Lets Redesign Space Exploration for the 21stC: meet at Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India

In previous blogs I have argued that we need to resign science itself, both its methods and social embedding need urgent transition re-design. As a space scientist myself, I am convinced we need to rethink the purposes and methods of space science and exploration, and that artists, designers and humanists must collaborate with scientists and engineers to do this.

Leonardo/OLATS is launching a new series of space art and society workshops in Paris – and I am pleased to announce our collaboration on
Technology, Exchange and Flow: India Michael Punt, Sundar Sarukkai from the Leonardo Editorial board and myself will be working with our colleagues in India together with Joanna Griffin and Hannah Grason.

What indeed are the hoped for social outcomes do we project for space science and space activities over the next century ? China and India are now shaping new futures in space as the US, Russia, Europe and other space faring powers rethink their efforts.

As a heart warming celebration the Chinese Rover: https://www.space.com/42981-china-moon-far-side-panorama-chang-e-4.html landed on the Von Karman crater on the far side of the moon. Theodore Von Karman was the Phd Advisor for my Father Frank Malina, co founder and first director of NASA JPL that led the first team to launch an object into outer space. He was also the advisor to Hsue-Shen Tsien, the father of the Chinese space program. Yes Von Karman, Malina and Tsien are now reunited on the far side of the moon !! The work of those students at Caltech certainly changed the history of ideas and human culture ! Note, Tsien and Malina also have the honor of being spaceship captains in our of Arthur C Clarke’s novels. Fact and fictions are symbiotic !

The Leonardo Space and the Arts working group : https://www.olats.org/space/space.php has organised a number of events including a Space and Culture Workshop in Bangalore in 2007- see Patrick McCrays commentary; http://www.patrickmccray.com/2014/07/16/sir-thats-not-a-footprint/ http://www.patrickmccray.com/2014/07/16/sir-thats-not-a-footprint/ 

So it with immense pleasure that we encourage you to visit the
writing workshops at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 and if you are interested in joining the Space Arts email list, contact me:T

Technology, Exchange and Flow: India

An AHRC Impact and Engagement project to: (1) make a film reconstructing lost television material from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s television archive, (2) run writing workshops at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 addressing audience and user-led initiatives in India, and, (3) produce a series of publications by non-academics for Leonardo journal. 

Technology, Exchange and Flow: India

Professor Michael Punt along with colleagues Dr Joanna Griffin and Dr Hannah Drayson, from Transtechnolgy Research, University of Plymouth, UK have received an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK to produce a film and run a writing workshop at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India in partnership with Leonardo. The funding builds on the research and knowledge exchange outcomes of a three-year European project, Technology, Exchange and Flow and further research subsequently undertaken as part of the Marie Curie ITN CogNovo, led by Professor Sue Denham. The underpinning research was based in two archives in the Netherlands over a six-year period and examined the relationship between artistic media practices and industrial/commercial exploitation of audio-visual media at key moments of technological innovation, such as contemporary gaming and early television. It revealed the relationship between creativity and innovation within the European media sector through contemporary and historical examples and indicated how user-led initiatives impacted on technological and media form.

The film reconstructs lost television material from the 1970s made by students at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in collaboration with space scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation and children in villages, for a unique experiment in local, audience-led satellite television. The writing workshop, run in partnership with Leonardo, will establish a continuity with the film and is intended to explore the Biennale as an audience-led endeavor. The workshop will include collaborative public writing sessions as well as podcast production for the Creative Disturbance platform that will articulate the findings of both a Technology, Exchange and Flow and CogNovo in knowledge exchange formats that are consistent with the altruistic concerns of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Indian Space Research Organization television archive.


The Best Christmas Present from my Daughter


First a happy end of the year.

Like some lucky families on the planet, we are spending the holidays together. In our case Christine and I are with my brother Alan, and his adult children Sophia and Michael, and with our grown children Giselle, Yuri and Xavier and his significant other Olivia. We are all type A personalities, engaged in rewarding productive professional pursuits, and at this time piloting safely through the chaos of life.

