Open call for Village Idiots at the Leonardo Slam at UTDallas ATEC Friday Oct 19 2018. HELP US REDEFINE THE CRUCIAL ROLE THAT CAN BE PLAYED BY SO CALLED VILLAGE IDIOTS
IN THE MIDDLE AGES. In the art science technology our pioneers were often treated as ‘idiots’ or not confirming to the social norms of our institutions. Some times these pioneers laid the ground work for the STEM to STEAM movement today. Sometimes they were just crazy and they didnt change the history of ideas.
If you consider yourself a village idiot and would like to be invited (read to end to know if you qualify to attend as a village idiot).
UTD Dallas ATEC will be hosting a Leonardo 50th anniversary party and leonardo slam – all villagers invited including village idiots. My classics educated colleague Cassini Nazir enlightened me that one of the things we need is more village idiots:
The village idiot was long considered an acceptable social role, a unique individual who was dependent yet contributed to the social fabric of his community. As early as Byzantine times, the “village idiot” was treated as an acceptable form of disabled individual compatible with then-prevailing normative conceptions of social order. The concept of a “village savant” or “village genius” is closely related, often tied to the concept of pre-industrial anti-intellectualism, as both figures are subjects of both pity and derision. The social roles of the two are combined and applied, especially in the sociopolitical context, in the European medieval/Renaissance court jester.
So if you consider yourself a village idiot, and would like to be invited to the Leo50th birthday party at ATEC on Friday evening October 19 2018 drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – and village idiots are invited to slam publicly. Who knows maybe this village gathering will help change the history of ideas and contribute to overcoming the tragedy of the internet. I will try to participate in the poetry slamming, if you would like to join the slam contact me email@example.com.
Other Leonardo Village 50th birthday parties are listed at: https://www.leonardo.info/50th-anniversary
contact the organisers to make sure village idiots are invited, but I am pretty sure they are.
The Leonardo Slam is an event for cross contamination of ideas, a short open public gathering based on the format of poetry slam, but more free-form: an individual or group may present work, words, stories, video, sound, ideas about work, work about ideas, work about work, ideas about ideas, work about nothing, ideas about music, music about performances, apples about oranges, oranges about history, history about histories, dance about architecture, et cetera.
Present or demonstrate an artwork, give a serious presentation, give a parody presentation, read a manifesto, tell an anecdote, involve the audience, improvise a song. There is no limit on the form of the presentation other than having a non negative duration and not being too long.
Leonardo Archive Material: Assorted materials from the Leonardo Archive are here for reference and inspiration. Presentations need not be directly related to this material, but feel free to seed your clouds with it. Readings based on this material may receive special consideration.
Presentations may be given in any language.
Sign up is encouraged in order to reserve a spot for presentations. If you register, you are guaranteed a slot. If you do not register, then you still may be able to present depending on space & time, but without guarantee.
Spectator spots allocated on first come first serve basis.
Microphone, audio & video playback equipment will be provided.
Prizes will be awarded according to a set of criteria perhaps including, but not limited to:
Compliance to IEEE 1872-2015
Sense of Humor
How Appropriately the Wine Pairs With the Cheese
Most Inappropriate Combination of Topics
The Sleeper Award
Most Creative use of PowerPoint
Free Pizza & Beer.
First Leonardo Publications in Mandarin
As I have been thinking aloud for a while, I think we are in a linguistic transformation : we soon will read most things with translations engines to a language we understand, think or work in.
And vice versa, we will write in the language that we think and work in, and others will use translation engines to read us. This thought popped up in the seminars I teach at UTDallas where I discovered that many of the non native english students read systematically with translation engines, and then if interested further tried reading the texts in english.
It was re-inforced in discussions with my niece Sophia Malina who works for an interesting start-up company: Unbabel is a platform that enables multilingual communication across 28 languages.
Accelerating the shift towards a world without language barriers, international businesses trust Unbabel’s mix of artificial intelligence and a global community of 50,000 linguists to enable trustworthy,seamless, scalable translations between them and their customers.( https://unbabel.com/ )
You will see that Unbabel pays translators to help the poor uneducated AI learn: https://unbabel.com/translators/
And the profession of transdisciplinary translation is growing and is better paid, and maybe perhaps the disruptions being caused by AI will for once lead to better more interesting jobs that the ones they eliminate ! :
Our first podcast channel in Mandarin is produced by Siying Duan in Shanghai
Elephant Says / [CN]大象说
And we are migrating the best ones to ARTECA.MIT.EDU using post publication peer review experiments.
We have just published on http://arteca.mit.edu our first project in Mandarin with Tsinghua University, as a joint project with ZHUANGSHI Magazine. It is sponsored by the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University, covering studies on graphic design, product design, exhibition design, information design, architectural design, environmental design, furniture design, textile design, fashion design, craft arts, public art and theoretical research.
with my introduction, in Mandarin, translated by a human translator, I think :
With particular thanks to Lee, Kuo-Wei who led the work to enable publishing in Mandarin on ARTECA ( PS he is job hunting, would be happy to write a letter of recommendation for him!)
If you can’t access it for free, let me explain how we are trying to avoid the tragedy of the internet, so that arteca will have as little fake work as possible and you can know the provenance of the material.
a) We give free access to any author who has published or presented in any of the Leonardo publications or projects. Contact me.
b) We give free access to anyone who helps us make sure the content is trustworthy, that includes peer reviewers and other advisors.
c) We give free access to anyone who has helped steer the pertinence of the content, as advisory board members any Leonardo publication or project.
This community of practice is 15,000 people strong across the planet.
Finally- we allow institutions to buy institutional subscriptions so all their employees, faculty, students. staff can get access.
