creative disturbance in turkey ? troll wars ….?


a new podcast from Turkey on the Key Words Creative Disturbance channel

Turkey’s new media sphere is a zone for troll wars for a long time. Efe Kerem Sözeri, as a freelance writer, is working on mapping troll wars and disinformation networks in Turkey’s political new media sphere and in this episode, we talked with him about his methods and findings.

Roger Malina

creative disturbance in Kenya..just another band ?


a podcast from Kenya on the Future Lab Africa Channel of Creative Disturbance


Just a Band


creative disturbance….Iran…Your Body is a Battleground of power


new podcast from iran

Your Body is a Battleground of power/بدن جولانگاه قدرت [FA]


for other podcasts on the ARTisTHINKTIVE IRAN 

roger malina

Your Body is a Battleground of power/بدن جولانگاه قدرت [FA]

Just a Band ? DIY aesthetics in Future Lab Africa


We are pleased to announce the opening of the Future Lab Africa channel

on Creative Disturbance.

Hosted by Jepchumba , Tegan Bristow

Future Lab Africa is an interactive space that engages cultures of technology through critical aesthetic explorations in Africa. Future Lab Africa came about as the Post African Futures contribution of digital artist Jepchumba, from which the project has evolved as a research collaboration between with Tegan Bristow. Future Lab Africa hopes to create lasting networks and public engagements which extend beyond the exhibition incorporating research and multi disciplinary methodologies as a basis of understanding new developments in the African digital art space.
The First Podcast is

In this episode we speak to long time friends and musicians, Just A Band from Kenya. The group was formed when their members were studying at Kenyatta University. They went on to release the song “IWINYO PINY” accompained by a self-made animated music video. Initially the song received little airplay to to its unconventional musical style, but with time they started to gain popularity through underground channels. Their debut album SCRATCH TO REVEAL was relatively successfull. They released their second single HA-HE‘ on 17 March 2010, accompanied by a music video featuring a charater known as Makmende. The video has subsequently been described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. Also their track “HUFF + PUFF” can be hear over the 2012 movie “House at the End of the Street”.

Just A Band is a Kenyan House/ Funk / Disco band whose career was launched with their debut album, “Scratch To Reveal” in 2008. Their Music has explored various musical directions such as, but not limited to, Jazz, Hip Hop, Disco and Electronica.
The Band are also notable for their DIY aesthetic. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music video’s, packaging and promotional items and establishing a strong we and blog presence.

Roger Malina

Future Lab Africa

See you in Denton, Texas Oct 6 for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the upcoming LASER (Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous) at University of North Texas on October 6, 2016!

Bonding with Bots | The Art + Science of Human-Robot Interaction
Light refreshments.

DATE Thursday, October 6, 2016

TIME 5:30P – 7:30P
— 5:30 PM Mix & Mingle  – meet new collaborators and others that share your interests!
— 6:00 PM Speakers followed by Q&A

LOCATION  UNT Willis Library Rm. 140 (The Forum)
1506 W Highland St,
Denton, TX 76205

RSVP so we have enough seating and refreshments

LIVESTREAM Can’t make it in person? RSVP for the live stream:

Pre-paid or hourly options

Justin Holder is the Director of Content at RoboKind, a company designing advanced social robots with life-like facial expressions and social interactions to supplement autism therapy, special education and STEM instruction. Online:
Holder was previously the production manager at Robokind, and he is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Dallas school of Arts, Technology, Engineering and Communication. Learn more about Justin:

Julienne Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Social Robotics and Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington and a multi-disciplinary scholar artist who produces, directs, performs and writes in the theatre, robotics, cinema, humanities, and game studies disciplines. In 2014, Greer presented her paper, “Building emotional authenticity between humans and robots” at the International Conference for Social Robotics in Sydney, Australia. Learn more about Julienne:

Ray Baughman is a Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and current director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2008, Baughman was ranked one of the top 100 high-impact materials scientist by Thomson Reuters and continues to grow with 76 U.S. patents and over 400 publications. Learn more about Ray:

… More speakers will be announced soon!
Visit the NT LASER page to learn more!

FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The North Texas LASER (Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous
) is hosted at University of North Texas ( in Denton by the xREZ Art + Science Lab (  LASER is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together with the public for informal presentations and lively conversations!  NT LASER @ UNT events have powerful themes addressing issues of importance on both local and global scales and include presenters from the sciences, technology, industry, and the arts.