Looking back, it’s sometimes hard to believe how lucky we are as parents. But, as a scientist, I would be hard put to summarise the conclusions and recommendations from our family experiments for those embarking on their own experiments in child rearing.

Maybe there should be required parent training, with a permit for parenting, as we require for driving, a much less dangerous activity. But then maybe given the struggles and inadequacies of our school systems, we should leave it to chance as we now do !

This blog is prompted by our daughter Giselle informing me that her first peer reviewed article has been accepted by a medical journal. She has ok’ed my publishing her abstract ahead of publication. The article is titled:

Consent for Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Detention;  Advocating for Protection from Coercive Practices  : by Giselle Malina

Accepted for publication in:    The AMA Journal of Bioethics.

For reasons that have nothing to do with our parenting, from an early age she was interested in medicine. She took emergency medical training as a teenager, volunteered in clinics in Africa and South America, volunteered in a refugee camp in Greece with Syrian refugees. And now she is finishing medical school, with an interest in surgery (very far from Christine and my comfort zones ).

Her peer reviewed article studies the way a government, in this case the US government, separates children from their parents as ‘illegal immigrants’. Under-age minors are then treated medically, against the child’s will, and with no other consenting adult except the state. Often the children are medicated, drugged, to ‘calm them down’ if they are disruptive, angry or unhappy ( which would seem to be a perfectly desirable behavior of the children in their situation).

As an educator I am often ‘in loco’ parentis, as our governments are, in refugee or detention camps, but in my case a university. Empathy is easy to write about as is fashionable today, difficult to practice day to day.

So yes, Christine and I are proud that our daughter had her first peer reviewed article published. And in a topic embodying values that our own parents shared as traumatized survivors of World War II.  My parents help set up UNESCO, and Christine’s mother dedicated her later years to “remembering for the future”, to learn the lessons from the Nazi Holocaust.

In addition, both Christine and my fathers were pioneers in the new post WWII systems of scholarly and academic publishing that seeks, but doesn’t always succeed, at making sure the good stuff rises to the topic and the poor and fake stuff sinks to the bottom.

It’s not yet clear, as recent events reinforce, that our parent’s generation succeeded in setting in motion the redesign of our cultures. It’s clear a deep redesign is needed to prevent WWIII, never mind our forthcoming extinction in the Anthropocene.

Nor that our own generation is doing any better at re-imagining a new ‘enlightenment’ for the 21st century.

Redesigning culture it turns out is not just a matter of writing new laws and governmental structures as our parents perhaps hoped. It’s an iterative everyday process to enable complex system to ‘transition’ to a different behavior. I recently was exposed to the thinking of on transition design which may help as part of serving ‘in loco parentis’ for our planetary ecology.

So maybe parental training should include transition design to help their children transition to adulthood, and then to tackle the transitioning our culture to prevent ecological collapse ?

In the meantime, here is the Abstract of the article by Giselle that was just accepted.


Currently, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and detention facilities determine appropriate medical care for unaccompanied minors in immigration detention. This care may not be in the best interest of the child. In contrast, the juvenile detention system and medical research rely on child advocates and court orders to insure the best interest of the child, and avoid undue influence or coercive practices. With current policies increasing the number of minors and their length of time spent in detention, it is urgent that the medical community advocate for these same safeguards to be put in place for this vulnerable population.

Happy end of the year, whatever culture you belong to.

