Nisar Keshvani
Since 2004
Works in Robinson Road United States of America

BIO
Singaporean Nisar Keshvani is a consultant, Internet journalist, web developer, educator and new media specialist. In the last decade, he has worked across five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Australia/Oceania).

He is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac and International Co-Editor of fineArt forum - one of the Internet's longest runing arts publication. He has worked for various international magazines and newspapers since 1993.

Keshvani sits on the board of the Art, Science, Technology Network (ASTN), Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences & Technology; fineArt forum and on SIGGRAPH's Singapore Chapter Management Committee. He is Program Advisor (Asia Pacific) of the Brisbane Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) Festival. Keshvani has extensive experience developing and maintaining websites and was an online journalism educator at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, examining internationalization issues and changing work practices in the online newsroom.

He is on sabbatical from lecturing in digital media at Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film & Media Studies in Singapore. Currently, he is working for the Aga Khan Development Network (a group of international development agencies working in health, education, culture and rural and economic development, primarily in Asia and Africa). He is strategising and developing websites for their school and hospital services in India, Pakistan, East Africa, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and the Krygyz Republic.

Areas of interest include instructional science, curriculum development, new media technologies, media convergence, WWW development, online content management, technology in education and information architecture.
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Leonardo Electronic Almanac - CFP: Dispersive Anatomies Special


Deadline:
Sat Mar 24, 2007 00:00

- Apologies for cross-posting. Please distribute widely -

Dispersive Anatomies
http://leoalmanac.org/cfp/calls.asp#dispersive

Guest Editors: Sandy Baldwin, Alan Sondheim and Mez Breeze
leadispersive@astn.net

Editorial Guidelines: http://leoalmanac.org/cfp/submit/index.asp
Discussion Group: leadispersive-subscribe@googlegroups.com
Deadline: 31 May 2007

Call for papers - LEA Dispersive Anatomies
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The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers and artworks that address dispersion - dispersion of bodies, objects, landscapes, networks, virtual and real worlds.
A fundamental shift in the way we view the world is underway: the abandonment of discrete objects, and objecthood itself. The world is now plural, and the distinction between real and virtual is becoming increasingly blurred, with troubling consequences within the geopolitical register. This shift is related to a cultural change that emphasizes digital deconstruction over analog construction: a photograph for example can be accessed and transformed, pixel by pixel, cities can be taken apart by gerrymandering or eminent domain, and our social networks are replete with names and images that problematize friendship, sexuality, and culture itself. One issue that emerges here: Are we networking or are we networked? Are we networks ourselves?

LEA is interested in texts and works that deal with this fundamental shift in new and illuminating ways. Specifically, anything from essays through multimedia through networks themselves may be considered. We're particularly interested in submissions that deal with the incoherency of the world, and how to address it.

Key topics of interest
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Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- Networked warfare in real and virtual worlds.
- The wounded/altered body in real and virtual worlds.
- Transgressive sexualities across borders, sexualities among body-parts, dismemberments and groups, both real and virtual.

- Critical texts on the transformation of classical narrative - from its emphasis on an omniscient narrator and coherent plots/characters, to literatures of incoherency, dispersed narrations, and the jump-cut exigencies of everyday life.

- Deleuze/Guattari, TAZ, and other phenomena at the border of networking.
- Internet visions and their abandonment or fulfillment.
- The haunting of the world by ghosts, virtual beings, dreams and nightmares that never resolve.

- The geopolitical collapse of geopolitics.
- Military empires as scattershot entrepreneurial corporations.
Dispersion has two vectors: the breakup or breakdown of coherent objects; and the subsequent attempt to corral, curtail, or recuperate from this breakdown. How do we deal with networks that are constantly coalescing and disappearing? Where are we in the midst of this? In an era of pre-emptive culture, is guerilla warfare to be accompanied by guerilla culture as the order of the day?