The NT LASER is made possible by the generous assistance and support of our community partners (Business Council for the Arts, Digital Frontiers, Dallas Contemporary, and Blaffer Art Museum), faculty and student partners, and sponsors (UNT Libraries, CVAD CENG, CAS) at UNT! We’re adding more community partners and sponsors soon! Visit to learn more about our partners and sponsors.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions or if you’d like to propose a future LASER topic or speakers! email: ruth.west at

Looking forward to seeing you on October 6th!

— Ruth

Associate Professor and Director, xREZ Art + Science Lab
College of Visual Art and Design
College of Engineering
College of Information
College of Arts and Sciences

Chair, Art Papers, SIGGRAPH 2017

— cell: +1 310.386.2902
— email:

Pleased to announce the public launch of the ARTECA art science technology platform


if you want to know what has been keeping us busy at the UTDallas ArtScILab – one big project has been the development of the new ARTECA art science technology platform.

If you are a Leonardo publication author, peer reviewer or editorial board member we are happy to offer you free betatester access-just drop me an email at

We hope you will encourage your institutions to subscribe:

Join as an institution or individual:

The MIT Press and Leonardo/ISAST are pleased to announce the launch of ARTECA, a curated space for essential content linking the arts, sciences, and technologies. The platform was built and is developed by the ArtSci Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The MIT Press and Leonardo/ISAST are pleased to announce the launch of ARTECA, a curated space for essential content linking the arts, sciences, and technologies. The platform was built and is developed by the ArtSci Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas.

With a growing collection of nearly 200 books and 300 journal issues, ARTECA provides scholars and practitioners the resources to bridge the once independent fields of art, science, and technology. The full text ofLeonardo, Computer Music Journal, and Leonardo Music Journal are available in ARTECA. Books from MIT Press book series include Game Studies, Leonardo Book Series, Platform Studies, Software Studies, and Technologies of the Lived Abstraction.

“We’re thrilled to be working with ISAST and the University of Texas at Dallas to expand the dimensions of scholarly publishing in the art, science, and technology space.” says Nick Lindsay, Journals Director, The MIT Press. “The Press has a long established history of bold experimentation in publishing and Arteca fits that tradition perfectly.

As the new platform develops, ARTECA aims to solve the growing problem of ephemeral data and grey literature in art/science/technology. ARTECA will adapt to the needs of research, file formats, and publishing.  In addition to the published content regularly added to ARTECA, the platform will become a home for the community of artists, curators, educators, and researchers—a space to network and to explore the literature, ephemera, and other working archives.

“The landscape of interdisciplinary practices is rapidly expanding. We are excited to embark on this new product venture with our partners as we define the future of academic publishing for the 21st century.” —Danielle Siembieda, Deputy Director, Leonardo/ISAST

ARTECA is an essential resource of ephemera and grey literature for interdisciplinary researchers and educators. ARTECA is built by members like you by investing your feedback, content, and dollars.

In addition to the published content regularly added to ARTECA, the platform will become a home for the community of artists, curators, educators, and researchers—a space to network and to explore the literature, ephemera, and other working archives.

“The art science technology community of practice is thriving, yet we are all confronted with the wicked problems of our times. We hope ARTECA will enable new collaborative practices working with 21st-century transdisciplinary social communities.” —Roger Malina, Executive Editor, Leonardo/ISAST

ARTECA is an online portal that supports the creation and dissemination of scholarly materials exploring the intersection of the arts, sciences and technology.

Join as an institution or individual:

Roger’s Doctor Honoris Causa in Art and Science! see you in Valencia


In Praise of Hybrids and Amphibians and Nomads

I am looking forward, with much pleasure, to my trip this week to Valencia, Spain to be awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa in Art and Science on Thursday ! With much thanks in particular María José Martínez de Pisón, Guillermo Muñoz, Salomé Cuesta and José María Yturralde and their colleagues who nominated me and to the Universitat Politècnica de València for awarding it !

Leonardo Journal ,founded by my father Frank Malina, is approaching its 50th anniversary ! Founded in 1966, I remember my father complaining at the time that the Paris art world’s attitudes included: “If you have to plug it in, it can’t be art’, or the art critics: ” artists should just paint, they should not write, they have nothing to say”. Well in 50 years things have changed a bit. Leonardo Journals and Books has published over 15,000 art/science/technology ‘hybrids’ and “amphibians”, artists who are appropriating science and technology when it is pertinent, and scientists and engineers work with artists to create our new digital arts, biological and genetic arts  but also working on climate change, ecology  and sustainable development. And this in an international context; the founders of Leonardo, survivors of WWII, had a shared commitment to developing science and art internationally as part of creating a saner world.

(check out our new art science technology aggregator for some of the literature and for a description of our plans see my  blog post  :  ).

