Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 6th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2015

We are pleased to invite you to the

Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 6th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2015

taking place at the World Trade Center Zaragoza (WTCZ) in Spain,
on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Abstract:
For the sixth time, it is our pleasure to bring together pioneering work in the overlap of the arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2015 symposium will again follow our established recipe and will leverage interaction between the areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion.

In our call, we are looking for a diversity of research contributions revolving around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Focussing on these five pillars that have crystallized out of our previous meetings, the 2015 symposium again strives to make further impact in the arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

Running parallel to the NetSci2015 conference, the symposium provides a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers in complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.

As in previous years, selected papers will be published in print, both in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal MIT-Press and in a dedicated Leonardo eBook MIT-Press (see below).

Keynote:
Martin Krzywinski, Scientist, Genome Sciences Center, Vancouver, Canada
Make sure to check out his websites: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/ and http://circos.ca/

As in previous years, our high-profile keynote exemplifies the areas of cultural data science, network visualization, and/or network art.

Organizing committee:
Maximilian Schich, Associate Professor, ATEC, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Roger Malina, Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, France/USA
Isabel Meirelles, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Submissions:
We invite you to submit a 300 word abstract including one descriptive figure by March 29, 2015 using our EasyChair submission link:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ahcn2015

Note: Our previous calls had an acceptance rate of 14 – 25%. Contributors were selected using a peer review process with three to four independent reviews per paper. Succesful submissions usually include an abstract not exceeding 300 words (plain text in the EasyChair submission form, no paper attachment), a striking figure (.jpg attachment, optimized to about 2000 x 1200 pixel in landscape aspect ratio), as well as an URL, all of which should express the relevance to our call. Previously selected paper topics cover a large territory, including networks in archaeology, art, film, history, music, literature, network visualization, and the culture of art-science. For previous examples see our companion website at ahcncompanion.info.

Important dates:
Deadline for submission: March 29, 2015.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 6, 2015.
Date of symposium: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Zaragoza, Spain.

Attendance:
Important note: The main NetSci2015 conference requires satellite attendees to pay at least a one day registration fee, in addition to registering to our symposium via EventBrite.

To attend our symposium,
1. Please get a free EventBrite ticket at http://ahcn2015.eventbrite.com/
2. Pay at least a one-day registration fee at http://www.netsci2015.net.

If you do not get an Eventbrite ticket (but you paid the NetSci2015 fee), there is still a chance to attend, as some ticket holders may not be able to show up. We will fill these spaces in Zaragoza, again on a first come, first serve basis. Priority will be given to those on our Eventbrite wait list and those registered for the main NetSci conference.

Program Schedule:

9:00 – Roger Malina: Opening Remarks

9:10 – Maximilian Schich: Introduction

9:30 – Martin Krzywinski: Keynote talk

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00-13:00 – Contributed talks

13:00 – Lunch

14:00-16:00 – Contributed talks

16:00 – Coffee break

16:30 – Panel discussion

17:30 – End


 

About NetSci:
NetSci is the flagship conference on Complex Networks promoted by the NetSci Society. It brings under one umbrella a wide variety of leading researchers, practitioners and stakeholders with direct interest in Network Science, from Physics to Computer Science, Biology, Social Sciences, Economics, Technological and Communication Networks, Big Data and so on.

Links:
eBook on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks [Kindle Edition]:
Companion website: http://ahcncompanion.info/
For purchase (US $ 7.99): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007S0UA9Q

Special Section in Leonardo Journal:
Leonardo Journal 43:3, June 2010, pp. 212: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/43/3
Leonardo Journal 44:3, June 2011, pp. 239-267: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/44/3
Leonardo Journal 45:1, February 2012, pp. 77-89: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/45/1
Leonardo Journal 45:3, June 2012, pp. 275-286: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/45/3
Leonardo Journal 46:3, June 2013, pp. 267-279: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/46/3
Leonardo Journal 47:3, June 2014, pp. 265-278: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/47/3

Previous Symposia websites:
2010: http://artshumanities.netsci2010.net
2011: http://artshumanities.netsci2011.net
2012: http://artshumanities.netsci2012.net
2013: http://artshumanities.netsci2013.net
2014: http://artshumanities.netsci2014.net

Other relevant sites:
ATEC, The University of Texas at Dallas: http://www.utdallas.edu/atec/
BarabásiLab, Northeastern University, Boston: http://www.barabasilab.com
Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-design.htm
Leonardo/ISAST: http://www.leonardo.info
NetSci2015: http://www.netsci2015.net


 

Contact:
If you would like to be added to the list of interested people, please drop us an e-mail with the subject [ Please add me to the Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks list ] at artshumanities.netsci@gmail.com. Alternatively you can follow us on Twitter.

Creative Disturbance celebrates its first year by celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Through March, Creative Disturbance is featuring podcasts that showcase women voices in topics of art, science and technology. Some of the more popular podcasts include:

•  Art and Technology Pioneer Liliane Lijn

•  Music, Science and Technology pioneer Pauline Oliveros

•  Internet pioneer and innovator Christine Maxwell’s discussion with educator Rebecca Nix, Why Big Dreamers Need to Know About Big Data.