Want to be kept informed?
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For the latest news, updates and discussions, join the LEA Dispersive Anatomies Mailing List. Email: leadispersive-subscribe@googlegroups.com

Publishing Opportunities
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As part of this special, LEA is looking to publish:
- Critical Essays
- Artist Statement/works in the LEA Gallery
- Bibliographies (a peer reviewed bibliography with key texts/references in Dispersive Anatomies)
- Academic Curriculum (LEA encourages academics conducting course programmes in this area to contact us)

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / students / practitioners / theorists to submit their proposals for consideration. We particularly encourage authors outside North America and Europe to submit essays / artists statements.

Proposals should include:

- A brief description of proposed text (200-300 words)
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details

In the subject heading of the email message, please use *Name of Artist/Project Title: LEA Dispersive Anatomies Special - Date Submitted.* Please cut and paste all text into body of email (without attachments).

Editorial Guidelines: http://leoalmanac.org/cfp/submit/index.asp
Deadline for proposals: May 31, 2007
Please send proposals or queries to:
Sandy Baldwin, Alan Sondheim, Mez Breeze
leadispersive@astn.net

and
Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief
lea@mitpress.mit.edu


DISCUSSION

LEA April '05: RE: Searching Our Origins


*sincere apologies for cross-posting*

Leonardo Electronic Almanac: April 2005
ISSN#1071-4391
art | science | technology - a definitive voice since 1993
http://lea.mit.edu

LEA’s April issue is the first in a two-part special that explores the theme: RE: Searching Our Origins. Guest Editors Paul Brown and Catherine Mason are at the helm, and in their editorial, introduce the notion of digital computing and the associated theories of cybernetics, logic and formal systems/linguistics.

As their piece progresses, they reflect how "it is refreshing at this dawn of a new millennium to discover a renewed interest in the 'lost' histories of the late modern and especially those exploring the interdisciplinary collaborations of the mid to late 20th century."

The overwhelming response meant that the material had to be significantly culled, and here they've shortlisted five of those essays.

To start, Jennifer Gabrys talks about how technological failure is central to the logic of innovation, and through the consideration of how failure emerges at this moment in art and technology, suggests that the program of failure potentially reveals more about the drive of the automated machine than its recognized successes.

Following that, Rodrigo Alonso takes us through the early years of art and technology in Argentina.

In *Movements And Passages: The Legacy of Net Art*, Elisa Giaccardi explores net art as a form of thought and practice. The paper stresses how a transdisciplinary analysis of the aesthetical patterns characterizing net art as a "trans-genre" can lead beyond the entrapment of self-referential criticism and allow an understanding and promotion of the legacy of net art in a broader cultural context.

Then Riccardo Dal Farra takes us through a lyrical journey to "discover a world of sound that had been partially hidden, if not completely lost", and explains how recently, two actions to preserve, document and disseminate 50 years of Latin American electroacoustic music were realized: Extensive research focusing on the composers and their work in this field, and a musical archive.

Finally, Kristine Ploug and Petri Raappana delve into the latter's digital artwork *Timeline [Who writes the history?]*, which is a reaction to the ways of the media today, and addresses questions concerning economic gains, media reform, and the role of the Internet.
From LEA's archives, One From the Vault resurrects Simon Penny's *Critical Issues in Electronic Media* and Paul Hertz's *Culture, Democracy and Computer Media*, which were both first published in LEA in April 1995.

Leonardo Reviews has Michael Punt paying tribute to one of the more active members of the panel, Stefaan Van Ryssen, who has returned six reviews this time round, all of which are featured here. Four of these are audio offerings: *Tara's Room: Two Meditations On Transition And Change*, *Electrotheraphy*, *Frequency, Altitude and Time* and *Middle of the Moment*; while the remaining two are publications: *Invisible Cities, A Metaphorical Complex Adaptive System*, a daunting and entertaining mixture of a respectful remake of Italo Calvino's masterpiece; and *Style In The Technical And Tectonic Arts; Or, Practical Aesthetics*, which Van Ryssen proclaims a "magnificent translation, a beautiful book and the result of a bold and adventurous editorial enterprise."

In ISAST News, we welcome Meredith Tromble to the Leonardo Advisory Board, and continue our series on the *The Pacific Rim New Media Summit: A Pre-Symposium to ISEA2006*, with statements from two of the working group chairs

Finally, with Bytes (featuring announcements and calls for papers), find out more about LEA's upcoming special on Wild Nature and Digital Life and how you can contribute.

