Richard Wirth Appointed as the First Leonardo Fellow!

Richard Wirth is a Master’s candidate in the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Richard’s fellowship will be designed around his research of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) as interactive storytelling environments, comparing the function of secondary oral media across different modes of social interaction through the lens of video game ethnography. During his fellowship, Richard will explore Leonardo publications for his writings and research and also will serve as a guest editor of the Leonardo On-Line blog, among other activities.

The Leonardo Fellowship program recognizes accomplished graduate students and junior faculty from Leonardo Senior Affiliate organizations. Selected Leonardo Fellows will have an opportunity to advance their selected research or project area through such activities as publishing in the internationally renowned Leonardo journal or creating a unique art-science project under the auspices of Leonardo, as well as to receive mentorship from senior Leonardo editors. The Leonardo Fellowship includes a cash stipend of $1,000 (U.S.).

Throughout its history, Leonardo has presented the work of renowned international theorists, artists, scientists, curators and other practitioners of contemporary art involving 20th- and 21st-century media. The Leonardo Archive, spanning nearly 50 years, provides a rich basis for exploration of the genesis of art-science work, from the introduction of pioneering applications in kinetic art, computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic, algorithmic and genetic art, environmental, bio and land art to more recent artistic applications in nano art, CAVE installation work, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearables, sound art, cloud-based art and beyond.

Fellowships may be realized in a variety of possible forms, such as (but not limited to):

  • Guest-editing a themed special section in Leonardo journal
  • Curating a Leonardo Gallery devoted to work in the field of art-science-technology
  • Researching a topic area drawing on the 50-year Leonardo archive, leading to publication of an article in Leonardojournal or Leonardo On-Line
  • Or another project that utilizes the content or other resources of the Leonardo Network.

The creativity of the proposal will be a factor in the selection of Leonardo Fellows. Leonardo Fellows will also have opportunities to interface with the Leonardo community:

  • One month as a guest editor of the Leonardo On-Line Blog
  • Opportunity to speak at a Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event.

Note: Submitted writings and projects are subject to editorial review and are not guaranteed to be published.

Who is eligible? During the announced nomination period, Leonardo Senior Affiliate Members may nominate one (1) graduate student for the Fall Fellowship and one (1) junior faculty member for the Spring Fellowship.

What is a Senior Affiliate Member? A Senior Affiliate Member is a paying member institution, department, lab or organization that is creating work in the intersection of art, science and technology. For more information about the many benefits of joining the Leonardo Affliate Program, please see

The nomination process: We accept nominations twice a year for the two fellowships: an autumn fellowship for a graduate student and a spring fellowship for a junior faculty member.

           Step 1 Nomination period opens and is announced by the Leonardo Affiliate Program. Senior Affiliates are invited submit a nomination.

           Step 2 The Leonardo Senior Affiliate nominator sends a preliminary email to Leonardo/ISAST indicating the name and position of the organization’s nominee and his/her contact information and including the nominator’s letter of recommendation in support of the nominee.

           Step 3 Upon acknowledgmentand request by Leonardo/ISAST, the nominee submits a project proposal as well as a resume and writing sample for consideration.

Where and when is the fellowship? The fellowships are conducted remotely, with periodic telephone or video contact with the Leonardo editors. The duration of each fellowship is either one academic quarter or semester. One fellowship takes place at a time, rotating between the graduate student and the junior faculty fellowship.

Does the fellowship offer a stipend? We offer a $1,000 stipend, awarded at the beginning of the fellowship project.

Have more questions? Contact Danielle Siembieda, Leonardo Affiliate Manager, dani…

Timeline of Spring 2015 Fellowship (Junior Faculty Members)

October 15, 2014:  Fellowship Nomination Period Announced (for Fall: Graduate Student Nominations Only)
November 15, 2014:  Fellowship Nominations and supporting materials due
December 15, 2014:  Materials From Nominee Due 
January 15, 2015:  Fall Fellowship Awardee announced
February 15, 2015:  Fall Fellowship begins
April 30, 2015:  Fall Fellowship ends

The Leonardo Affiliate Program

Roger Malina Teaching New Graduate Course Fall 2014


I will be teaching a new graduate course this fall 2014 on the arts,
sciences and humanities
with the idea of developing material for ATEC, EMAC and A and H
students who need
to master some area of  current science for their research and
creative activity.

I hope you will consider enrolling if you are interested and bring it to the
attention of your fellow students.

