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  Trust Me, I'M An Artist: First podcasts available!
On April 18th 2015 took place Martin O'Brien performance "Taste of Flesh / Bite Me I'm Yours", the first one of the "Trust Me, I'M An Artist" project [http://olats.org/trustme/trustme.php].

Leonardo/Olats is happy to propose the podcasts with the artist, Martin O'Brien and the curator, Jareh Das, on the Audiolats chanel on the Creative Disturbance plateform.

Happy Listening !

> Taste of Flesh / Bite Me I'm Yours, as seen by the artist, meeting with Martin O'Brien (in English), 25'03
Interview by Annick Bureaud, on April 19th 2015 in London

Martin O'Brien is an artist and theorist. He received Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for his PhD at the University of Reading and he has contributed to several books.
Martin O'Brien's live art practice uses physical endurance, disgust and pain-based practices to explore the meaning of being born with a life threatening disease (cystic fibrosis) by confronting others' responses to illness.
His performance work has been presented throughout the UK, Europe and the US.

> Taste of Flesh / Bite Me I'm Yours, as seen by the curator, meeting with Jareh Das, (in English), 22'02
Interview by Annick Bureaud, on April 19th 2015 in London

Since 2013, Jareh Das has been working with The Arts Catalyst as an Arts Humanities Research Council funded Ph.D student in Curating Art and Science, partnered with the Geography department of Royal Holloway, University of London.
Das's doctoral research focuses on performing bodies, audience witnessing, and pain-based practices used by artists. It considers performances that resists clear categorisations i.e. focusing on live works that operate at the intersections of 'art and science' encompassing the medical, cultural and social.

  Confronting Vegetal Otherness - An Inquiry into Phutonic Principles with an Emphasis on Plant/Human Intercognition

As part of the 'Trust Me, I'm an Artist' project, Kapelica Gallery presents a work by Spela Petric.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with ethics committee.

Sept 10, 2015, 12am - 12 pm
Sept 11, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm
Panel discussion: 11 Sep, 2015, 6-8pm

Location: Kapelica Gallery
Kersnikova 4
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Author: Spela Petric / Design: Miha Tursic / Technical realization: ScenArt Confronting Vegetal Otherness: Skotopiesis

Plants have undergone an evolutionary history resulting in organizational principles radically different from those of humans. When looking towards their embodiment, we stare at aliens living amongst us - vegetal beings we have recently come to scientifically understand as complex, continuous multi-species communities operating at time-scales and in expressions not perceptible with the innate human sensorial apparatus.

Artistic and scientific interfaces, which mediate plant time, their internal molecular processes and physiological responses, have been employed as the aperture through which the commonplace plant is given a human-friendly articulation. However, utilizing the crutch of interfaces, informing as they may be, somewhat misplaces the true challenge of post-anthropocentrism, which would not only bring the plant into proximity of the human, but also recognize the distinct properties of each organismal type as well as their relational context in ecosystems.

Although there has been a recent surge of post-anthropocentric conceptions of plant life (e.g. authors Matthew Hall, Michael Marder, Paco Calvo, Stefano Mancuso), Western cosmology struggles to find a pragmatic formula that would aid in incorporating this new knowledge and awareness into our everyday experience, precluding a change in the ethical perspective on the non-human Other, wherein plants represent a particular challenge since they are traditionally attributed with lacking interiority, autonomy, essence and individuality and hence fall through the sieve of contemporary ethical discourses.

As technological mediation becomes naturalized, the non-human subjects with which we interact become discernable, even though their expression is refrained to the milieu of the interface at hand. By overcoming our lack of perceptual capacity, these technological hallucinations inspire awe and fascination during a particular mediated contact, but the experience is scarcely transferred to plant life we encounter on a daily basis.

The plants' disregard seems to match our own. With the innumerable animal, fungal and bacterial organisms at the reach of a leaf, a root or a flower, plants have sought partners and curtailed enemies throughout the natural world, (r)evolving around the human as mundanely as the human approaches them - through utility on one hand and damage control on the other.

My goal during the artistic research into phutonic principles (phuton (gr.) meaning plants, but also growing being) is to explore the possible biosemiotic cross-section of humans and plants at various levels of organization, challenging the prospect of intercognition - a process during which the plant and the human exchange physico-chemical signals and hence perturb each other's state. Attention is brought to the materiality of the relation, which results in a perceptible manifestation, a change that can be observed in both partners of the exchange.

The process itself - artificial, novel and striving towards authenticity within the perceptual milieu - exerts immense strain on both vegetal and human entities undergoing the experiment. The confrontation of radically diverse living principles is an attempt of the human to humbly put her animality aside and surrender to the plant, transgressing the need for equivalence to achieve equality - an equality stemming from respect in the face of the subject's (in)comparability with the Other.

