and Carlos Solvida (ISEA)—the Brazilian artist and scholar Eduardo Kac officially opened the event on the evening of 24 August by describing a history of electronic art in Brazil, a study he has been developing for more than 10 years and that has been periodically published in Leonardo. During the next three days, panelists presented papers and participated in poster sessions and panel discussions in two parallel sessions throughout the day. In the evenings, Roy Ascott, Roger Malina and John Casti (from the Santa Fe Institute) gave talks. Representatives from three institutes abroad and scholars from many countries, in addition to a large number of Latin American researchers , attended the event. Informal meetings and a considerable exchange of ideas took place during the coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and parties, resulting in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere . This brief report will be able to comment only on a small number of the topics discussed during the event, and I shall begin with the three main talks. Roy Ascott pointed out that the next millennium will see a replacement and deceleration of the digital determinism that has marked the end of this millennium . Interaction between art, science and technology is leading to the emergence of new cultural forms, behavior and values. Technology and the physical and biological sciences can provide us with new models and metaphors of being and help us to become aware of new ideas of self and society. “Moist” reality is evolving from the technology of artificial life and other post-biological systems. Ascott considered syncretism, i.e. the confluence and mixture of diversities inside systems (a quality he observed in Brazil—not just in spirituality, but as a strategy for life) to have potential for the emergence of a new form of behavior that will lead us to a redefinition of nature and a reframing of concepts we usually call consciousness. Using examples of collaborative projects in different fields involving artists , scientists and technologists, Roger Malina argued that technological instruments and tools improve our present senses and create new senses by (a) providing visualization and simulation of scientific...

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ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 225-227
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-04
Open Access
No
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