I will be working with each student ahead of the semester to identify the fields
of science that we need to structure the seminar around.

The course is ATEC 6380

If you have any questions please contact me


New Podcast from LEONARDO: WATER IS IN THE AIR: Physics, Politics and
Poetics of Water

Jean-Marc Chomaz, Mikael Fernström, Sean Taylor, Annick Bureaud, and
Roger Malina on Water Is in the Air (Leonardo e-book series):

the authors –

Jean-Marc Chomaz, CNRS research director at the École Polytechnique
Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Ladhyx) and professor at École
Polytechnique. He is a member of the artist group Labofactory.

Mikael Fernström and Sean Taylor, the art-science collaborators behind
Softday. Fernström and Taylor teach at the University of Limerick.

the hosts –

Annick Bureaud, independent art critic, curator and event organizer,
researcher and teacher in art and technosciences. She is the director
of Leonardo/OLATS, European sister organization to Leonardo/ISAST.

Roger Malina, physicist, astronomer, editor-in-chief of Leonardo, and
distinguished professor at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Jean-Marc Chomaz, Mikael Fernström, Sean Taylor, Annick Bureaud, and
Roger Malina on Water Is in the Air (Leonardo e-book series)

Our contributors discuss their work in the arts and sciences, which is
showcased in Leonardo’s new article collection, Water Is in the Air:
Physics, Politics, and Poetics of Water in the Arts.

Water Is in the Air explores the ways that artists, from all over the
world, working at the cutting edge of science and engineering, create
work that addresses critical issues of water in culture and society.

MIT Press Journals invites you to join the conversation.

Listen to the FREE podcast:

Purchase Water Is in the Air and other Leonardo e-books

Check out the rest of our free podcast series on our website:

MIT Press Journals Podcasts

2014 Fourth International CDASH Call


CDASH : Curriculum Development in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities

Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina and UT Dallas faculty member
Kathryn Evans are inventorying examples of courses and curricula that
are in the art-science–humanities field such as courses on art and
biology, music and mathematics, art and chemistry, dance and
environmental sciences, etc.

The current CDASH inventory is available at  includes over 130 courses.

Individuals who have taught an art-science-humanities course at the
university or secondary-school level, in formal or informal settings,
are invited to contact Kathryn Evans, with details of their
curriculum, at  Please send the URL (if
available), title and number of the course(s), a short description,
the level offered (graduate or undergraduate) and the department(s) in
which the course(s) was offered.  We are also interested in the
“history” of your course – when it was offered, if you had any issues
with approval, and how you developed the course, lessons learned. Full
syllabi may be sent to Paul Thomas at to be
included in a cloud wiki at

We are interested in the broad range of all forms of the performing
arts (including music, dance, theatre and film) and the visual arts
(both traditional and new media); and connecting to all the sciences.
We are looking for submissions of in-person class room, on-line and
hybrid blended courses. We also include technology related courses
that are art-science focused.

The CDASH site also lists programs and centers that are devoted to
Art- Science-Humanities research and curriculum.

This project is overseen by a working group consisting of: Kathryn
Evans, UT Dallas, Roger F Malina, UT Dallas, Paul Thomas, University
of New South Wales, Meredith Tromble, San Francisco Art Institute and
the Leonardo LEAF Chair David Familian, University of California,

This project is co sponsored by Leonardo Education and Art Forum
(LEAF):; The ArtSciLab,
University of Texas at Dallas (UTD):
and the  College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

We also bring your attention to the call for MA and PhD Thesis
abstracts in Art, Science and Technology:

The Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) is a comprehensive database of
Ph.D., Masters and MFA thesis abstracts on the intersection of art,
science and technology. Individuals receiving advanced degrees in
disciplines that investigate philosophical, historical or critical
applications of science or technology to the arts are invited to
submit abstracts of their theses for consideration. Selected abstracts
are published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Authors of most highly
ranked abstracts are invited to submit an article for publication in
Leonardo. The aim of the LABS database is to give visibility to
interdisciplinary work. Annual submission deadline: 30 June. For more
information, contact Sheila Pinkel at <>.