Universities are thriving with art and technology and art and science programs; and the business world and funding agencies are supporting work that link art/sci/technology work to societal needs and well being. Our National Academies are trying to understand how to support such work, and develop the evidence of its importance today. C.P. Snow is chuckling.

Often these individuals have worked at personal professional risk, as all pioneers in new fields and in interdisciplinary practice do. People have banded together to create safe places to house and promote such work; the list is large from V2 in Holland, to Ars Electronica in Austria , SAT in Canada, ANAT and Symbiotica in Australia, Arts Catalyst in London, Shrishti in Bangalore, CAVS at MIT , Laboratorio de Luz in Valencia to name but a few I apologise to my colleagues for not being exhaustive, so much of our work has been in collaboration and partnerships. Now we see new emerging hives of activity in Columbia, South America, Africa, St Petersburg, Singapore, Shanghai…. Leonardo, through its pioneers and pathbreakers project  we have been acknowledging their work (  and ) Many of the pioneers working in the 60s and 70s are very much still active. It has been a pleasure working with colleagues such as Roy Ascott, Frieder Nake, Judy Malloy, Herbert Franke, Liliane Lijn, Frank Popper to name but a few, and my close friends and collaborators including Pam Grant Ryan, Annick Bureaud, Bronac Ferran and the Leonardo editors in chief Sheila Pinkel, Sean Cubitt, Michael Punt, Nick Collins, Lanfranco Aceti. And in recent years we have enjoyed making trouble through the SEAD network led by Carol Lafayette, Carol Strohecker, Robert Thill, Nicola Triscott and so many more,

The art/science/technology movement is part of a larger growing development that promotes inter, multi and transdisciplinary practices. Julie Klein in her recent book Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures: A Model for Strength and Sustainability maps the history and current developments. I always like to joke that ‘interdisciplinarity is not a discipline’ and Klein emphasies the varieties of methods and institutional contexts that are emerging. We of course need disciplines; I myself was trained as a physicist and worked long nights in astrophysics as a young researcher. Yes we need deep disciplinary experts, but we also need people who continuously cross boundaries and create new fields; I myself favor a field of fields ( or network of network) metaphor rather than the tree of knowledge ( as trees grow the branches grow apart). The art/science/technology movement is full of hybrids and amphibians, and nomads both geographically and across disciplines either at different points of their lives or simultaneously. Hybrids, amphibians and nomads are often socially fragile; it is the settlers who occupy the institutions, make the rules and write the history books ! Fortunately the art/science/technology movement has now reached a critical mass and has its own historians and scholars from Linda Henderson, Patrick McCray, Eddie Shanken, Erkki Huhtamo, Katherine Hayles, David Carrier just to name a few.

I myself have been able to be nomadic both professionally and geographically, and now enjoy being an amphibian as a Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. Thanks to the generosity of the O’Donnell family, and the visionary leadership of former UTD President David Daniel, I work in the new School of Art Technology and Emerging Communication under our first Dean Anne Balsamo. In the new ArtSciLab, with Prof Cassini Nazir, we are carrying out art-science projects, also involving experimental publishing, and we are working to support and encourage and train the new generation of art-science-technology hybrids. And I am particularly pleased to thank Tom Linehan, founder of ATEC at UTD, who lured me to my new career.

So I look forward to being in Valencia and meeting friends and colleagues. I apologise for only mentioning a few of the people and institutions that have been instrumental in developing the community of practice that Leonardo has been part of for 50 years; by its very ethic and practice a collaborative and mutually supportive one.

And it with particular pleasure that I will meet again José María Yturralde as he presents a Laudatio, an exemplar hybrid, amphibian and nomad !

Here is the annoucement

We are delighted to announce that the Technical University of Valencia approved the appointment of Dr. Roger Malina as Doctor Honoris Causa, the act will take place on September 8 at 12:00, with “Laudatio” by Dr. José María Yturralde; we wanted thank all guarantees received supporting his candidacy, this does not it would have been possible without your help. You can follow the act academic, streaming, at the following link: Since the capacity of the auditorium is limited we have asked Roger hold a meeting with a more informal in space Cultural (c / in Plom 5 Bajo Izq | 46001 | Valencia + info.: ), which is why we invite you to attend, Sept. 8, at 20:00,
to talk in a more relaxed way with Roger on the relationship Art-Science . Regards!!! Maria Jose Martinez de Pison Guillermo Muñoz Salomé Cuesta

Roger Malina


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Free Gift access to ARTECA to Leonardo Authors, Peer Reviewer and Editorial Board members

Free Gift access to ARTECA to Leonardo Authors, Peer Reviewer and Editorial Board members:

We are pleased to announce that the first phase of ARTECA is now open. ARTECA will become a comprehensive aggregator of key publications in the art science and technology field of fields; secondly  a platform supporting the micro-communities that constitute the art-science-technology constellation of creative and scholarly collaborative practices.