Roger Malina

The pacific rim art science technology community invites you to south korea


ISEA is in south korea next year and is shaping up as an
amazing gathering of the communities of practice around the pacific rim and beyond

the guidelines for submitting proposals is available at


help us redesign and rethink what the enlightenment could mean in the 21st century
lux aeterna is the overall bridging theme

deadline is in a couple of weeks

am in Dartington

  • Aeternitas Eternity of
    the Mortal
  • Symphonia Harmony of Noise
  • Illuminatio Enlightenment of
    A.I (Artificial
    Intelligence) & A.E
    (Artificial Emotion)
  • Penumbra In-between
Major Topic
Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light)

A topic inspired by the literal meaning of the host city Gwangju, “City of Light”, includes subcategories embracing complex themes that allow open interpretations in culture, science, and history. For example, religiously, light implies divinity and immortality. Scientifically, it is an energy collection of particles and wavelength signals. It symbolizes the enlightenment and rationale in humanities. Also, the presence of light creates Umbra and Penumbra. In light of the fact that light is the most specific example of versatility in which various interpretations can occur, it will provide us with the context where cohesion of procedural logic based on the human sensibilities and technology of artistic inspirations is freely presented, which is in line with what ISEA has been pursuing.

Detailed Topic
Aeternitas : Eternity of the Mortal

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. – John Milton

※ Related Research Fields:
Bio Art, Neuroscience, Hypernatural, Technological Singularity, Human Brain, Artificial Life, Brain-Computer Interface, Digital Undertaker, ‘Right to be forgotten vs. Freedom of expression, etc.

This topic includes various perspectives associated with the eternity of the human being. Humans are finite beings. In contrast to their physicality, their achievements embody transcendental personalities beyond time. Scientific research, on the other hand, denies time transcendence because it is based on the experimental modification. In the near future with the technology’s singularity, humans may have to confront a moment to make a decision whether to physically gain an eternal life or to bestow transcendent personalities upon their traces. We look for works and researches in the theme of eternity and mortality that are inspired by religious, scientific, humanistic, and artistic aspects.

Symphonia : Harmony of Noise

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. – Carl Sagan

※ Related Research Fields :
Sound and Music Computing, Signal Processing, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Socio-Technical System, Data Science, Complex Network, Data Visualization and Analysis, Computational Aesthetics, etc.

Since both sound and light are wave-like phenomena (by possessing the characteristics of wavelength), a research topic in both sound and light can be expanded to Vision technology and the Signal Processing in engineering. In fact, there have been emerging opinions about Vision Insight that machines could be more accurate than humans when looking into the essence. However, not only limited to the field of science but also in many other fields, an unrefined signal could open up various possibilities of perspectives in interpreting the nature of collections of data. For example, in Phaidon, Simmias mentions the attunement referring to the remaining sound even after the destruction of Lyre. This topic, involving the two different types of wavelength invites a wide range of researches on light and sound, Data Analysis, Data Visualization that would extract meaningful signals from noise, and harmonization.

Illuminatio : Enlightenment of A.I (Artificial Intelligence) & A.E (Artificial Emotion)

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. – Laozi

※ Related Research Fields :
Perception, Cognition, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Emotion, Impact of A.I on Society and Arts, Education, Media Art Education, Learning, STEAM

Eighteenth-century Europe embraced Enlightenment ideals in order to advance culture and civilization by the power of the human intellect and rationale. The influence of the Enlightenment movement in the society is similar to that of Artificial Intelligence(AI) which could happen in the near future-breaking down the old customs and discovering and spreading the universal truth through objective observation. AI has been a controversial topic because it is uncertain how SNN(Spiking Neural Network) that mimics the thinking process of human’s social and artistic brain activity will be able to solve problems. Even if SNN gains the problem-solving ability, various kinds of questions still remain. For example, SNN’s decision-making process and the purpose for solving problems is vague. This topic seeks a type of projects and researches that explores AI’s ability to configure human’s creativity and emotion. In addition, assuming the feasibility of Artificial Emotion (A.E), this topic invites works and research that deal with the essence of a man in the near future.
As the significance of redefining human creativity and ingenuity is emphasized with the advent of AI, ‘education’ in the regard of incubating the talents the contemporary society needs is also being highlighted. The role of education in the era of the machinery is not only restricted to nurturing the capability to stay abreast of the latest innovations and implement science and technology to the today’s everchanging turmoil of interests. There are active discussions on the education reflecting the transitions and transformations of the contemporary society from programming, code literacy, to STEAM, aiming to further present how the essence of humanity could be innovated. We await various researches and opinions on the importance and role of media art, focusing toward the direction of education for the present and the future.

