The New and History – art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 Proceedings

6 Marzo 2018

The book, published by Noema Media & Publishing, collects the proceedings of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 conference, that took place in Bologna, July 3-5 2017. < mediaversi > has been a media partner of the event.

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 International conference was keen on the relationship between artistic and scientific disciplines and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Leonardojournal, published by MIT Press, the most influential in the international arena on the relationships among arts, sciences and technologies. art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 general topic was “The New and History”. The “new”, the “innovation”, have roots in history but they can project this heritage into the future thanks to the collaboration among arts, sciences and technologies.

The conference main topics were:

1) A reflection on the idea of “new”. What is really the “new”, what is the meaning of “new” and “innovation”? Today it is a very inflated issue, everything must be “new”, “innovative” to get attention, to be considered by the media, to get money. What is the meaning of “innovation” for a scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a sociologist, a researcher, a banker, a CEO, an athlete…? What does “innovation” really mean? How can “innovation” be recognized, communicated, fostered, sustained and spread?

2) The relationship between two concepts seemingly in opposition, that instead can and must coexist. The “new”, “innovation,” has its foundation in history, but it can and must revive its heritage in the future, through arts, scientific disciplines and technologies. This is a key element, from cultural, historical, social and economic viewpoints. The Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general all European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, that can be valued through new disciplines, sciences and technologies.

3) The integration of arts, design and humanities into science, engineering and medicine, sometimes called “Stem to Steam” in the USA (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine; STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Medicine). This is a historical discussion on the need for an inter/trans-disciplinary problem driven research. Among recent approaches on this topic the idea of “consilience” by Edward O. Wilson (Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, 1998), and Slingerland and Collard’s perspective (Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities, 2011, editors).

Edited by Pier Luigi Capucci and Giorgio Cipolletta

Year 2018

Language: English

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ISBN 978-88-909189-7-1

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Table of contents

11 Introduction

13 Roger Malina
What Is New Under the Sun: Oral Futures to the Rescue of all those who worry

17 Nina Czegledy
First Fifty – Next Fifty

23 Roberta Buiani
The Cabinet Project: engaging “the old” to trigger new connections

36 Sonia Cannas, Moreno Andreatta
Can mathematics help to compose music?

49 Pier Luigi Capucci
Art as a philosophy of contemporaneity. Poetics of complexity, Third Life, locality and universality

63 Silvia Casini
Visualising Biomedical Data in Scottish MRI Innovation, Past and Present

71 Jadwiga Charzynska
Chimeras and Virtual Networks, Or a Few Thoughts about the New World Order (On the Art-Science Relationship: The Example of the Art+Science Meeting Project)

82 Giorgio Cipolletta
For a metrobodily transition. From the Near Future to a New History

96 Enrica Colabella, Celestino Soddu
Generative Art International Conference, exhibition and live-performance

99 Elena Cologni
Locating oneself. lived dialectics, movement and rest through Art

112 Serge Dentin
Dialogue between lmmakers, moving image artists and scientists: the experience of the RISC Festival

121 Piero Dominici
Healing the Fracture. The educational challenges of the hypertechnological civilization

133 Barbara Dondi, Giovanni Azzaroni, Michele Orsi Bandini
Round table BIT: interconnected heresy

141 Antonella Guidazzoli, Maria Chiara Liguori
Open Virtual Heritage Applications: from Research Tools to Emotional and Participatory Virtual Spaces. The Visit Lab experience

154 Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico
Poly-Heritage and Ubiquitous Heritage. Constructing Heritage in the age of Hyperconnectivity

167 Marcella Giulia Lorenzi
SCIENAR: science and art scenarios

179 Elena Giulia Rossi
The touch of language in art, science, and in shaping the world

188 Mario Savini
Transgenic Art. The new nature as aestheticization of life

194 Bill Seaman
The Insight Engine as Transdisciplinary Tool and Association Mechanism for Art ↔ Science Research

202 Simonetta Simoni
Art and complexity: the sensible knowledge of network connections

213 Franco Torriani
Residencies in the Labyrinth of the World. A few re ections on almost a quarter-century (personal) experiences with Pépinières pioneer residencies network

217 Judith van der Elst
Lunglevel. A spatial perspective


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