This is part of our business model and we need your help to make this project sustainable ( all suggestions welcome !)(I am not a businessman):
a) Free access to anyone who contributes to the content, quality and pertinence of the content. This is a gift exchange model where we all share what we do with no exchange of money. Potentially this is a 15,000 person ‘global village green’ ( as our predecessors did by building gates to avoid the tragedy of the commons in the middle ages).
b) Paid access via institutions who pay so all they members can get free access whether for teaching or research purposes. We need your help convincing your university library to be a paying subscriber. I can make a 60 day free library subscription to your institutional library if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org that way your students and faculty can try it out next semester. HELP !!
We don’t promise to do no evil, but we will help you figure out who is !
Jurgen and Nora Claus wish Happy 50th Birthday Gratulations to Leonardo
In response to the wonderful news that the Leonardo network and collective has been awarded a Ars Electronica Golden Nica Awards for Pioneers in Media arts:
Jurgen and Nora Claus sent the Leonardo networks this wonderful birthday greetings drawing, with the caption below. Jurgen Claus has been an Leonardo Honorary Editor and Advisor for decades ! His work in Solar Art , which he documented in the Leonardo Journal is exemplary and he has been a visionary in our community for over 60 years. He is a great example of how the Leonardo network has proved to be an inter-generational network Jurgen was born in 1935 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Claus
Here is the picture he has drawn for the gratulation
“Al pittore è necessario le matematiche appartenente a essa pittura.”
“To the painter is necessary the mathematics belonging to painting.”
“Pour le peintre est nécessaire les mathématiques appartenant à la peinture.”
“Para el pintor es necesaria la matemática propia de su pintura.”
Leonardo the first
“we think that in 50 years people will publish
in the primary language they think in and translation engines will be effective.”
The Leonardo Collective the First
We welcome any other drawings or other ways of wishing the Leonardo collective happy 50th birthday !! Send to email@example.com
An Embarrassment of Strange Angels ? Ars Electronica Golden Nica Awarded to Leonardo on its 50th Anniversary
In this blog post we are delighted to announce a wonderful synchronicity
The Golden Nica is an award to visionary pioneers of new media art. Previous awards in this category have been given to Leonardo friends and colleagues Jasia Reichardt, Jeffrey Shaw and Roy Ascott: https://www.aec.at/prix/en/
AND breaking news
b) Ridley Scott announces launch of a series of films on June 14 named “Strange Angel’ ,based on a book by George Pendle about a group of students and amateurs who invented rocketry that led to the first object to reach outer space , designed by the team led by Frank Malina – a synchronicity ?- was the co founder of the Leonardo Network, and Journals recognised by Ars Electronica.
Yes it is a strange story- read further here
Here first then details on the Nica
And now more on the strange angel story !!
In case you missed it, Ridley Scott has just produced a new online TV series of films entitled “Strange Angel”. Ostensibly, the 10-part TV series is about a group of students with ideas that led to the launch of the first human made object to reach outer space, but also as with all enterprising student groups with enough dabbling in politics magic and sex of the period. They unexpectedly exploded home-made rockets on campus and pasadena hillsides, but all for a laudable purpose: to win the race against the Nazi Germans (Wernher von Braun) and their rockets (V-2) and help win WWII for the Allies.
As glamorous as the TV-series may be, more mundane was the simple reality, which is easily told: One day in 1936 three young men appeared in the office of a renowned CalTech aeronautics professor named Theodore von Karman. They came with an unusual proposal: Can or will you help us build a space rocket to go to the moon. It may come as a shock to some of today’s younger generation to be reminded that eighty-two years ago, rockets existed largely in the individual imagination or in science fiction. These three young men – Frank J. Malina, John W. Parsons and Edward S. Forman – the latter two were not even CalTech students – had already been turned down at all the other CalTech departments were they had asked for assistance. But von Karman agreed to let these three young persons use his Aeronautics Laboratory shop during off-hours. Von Karman was immediately captivated not only by their enthusiasm and earnestness, but also because of their unusually strong science and engineering backgrounds.
And the results of this collaboration into the exploration of space were duly impressive. Because of this team’s initiative (Malina, Parsons, Forman, later joined by Amo Smith and Hsue-Shen Tsien) the stage was set for the exploration of space at CalTech. One of the results was the WAC-Corporal sounding rocket, which in 1945 reached successfully altitudes beyond the boundary with outer space. Malina went on to co-found Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
So much for the historical reality ( lets not get into discussing what is reality, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction). Now back to Ridley Scott’s TV film-series Strange Angel !
Back at CalTech in the Thirties, Jack was one of Frank Malina’s best friends. As I mentioned above, Malina as a student and Parsons as an amateur, along with the others, led to the founding of a group that patented novel rocket fuels, launched a start-up company, Aerojet General, which led to the founding of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that today is leading the exploration of the planets in our solar system. My father then started the Leonardo Journal in 1968 and organisations whose 50th anniversary we celebrate today.
More in the days to come , watch this space and also:
PS I knew my father well, He was a confirmed atheist and positivist. He had no truck for weird magic or sexual rituals. As a student he attended all kind of parties as i did in 1968 at MIT. But he did know that it was the cultural imaginary that drove scientists and engineers to discover and invent new ideas, which led to the changing of history . In my father’s case he credits Jule Verne with his book from the earth to the moon for inspiring him as a teenager in the small rural town of Brenham, Texas. When discussing Jack Parsons death he used to say that he had developed a tolerance for strange people, often as we now say in the leonardo 50th anniversary ” good ideas don’t take sides’. Jack Parsons had a lot of good ideas, and if its hadn’t been for his strange habits he would have had many more rather than killing himself in his kitchen.