Leonardo/ISAST serves the international arts community by promoting and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology, and by stimulating collaboration between artists, scientists, and technologists.
Vision Statement: Science and Technology dominate our current landscape, emerging with an intensity and velocity never before experienced. This intense intellectual creativity needs to be integrated with the humanizing activity of creating art, to bring balance to how we experience our current existence and imagine our futures. Over the course of history, art has been both an organizing and integrating role with our emotional and intellectual lives. Art serves as a means of presenting, questioning, understanding and creating order out of chaos and change. Imagination often leads the way of discovery in science. Innovation of art, science and technology will allow for new ideas that may be important economically and socially.Leonardo/ISAST serves as the organization that nurtures and fosters this alliance between the arts and sciences, proactively bringing these social networks together leading to greater creativity and social change in both areas.
Activities include a prize and awards program. artists residences in labs, leonardo working groups such as the Leonardo Education Forum and the Leonardo Scientists Working group, co sponsorship of conferences and workshops. We are well known for our publication with MIT Press of the art, science and technology journal Leonardo; the Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the electronic journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and our World Wide Web Site, Leonardo On-Line (all published by The MIT Press). We have a sister organization in France, the Association Leonardo, which publishes the Observatoire Leonardo Web Site. We have a number of other activities including the Leonardo Educators and Students Program and an awards program.
Leonardo/ISAST has co sponsored 4 artists residencies at the Space Sciences Lab, University of California, Berkeley and is currently working with the Camargo Foundation to esablish artists residencies in scientific laboratories in the Marseille region of France.