UTDallas Crowdfund Workshop


 Come join us this Friday (April 4th)  from 11am – 3pm for this unique opportunity! It is completely free for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

The event will be located in the Faculty & Staff Dining Room SU – UTD Campus

Campus Map

The Crowdfund Workshop is presented by, the National Crowd Funding Association and the UTDallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Topics Discussed:

-Overview of CrowdFunding


-Practical Crowdfunding

-Featuring a panel that will discuss their experiences with crowdfunding

-Overview of Equity Crowdfunding


-Overview of Academic Crowdfunding


Speakers for the event include:

Dr.Bruce Gnade-

-UTDallas: Vice President for Research

Dr.Roger Malina

-UTDallas: Arts and Technology

David Marlett

-Executive Director, National Crowdfunding Association

Dan Bochsler

-UTDallas: Naveen Jindal School of Management

Madison Pedigo

-UTDallas: Naveen Jindal School of Management

Jed Moody

-Haynes & Boone, Attorneys at Law

Jeremy Forsberg

-University of Texas at Arlington: Assistant VP of Research

For More information, check out the detailed itinerary 

ArtSciLab Researchers Roger Malina and Andrew Blanton Present their work at the Inaugural LASER

ArtSciLab researchers Roger Malina and Andrew Blanton will be presenting their work at the inaugural LASER in Austin Texas on March 4.

The LASER series is being organised by JD Talasek, the Cultural Director of the US National Academy of Science. Malina and Blanton will present in particular the ArtSciLab work in collaboration with Professor Gagan Wig of UT Dallas ( )

His research program uses a combination of structural and functional imaging tools (including fMRI, DTI, and TMS) to understand the organization of large-scale human brain networks and how these networks change over the adult-lifespan. The Art Sci Lab is working with him to develop innovative ways of representing the data, in particular using data sonication techniques.

The resulting work is intended to develop scientifically useful research tools but also create compelling art work.

Further details on the ArtSciLab can be found at :

Join us for

The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th , 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing

The UMLAUF proudly announces the inauguration of ATX LASER (Austin, Texas – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), a salon series culminating at the intersection of art and science. In today’s environment of new technologies and scientific advancements, cultivation of creativity among all areas of human endeavor is paramount to knowledge production and fully understanding the impact of our changing world on the development of our identity within it. Over the next year, this salon will explore such diverse topics as: the impact and creative application of technology; the intersection of anatomy, art and genetics; arts role in environmental education and activism; visualizing and understanding Big Data; building community and communication between disciplines; and much more.

Akin to successful art-science programs in London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC David, UC Santa Cruz, and New York City, ATX LASER provides an opportune environment for progressive thought leaders to come together to form community and explore the intersections of disciplinary thinking. ATX LASER welcomes innovators of all types: artists, scientists, curators, scholars, engineers, designers, and educators, to participate. Throughout his life’s work, Charles Umlauf explored the relationship of art and science through both process and symbolism. Emphasizing the importance of sharing ideas and knowledge as a platform of its mission, the UMLAUF offers the ideal creative crucible for seemingly unrelated disciplines to reconvene.

Each ATX LASER session will feature multimedia presentations and three to four speakers, each given the opportunity to address a compelling aspect of their research. Following the presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees. All ATX LASERs are free and open to the public. Please join us at ATX LASER’s launch: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.

The UMLAUF is proud to be partnering with Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), a non-profit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers, and thinkers through programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output, and innovation.

ATX LASER was conceived by J.D. Talasek, Scholar-in-Residence, UMLAUF. Talasek is Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the founder of that city’s DASER program. His co-organizers for ATX LASER are Katie Robinson Edwards, PhD., UMLAUF Curator, and Diane Sikes, UMLAUF Director of Programs. ATX LASER is made possible through the generous support of J.D. Talasek and the UMLAUF.

At ATX LASER, art and science will unite in the serene environment of Lawrence Speck’s architectural gem amidst the UMLAUF gardens. The UMLAUF was founded in 1991 with the mission of exhibiting the work of Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. An inventive problem solver, in his lifetime Umlauf engaged with the fields of anatomy, architecture, engineering, and geology. ATX LASER pays homage to Umlauf’s creative vision and will include future sessions relating directly to the sculptor’s vast oeuvre.

The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th , 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing


o Katie Robinson Edwards , UMLAUF Curator

– TOPIC: A brief introduction on behalf of the UMLAUF

o J.D. Talasek , Moderator.

– TOPIC: “Shaping Community around Creativity and Innovation”

o Roger Malina , Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair, University of Texas at Dallas Roger. Malina is a physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at MIT Press, Professor of Physics and Associate Director of the Arts and Technology Program at UT Dallas.