As an experiment, we are giving free access to ARTECA to all Leonardo Authors ( Books and Journals), Peer Reviewers and Editorial Board members. Through their contributions, the content, quality and pertinence of  Leonardo now make it the second ranked art journal in google scholar. The platform will function with a hybrid open access ( for the contributing community) and with a pay wall for access to those at universities, art schools, design school, corporate R a D labs, non-profit groups via organisational subscriptions. We are giving trial free access to all those who contribute to the content, quality and pertince of Leonardo. .

 ARTECA is, first, a digital library you can have free access to: it aggregates already several hundred books and thousands of journal articles published by MIT Press , in the art/science/technology;  you can make free use of for your own research activities. The Journals, as a start, include the Computer Music Journal, Leonardo Music Journal and Leonardo. The Book series include Game Studies, Leonardo Book Series, Platform Studies. Software Studies and Technologies of Lived Abstraction. Additional ebooks and journal articles are being added on a regular basis.

Second, we  are starting a process of archiving  and publishing in ARTECA so called ‘grey literature’ such as videos, podcasts, exhibition catalogues, web sites and other essential resources that are archivally unstable with difficult citations,  and were never peer reviewed or published through a publisher. The aim is to archive these key ressources in grey literature on ARTECA for the coming decades.

Finally over the coming years we will be working with the art/science/technology community to develop other professional services, through the development of gift and exchange mechanisms with the micro-communities of practice whose work is championed through ARTECA.

If you have published a Leonardo Book, or contributed a chapter to a Leonardo Book, or have published as an author, or co-author, in any Leonardo publication we are happy to offer free access. Similarly this is available to peer reviewers and editorial board members. Please send an email to Roger Malina:

Roger Malina

Dark Culture= every telescope ever invented is blind to most of the universe

Pleased to bring to your attention our call for podcasts and memoirs from artsciencetechnology pioneers in popular culture. Guest Editor Poe Johnson coins the phrase ‘dark culture’ by analogy to ‘dark matter’ in astronomy. Astronomers now realise that all telescopes built in human history are blind to 95% of the matter in the universe, which unfortunately  doesnt emit light; similarly our cultural telescopes ignore the most important developments in the way that science and technology are appropriated and redirected in popular culture and all the social and technical innovations driven by popular culture.

Roger Malina




Contact: poejohnson[at]

The Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers Project, in anticipation of Leonardo journal’s 50th anniversary, seeks papers dealing with the history of developments in the arts, sciences and technology and the art-science movements.

The aim of the project is to establish reliable, selected online documentation by twentieth-century artists, scholars and institution builders whose works and ideas have been influential in the development of technological art and art-science movements.

In our always-ongoing attempt to enlarge the historical terrain within the development of the encounter between the arts, sciences, and technology, during its 50th anniversary, Leonardo/ISAST is proud to announce the formation of a new memoirs series: Narratives in Dark Culture.

We invent the term “dark culture” by analogy to the concept of “dark matter” in astronomy. Astronomers have realized that most of the universe does not emit light of any kind and alternative methods must be used to understand the full content of the universe. Similarly, we have found that the Pioneers and Pathbreakers project favored the work of those associated within universities and technological industries, with their attendant issues regarding a lack of racial and gender diversity, while the work of artists and thinkers in popular culture fields have largely been ignored.

With this project, we aim to publish memoirs and podcasts featuring artists, writers, theorists and other content creators who used genres of popular culture to depict the interaction of science, identity and technology within artistic mediums. In particular, we invite artists and thinkers of color from a wide range of cultural, regional and gendered backgrounds to share their experiences on working as a minority within popular cultural realms.

Since its founding in 1966, and the publication of the first issue in January 1968, Leonardo has accompanied and championed the work of the pioneers who were just beginning to use computers and other emerging technologies for artistic purposes. This project creates an opportunity for Leonardo journal, as well as the artists, writers and thinkers themselves, to begin authoring a new history on the relationship between art, science and technology.

For the Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers Project see

For the Pioneers and Pathbreakers Call for Papers see

We are interested in topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Memoirs by artists (of all methodologies and genres), writers and theorists working within popular culture genres (science fiction, popular music, graphic narratives, etc.)

  • Texts must be written by the artist, in English, and cover an extended body of work. Length may be up to 2,500 words, including 8 illustrations.

  • Memoirs by curators who organized art exhibitions highlighting technological artworks that represent underrepresented groups.