Penumbra : In-between

Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. – Paul Cezanne

※ Related Research Fields :
Robotics, Altered Reality(VR/AR/MR), Interactive Art, Blockchain, etc.

We look for various topics for research that are not mentioned above. Light and shadow are relative concepts. A research that might be deemed a failure for some researchers could be seen as the process of the search for the truth from the perspective of another research field. The topics of the paper mentioned so far are the signposts for guidance and inspiration. However, beyond our narrow point of view, we would like to hear your very own stories. We hope to encounter works and research that are full of imagination and creativity, beyond our limited frame.

Pablo Reyes slams Leonardo at Birthday Party in ATEC at UTDallas


We are about to bring to a close the Leonardo 50th birthdays around the planet in Buenos Aires and Monte video:  https://www.leonardo.info/50th-anniversary . We take the opportunity to thank the Leonardo Network of Villages for their enthusiasm and vision for the future that they have created for our community of practice.

Here we recognise the contributions of Pablo Reyes in Dallas:


Leonardo 50th Birthday Party Slam at ATEC, UTDallas

The Leonardo Slam idea was launched during Ars Electronica  ( http://www.interface.ufg.ac.at/leonardo-slam/ )…it was picked up by Pablo Reyes during the UTDallas Leo50 Birthday party as a collaboration between the ATEC 3D Studio directed by Prof Andew Scott and the ATEC ArtSciLab co directed by Cassini Nazir and Roger Malina. At the Leo50 Birthday Party an ATEC awarded to the first ATEC director Tom Linehan.

3D Studio provides a space for the exploration of Art, Design, and Technology through intensive project-based studio practice. Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) tools such as laser cutters, mills, large format 2D printers, and 3D scanners and printers provide the platform of discovery through invention, collaboration and hands-on building activities that resonate beyond the school and into the larger university community.


See the Pablo Reyes Leo50 slam on youtube with the voice of Tom Linehan ( who is a long time Leonardo Editorial Board  and who helped Leonardo pilot through the chaos of creating new communities of practice )


Inspired by the fusion between artistic and technological practices fostered at the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, Pablo Reyes created a digital sculpture based of the Leonardo Journal’s brain logo. Combined with the philosophy of ideas being arbitrary, his model recreates Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary Logo by implementing digital fabrication and projection mapping techniques into a piece that activates with digital paint.

The 3D model was created in Rhino 3D using curves and surfaces. The curves were drawn over an image of the logo, then the points were edited to translate the 2D image into a 3D object. Surfaces were created between the curves to create a more solid object. The edges on the outside were extruded to include two levels of rim around the model to give it more depth. It was then exported and taken into Pepakura to be unfolded for fabrication.


After choosing where the seams would be in Pepakura and editing the flaps that would be used for construction, the cutting blueprints were exported to Adobe Illustrator so that they could be saved as PNGs.  These image files were taken into MadMapper, a projection mapping software, and arranged to project   48in x 96in long sheets of cardboard. The corners, edge numbers, and fold types were marked before the sheets were placed flat on the ground to draw the lines between the dots. They were then cut out and folded where marked. Once all of the pieces were cut, they were organized in preparation for assembly.


Finding one matching seam at a time, the pieces were held together using Loctite super glue. After all pieces were connected, the seams were reinforced on both the inside and outside with hot glue. The seams were then covered using long pieces of white tape. To create a cleaner look and a better prepared surface for projection mapping, the brown cardboard was painted white with two coats of house paint. Finally, slits were cut in four places along the top to allow for it to be hung from the ceiling using canvas straps.