– TOPIC: The ArtSciLab at UT Dallas opened in the fall of 2013 with the objective of enabling in depth collaboration between artists and scientists. Our first projects involve manipulating data from astronomy, brain sciences and geo-sciences

o Andrew Blanton , a composer and media artist. Blanton is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a Research Fellow in the ATEC ArtSciLab.

– TOPIC: interactive installation called MODULATOR, will be co-presenting with Roger Malina

o Francesca Samsel, Visual Artist. Austin-based artist Francesca Samsel uses scientific visualization and high-resolution displays to create digital murals inspired by scientific research.

– Topic: Art-Sci-Vis: Stirring the Mix, Creating Multiple Outcomes

o Kathy Ellins, Program Manager at the Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Trained as a geochemist,

– Topic: Geoscience Through the Lens of Art: Examples From The American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting


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For more information visit

Or email JD Talasek at


The Physics, Politics and Poetics of Water in the Arts

The ATEC  Leonardo Initiatives in Experimental Publishing and Knowledge Curation at UT Dallas is pleased to announce the publication of a new ebook in the Leonardo ebook series at MIT Press:

Water Is in the Air: Physics, Politics, and Poetics of Water in the Arts

Editor Annick Bureaud.  Executive Editor: Roger Malina: E-book Managing Editor: Cathryn Ploehn

Leonardo/ISAST (2014-02-10T05:00:00+00:00). Water Is in the Air (Kindle Location 16). MIT Press. Kindle Edition.

 ISBN: 9780262757010 : 

This ebook documents the work of innovative artists, from all over the world, working at the cutting edge of science and engineering, create work that addresses critical issues of water in culture and society. With newly commisioned articles and drawing on thirty years of work documented in the Leonardo journal at MIT Press, the authors explore art and climate change and pollution, artificially seeded clouds, water fountains, the physics and poetics of waves, using all types of media (videos, performances, installations, sound art).

Published in collaboration with the STUDIOLAB consortium, a Europe-wide initiative that merges the studio with the research lab. Funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (

Preface by Roger Malina

Introduction to Water Is in the Air by Annick Bureaud


Phenomenology and Artistic Praxis: An Application to Marine Ecological Communication Jane Quon

“Lagoon Project”: San Francisco Exploratorium Laurie Lundquist

The Durance: Interlaced Waters: Art-Science Collaborations and Audiovisual Research

On The Modification Of Man-Made Clouds: The Factory Cloud HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen)

Paparuda Monsieur Moo

Sonification and Sound Projects Marbh Chrios Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström

Pulse of an Ocean: Sonification of Ocean Buoy Data Bob L. Sturm

Rainwire: Environmental Sonification of Rainfall Dave Burraston


Sculptures and Installations My “Mobile Hydromural” Gyula Kosice

An Application of the Water Bell Liquid Flow Phenomenon in Visual Art Philip Bornarth and Franklyn K. Schwaneflugel

Sculptural Constructions Involving Water Dynamics Pearl Hirshfield

Memory Vapor Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch

Anti-Entropic Role of Art Ana Rewakowicz

Fountains Color-Music Fountains and Installations of the Erebuni Group Abram Alexandrovich Abramyan

Wave Rings Nodoka Ui

The Futura Deluxe Bubble Steven Raspa


Fragments of a Flow: A Thread of Water in the Video Work of Irit Batsry Irit Batsry

Walking Clouds And Augmented Reverie Nathalie Delprat

Here Is Where You Heard the Ocean: An Interactive Sound Installation Laura L. Clemons

Alma da Água: A Space Awareness Initiative Dinis Ribeiro and Richard Clar

Liquid Light: Working with Water Liliane Lijn

Music, Colors and Movements of Water Jacques Mandelbrojt and Lucie Prod’homme


From “Life-Water” to “Death-Water” or on the Foundations of African Artistic Creation from Yesterday to Tomorrow Iba Ndiaye Diadji

The Symbolic Function of Water in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cultural Approach Camille Talkeu Tounouga Nommo—The Spirit of Water—in the Dogon World Jacky Bouju


Waterfields: Conceptual Water Drawings Robert C. Morgan On the Artistic Use of Fluid Flow Patterns Made Visible A. S. Douthat, H. M. Nagib, and A. A. Fejer

Around the Cusp: Singularity and the Breaking of Waves Javiera Tejerina-Risso and Patrice Le Gal

Science and Art of Sculpturing Fluids Jean-Marc Chomaz

Looking beneath the Surface: The Radial Spread of Ink in Water Pery Burge Process and Natural Phenomena as Conceptual Points of Departure in Extended-Format Sculpture Eve Laramée


A podcast is in production with MIT Press.