  • Memoirs by pioneering collectors who were early supporters of technological artists in popular culture.

We are happy to record short podcasts over the phone or Internet with pioneers for publication on the Creative Disturbance podcast platform.

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.

Interested authors should contact Poe Johnson at to discuss possibilities and submit manuscript proposals or completed manuscripts to the Leonardo Editorial Office at

Memoirs and articles by pioneers recently published in Leonardo include:

A. Michael Noll: “Howard Wise Gallery Show of Digital Art and Patterns (1965):  50th Anniversary Memoir” (2015)

Jim Pallas: “Century of Light Shines for Twenty-Five Years” (2015)

Trudy Myrrh Reagan: “Ylem Rode the Wave, 1981-1986: A Bay Area member organization that served artists using science and technology until 2009” (2015)

Edmond Couchot: “Digital art: From 60’ to 80’: Point of view of an observactor” (2015)

Podcasts published on the Pioneers Pathbreakers Channel of Creative Disturbance include:

Judy Malloy and Roger Malina: “Pioneer Judy Malloy Thinks Aloud about Her Role in the Birth of Electronic Literature”
(2015, English)

Pamela Grant-Ryan and Roger Malina: “Re-thinking the Leonardo Journal” (2015, English)

Pierre-Alain Hubert and Roger Malina: “Artiste Pyrotechnicien P A Hubert discute ses feux d’artifice et musique dans les espaces urbains” (2015, French)

Neil Rolnick and Roger Malina: “Neil Rolnick Remembers IRCAM, iEar and Early Days in Art/Technology” (2015, English)

Dan Sandin and Roger Malina: “Pioneer Dan Sandin 40 Year Look Back at the Analog to Digital, and Video Revolutions” (2015, English)

Edmond Couchot and Roger Malina: “Contre le Post-Humanisme et Vers la Co-evolution de Forms de Vies Numerique et Organique” (2015, French)

Jacques Mandelbrojt and Roger Malina: “Jacques Mandelbrojt se rappelle à voix haute” (2015, French)

Sean B. Carroll and Charissa Terranova: “Overlaps in Practices Between Humanists and Scientists” (2015, English)

Tobias C. Van Veen and Ytasha Womack: “Other Planes 01: Ytasha Womack, Author, Filmmaker & Innovator” (2016, English)

Tobias C. Van Veen and John Jennings: “Other Planes 02: John Jennings, Graphic Novelist and Professor” (2016, English)

Roger Malina and Sandy Stone: “Sound’s Path to Academia” (2016, English)


creative disturbance in Turkey: social and subconstructive design


We are pleased to present a new podcast from our Turkish Creative Disturbance Channel Hosted by Altuğ Akın, H. Cenk Dereli and Sarphan Uzunoğlu

Conversations with creators of stimulating works from Turkey’s fields of culture, technology and art. The key words are creativity, possibilities and Turkey.

We have been in touch with our Turkish colleagues and they are doing ok given the turmoil in their country

The new podcast is with Co Producer Cenk and Evren Uzer

creative disturbance from turkey: social and subconstructive design, community participation and risk mitigation, sociograms and viral ontologies, cultural heritage and fashion, earthquakes, and collaborative crafts…in turkish

The guest is Evren Uzer

Designer, Urban Planner
Evren is an urban planner and designer working on civic engagement and critical heritage, disaster risk mitigation, participatory housing and interventions in the public space. She has a PhD and BSc in urban and regional planning, and an MSc in urban design, from Istanbul Technical University. Her PhD thesis was on risk mitigation for urban cultural heritage. Evren joins Parsons from Gothenburg University, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow since 2013 in the School of Design and Crafts. Her postdoctoral research at Gothenburg is called “Urban heritage at risk: artistic and activist interventions in heritage issues.”  She has taught at Pratt Institute, and her prior teaching also includes lecturer at ITU’s Housing and Earthquake MSc program, senior lecturer at Auckland Technical University, and workshop lecturer at Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. Evren is sole or co-author of two dozen writings, including articles, chapters, monographs, and conference papers on topics ranging from  urban design, public space design, green intervention, disaster mitigation, and housing systems. She is also co-founder (2004) and partner of roomservices, an artistic research collaboration for practice-based and experimental design projects, dealing with issues such as DIY urbanism, artistic research, social and entrepreneurial enablement and art practice. Through roomservices, Evren and her partner research and experiment with social and subconstructive design, community participation and risk mitigation, sociograms and viral ontologies, cultural heritage and fashion, earthquakes, and collaborative crafts.


Unfortunately the news is more worrying from our creative disturbance colleagues in South Sudan. we live in difficult times

Roger Malina