[spectre] “Generation 0: ,Chronicles of the Art-and-Technology Vanguard”

Annick2 abureaud at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 10:23:10 CET 2014

Dear Spectrites,

Leonardo starts a new project regarding the histories of
art, science and technology.


The EODIAH – UTD Leonardo Initiatives “Generation 0:
Chronicles of the Art-and-Technology Vanguard”

The University of Texas at Dallas’ new Edith O’Donnell
Institute of Art History (EODIAH) and the Leonardo
Initiatives of ATEC at UTD are pleased to announce the
Leonardo Generation 0 Project, an open and expanding archive
of the foundational forces in art-and-technology. After the
Second World War, two major developments transformed the
cultural landscape: the digital computer and discoveries in
the realm of genetics.

The Leonardo Generation 0 Project chronicles the
multi-perspectival merger between technology and art from
the 1950s through the 1980s.  Generation 0 amplifies the
voices of pioneering and influential artists, engineers,
curators, and key organizations through a growing databank
of written first-person accounts and podcast recordings. The
project seeks to document the experiences of those most
closely involved in the creation of digital art, the
biological arts, new media art, and computer art using the
tools of the digital humanities. Leonardo Generation 0
shares the unique perspectives in a style that is at once
embracing and accessible, intellectually rigorous yet
casual. This new project is aimed at uncovering a rich, if
somewhat underappreciated, time in art history by recording
the memories of the pioneers.

The Generation 0 Project is part of the Leonardo Pioneers
and Pathbreakers project of the Observatoire Leonardo des
Arts et Techno-Sciences in Paris, and in collaboration with
its director, Annick Bureaud. Memoirs are being published
both on the Pioneers and Pathbreakers website
athttp://olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php and in the
Leonardo Journal art history section edited by Prof David
Carrier: http://leonardo.info/leoinfo.html

The co-directors of the Generation 0 Project are Professor
Roger Malina, an affiliate faculty member of the EODIAH and
an ATEC Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas at
Dallas, and Dr. Charissa Terranova, an Associate Professor
of Art History in EODIAH. The project is coordinated by ATEC
ArtSciLab Research Fellow, Poe Johnson, a University of
Texas at Dallas PhD student. Their varied perspectives and
skill sets embody the hybridity of the memoirs project
itself, and the philosophy of University of Texas at Dallas
ATEC and Arts & Humanities programs.

Podcasts with Pioneers are now being broadcast on the
Pioneers and Pathbreakers Channel of Creative Disturbance


Producers of the Channel are Annick Bureaud, Fabrice
Lapelletrie, Poe Johnson, Bronac Ferrran and Jean-Luc Soret.
Initial podcasts with Pioneers Frieder Nake, Liliane Lijn,
Michael Naimark, Reginald Gadney are being posted.

Among the recent memoirs are an inside account of the
workings of Bell Labs from A Michael Noll, Helen and Newton
Harrison about their early work in art and environment,
Frieder Nake a pioneering computer artist, Trudy Reagan
about the early days of the YLEM organization.

Submissions for the Pioneers and Pathbreakers memoir project
are decided and peer reviewed by The Frieda Ackerman
Committee: Marc Battier, Paul Brown, Annick Bureaud, David
Carrier, Joel Chadabe, Anne Collins, Eduardo Kac, Roger
Malina, Patrick McCray, Frieder Nake, Louise Poissant, Eddie
Shanken, and Charissa Terranova. The call for memoirs is
available at

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