A contribution to the United Nations

 International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

Roger Malina appointed to International Program Committee for ISEA 2014

isea6The International Symposium on the Electronic Arts will be hosted by Zayed University and Other Locations in Dubai and the UAE in November 2014.

ISEA is one of the world’s most important international academic arts/technology event for the interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactive, electronic and digital media. It’s an event that annually brings together artists, academics, scientists, and new media practitioners.

The symposium consists of three aspects of peer reviewed conference, internationally juried exhibitions, and various in-conjunction and other partner events–from video screenings to performances.

UT Dallas Professor Roger F Malina will be serving on the International Program Committee.

Introducing the UTD – ATEC ArtSciLab CrowdFormation


Provide a cooperative environment to inform and promote collaborative efforts of students and faculty to better crowdfund their projects and research.


Providing a collaborative environment for students and faculty to work together in support of their crowdfunding efforts. For example, students with development and engineering ideas can meet with finance and marketing students, as well as video production students, for information sharing regarding crowdfunding techniques and in some instances to cooperatively crowdfund their own projects/research.

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David Marlett
, Research Fellow, ATEC ArtSciLab
J.D., CPA, Exec. Dir., National Crowdfunding Association,  214-208-2148

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Roger Malina,


 Weekly @ ArtSciLab in ATEC 3.209, Date/Time TBD
Participants All interested UTD students, faculty and staff. To register interest in being involved or to learn more, email David Marlett or visit us online at

Maximilian Schich to judge for the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge

Maximilian Schich has been named a judge for the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge

“We are delighted to announce the Web Science 2014 Visualization Challenge!
The web has generated huge amounts of data at massive scale, but making sense of these datasets and representing them in a compact and easily-interpretable way remains very difficult. The goal of this challenge is to encourage innovative visualizations of web data. We particularly encourage entries that reflect the interdisciplinary spirit of the Web Science conference. To enable this visualization, we have prepared several large-scale, easy-to-use, publicly-available datasets:

1. Web traffic data, including more than 200 million HTTP requests from browsers to servers;
2. Twitter data, including a sample of more than 22 million tweets;
3. Social bookmarking data, consisting of about 430,000 bookmarked pages;
4. Co-authorship of academic papers, consisting of about 21.5 million papers and 10.8 million authors

Complete details on these datasets are available here:

All of the datasets are stored in simple file formats, so that they can be easily used without much technical expertise.

We are pleased to offer a cash prize of at least $1000 to be split among the winning entries. Winners will be announced and displayed at the WebScience conference in June 2014, presented on the WebScience website, and the winners will be encouraged to present a poster at the conference describing their work. The entries will be judged based on four criteria: (1) innovative use of data, (2) clarity of visualization, (3) quality of design, and (4) potential impact.

1. For fairness, the visualization must be primarily based on the data that we provide. Other datasets may be used to augment ours, but these datasets must be publicly-available and described in detail in the documentation (see #4 below).
2. The visualization must be a static image, and must be submitted as a PDF. In addition to the main PDF, please submit a PNG version at a resolution of about 640×480, for display on web pages, social media sites, mobile devices, etc. This PNG version need not contain the full visualization, but should be an appropriate representation (e.g. a subset of the full PDF).
3. Please include a separate PDF file containing a description of the visualization, including: (1) name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information of the creator(s), (2) the purpose of the visualization, (3) which dataset(s) were used, (4) a brief description of how the visualizations was created, and (5) any other information you would like to share with the judges.
4. By submitting your visualization, you agree to allow us to display your visualization at the conference and on the Web Science website and social media channels. (We will give proper attribution, of course.) You also certify that you are the copyright holder of the visualization and are authorized to give us this permission.
5. Entries are due by 11:59PM Hawaii time on April 15, 2014. Please e-mail your entry to David Crandall. (If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, your entry has not been received and should be re-sent.)

Panel of judges:
Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana University
Katy Borner, Indiana University
Mark Meiss, Google
Dimitar Nikolov, Indiana University
Maximilian Schich, University of Texas”