Leonardo 50th Anniversary Events

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Blog

Leonardo 50th International Celebrations:
Initiated and co-presented by Nina Czegledy, Chair, Leonardo 50th Committee

The Leonardo 50th Celebrations honor the interdisciplinary spirit of Frank J. Malina rocket science pioneer and kinetic artist who established in 1968 the Leonardo academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. The journal is published by MIT along with a book series. These days Leonardo expanded further activities such as the global LASER (Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous) network, podcasts, educational activities etc.

The 50th Celebrations evolved spontaneously since June 2017 around the world. The primary aim is to present events in central as well as distant locations. The Hosts determine the theme and format of the events, thus each Celebration is different. There is an emphasis on art * science focused events with active involvement by the emerging generation. I had the privilege to initiate and co-present 26 Celebrations in 23 countries.



The First Leonardo 50th Celebration including a great Birthday at Party Recinto del Pensamiento, ISEA2017 the 16th International Image Festival, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. Hosted by Felipe C. Londono, G. Mauricio Mejía and Ricardo Dal Ferra.


Leonardo 50th Celebration at Laboratorio de Arte Electronica, Pontifica Universidade Catolica. Seminar including panel discussions – Leonardo Pioneer Awards – selected by Rejane Spitz, Eduardo Kac and Roger Malina. Host: Rejana Spitz.

July 3-5, 2017, BOLOGNA ITALY

Art*Science 2017, conference organized and hosted by Pierre Luigi Capucci, Giorgio Cipoletta  & Cultural Association La Communicazione Diffusa, Yasmin dinner party.

August 22, 2017, Plymouth, UK

Balance Unbalance 2017 “Sense of Place” International Conference, Conveners Mike Phillips and Ricardo dal Ferra, conference dinner at EDEN Project, Cornwall UK. Host: Mike Phillips.

October 6, 2017, Montreal Canada

Co-produced by Milieux, Institute for Arts and Culture and Technology and Hexagram

International Network for Research-Creation, keynote Christa Sommerer. A LASER round table discussion with Roger Malina, Louise Poissant and Sofian Audry included.

Hosted by Bart Simon, Gisele Trudel and Ricardo Dal Ferra.

October 24, 2017, Sidney, Australia

Big Anxiety Festival in collaboration with the Studio for Transdisciplinary Arts Research

Panel discussion moderator by Paul Thomas, discussants: Ross Harley, Lizzie Muller, Richard Goodwin, Lindsay Kelley, Big Anxiety festival. Host: Paul Thomas.

October 31, 2017, Dublin, Ireland                                                         

Virtual Systems and Multimedia Conference. Leonardo 50th Keynotes:

Sara Diamond and Nina Czegledy. Leonardo authors honored, PhD Candidates presented their view of inter-disciplinary future. University College Dublin



February 12, 2018, Parihaka, historic Maori site, New Zealand

Peace*Water*Power International scientific, intercultural arts conference

Honor was paid to Leonardo Authors from New Zealand. Electronic and sound workshops were offered to students of the local Kura Maori school.  Hosts: Ian Clothier, Director of Creative Research, Intercreate org. Maata Wharehoka an expert in Maori traditions and arts,

March 20, 2018, Budapest, Hungary

The Art and Science of Collective Motion conference at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts – hosts: Miklos Peternak, Zoltan Szegedy Maszak, Brigitta Zics. Keynote: Prof. Tamas Vicsek physicist, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Presenters: Brigitta Zics, Agnes Elod, Anthony Head, Zoltan Szegedy Maszak, Andrew Friend, Jeremy Gardiner and Imre Lepcsenyi.

March 29, 2018 WOMBAT AI workshop for oscillation, machine intelligence, and audiovisual processes for up 14 year olds held at Prezi com. lead by Andrea Sztojanovics, Loránd, Szécsényi-Nagy and Agoston Nagy, with18 keen and industrious participants, followed by Daniel Varga-s excellent presentation on Neural Art.

