[ISEA97] Panel: Stephen Wilson & Roger Malina (chairs) – The Past, Present, and Future of Publishing in Electronic Arts

Panel Statement

This special session is presented in conjunction with the 30th-anniversary celebrations of the journal Leonardo. Leonardo was the first journal supporting artists who worked in the intersection of science, technology, and art. The times have radically changed since 1966. Print publishers everywhere are wondering about the future of print in a wired world and the art world and electronic artists’ needs are quite different.This session will use the perspectives of Leonardo’s history to explore more general issue of the relationship of print to electronic publishing. Presenters will include those shaping print and electronic publishing services aimed at the electronic arts community. How can each kind of approach meet the variety of needs including announcing, networking, collaborating, exhibiting, creating audiences, archiving, validating, and interpreting? A significant amount of time will be alloted to invite the ISEA audience to make suggestions about what they see as future ways print and electronic publishers can serve their needs. Presentations include the following

  1. Roger Malina: Perspectives on the Journal Leonardo. What moved Frank Malina to establish the journal? What were its original audiences and goals? What was its relationship to the art world? How did it evolve in its first 30 years?
  2.  Craig Harris: Perspectives on the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Why was it established?   What needs does it serve? What is its relationship to other services? What is its future?
  3.  Paul Brown: Perspectives on Fine Arts Forum.
  4.  Annick Bureaud: Perspectives on IDEA.
  5.  Stephen Wilson: Future Technologies — What is Beyond the Web? What trends in   technology will influence the kinds of services needed and possible?
  6.  Roy Ascott: The past and the future of electronic arts in the larger culture.
  7.  Rejane Spitz: Special needs of the developing world. How can print and electronic   publications serve artists in developing countries?
  • Stephen Wilson (U.S.A.), co-chair, is an artist who explores the cultural impli­cations of new technologies and head of the Conceptual Design/ Information Arts program at San Francisco State University. He has written numerous articles and several books including World Wide Web Design Guide. He is one of the international editors of Leonardo.
  • Roger Malina (U.S.A.), co-chair, is Chairman of the Board of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and Executive Editor of its journal Leonardo. He is an astronomer and Director of the NASA EUVE Observatory at the University of Claifornia, Berkeley and of the CNRS-CNES Laboratoire d’Astronomie Spatiale in Marseille, France.
  • Paul Brown (UK/Australia) is editor of Fine Arts Forum and professor at Griffith University in Australia. He is an artist, curator, and writer on the cultural implications of art and technology.
  • Annick Bureaud (France) lives and works in Paris, France. Editor of the IDEA/International Directory of Electronic Arts and IDEA online (http:/fnunc.com); independent curator; lecturer at the art school of Aix-en-Provence; collaborator of the Leonardo Observatory for the Arts and Technosciences (French Web site of Leonardo); independent art critic (member of the editorial board of Leonardo, Art Press); president of the Art, Science,Technology Network (ASTN).
  • Roy Ascott (UK) is director of the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College, Newport. Formerly: Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute and the Professor for Communications Theory at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 1980 he has created many glob­al networking projects (Museum of Modern Art, Paris, the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica Linz, V2 Holland). He has published over 100 texts, translated into many languages. He lectures, advises and contributes to numerous festivals, juries, journals, media centres and universities throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. Ascott has worked with the shamanic Kuikuru indians of Mato Grosso, Brazil in May,1997. He convened the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference: “Consciousness Reframed: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era”, July 1997. Reference: Stiles, K. & P. Selz, 1996. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art, Berkeley: University of California Press. Lovejoy, M.1996, Postmodern Currents: Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media (2nd Edition). New York: Random House. Popper, F. 1994. Art of the Electronic Age London:Thames & Hudson. Shanken, E. 1996. Technology and Intuition: A Love Story?
  • Rejane Spitz (Brazil) is the Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies and the Coordinator of the Electronic Art Center, at the Department of Arts of Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is a multimedia artist and curator and has written extensively on socio-cultural issues related to the use of computers and the role of electronic artists in developing nations.