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  • nisar keshvani
    ** Sincere apologies for cross-posting ** Please feel free to spread the word widely: LEA Special Issue: RE:SEARCHING OUR ORIGINS: Critical and Archival
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      ** Sincere apologies for cross-posting **

      Please feel free to spread the word widely:

      LEA Special Issue: RE:SEARCHING OUR ORIGINS: Critical and Archival
      Histories of the Electronic Arts

      Guest Editors: Paul Brown <Paul@...> and
      Catherine Mason <cs.mason@...>

      The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers

      The mid to late 20th Century has become a popular topic for
      humanities research in recent years. Many projects are attempting to
      re-discover and re-contextualise the somewhat neglected field of
      history of art and technology. International histories of electronic
      and digital arts are now beginning to be written and voice given to
      the pioneers of these artforms. Additionally, with contemporary 'new
      media' artforms such as video and net art enjoying high prominence at
      present, much discussion is taking place about the foundations of
      current practice and about reception of electronic arts in cultural
      institutions, including curatorial practice as well as archiving and
      conservation issues.

      This special issue of LEA seeks to report on international projects
      and initiatives working to recover, document or construct critical
      and historical contexts for the electronic arts.

      Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

      - Origins of electronic and digital arts
      - Key transition points, for example - from analogue to digital
      - Art and technology collaborations
      - Educational/access initiatives
      - Critical analyses
      - Cultural analyses
      - Acquisition and conservation issues
      - EtcŠ

      For the LEA February 2005 issue, we invite contributions from
      artists, practitioners, curators, theorists and historians that
      engage with histories of the electronic/digital arts and
      art/science/technology collaborations. These can include:

      - full papers
      - works in progress
      - artists' statements
      - museum and gallery initiatives
      - etcŠ

      Under three levels of submission:

      - Fully refereed papers
      - Shorter work that may be sent to peer review and
      - Personal reminiscences and experiences that may be editorially
      selected and not peer reviewed.

      The guest editors are members of CACHe: Computer Arts, Contexts,
      Histories, etcŠ a major research and archiving project based in the
      School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck,
      University of London and funded by the UK Government's Arts and
      Humanities Research Board. CACHe is documenting and contextualising
      the early days of computer arts in the UK from its origins in the
      1960s to 1980, when the first "User Friendly" systems began to
      appear. http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hafvm/cache/

      LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers /
      students to submit their proposals for consideration. We particularly
      encourage authors outside North America and Europe to send proposals
      for articles/gallery/artists statements.

      Proposals should include:
      - 200 - 300 word abstract / synopsis
      - A brief author biography
      - Any related URLs
      - Contact details

      Timeline

      1 May 2004 - submission of abstracts
      31 May 2004 - short-listed candidates informed
      31 Sept 2004 - Contributors to submit full papers for peer review

      Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2004

      Please send proposals or queries to:
      Paul Brown <Paul@...> or
      Catherine Mason <cs.mason@...>

      and
      Nisar Keshvani
      LEA Editor-in-Chief
      lea@...
      http://lea.mit.edu
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      What is LEA?
      ----------------------
      Established in 1993, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No:
      1071-4391) is jointly produced by Leonardo, the International Society
      for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and published under the
      auspices of MIT Press. LEA is an electronic journal dedicated to
      providing a forum for those who are interested in the realm where
      art, science and technology converge.

      Content
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      For over a decade, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) has thrived as
      an international peer-reviewed electronic journal and web archive,
      covering the interaction of the arts, sciences and technology. LEA
      emphasizes rapid publication of recent work and critical discussion
      on topics of current excitement. Many contributors are younger
      scholars and artists, and there is a slant towards shorter, less
      academic texts.

      Contents include Leonardo Reviews, edited by Michael Punt, Leonardo
      Research Abstracts of recent Ph.D. and Masters theses, curated
      Galleries of current new media artwork, and special issues on topics
      ranging from Artists and Scientists in times of War, to Zero Gravity
      Art, to the History of New Media.

      Mission
      ------------
      LEA's mission is to maintain and consolidate its position as a
      leading online news and trusted information filter while critically
      examining arts/science & technological works catering to the
      international CAST (Community of Artists, Scientist and Technologists)


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