About the artist:

Pablo Reyes was born in Mexico City and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 14. He graduated from Elsik High school in Houston, Texas. Afterwards, he pursued UTD’s Mechanical Engineering program during his freshman year, before changing majors. His current degree plan in the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC), where he focuses on design and production combining elements of his engineering experience with digital fabrication and projection mapping. Pablo plans to continue his education at the university, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts program, hoping to become a teacher for the school that empowered his aspirations.He is pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts program, hoping to become a teacher for the school that empowered his aspirations.

1st Marjorie and Frank Malina ArtScience Fellowship Award to S. Gresham-Lancaster

Announcing the first Marjorie and Frank J. Malina ArtScience Fellowship to Scot Gresham-Lancaster.

Scot Gresham-Lancaster has been awarded the first Marjorie and Frank J. Malina ArtScience distinguished fellowship. The award is for his innovative work using sound and music to advance new scientific exploration and research. The research has applications in the analytics of big data in business, medicine and other sectors of the economy that rely on big data for decision making.

This work has been in sonification, which is the conversion of raw data into audio information. In particular the Data Stethoscope project at the UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab where he works as a research ArtScientist.

Working closely with scientist and artist collaborators, his research has been to try to codify new standards of listening that allow the use of sonification to scale across the entire field of data science. He has developed and tested an innovative taxonomy of data sonification.  

He is the lead artist in a collaborative developing the data stethoscope, in collaboration with Sharath Chandra Ram, Kristen Duepree and Roger Malina. This work builds on the scientific research use case with neuroscientist Dr Gagan Wig in the Center for Vital Longevity at UTDallas https://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/cnl/ together with a team of artists, scientists, engineers and humanities researchers. DARPA provided seed monies for this project which included Tim Perkis, Andrew Blanton, Michela Chan, Neil Savalia, Veena Somareddy, Anvit Srivastav, Shruthi Ayloo, Max Schich, Mike Leach and Robert Nally.

Current use case collaborators for data sonification include: UTD JSOM Business Professor Judd Bradbury, ( business use case) , UTD design faculty Cassini Nazir (UX sonification research),Lynx High School Science teacher Jason Brogden (K-12 education use case). 

The research methodology involves the artistic performance of the same software as used in the use cases,  The recent performance at the 9e2: 9 evenings of art, science & technology in Seattle in honor of John Cage and Marcel Duchamp, https://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/cnl/ , and at the University of Caldas, Colombia URL and CNMAT http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/crossroads-convergence-sonification-practitioners .

The award includes artscience residencies at  No17, former studio of Frank and Marjorie Malina just outside of Paris:   https://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/divers/historyHouse.php 

About Scot-Gresham Lancaster:


Scot Gresham-Lancaster (b. Redwood City, CA, USA, 1954) is a composer, performer, instrument builder, educator and educational technology specialist with over three decades of professional experience. He is dedicated to research and performance using the expanding capabilities of computer networks to create new environments for musical and cross discipline expression. As a member of The Hub (band), he is one of the early pioneers of “computer network” music which uses the behavior of interconnected music machines to create innovative ways for performers and computers to interact. He has recently performed in a series of “co-located” performances collaborating in real time with live and distant dancers, video artists and musicians in network based performances. For the last decade his work has been focused on refining the practices surrounding sonification in attempt to bring these resources to general use at a worldwide scale.

About Marjorie Malina


Marjorie Duckworth Malina was born 28 April 1918 in Elslack, Yorkshire, England. The daughter of John James Duckworth and Mary Anne Bolton, she was the youngest of four; her sisters were Thyra, Annie and Mary Duckworth. She attended the University of London, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1939. She trained in accountancy while working in her father’s textile company, JJ Duckworth Ltd. During World War II she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps, reaching the rank of captain, and with the antiaircraft batteries operated by women that helped defend Britain during the war.

