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Liliane Lijn and Semiconductor receive fellowships at Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley

For immediate release
4 March, 2005
Contact: alex.holdaway@artscouncil.org.uk

Artists Fellowship Programme Art and Space Science at UC Berkeley

Arts Council England, The Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley,
California, and Leonardo Network are pleased to announce that two
fellowships at the Space Sciences Laboratory in California have been awarded
to the artists Liliane Lijn and Semiconductor.

The artists will each be spending a minimum of three months at The Space
Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley in California during the next year.
Working alongside scientists and educators, the fellows will have the
opportunity to build their professional careers through sustained periods of
research and experimentation at the forefront of space science.

For the full text of the press release see

For further information contact Alex Holdaway on 020 7973 6459 or

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2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award

For immediate release
1 March, 2005
contact: isast@leonardo.info

The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that the First Leonardo Global
Crossings Prize has been awarded to Abdel Ghany Kenawy and Amal Kenawy, of
Cairo, Egypt, a brother-sister team who have been collaborating on
large-scale installations since 1997. These works, whether tower-like
structures containing glass balls rising up towards the ceiling or tunnels
leading to a block of frozen ice in a room surrounded by chiffon,
demonstrate that there is no "natural" barrier between the worlds of art and

The Kewanys' unique collaboration is built partially upon Abdel Ghany's
background in the physical sciences and Amal's background in filmmaking, yet
their individual efforts cannot be so neatly defined as singularly
"scientific" or "artistic." Committed to their creative processes, they work
very closely together on every aspect of their projects from
conceptualization and structural design to production and execution in their
workshop. Characteristic of all their projects is the power of texture and
image, and sensorial play with surfaces between spaces (loosening up the
inside/outside polarity)--whether it is a "textured" video, the texture of
light projected on a triple screen of chiffon, the texture of human hair
bows on a pair of wax legs in a display case, or the textures (acoustic and
visual) of a beating heart on which a pair of lace gloved hands is sewing a
white rose applique. For examples of their work see

The three runners-up for the 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award are Regina
Celia Pinto (Brazil---web-based and CD-ROM art), Kim Machan
(Australia---curator, arts producer and consultant) and Shilpa Gupta
(India---Internet, video and installation works).

Other nominees for the 2005 award included: Andres Burbano (Colombia),
Kibook (collaborative team of Visieu Lac [Vietnamese-Australian], Mark Wu
[British-born Chinese] and Stefan Woelwer [Germany]), Nalini Malani (India)
and Hellen Sky (Australia).

The 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award, funded in part by the Rockefeller
Foundation, was juried by an international panel of experts co-chaired by
Nisar Keshvani (Singapore) and Rejane Spitz (Brazil). The award recognizes
the contribution of artists and scholars from culturally diverse communities
worldwide within the emerging art-science-technology field. The award is
part of the Leonardo Global Crossings Special Project, supported by the Ford
Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. For additional information about
the Leonardo Global Crossings Award, please visit

Leonardo/ISAST serves the international arts community by promoting and
documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology,
and by encouraging and stimulating collaboration between artists,
scientists, and technologists.
Our activities include publication of the art, science and technology
journal Leonardo; the Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the
Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and Leonardo On-Line (all published by The MIT
Press). More information about Leonardo/ISAST http://leonardo.info



2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence Given to Steve Mann

Press release
Contact: isast@leonardo.info for more information

2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence Given to Steve Mann
Honorable Mention Awarded to David First

Steve Mann has been named the recipient of the 2004 Leonardo Award for
Excellence for his article "Existential Technology," published in Leonardo
36:1. This annual award recognizes excellence in articles published in
Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ) and Leonardo Electronic Almanac
(LEA). Excellence is defined as originality, rigor of thought, clarity of
expression and effective presentation. Receiving Honorable Mention is David
First, for his article "The Music of the Sphere: An Investigation into
Asymptotic Harmonics, Brainwave Entrainment, and the Earth as a Giant Bell"
(Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 13). The winning article and all of the
articles nominated for the award are available at:

In Mann's winning article, the author presents "Existential Technology" as a
new category of in(ter)ventions and as a new theoretical framework for
understanding privacy and identity. His thesis is twofold: (1) The
unprotected individual has lost ground to invasive surveillance technologies
and complex global organizations that undermine the humanistic property of
the individual; and (2) A way for the individual to be free and collegially
assertive in such a world is to be "bound to freedom" by an articulably
external force. To that end, the author explores empowerment via
self-demotion. He founded a federally incorporated company and appointed
himself to a low enough position to be bound to freedom within that company.
His performances and in(ter)ventions over the last 30 years have led him to
an understanding of such concepts as individual self-corporatization and
submissivity reciprocity for the creation of a balance of bureaucracy.