•  Artist Caroline Ometz‘s scientific and artistic collaborations with UT Southwestern researcher Dhru Deb in Cancer: Finding Beauty in the Beast.

•  Drs. Kathy Ellins and Susan Eriksson address the current status of art and earth science collaborations and new directions that could bolster their utility in geoscience research and education.

..and other topics of interest.

Visit creativedisturbance.org/womensday to hear the talented, powerful and diverse voices, or add your own podcast at the Voices of the Crowd channel to join these more than 25 voices.

Contact us at feedback.createdisturb@gmail.com if you would like to post a podcast!


 

What is Creative Disturbance

Creative Disturbance is an international, multi-lingual, online platform that (once complete) will provide a unique virtual environment for the intellectually curious across the globe to meet, network, collaborate, create, and socialize.

One means of both sharing and spurring such interactions is through a dynamic collection of podcasts crowdsourced and produced by Creative Disturbance members.

These ‘conversations’ help illuminate and inform others on matters of interest across the Creative Disturbance community.

S.T.E.A.M. Power: The Power To Change The World

If you’re looking for more STEAM listening, we recently discovered this podcast over at steampowerpodcast.com that you should check out! From their about page:

“We are a podcast dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest news stories from across the entire spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics; as well as the Maker Movement and various Open Source Initiatives. We seek to inspire the public imagination in S.T.E.A.M. topics thus enabling a society that is technically and scientifically literate. We do this believing that a society that balances technological and scientific pursuit with humanity is the best hope for our collective future.

We also seek to serve as an advocate for the digital rights of individuals. We are strongly committed to ensuring technology plays the role of good in developing and safeguarding the democratic ideals of personal freedom, spirited debate, unfettered elections, and open conversation — free from fear, censorship, and harassment. We will ensure such ideals are passionately defended the world over.

We strive to be an advocate for four core initiatives, they are:

1) STEAM education in the United States and around the world. From elementary school to college and beyond. Not just in the classroom but also within youth groups and in the home.

2) Raising the public awareness and appreciation for the impacts science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics has on our society both now and in the future

3) Evangelizing the Maker Community, Open Source Movement and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mentality so that we can become a more creative, self-reliant, and openly collaborative society.

4) Advocating for the digital rights of individuals by ensuring any policies put in place by governments and corporations balance privacy with security. Thus ensuring that the rights and freedoms of the individual is never trumped by corporate greed or government overreach.”

About The Hosts

Mike Parks is an engineer, Navy veteran, and small business owner.  You can follow along on Twitter or Google+, and he occasionally rants on his blog.

Lisa Parks is a sociologist and Mike’s better half.  She is passionate about understanding the impact technology has on people, society, and education.  She is also the creative genius of Super Chic Dollies.

ArtSciLab & Leonardo Initiatives Seeks Experimental Publishing Intern

The ideal candidate is someone who is detail-oriented, enjoys the publishing process, communicates well with others, and is familiar with E-books. The candidate will acquire valuable experience with e-publishing tools and methods. Possible continuation over the summer since most of the work can be done online remotely with coordination meetings held on campus. The work is in the ATEC ArtSciLab under the supervision of professor Roger Malina

Responsibilities:

• Formatting existing or new articles for the upcoming Leonardo E-book according to the current style guide

• Updating style guide and process as it becomes more efficient

• Collaboration with various editors at MIT Press to supplement the development of Leonardo E-books

• Like a liaison with MIT Press, you will communicate and collaborate with E-book editors internationally

• Will help publish the E-book to Amazon

• Support the E-book’s online presence by maintaining its social media

• Responsible for the E-book companion website maintenance

• Could be tasked to experiment with other scholarly publishing platforms (i.e. publishing professional podcasts for the Leonardo Creative Disturbance channel)

Recommended:

• Previous experience in editorial work, social media, and front-end web development

• If interested contact Roger Malina at: roger.malina@utdallas.edu

Carolyne Adhiambo Ojwang Joins ArtSciLab

Carolyne Adhiambo Ojwang was born and raised in Kenya before I relocated to the US to join her family. She is currently a University of Texas at Dallas student in the Masters program in ATEC graduating in Spring, 2015. As an immigrant, she is  interested in the African Diaspora, especially the East African community and how they can use cultural discussions and technological initiatives to provide a gateway to the rest of the world. Her Masters project will address how to enable East Africa to become visible in the global scene as part of the ArtScilab experimental publishing initiatives.

She will be carrying out her masters project in collaboration with the Art Sci Lab Virtual Africa project led by Yvan Tina and contributing to the ArtSciLab Creative Disturbance podcast and collaboration platform.