The result of Confronting Vegetal Otherness is not to be read as a pursuit of functional hybridity, but rather a conceptual enslavement of particular capacities of plants and humans with the purpose of recognizing the limits of compatibility, empathy and post-anthropocentrism. Through this liminal practice the artist hopes to test the capability of herself as a human to address and express her frustrating desire to understand plants on their terms. The transient, potentially unsuccessful intercognition and its artifacts make the body of the ephemeral artwork requiring ethical justification, calling for a discursive response on the topic of "how can we know the Other when empathy fails?".

Skotopoiesis (meaning shaped by darkness) is the first performance from the series attempting plant-human intercognition. In this durational piece the artist and germinating cress face each, illuminated by a light projection. The biosemiotic process occurs through the obstruction of the light - the artist throws a shadow onto the cress for 12 hours a day, which results in the etiolation (blanching, whitening) of the plants. The effect is mediated by phytochromes, one of the plants' non-photosynthetic light sensors. The diminished light intensity stimulates the production of auxin, a plant hormone that acidifies the cell wall, facilitating its elongation. The stems of the cress become long and pale, the leaves are sparser, all in an effort of the plant to grow from the shadow. As the cress elongates, the vegetalized artist shrinks - standing still for a prolonged amount of time decreases body height due to fluid loss from the intervertebral disk. Thus the evidence of intercognition is observed through the physical changes of the plant and human partner.

The work is produced by Kapelica Gallery and supported by funding from the European Commission - Creative Europe and Leonardo da Vinci LLP, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The project '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 led by artist Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with ethicist Professor Bobbie Farsides. The project is run by Waag Society in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The Arts Catalyst, Ciant, Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, Medical Museion, Capsula and Leonardo Olats.

Performing with Jellyfishes, rencontre avec Robertina Sebjanic (in English), 16'53

Enregistré par Annick Bureaud, le 6 février 2015 à Paris,

Jingles et habillage sonore Jean-Yves Leloup, musique extraits de la performance de Robertina Sebjanic avec les méduses Aurelia 1 + Hz / proto viva sonification.

 BIO ART - BIO DESIGN : Les vidéos sont en ligne !

Mars 2014, Leonardo/Olats et Décalab organisaient la journée d'études BIO ART - BIO DESIGN. Enjeux culturels et sociétaux de la biologie de synthèse à l'Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes - ESPCI Paris Tech.

Mars 2015 : les enregistrements vidéos de cette journée sont désormais disponibles. Retrouvez les présentations d'Anna Dumitriu, Lia Giraud, Thibaud Coradin, Claude Yepremian, Marion Laval-Jeantet, David Benqué, Franck Perez, Lucas Evers et Annick Bureaud.

Site de la journée :

Les vidéos sur Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/album/3287152

Les vidéos sur YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNqz5yLWi0gUdGZtY32MmPkvORtV158C9

Site Décalab : http://www.decalab.fr/

 BIO ART - BIO DESIGN : The Videos are online!

March 2014, Leonardo/Olats and Decalab were organising the conference on BIO ART - BIO DESIGN. Societal and cultural issues of synthetic biology at the Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes - ESPCI Paris Tech.

March 2015: the video recordings are made available. Listen to Anna Dumitriu, Lia Giraud, Thibaud Coradin, Claude Yepremian, Marion Laval-Jeantet, David Benqué, Franck Perez, Lucas Evers and Annick Bureaud presentations.

Conference website :

On Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/album/3287152

On YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNqz5yLWi0gUdGZtY32MmPkvORtV158C9

Décalab website : http://www.decalab.fr/

 "Trust Me, I'm an Artist"

L'année 2015 commence avec de nouveaux très beaux projets pour Leonardo/Olats. Nous avons le plaisir d'être partenaire du projet européen Trust Me, I'm an Artist (2015 -2016) sur les questions éthiques soulevées par la création artistique avec les biotechnologies et dans le champ de la biomédecine.

"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" (oui ... le titre est un peu long ...) est une collaboration entre Waag Society, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The Arts Catalyst, Ciant, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion, Capsula et Leonardo/Olats. La direction du projet inclut Anna Dumitriu (artiste), la Professeure Bobbie Farsides (éthique), avec la Waag Society comme organisation coordinatrice.

Le but de Trust Me, I'm an Artist est de conduire une recherche sur la façon dont les artistes et les institutions culturelles peuvent le mieux s'engager dans des projets avec des biotechnologies et la biomédecine afin de produire des créations artistiques et des formes d'expositions innovantes et de s'ouvrir à de nouveaux publics en Europe.

L'objectif principal est de fournir aux artistes, aux institutions et aux publics des outils pour comprendre et appréhender les questions éthiques qui se font jour dans ce type d'œuvres.

En outre, le projet entend fournir aux collaborateurs dans les domaines scientifiques et technologiques de nouveaux cadres éthiques leur permettant de travailler plus aisément avec les acteurs culturels.

