ArtSciLab Director serving on Editorial Board for New Open Journal On_Culture

Roger Malina, the Director of the ArtSciLab, has agreed to serve on the Editorial Board for the new journal On_Culture: Open Journal for the Study of Culture, published from the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany.

On_Culture is an open access e-journal, with a focus on transparency and openness as well as reflexivity and processes of metaization in dealing with concepts in the study of culture.The “open” aspect of On_Culture refers to a particular publishing mode, but the goal of the journal will be to develop alternative visions of how culture can be understood, studied, and promoted using new research methodologies that draw on emerging sciences. The journal will host a wide range of formats and modes of presentation, including peer-reviewed scholarly articles and review essays as well as artistic and experimental contributions.

On_Culture is presenting a call for abstracts for the first issue, which will offer perspectives on Emergence/Emergency as concepts in the study of culture.


On Emergence/Emergency, from On_Culture:

Emergence is a key term in the study of culture. It is both a structuring principle of academic research and an object of study. It serves as a conceptual nucleus of knowledge cultures and academic approaches that call mono-causal, reductionist explanations and determinstic accounts of complex phenomena and practices into question. With its connotations of creative energies being set free through emergent processes and phenomena, emergence is a marker of novelty, unpredictability and irreducibility.

Emergency indicates a state, or degree of severity, requiring immediate attention and intervention. States of emergency are often emergent phenomena, and their roots can lie far into the historical, ecological, financial, social and cultural pasts. Many emerging topics in the study of culture (e.g., migration, climate change, demographic change, financial crisis, rightwing/left-wing politics, digitization, globalization, social injustice, precarious working conditions) address ‘emergent emergencies.’

We have paired the concepts of emergence/emergency to highlight the degree of urgency with which much research on the phenomenon of emergence and emergent phenomena is conducted. Both terms call for self-reflexivity and cautious intervention in the cultural analysis of processes of transformation. Instances of the interfacing of emergence and emergency are urgent tasks that scholars in the study of culture need to tackle with the help of new approaches.

Possible questions to be reflected upon:

– Why is a specific object of study an emergent phenomenon? How can it be
explained with the help of a particular theory, or theories, of emergence?

– How has emergence been theorized within a specific discipline and/or across

– How have concepts of emergence evolved over time? What cultural and
historical circumstances have affected their expression?

More details can be found on the On_Culture call for abstracts.

If you are interested in having a peer reviewed academic article featured in the pilot issue, please submit an abstract of 200 words with the article title and a short biographical note to no later than 30 September 2015 with the subject line “Abstract Submission.” You will be notified by 15 October 2015 whether your paper proposal has been accepted. The deadline for submitting the final paper is 15 January 2016.

Please note: On_Culture also features a section devoted to shorter, creative pieces pertaining to each issue topic. These can be interviews, essays, opinion pieces, reviews of exhibitions, analyses of cultural artifacts and events, photo galleries, videos, works of art, and more. These contributions are uploaded on a rolling basis.

Leonardo ranked #4 in 2015 Google Scholar Metrics Visual Arts Category

The 2015 Google Scholar Metrics released last Thursday, June 25 revealed Leonardo to be ranked #4 in the Visual Arts category–a great showing.

The Scholar Metrics are an easy way to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of articles in scholarly publications. The current metrics are based on article citations that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2015, and covers articles released in 2010-2014.

The top 20 publications are ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics, which are respectively based on a journal’s most cited papers and the number of citations it has received in other publications, and the median of the h-index citation counts. Leonardo shows to have an h5-index of 11 and a median of 13. The next highest journal, Studies in Art Education, has an index of 12 and a median of 15, while Art Education, ranked #1, has metrics of 16 and 21.

The article with the most citations in Leonardo turned out to be Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art Method by Garnet Hertz and Jussi Parikka, published in the Oct 2012 Journal, Vol. 45, No. 5.

Good work to Leonardo scholars!

DataRemix Paper Live on Leonardo Just Accepted Page

“DataRemix: Designing the Datamade,”is now on the Leonardo Just Accepted page, hosted by MIT Press. The paper was a part of the Special Section of Leonardo Transactions “Highlights from VISAP’13”, and was previously announced by the ArtSciLab as presented at the 2013 IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP) in Atlanta, Georgia. The authors of the paper were Ruth West, Roger Malina, John Lewis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Alejandro Borsani, Brian Merlo, and Lifan Wang.

The full paper can be downloaded here: DataRemix: Designing The Data made Through ArtScience Collaboration

The article is forthcoming in the Leonardo print publication, and can be cited with the DOI: 10.1162/LEON_a_01060.

ArtSciLab and Leonardo/OLATS to collaborate in “Trust Me, I’m an Artist”

The UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab is pleased to announce its participation in collaboration with Leonardo/OLATS in “Trust Me, I’m an Artist”

“Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Developing Ethical Frameworks for Artists, Cultural Institutions and Audiences Engaged in the Challenges of Creating and Experiencing New Art Forms in Biotechnology and Biomedicine in Europe” is supported by funding from Creative Europe and is a collaboration between Waag Society, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The Arts Catalyst, Ciant, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion, Capsula and Leonardo Olats. The lead artist on the project is Anna Dumitriu and the lead ethicist is Professor Bobbie Farsides.

The aim of “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” is to investigate how artists and cultural institutions can best engage with biotechnology and biomedicine in order to drive innovation in artistic production, ways of presenting artworks, and developing new audiences in Europe. The main goal is to provide artists, cultural institutions and audiences with the skills to understand the ethical issues that arise in the
creation and exhibition of artworks made in collaboration with biotechnology and biomedicine. Additionally the project will provide science and technology collaborators with new ethical frameworks for
successfully working with cultural and creative players. By giving confidence to stakeholders it will open up opportunities for artists and creative organisations to work in new partnerships across Europe and internationally.

Lead artist Anna Dumitriu said of the project:

“Artists tend to work at the forefront of innovation and push boundaries, whilst engaging in ethical and philosophical challenges that resonate through society around new technologies, and this project has the potential to situate them at the forefront of the latest research. Our high impact outputs will prompt new ways of thinking about how art, biotechnology and biomedicine can intersect, and bring together diverse stakeholders and audiences to create new ways of working at the cutting edge of art, science and technology.”

“Trust me, I’m an Artist” will involve a series of practical and discussion-based participatory workshop activities; a major series of performative events (before a live audiences) where a specially selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee will then debate the proposal and come to a decision, the artist will then be informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they can enter into a discussion about the result.

The learning from the project will be shared through a major symposium; a touring exhibition; a series of publications; a website; and an exciting distributable format designed to give other cultural institutions, artists groups, community groups, students and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue by creating their own DIY Trust Me, I’m an Artist events, leaving a strong legacy for what we learn.

This new project builds on the strong foundations laid by the previous “Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration” project. The book of the project is available on

The ATEC ArtSciLab will be participating through the Leonardo Initiatives projects in Experimental Publishing including the Creative Disturbance platform ( ) channel on art and biology  and the MetaLife platform:

Website Links:

Waag Society

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

The Arts Catalyst


Kapelica Gallery

Medical Museion


Leonardo Olats ; UT Dallas ArtSciLab

Anna Dumitriu