Steve Mann has written more than 200 research publications and has been the
keynote speaker at numerous industry symposia and conferences. His work has
been shown in museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institute,
the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the
Triennale di Milano and the San Francisco Art Institute. Mann is known for
his work with WearComp (a wearable computer) and WearCam (an eyetap camera
and reality mediator), and for keeping a web log of his visual experiences
(inventing the Cyborglog, also known as a "glog"). He received a Ph.D. from
MIT in 1997 and is now a faculty member at the University of Toronto.

Honorable mention David First discusses in his article the conceptual
framework for the organization and performance of music that has its basis
in the frequency relationships of the Schumann Resonances and in the
principle of binaural beats. Describing the steps he took in conceiving the
project, the technical issues involved in realizing the goal of live data
transmissions from a remote location and the creation of his
three-dimensional overtone series, he also lays out his philosophy of
improvisation and treads lightly into the curious grey areas where science
mutates into leaps of faith.

The Leonardo Award for Excellence was originally established by chemist and
inventor Myron Coler and Leonardo publisher Robert Maxwell. Past recipients
of the award include Rudolf Arnheim, Otto Piene, Charles Ames, Frieda Stahl,
Donna Cox, George Gessert, Janet Saad-Cook, Alvin Curran, Karen O'Rourke,
Eduardo Kac, Hubert Duprat with Christian Besson, Jose Carlos Casado and
Harkaitz Cano, Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha. The 2004 Excellence Award
Committee comprised: Lynn Hershman, chair; jury members Mark Beam, Neora
Berger, Luc Courchesne and Machiko Kusahara.

In addition to the winning article and the honorable mention, a number of
other articles were nominated: Hisham Bizri, "City of Brass" (Leonardo
36:1); Iba Ndiaye Diadji, "From 'Life-Water' to 'Death-Water' or On the
Foundations of African Artistic Creation from Yesterday to Tomorrow"
(Leonardo 36:4); Manfred Friedrich, "Polarization Microscopy as an Art Tool"
(Leonardo 36:3); Stefan Gec, "The Celestial Vault" (LEA 11:9); Michael John
Gorman, "Art, Optics and History" (Leonardo 36:4); Graham Harwood,
"Uncomfortable Proximity: The Tate Invites Mongrel to Hack the Tate's Own
Web Site" (Leonardo 36:5); Amy Ione, collected reviews (Leonardo and LEA);
William Magee, "Materialism and the Immaterial Mind in the Ge-luk Tradition
of Tibetan Buddhism" (LEA 11:2); Gunalan Nadarajan, "Phytodynamics and Plant
Difference" (LEA 11:10); Nancy Paterson, "Stock Market Skirt and New
Directions" (LEA 11:12); Robert Pepperell, collected reviews (Leonardo and
LEA); Dennis Summers, "The Crying Post Project: A Multi-Part, Multi-Media
Artwork to Memorialize Global Sites of Pain" (Leonardo 36:5); Eugene
Thacker, "Genetic Difference in the Global Genome" (LEA 11:11); Yasunao
Tone, "John Cage and Recording" (LMJ 13); Ruth Wallen, "Of Story and Place:
Communicating Ecological Principles through Art" (Leonardo 36:3).

The 2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence is co-sponsored by the Program in
Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, where an
award ceremony and lecture are planned. For further information about this
program, visit http://technoculture.ucdavis.edu.

For more information about the Leonardo Awards Program, contact
Leonardo/ISAST, 211 Sutter Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94108,
U.S.A. E-mail: isast@leonardo.info. Web: http://leonardo.info.


Leonardo and San Francisco Art Institute Announce Partnership

Press Contact: Pamela Grant-Ryan, pgr@leonardo.info

Leonardo and San Francisco Art Institute Announce Partnership

November 18, 2004 (San Francisco) - The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI),
one of the foremost art colleges in the nation, and the International
Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) announced
today a partnership that will bring the editorial offices of Leonardo, the
Society's publishing arm, onto the main campus of the Art Institute in May,
2005. The announcement was made by SFAI President Chris Bratton and
Leonardo/ISAST Board Chair Roger Malina.

"The presence of Leonardo on campus will expand opportunities for SFAI
students to further explore the intersections of new media, art, science,
criticism, and publishing," said Chris Bratton. "For over thirty years their
publication Leonardo has been the journal of record for cutting edge
artistic investigations of science and technology," Bratton continued.
"Bringing them into the SFAI community will be a tremendous advantage for
students and for our new interdisciplinary Centers for Art + Science, Media
Culture, Public Practice, and Word, Text, and Image."

