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.
NEW CALL: NARRATIVES IN DARK CULTURE
GUEST EDITOR: POE JOHNSON
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 seehttp://www.olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php.
For the Pioneers and Pathbreakers Call for Papers seehttp://www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/calls/pioneers.html.
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 email@example.com to discuss possibilities and submit manuscript proposals or completed manuscripts to the Leonardo Editorial Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/pioneers-and-pathbreakers/
Judy Malloy and Roger Malina: “Pioneer Judy Malloy Thinks Aloud about Her Role in the Birth of Electronic Literature”
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)