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Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 08:07:40 +0100
From: Andreas Broeckmann <>
Subject: Syndicate: Leonardo Books: The Digital Dialectic and Art and Innovation

Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:50:05 -0700
From: Leonardo <>


	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 tomorrow. 

"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 innovations. 

"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
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