NEA Grant Awarded to collaboration between University of North Texas xREZ Lab,University of Texas at Dallas ArtSciLab and Texas A and M C Star project for One Antarctic Night

We are thrilled to announce that xREZ lab and collaborators at UTD ArtSciLab and Texas A and M CStar antarctic telescope have received a prestigious NEA art works grant for creation of the interactive artwork Instrument” One Antarctic Night.

http://oneantarcticnight.xrezlab.com/

INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night is an interactive artwork created from 287‚800 images of the universe captured recently by a robotic telescope in Antarctica. Using this data about how the universe works‚ we are creating electronic instruments that participants interact with to make digital image and sound remixes. The experience is like a video and music jam session taking place in the gallery‚ on large scale displays‚ mobile devices‚ and online simultaneously.
The project is art+science collaboration between artists and astrophysicist led  by UNT (http://www.xrezlab.com/ ) , with UT Dallas Art SciLab, and Texas A&M (http://mcba11.phys.unsw.edu.au/~plato/cstar.html) with participating artists from RISD and SJSU. Watch the project video and learn more about this exciting artwork at http://oneantarcticnight.xrezlab.com.

ArtScilab collaborators Scot Gresham Lancaster and Brian Merlo and Andrew Blanton at San Jose State University are participating.

Susan Eriksson Joins ArtSciLab as a Research Fellow!

Susan C. Eriksson is a geologist, educator, and artist, with a specialty in translating cutting-edge scientific research into programs that impact students and society. She has served as a research scientist for a major oil company; faculty, administrator, and museum director at Virginia Tech; and Education and Outreach Director for UNAVCO, an NSF facility for geodetic research and for the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

She supports an emerging community of scientists and artists working together in the subject of the Earth by founding  Bella Roca, a website with news and articles on people and events in the geoscience and art arena and by co-convening several sessions on geoscience and art at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting.

Susan has exhibited her Earth-inspired art work nationally at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Eriksson is also an independent consultant in strategic planning and evaluation of STEM programs.

Dr Eriksson is producer of the podcast channel on Art and Earth Sciences on the ArtSciLab Creative Disturbance project ( www. Creativedisturbance.org )

The EODIAH – UTD Leonardo Initiatives “Generation 0: Chronicles of the Art-and-Technology Vanguard”

The University of Texas at Dallas’ new Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH) and the Leonardo Initiatives of ATEC at UTD are pleased to announce the Leonardo Generation 0 Project, an open and expanding archive of the foundational forces in art-and-technology.

 

After the Second World War, two major developments transformed the cultural landscape: the digital computer and discoveries in the realm of genetics. The Leonardo Generation 0 Project chronicles the multi-perspectival merger between technology and art from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Generation 0 amplifies the voices of pioneering and influential artists, engineers, curators, and key organizations through a growing databank of written first-person accounts and podcast recordings. The project seeks to document the experiences of those most closely involved in the creation of digital art, the biological arts, new media art, and computer art using the tools of the digital humanities. Leonardo Generation 0 shares the unique perspectives in a style that is at once embracing and accessible, intellectually rigorous yet casual. This new project is aimed at uncovering a rich, if somewhat underappreciated, time in art history by recording the memories of the pioneers.

 

The Generation 0 Project is part of the Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers project of the Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Techno-Sciences in Paris, and in collaboration with its director, Annick Bureaud. Memoirs are being published both on the Pioneers and Pathbreakers website athttp://olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php and in the Leonardo Journal art history section edited by Professor David Carrier: http://leonardo.info/leoinfo.html

 

The co-directors of the Generation 0 Project are Professor Roger Malina, an affiliate faculty member of the EODIAH and an ATEC Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Dr. Charissa Terranova, an Associate Professor of Art History in EODIAH. ATEC ArtSciLab Research Fellow, Poe Johnson, a University of Texas at Dallas PhD student, coordinates the project. Their varied perspectives and skill sets embody the hybridity of the memoirs project itself, and the philosophy of University of Texas at Dallas ATEC and Arts & Humanities programs.

 

Among the recent memoirs are an inside account of the workings of Bell Labs from A Michael Noll, Helen and Newton Harrison about their early work in art and environment, Frieder Nake views as a pioneering German computer artist, Trudy Reagan early days of the YLEM organization.

 

Submissions for the Pioneers and Pathbreakers memoir project are decided and peer reviewed by The Frieda Ackerman Committee: Marc Battier, Paul Brown, Annick Bureaud, David Carrier, Joel Chadabe, Anne Collins, Eduardo Kac, Roger Malina, Patrick McCray, Frieder Nake, Louise Poissant, Eddie Shanken, and Charissa Terranova. The call for memoirs is available at http://leonardo.info/isast/journal/calls/pioneers.html.

New Research Assistant in ArtSciLab – Anvit Srivastav

We are pleased to introduce the new Research Assistant in the ArtScilab.

Anvit Srivastav is a master’s student in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his bachelor’s in Information technology from Jaypee Institute of Information technology in India. He has worked extensively with web technologies and is skilled in Ruby on rails, Javascript and, PHP. His areas of interest are Game development, Cloud computing, Web design and, Network security. He is currently specializing in the field of Information assurance. In his spare time, he likes to work on music production, digital art and play the guitar. He is a huge metal head and is always up for concerts if you’re looking for someone to go with.

Anvit will be working on our DataRemix project with Connectome data and on the Creative Disturbance project.

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:
http://cnets.indiana.edu/groups/nan/webtraffic/websci14-data

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.

Rules:
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”