Art for science’s sake, UCL Lunch Hour Lecture, 1 November 2012

Art for science’s sakeUCL Lunch Hour Lecture, 1 November 2012
Dr Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

For centuries, scientists have sought help from artistic practice as a visual aid. This lecture will explore case studies from the 18th to the 21st century, to show that artists have often participated in the growth of scientific knowledge by disturbing and questioning concepts that scientists take for granted. Would current artist in residence programmes benefit from adopting a more sustained critical role, in light of this history?

Related post by Johanna Kieniewicz ‏from the British Library: Why scientists should care about art


Leonardo Electronic Almanac


Established in 1993, Leonardo Electronic Almanac is the electronic arm of the pioneer art journal, Leonardo – Journal of Art, Science & Technology.

Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), jointly produced by Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST), and published by MIT Press, is an electronic journal dedicated to providing a forum for those who are interested in the realm where art, science and technology converge. For over a decade, LEA thrived as an international peer reviewed electronic journal and web archive covering the interaction of the arts, sciences, and technology.

In 2010 the journal was re-launched by Lanfranco Aceti, Editor in Chief, and Paul Brown, Co-editor, to meet the challenges of the publishing industry in the 21st century.

The new LEA will emphasize rapid publication of recent work and critical discussion on topics of current relevance. The new LEA encourages contributions from scholars, artists, scientists, educators and developers of new technological resources in the media arts.

Content will include feature articles on theoretical and technical perspectives, profiles of media arts facilities and projects, insights of artists using new media, reviews and interdisciplinary projects. Curated galleries of current new media artworks will also feature regularly. LEA will also publish special issues on topics including but certainly not limited to: locative media, electronic text and poetics, history of digital media, dromology, environmental issues, transculturalism, virtual art and digital culture.