Shortly after the war she applied to work at UNESCO, a newly founded organization, after hearing a radio broadcast by Julian Huxley, and was hired in the personnel department in 1947. There she met Frank Malina, then Deputy Director for Science of UNESCO, and they married in 1949. Frank and Marjorie bought a house in Boulogne Billancourt, and raised two sons, Roger and Alan. The Malina home was the birthplace of the journal Leonardo and the Leonardo Network and a center of art-science debate in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s. It was also the studio where Frank Malina worked as a pioneer in the kinetic art movement. The steady flow of guests and visitors included astronautical pioneers, artists and scholars including Jacob Bronowski, Frank Popper, Academician Sedov, Roy Ascott and Leonardo editorial board members. Numerous friends and colleagues enjoyed the hospitality of Marjorie Duckworth Malina. She worked tirelessly for the success of the Leonardo project and was an ardent defender of the ideals of international collaboration. Marjorie passed away in March 2006.

About Frank J Malina

Frank Joseph Malina (October 2, 1912 – November 9, 1981)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Malina  was an American astronautical pioneer and a ground breaking kinetic artist. His led the team which launched the first human object into outer space beyond the Karman boundary.  He is also known for becoming both a pioneer in the kinetic art world https://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/malina.php , but also through the founding of the Leonardo Publications http://www.leonardo.info  which promote and document the works of innovators that bridge the art science technology disciplines. The International Federation of Astronautics awards the (http://www.iafastro.org/activities/honours-awards/frank-j-malina-astronautics-medal/ ) Frank J.Malina Astronautical Prize. The Prize to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in taking the fullest advantage of the resources available to them to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences; the award recognises  the key role educators and mentors of young professionals. Frank Malina and a group of Caltech students and collaborators were the initiators of the engineering breakthroughs in astronautics that led to the Wac-Corporal rocket, the Aerojet General aerospace company, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where Malina served as first director. Theodore Von Karman was the educator, PhD advisor and mentor who created an environment which contributed to the founding of  space age.

The Frank J Malina Distinguished ArtScience Research Fellowship

Marjorie and  Frank J. Malina ArtScience Research Fellowships have been created to support the research, artistic practice and scholarship of well recognized individuals or teams. The awardees are working closely in both the Art and Science domains to make new ways of pushing the boundaries of both Art and Science by integrated transdisciplinary work. The fellowship includes an No 17 ArtScience residency at the studio and former home of Marjorie and Frank Malina in France.

For further information contact: rmalina@alum.mit.edu

ALERT Leonardo Slam Begins In Dallas http://cellphonia.org/LEO50/

Alert: on Friday Oct 19 we will be playing the Leo50 Cellphonia. Please contribute sound, noise and music by phoning toll free    1-972-200-9122 and visiting http://cellphonia.org/LEO50/    the cellphonia opera will be played at the Leonardo 50th Slam party in the ATEC Building on the University of Texas Dallas  campus 6pm on                                                  

+1 (972) 200-9122

+1 (972) 200-9122

Invitation to Leonardo Slam Oct 15-19 Dallas


This is an open invitation to contribute at the Leonardo Slam during the week of Oct 15-19 culminating in the Leonardo 50 Birthday party at UT Dallas. If you want to slam on line or in person just drop me an email at rmalina@alum.mit.edu.

We know slams cant be planned or organised so consider this an enabling invitation. We heard rumours of strange things that might happen.

If you would like to be invited to the birthday party, or know someone in dallas who would-contact me.

 We are also pleased to announce…shh. some of the mystery guests:

The following colleagues will be in attendance and receive Leonardo and ATEC awards: 

Lynn  Hershman, pioneer, former leonardo board member 

Linda Henderson, pioneer artscience historian, leonardo book author

Mihai Nadin, pioneer and leonardo author

Tom Linehan, ATEC founder, Leonardo Editorial Board member.

Magda Stanova, Slovak artist from the region where the Malinas originate.


