Leonardo Book Series

The Leonardo Book Series documents the work of artists, researchers, and scholars at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology. New generations of artist-researchers and researcher-artists are bridging cultural and disciplinary divides, the better to address hard problems and human needs. The Leonardo Book Series includes the work of creative individuals and teams driving innovations in art, science, and technology. It is published in collaboration with Leonardo / The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and the affiliated French organization Association Leonardo.

Art and Innovation

Craig Harris

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...

At a Distance

Norie Neumark and Annmarie Chandler

Networked collaborations of artists did not begin on the Internet. In this multidisciplinary look at the practice of art that takes place across a distance—geographical, temporal, or emotional—...

Biopolitical Screens

Pasi Väliaho

In Biopolitical Screens, Pasi Väliaho charts and conceptualizes the imagery that composes our affective and conceptual reality under twenty-first-century capitalism. Väliaho investigates...

CODE

Rishab Ghosh

Open source software is considered by many to be a novelty and the open source movement a revolution. Yet the collaborative creation of knowledge has gone on for as long as humans have been able...

The Digital Dialectic

Peter Lunenfeld

Computers linked to networks have created the first broadly used systems that allow individuals to create, distribute, and receive audiovisual content with the same box. They challenge theorists...

The Global Genome

Eugene Thacker

In the age of global biotechnology, DNA can exist as biological material in a test tube, as a sequence in a computer database, and as economically valuable information in a patent. In The...

Green Light

George Gessert

Humans have bred plants and animals with an eye to aesthetics for centuries: flowers are selected for colorful blossoms or luxuriant foliage; racehorses are prized for the elegance of their frames...

The Hidden Sense

Crétien van Campen

What is does it mean to hear music in colors, to taste voices, to see each letter of the alphabet as a different color? These uncommon sensory experiences are examples of synesthesia, when two or...

Hybrid Culture

Yvonne Spielmann

This book grew out of Yvonne Spielmann’s 2005–2006 and 2009 visits to Japan, where she explored the technological and aesthetic origins of Japanese new-media art—which was known for pioneering...

Illusions in Motion

Erkki Huhtamo

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas presented their audiences with resplendent representations that ranged from historic battles to exotic locations. Such panoramas...

Information Arts

Stephen Wilson

A new breed of contemporary artist engages science and technology—not just to adopt the vocabulary and gizmos, but to explore and comment on the content, agendas, and possibilities. Indeed,...

The Language of New Media

Lev Manovich

In this book Lev Manovich offers the first systematic and rigorous theory of new media. He places new media within the histories of visual and media cultures of the last few centuries. He...

Media Ecologies

Matthew Fuller

In Media Ecologies, Matthew Fuller asks what happens when media systems interact. Complex objects such as media systems—understood here as processes, or elements in a composition as much...

MediaArtHistories

Oliver Grau

Digital art has become a major contemporary art form, but it has yet to achieve acceptance from mainstream cultural institutions; it is rarely collected, and seldom included in the study of art...

META/DATA

Mark Amerika

This rich collection of writings by pioneering digital artist Mark Amerika mixes (and remixes) personal memoir, net art theory, fictional narrative, satirical reportage, scholarly history, and...

Metal and Flesh

Ollivier Dyens

For more than 3,000 years, humans have explored uncharted geographic and spiritual realms. Present-day explorers face new territories born from the coupling of living tissue and metal, strange...

New Media Poetics

Adalaide Morris and Thomas Swiss

New media poetry—poetry composed, disseminated, and read on computers—exists in various configurations, from electronic documents that can be navigated and/or rearranged by their “users” to...

Protocol

Alexander R. Galloway

Is the Internet a vast arena of unrestricted communication and freely exchanged information or a regulated, highly structured virtual bureaucracy? In Protocol, Alexander Galloway argues...

Re-collection

Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito

How will our increasingly digital civilization persist beyond our lifetimes? Audio and videotapes demagnetize; CDs delaminate; Internet art links to websites that no longer exist; Amiga software...

Relive

Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas

In Relive, leading historians of the media arts grapple with this dilemma: how can we speak of “new media” and at the same time write the histories of these arts? These scholars and...

The Robot in the Garden

Ken Goldberg

The Robot in the Garden initiates a critical theory of telerobotics and introduces telepistemology, the study of knowledge acquired at a distance. Many of our most influential...

Signs of Life

Eduardo Kac

Bio art is a new art form that has emerged from the cultural impact and increasing accessibility of contemporary biotechnology. Signs of Life is the first book to focus exclusively on art...

Software Studies

Matthew Fuller

This collection of short expository, critical, and speculative texts offers a field guide to the cultural, political, social, and aesthetic impact of software. Computing and digital media are...

Tactical Biopolitics

Beatrix da Costa and Kavita Philip

Popular culture in this “biological century” seems to feed on proliferating fears, anxieties, and hopes around the life sciences at a time when such basic concepts as scientific truth, race and...

Technoromanticism

Richard Coyne

This book explores the spectrum of romantic narrative that pervades the digital age, from McLuhan’s utopian vision of social reintegration by electronic communication to claims that cyberspace...

The Tone of Our Times

Frances Dyson

In this wide-ranging book, Frances Dyson examines the role of sound in the development of economic and ecological systems that are today in crisis. Connecting early theories of harmony, cosmology...

Uncanny Networks

Geert Lovink

For Geert Lovink, interviews are imaginative texts that can help to create global, networked discourses not only among different professions but also among different cultures and social groups....

The Visual Mind II

Michele Emmer

Mathematical forms rendered visually can give aesthetic pleasure; certain works of art—Max Bill's Moebius band sculpture, for example—can seem to be mathematics made visible. This collection of...

Windows and Mirrors

Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala

In Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency, Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala argue that, contrary to Donald Norman’s famous dictum, we do not...

Women, Art, and Technology

Judy Malloy

Although women have been at the forefront of art and technology creation, no source has adequately documented their core contributions to the field. Women, Art, and Technology, which...