April 11, 2018, Lima, Peru

A dual anniversary paid homage to Francesco Mariotti and his pioneer “Project Geldmacher  Mariotti” exhibited at the Fourth Documenta in Kassel (1968) and Leonardo 50th at the Escuela Nacional Superior Autonoma de Belles Artes. Panel discussion:

Lizet Diaz, Director of the School of Fine Arts Cultural Center,
Miguel A. Lopez, chief curator of TEOR/éTica, San Jose, Costa Rica,
Gustavo Buntinx art historian, theorist, curator and museum activist

April 19, 2018, Mexico City, Mexico

Representatives of the del Centro de Ciencas de la Complejidad, C3 (UNAM) La Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana  (UAM) and Roger Malina greeted the audience of the Leonardo 50th Celebrations at Centro Cultural Casa del Tiempo, UAM in Mexico City. UNAM student concert preforming the works of Manuel Rocha, Hugo Solis and Edmar Soria in the morning and in the afternoon twenty Pecha Kucha style Explorations presentations by students and emerging artists of UAM, UNAM

April 26, 2018, Toronto, Canada

Norman White a Canadian pioneer in the use of electronic technology and robotics in art received the 2018 Digital Media Pioneer Award. Former students – now remarkable artists and educators honored Norman.

 April 28, 2018 Explorations in Artificial Intelligence –Workshop using basic electronic parts and craft materials based on the Braitenberg Vehicles for mixed age groups, including small children facilitated by Adriana Ieraci and excellent mentors.

May 11, 2018, Gdansk, Poland

The Leonardo 50th Celebration in Gdansk was hosted by Jadwiga Charzynska, director of LAZNIA Contemporary Art Centre and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art Congress (IKT2018).

May 31, 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Hybrid Labs Symposium presented as a Renewable Future network activity at Aalto University, Helsinki. The event included guided tours of the Otaniemi campus laboratories and a workshop on collaborator methods.  Keynotes: Roger Malina and Nina Czegledy, 50th Anniversary dinner and storytelling. Hosted by Lily Diaz

June 24-29, 2018 Aveiro, Portugal

International Symposium on Display Holography, University of Aveiro, Leonardo Day: Keynote: Roger Malina

June 16, 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

FEMeeting. The balanced numbers between genders is an undeniable phenomenon and consequently this is an interesting time to reflect on the status quo of contemporary science and art. Locations: Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon; Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Evora; São Luís at the Hotel Naturarte.

June 13-16, 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

SLSA2018 – green organized by Jens Hauser co-presented with Danielle Siembieda.

June 23, 2018 Durban, South Africa

ISEA2018 ISEA30th/Leonardo 50th Celebration was held in Ushaka Sea World or the local Aquarium. By integrating ISEA2018 into Digifest and the Innovation

Durban Festival there were many opportunities to participate in local & regional events in addition to the ISEA 2018 conference and artist presentations.

August 12-16, 2018, Vancouver, Canada

SIGGRAPH 2018, Ernest Edmonds retrospective exhibition, Leonardo 50th Celebration organized & Host: Andres Burbano.

August 24, 2018, Korcula, Croatia

Critical Tourism: Disappearing. Marko Paunović – live electronics concert and Leonardo 50th Celebration hosted by Darko Fritz.

August 30, 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

On the occasion of Art Enlightening Immunology exhibition opening, Leonardo 50th Celebration hosted by Lucas Evers, WAAG.

September 6-8, 2018 Linz, Austria

ARS Electronica 2018

September 6, 2018, Leonardo 50th Exhibition curated by Nina Czegledy in collaboration with Genoveva Rueckert ARS curator opens as part of the Cyber Arts Golden Nica exhibitions.

September 7, 2018 Visionary Pioneers of Media Arts Golden Nica awarded to Leonardo

September 8, 2018 Leonardo Golden Nica Prix Forum and Leonardo 50th Birthday Party.

September 7, 9, 10, Leonardo SLAM Sessions

October 11, 2018, Guanajuato, Mexico

Leonardo 50th Celebration at CAC.6 the 6th International Computer Art Congress with the theme: Computer and Media Art Education, University of Guanajuato, Mx, the University of Texas at Dallas, USA, and the Digital Humanities Department (DHD) at the University of Paris 8, France. Host: Reynaldo Thompson.

October 29, 2018 Santiago, Chile

Leonardo 50th at Academico Diseno, hosted by Ricardo Vega, supported by Simón Emilio Pérez Wilson Coordinador Área de Nuevos Medios Departamento de Fomento de la Cultura y Las Artes

November 25, Montevideo, Uruguay

Following a series of online presentations the International Seminar at Solis Theater, Montevideo organized by Anilla Cultural Latino America, hosted by Delma Rodriguez.

In Progress:

November 2018 Oslo, Norway host Stahl Stanslie, Kulturtanken, Norway

December 2018   Ghent, Belgium, IPEM / Art Science Lab / University of GHENT, host Guy Van Belle