The partnership underscores a period of great investment in academic
programs at the Art Institute. The school introduced four new Centers for
Interdisciplinary Learning to its undergraduate curriculum this fall and
also opened a new facility for artistic investigation in high definition
technology, the Ars Nova XXI HD Research Laboratory. Other SFAI partnerships
created through the new Centers include NASA, the Exploratorium, Bay Area
Video Coalition, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Arion Press.

The journal Leonardo was established by space pioneer and kinetic artist
Frank Malina in 1967, around the same time his friend, physicist Frank
Oppenheimer, founded San Francisco's hands-on museum of science, art, and
human perception, the Exploratorium. Today Leonardo/ISAST is a professional
organization that promotes scholarship and documentation on the work of
artists involved with the sciences and new technologies and stimulates
collaboration between artists, scientists, and engineers. Its activities
include the awarding of prizes, organizing workshops, and three academic
journals published by MIT Press: Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, and
Leonardo Electronic Almanac. The Leonardo Book Series, with twenty titles to
date, is a key resource in the field. Leonardo/ISAST works in partnership
with a sister society, Leonardo/OLATS, in Paris, France. Leonardo/ISAST's
website is http://www.leonardo.info.

"As Leonardo grows," said Roger Malina, Chair of the Leonardo Board, "one of
our primary goals is to reach out to the new generation of artists who are
developing - in so many different ways - the interdisciplinary forms
envisioned by Leonardo's founders, and also to promote scholarship by
historians and theoreticians of this growing area of art practice. This
partnership will allow us to continue working with all our university
partners while giving us direct access to a young and vibrant artistic

The partnership between Leonardo and SFAI includes internships for Art
Institute students, collaborations on lecture series and symposia, and other
joint endeavors to be announced in coming months. According to SFAI Center
for Art+Science co-coordinator Meredith Tromble, there will also be other,
less quantifiable benefits from the partnership. "Our campus provides a
system for people - students, faculty, and the public - to meet, take part
in conversations, and exchange creative ideas on a daily basis. The Center
for Art + Science is very excited about bringing the Leonardo community into
this mix."

SFAI is committed to arts education in a cross-disciplinary environment, not
only between art-making media, but also between the arts and other
disciplines. As described by New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, the
college has served as "an academic oasis and think tank for artists toiling
at the intersection of moving images, sculpture, and Conceptualism." The
partnership with Leonardo will help provide an active framework from which
students can explore new ways of looking at, thinking about, and making art,
while learning about science, technology, writing, and history.

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[Leonardo/ISAST Network] Leonardo/ISAST gives New Horizons Award for Innovation to Critical Art Ensemble

For immediate release
October 25, 2004
Contact: isast@leonardo.info

Leonardo/ISAST Announces:

Leonardo/ISAST gives New Horizons Award for Innovation to Critical Art

The Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
Governing Board (Leonardo/ISAST) is pleased to announce a special Leonardo
New Horizons Award given to Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). CAE is
internationally acclaimed for their artistic work in fields such as
biotechnology, robotics and tactical media. Their performances and
installations have reached viewers around the world and have broken new
ground in the often controversial area of new technologies.

The Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board voted to give CAE this special award to
affirm the principle that artists should engage emerging technologies and be
willing to take critical stances that may be at odds with those of the
mainstream. Freedom of artistic expression and research form a part of the
foundation of an open society. For more information on Critical Art
Ensemble, please visit http://www.critical-art.net.

Leonardo/ISAST recognizes the challenges that artists face as they strive
for exposure and recognition. These challenges are amplified for artists
working with new media and new techniques---especially for those artists who
are pushing the boundaries of the integration of art and technology. The
Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation was initiated to recognize new
and emerging artists for innovation in new media. Evelyn Edelson-Rosenberg,
Jean-Marc Philippe, Jaroslav Belik, Peter Callas, Patrick Boyd, Christian
Schiess, I Wayan Sadra, Kitsou Dubois, Gregory Barsamian, Graham Harwood and
Ewen Chardronett have received this award.

More information on previous Leonardo New Horizons Award winners can be
found at: http://leonardo.info/isast/awards.html.

For over 35 years, Leonardo/ISAST has served the international arts
community by promoting and documenting work at the intersection of the arts,
sciences, and technology, and by encouraging and stimulating collaboration
between artists, scientists, and technologists. Leonardo/ISAST activities
include publication of the art, science and technology journal Leonardo;
Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the electronic journal,
Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and our World Wide Web Site, Leonardo On-Line
(all published by The MIT Press). More information about Leonardo/ISAST
membership and activities can be found online at: http://www.leonardo.info.

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