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LEA Information and URLs
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How to advertise in LEA?
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For a paid subscription (to become an ISAST member and access archives dating back to 1993): http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=4&tid'&mode=p

The Leonardo Educators Initiative
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The Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is a comprehensive database of abstracts of PhD, Masters and MFA theses in the emerging intersection between art, science and technology. Thesis Abstract Submittal form at http://leonardolabs.pomona.edu

LEA also maintains a discussion list open only to faculty in the field. Faculty wishing to join this list should submit their details @ http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/LEA/faculty.html

What is LEA?
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For over a decade, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) has thrived as an international peer-reviewed electronic journal and web archive, covering the interaction of the arts, sciences and technology. LEA emphasizes rapid publication of recent work and critical discussion on topics of current excitement. Many contributors are younger scholars and artists, and there is a slant towards shorter, less academic texts.

Contents include Leonardo Reviews, edited by Michael Punt, Leonardo Research Abstracts of recent Ph.D. and Masters theses, curated Galleries of current new media artwork, and special issues on topics ranging from Artists and Scientists in Times of War, to Zero Gravity Art, to the History of New Media.

Copyright© 1993 - 2005: The Leonardo Electronic Almanac is published by Leonardo / International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) in association with the MIT Press. All rights reserved.

DISCUSSION

LEA March '05: Abraham Palatnik: 2005 Leonardo Lifetime Achievement Award recipient


*sincere apologies for cross-posting*

Leonardo Electronic Almanac: March 2005
ISSN#1071-4391
art | science | technology - a definitive voice since 1993
http://lea.mit.edu

In LEA's March issue, we are pleased to highlight the life and work of pioneering Brazilian kinetic artist Abraham Palatnik, the winner of the 2005 Leonardo Lifetime Achievement Award. We feature a tribute to Palatnik by Rejane Spitz (2005 SIGGRAPH Chair), an interview by artist Eduardo Kac, and the original introduction to the 1951 Sao Paolo Biennial, in which Palatnik first broke onto the Brazilian art scene, by art critic Mario Pedrosa.

In Leonardo Reviews, we find a typically diverse offering of reviews - Michael Punt weighing in on the 6th Swiss Biennial, themed "Consciousness and Teleportation" (!); a review by Jan Baetens of a book exploring the development of pictorial depictions of machines, both real and imagined, from 1400-1700; and Amy Ione's review of *The Junction*, a film taking a close look at the very real human consequences of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Highlights of ISAST news include: Steve Mann receiving the Leonardo Award for Excellence and honorable mention for David First. Leonardo/ISAST with support from the Rockefeller Foundation awards the inaugural Leonardo Global Crossings Prize to brother-sister team Abdel Ghany and Amal Kenawy from Cairo, Eygpt. Runners-up include Regina Celia Pinto (Brazil), Kim Machan (Australia) and Shilpa Gupta (India).

From this issue, we launch a series on the Pacific Rim New Media Summit in anticipation of the ISEA2006/ZeroOne San Jose festival. Chair Joel Slayton outlines the festival objectives with Education Chair Fatima Lasay articulating its directives towards tactical learning ecologies.

Finally, with the Bytes section (featuring announcements and calls for papers), we catch up with some events in the ever-changing world of art, science and technology.

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*** Leonardo Abstracts Service ***

As part of the Leonardo Educators Initiative, the Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is seeking submissions for its next publication cycle. LABS is a comprehensive database of abstracts of PhD, Masters and MFA theses in the emerging intersection between art, science and technology. Authors interested in having their abstracts considered for publication should fill out the Thesis Abstract Submittal form at http://leonardolabs.pomona.edu

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2005.

The English language peer review panel for 2004/2005 are Pau Alsina, Jody Berland, Sean Cubitt, Frieder Nake, Sheila Pinkel and Stephen Petersen.

