Sean Cubitt Named New Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Book Series

Posted by Kathleen Quillian | Thu Jun 22nd 2006 3:26 p.m.

For immediate release
June 2006
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Sean Cubitt Named New Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Book Series

"The 21st century will be a period of intense exploration in the
sciences, arts and technology. We can expect unseen beauty and
unheard-of ideas; but we know that we will face unheralded risks and
unprecedented ethical dilemmas. Leonardo authors are at the forefront
of these new frontiers and challenges. Today wireless is having the
effect that the Internet had 15 years ago. Biomedia, genomics, nano
and the new brain science will undoubtedly re-forge what we think we
know about human, natural and technological creativity, and beyond
them new slopes will rise. Leonardo Books will be there to document,
to predict, to comment, to critique and to send intelligence back from
the places where the future is emerging." ---Sean Cubitt

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Cubitt
as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Book Series. Established in
1994 by Leonardo and the MIT Press, the Leonardo Book Series publishes
texts by artists, scientists, researchers and scholars that present
innovative discourse on the convergence of art, science and
technology. The Leonardo Book Series includes such seminal titles as
Information Arts, by Stephen Wilson; The Language of New Media, by Lev
Manovich; The Visual Mind, edited by Michele Emmer; and The Robot in
the Garden, edited by Ken Goldberg.

Cubitt's duties as Editor-in-Chief include soliciting and reviewing
manuscripts submitted for inclusion in the series as well as
administrative oversight of the series in collaboration with the MIT
Press and the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board.

The Leonardo Book Series Advisory Board, appointed by Cubitt in June
2006, includes Annick Bureaud, Laura Marks, Anna Munster, Michael
Punt, Sundar Sarukkai, Joel Slayton and Eugene Thacker.

Biographical Information

Sean Cubitt is Director of the Program in Media and Communications at
the University of Melbourne. Among his publications are Digital
Aesthetics, The Cinema Effect and EcoMedia. His research interests are
in media arts, the history and philosophy of media and globalization.

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
(http://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., began as a
journalist and is now a scholar and curator of independent and
experimental media arts. Currently she is working on 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 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 a manifestation 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
<http://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 is 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.

Titles published in the Leonardo Book Series to date:

The Leonardo Almanac, edited by Craig Harris
The Visual Mind, edited by Michele Emmer
Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age, by Richard Coyne
Immersed in Technology, edited by Mary Anne Moser and Douglas MacLeod
Technoromanticism, by Richard Coyne
The Digital Dialectic, edited by Peter Lunenfeld
Art and Innovation, edited by Craig Harris
The Robot in the Garden, edited by Ken Goldberg
The Language of New Media, by Lev Manovich
Metal and Flesh, by Ollivier Dyens
Information Arts, by Stephen Wilson
Virtual Art, by Oliver Grau
Uncanny Networks, by Geert Lovink
Women, Art and Technology, edited by Judy Malloy
Windows and Mirrors, by Diane Gromala and Jay Bolter
Protocol, by Alex Galloway
At a Distance, edited by Norie Neumark and Annmarie Chandler
Visual Mathematics II, edited by Michele Emmer
CODE, edited by Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
The Global Genome, by Eugene Thacker
Media Ecologies, by Mathew Fuller
Aesthetic Computing, edited by Paul Fishwick

More information can be found on the Leonardo Book Series website:
<lbs.mit.edu>.
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