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Syndicate: Leonardo Books: The Digital Dialectic and Art and Innovation

Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:50:05 -0700
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	Two new books document the theory and practice behind the
interdisciplinary jam session that is new media.

Leonardo/ISAST and MIT Press announce the release of two exciting new books
in the Leonardo Book Series: "The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New
Media," edited by Peter Lunenfeld, and "Art and Innovation: The Xerox PARC
Artist-in-Residence Program," edited by Craig Harris. Both books deal with
the multifaceted nature of new media through both theoretical and hands-on
approaches in search of the ways in which we will communicate and create

"The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media"
"The Digital Dialectic" is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual
and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and
art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes
contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who combine
theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and
limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a
method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice. The
essays move beyond journalistic reportage and hype into serious but
accessible discussion of new technologies, new media, and new cultural forms.

"Art and Innovation: The Xerox PARC Artist-in-Residence Program"
The idea behind Xerox's interdisciplinary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
is simple: if you put creative people in a hothouse setting, innovation will
naturally emerge. PARC's Artist-in-Residence Program (PAIR) brings artists
who use new media to PARC and pairs them with researchers who often use the
same media, though in different contexts. This is radically different from
most corporate support of the arts, where there is little intersection
between the disciplines. The result is both interesting and new scientific

"Art and Innovation" explores the unique process that grew from this pairing
of new media artists and scientists working at the frontier of developing
technologies. In addition to discussing specific works created during
several long-term residencies, the artists and researchers reveal the
similarities and differences in their approaches and perspectives as they
engage each other in a search for new methods for communication and

For descriptions, prices, and order information, go to

Leonardo/ISAST serves the international art community by providing a channel
of communication for artists and others interested in the arts, with an
emphasis on artists who use science and developing technologies in their
work. Our activities include:

*publication of the art, science and technology journal Leonardo and the
Leonardo Music Journal
*the Leonardo Book Series, published by MIT Press
*an electronic journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac
*a World Wide Web Site, Leonardo On-Line
<>, which features
information on our activites and how to order Leonardo publications.
Subscriptions to the journal are available as are back issues and books in
the Leonardo Book series.

Leonardo/ISAST Editorial Offices: 425 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San
Francisco, CA 94105 U.S.A. Tel: 415-405-3335. Fax: 415-405-7758. Email:

Editorial Department
425 Market St. 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94105
(415) 405 3335
Fax: (415) 405 7758

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