Draft subject to disruption due to un anticipated slamming

Oct 15 – Monday             Feminist Engagement with Emerging Technology


12:00 – 1:30        Screening: Electronic Diaries

                                ATC 3.225 (open to ATEC Faculty)


3:00 – 5:00          Stitch – N – Glitch

ATEC Lobby

“Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it.” – John Glenn, Into Orbit 

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Fashioning Circuits, the Studio for Mediating Play, SPaCE Media, and the Feminist MakerSpace will conduct a “Stitch n’ Glitch.” This performative embroidery event invites participants to contribute stitches to a monstrous embroidery project that reflects on the ways in which feminist media artists glitch dominant systems.  


                5:30 – 7:30          Film screening:  Conceiving ADA

Hershman as an Artist working with Emerging Technology an introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)


Oct 16 – Tuesday              Reality Hacking


4:30 – 5:30          Reality Hacking Roundtable – Blurb – Heidi Cooley

Participants – Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL), Future Immersive Environments (FIVE) Lab, Cultural Science Lab

ATC 1.705 – PIRL Lab


                6:30 – 8:15          Film screening:  Strange Culture

                                                Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)


Oct 17 – Wednesday      Art Pushes Science


3:00 – 5:00          Art Pushes Science Panel Discussion – Blurb – Roger Malina

ATC 3.209 – ArtSciLab


                5:30 – 6:30          Genomic Art / Science

A conversation about Genomic Art: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Charissa Teranova, moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)


7:00 – 8:15          Film screening:  TeknoLust

                                                Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)



Oct 18 – Thursday            Art Pushes Technology


6:00 – 7:30          Lynn Hershman Leeson: A presentation of Agent Ruby and DiNA

Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Paul Fishwick, moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

ATC Lecture Hall (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)



Oct 19 – Friday                  ATEC Open House: Celebrating Artist in Residence Lynn Hershman Leeson and Leonardo 50th Birthday


3:00 – 5:00          Artist’s Talk – Lynn Hershman Leeson

ATC Lecture Hall (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)


7:00 p.m.             Reception

                                                ATC Lobby


7:30 p.m.             Welcome to ATEC Open House

                                                Special Recognition Award

                                                Leonardo 50th Birthday Celebration

                                                Leonardo Pioneer Award Ceremony

                                                ATC Media Wall and Steps


8:30 – 10:00         ATEC Open House

Featuring performances and installations by

3D Studio –  – Andrew Scott

Animation and Games Demos – Blurb – Todd Fechter

LabSynthE –  – xtine burrough

Leonardo Slam –  – Roger Malina

Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL) Film Montage –  – Sean / Eva

The Alexa Dialogues– Blurb – Dean Terry





Director of Communications

School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

The University of Texas at Dallas


(972) 883-7567   |   sally.mendiola@utdallas.edu   |   www.utdallas.edu/atec




you are hereby invited to the Leonardo 50th Birthday party to be held Oct 19 in Dallas at the University of Texas, ATEC school. RSVP Here and we will send you more details:



or send me an email at RMALINA@ALUM.MIT.edu

The party is from 5pm to 10 pm and includes some unexpected strange activities through the LEONARDO SLAM: http://malina.diatrope.com/2018/09/23/open-call-for-village-idiots-dallas-leo50-birthday-party-slam-fri-oct-19-2018/

More seriously we will make Leonardo Pioneer Awards to Linda Henderson, Lynn Hershman, Mihai Nadin and an Emerging Leonardo Award to who will be present.

Feel free to share this invitation

Roger Malina


Open call for Village Idiots: Dallas Leo50 Birthday Party Slam Fri Oct 19 2018

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  ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_idiot ):

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.[4] 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.[5] 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 rmalina@alum.mit.edu – 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 rmalina@alum.mit.edu.

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.




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The Creative Disturbance team is starting a project REDISTURB to redesign the creative disturbance project- we look for your ideas, critiques and general slams

 send to rmalina@alum.mit.edu and i will make sure you disturb the creative disturbance team

and hope you will participate in the leonardo slams at ars electronica next week –



roger malina