Trust Me, I'm an Artist inclut des workshops, des événements performatifs en public où des artistes proposeront devant un comité d'éthique des projets artistiques complexes, un symposium, une exposition itinérante, des publications, un site web dédié et une forme permettant de partager nos résultats avec tous ceux -artistes, groupes, étudiants, etc.- qui souhaitent lancer leur propre événements Trust Me, I'm an Artist en DIY.

Ce nouveau projet s'appuie sur les bases élaborées par le premier projet "Trust Me, I'm an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration" documenté dans un livre disponible ici : http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Artist-Dumitriu-Bobbie-Farsides/dp/1320097383/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408814598&sr=1-1

Le projet Trust Me, I'm an Artist est soutenu financièrement par le programme Creative Europe de l'Union Européenne.

Le ArtSciLab du département ATEC de l'Université du Texas à Dallas soutient et participe à Trust Me, I'm an Artist par le biais des projets de publication expérimentale des Leonardo Initiatives qui incluent la chaîne Meta-Life (http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/meta-life) sur la plateforme Creative Disturbance (www.creativedisturbance.org) associée à Audiolats ainsi que le site web du projet Meta-life (http://synthbioart.texashats.org).

  Trust Me, I'm an Artist

This year 2015 starts with a new exciting project for Leonardo/Olats as we are a partner in the european project Trust Me, I'm an Artist (2015 -2016) exploring ethical issues in art that engage with biotechnology and medicine.

"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 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, the lead ethicist is Professor Bobbie Farsides, the lead organization being De Waag.

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: "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 that project is available here http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Artist-Dumitriu-Bobbie-Farsides/dp/1320097383/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408814598&sr=1-1

The Trust Me, I'm an Artist project is supported by funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab supports and participates in the Trust Me, I'm an Artist project through the Leonardo Initiatives projects in Experimental Publishing including the Creative Disturbance platform (www.creativedisturbance.org) channel on art and biology (http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/meta-life) associated to Audiolats and the Meta-Life project website (http://synthbioart.texashats.org).

 Call for Papers
 Memoirs of Pioneers and Pathbreakers in Art and Technology

Part of the Leonardo Art History project: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events/mediarthistory.html

Pioneers and Pathbreakers (http://olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php ), a project of Olats/The Leonardo Observatory for the Arts and the Techno-Sciences and Leonardo/ISAST, is re issuing a call for papers in anticipation of Leonardo Journal’s fiftieth anniversary. The aim of the project is to establish reliable, selected, on-line documentation about twentieth-century artists, scholars, and institutions whose works and ideas are considered seminal in the development of technological art and art-science. Founded in 1966 with its first appearance in January 1968, Leonardo Journal accompanied and championed the work of the pioneers that were just beginning to use computers and other emerging technologies for artistic purposes.

We are interested in topics including the following:

  • Memoirs by pioneer artists using new media (holography, computer and electronic arts, telecommunication arts, interactive arts, new materials, space arts, bio arts etc.). Texts must be written by the artist, in English, and cover an extended body of work. Length may be up to 2500 words, 6 illustrations. Preference will be given to artists describing early work carried out prior to 1980. Readers of Leonardo are asked to encourage their colleagues to submit such memoirs, which will be invaluable primary documents for historians and scholars in the future.
  • We also call for memoirs of pioneer engineers and developers who collaborated with artists or whose engineering or computer science work in the 1960s, 70s and 80s proved to be important for developing the new art forms based on new and emerging technologies.
  • Memoirs by pioneer curators who organised art and technology exhibitions in the 60s/70s/80s.
  • Memoirs by pioneer collectors who were early advocates and promoters of technological art.
  • Memoirs by pioneer founders of organisations, university programs and other institutions that played seminal organizational and educational roles.

Interested authors should submit manuscript proposals to "Leonardo (manu.scripts)" leonardomanuscripts'@'gmail.com

Editorial Advisors: Eddie Shanken, Patrick McCray, Charissa Terranova, Roger Malina, Annick Bureaud, David Carrier

This is an ongoing call tied to our 50th anniversary celebration; Articles will be published after peer review, revision and acceptance. There is no specific deadline.

Recent memoirs and articles by pioneers published in Leonardo include:

Early Digital Computer Art at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated,” by A. Michael Noll (2014)
Adventures in ASCII Art,” by Ian Parberry ( 2014)
Algorithmic Art,” Editorial by Frieder Nake (2014)
The Harrisons: Talking and Remembering,” by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison with Peter Selz (2012)

Recent books published as part of the Leonardo Art History Initiative include:

The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels, by Sean Cubitt (2014)
Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles, by Erkki Huhtamo (2014)
Relive: Media Art Histories, edited by Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas (2013)
The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art, Revised Edition, by Linda Dalrymple Henderson (2013)

Synthetics : Aspects of Art and Technology in Australia, 1956-1975, by Stephen Jones (2011)

White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960 1980, edited by Paul Brown , Charlie Gere , Nicholas Lambert and Catherine Mason (2009)

See: http://www.leonardo.info/lbsinfo.html


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