*** Global Crossings Prize ***

Leonardo/ISAST is pleased to announce that the recipients of the inaugural 2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Prize are Abdel Ghany Kenawy and Amal Kenawy, of Cairo, Egypt, a brother-sister team who have been collaborating on large-scale installations since 1997.

This award recognizes the contribution of artists and scholars from culturally diverse communities worldwide within the emerging art-science-technology field, and is part of the Leonardo Global Crossings Special Project, supported by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

For additional information about the prize, its nominees and its international panel of jurors, visit: http://mitpress2.mit.edu/ejournals/Leonardo/isast/awards2005GX.html

Editorial ideas / proposals: lea [@] mitpress [dot] mit [dot] edu

LEA Information and URLs
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Receive your FREE subscription to the Leonardo Electronic Almanac e-mail digest at http://mitpress.mit.edu/lea/e-mail -- just provide your email address, name, and password, and check off that you'd like to be added to the Leonardo Electronic Almanac monthly e-mail list to keep on top of the latest news in the Leonardo community.

How to advertise in LEA?
http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/Leonardo/isast/placeads.html#LEAads

For a paid subscription (to become an ISAST member and access archives dating back to 1993): http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=4&tid'&mode=p

The Leonardo Educators Initiative
----------------------------------

The Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is a comprehensive database of abstracts of PhD, Masters and MFA theses in the emerging intersection between art, science and technology. Thesis Abstract Submittal form at http://leonardolabs.pomona.edu

LEA also maintains a discussion list open only to faculty in the field. Faculty wishing to join this list should submit their details @ http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/LEA/faculty.html

What is LEA?
------------

For over a decade, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) has thrived as an international peer-reviewed electronic journal and web archive, covering the interaction of the arts, sciences and technology. LEA emphasizes rapid publication of recent work and critical discussion on topics of current excitement. Many contributors are younger scholars and artists, and there is a slant towards shorter, less academic texts.

Contents include Leonardo Reviews, edited by Michael Punt, Leonardo Research Abstracts of recent Ph.D. and Masters theses, curated Galleries of current new media artwork, and special issues on topics ranging from Artists and Scientists in Times of War, to Zero Gravity Art, to the History of New Media.

Copyright© 1993 - 2005: The Leonardo Electronic Almanac is published by Leonardo / International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) in association with the MIT Press. All rights reserved.

DISCUSSION

2005 Leonardo Global Crossings Award


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 science.

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 <http://www.thetownhousegallery.com/html/artists/amal_abdelghany_kenawy.htm>.

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 <http://leonardo.info/isast/awards.html>.

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Consciousness, Literature and the Arts


Deadline:
Wed Feb 09, 2005 17:17

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONSCIOUSNESS, THEATRE, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS
MAY 7-9, 2005
ABERYSTWYTH

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies is pleased to host the first International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of the refereed web journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (CLA) (www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/journal) and the launch of two book series: Theatre and Consciousness (Bristol: Intellect) with the publication of Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe’s Theatre and Consciousness (Studies): Explanatory Scope and Future Potential and Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (Amsterdam: Rodopi), with the publication of Amy Ione’s Visualizing Innovation: Cross-currents in art, science, technology and visual studies

The conference will be held in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, from Saturday 7 to Monday 9 May 2005. Apart from invited and contributed papers, in plenary and parallel sessions, we are planning a performance of Robin Graham’s A Different Place, see http://www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/journal/archive/graham.html, a performance by Koodiyattom performer Arya Madhavan, a poetry performance by CLA editorial board member John Danvers, and an optional conference dinner.

CALL FOR PAPERS
Abstracts (up to 1 page) are invited for papers relating any aspect of consciousness (as defined in a range of disciplines involved with consciousness studies) to any aspect of theatre, performance, literature, music, fine arts, media arts and any sub-genre of those. Please send the abstract to Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe, dam@aber.ac.uk. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2005. Colleagues will be informed within 2 weeks of receipt whether their abstract has been accepted.

The peer-reviewed journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (CLA) (www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/journal) invites submissions of papers (up to 10,000 words) on an ongoing basis, no deadlines. Please send papers or enquiries to Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe, dam@aber.ac.uk.