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art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 – The New and History
Bologna (Italy), July 3-5, 2017
Factory, via Castiglione, 26
Sala conferenze “Marco Biagi”, Baraccano, via S.Stefano, 119

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 has the patronage ofi:
Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MIBACT), Leonardo/ISAST, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation Bologna, Majority of Bologna, Festival della Complessità, Rome.

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 is an International conference on the relationship between artistic and scientific disciplines, curated by Pier Luigi Capucci and the cultural association La Comunicazione Diffusa. art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 will be celebrating the 50th aniversary of Leonardo journal, published by MIT Press, the most influential in the international arena on the relationships among arts, sciences and technologies. art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 general topic is “The New and History”, the relationship between two seemingly opposing concepts that may and must coexist. The “new”, the “innovation”, have roots in history but they can project this heritage into the future thanks to the collaboration among arts, sciences and technologies.

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 conference will be attended by scholars, artists, scientists, cultural operators, students, simple and passionate people, as well as companies and Italian and European institutions engaged in supporting art/science projects.

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 will be also the opportunity for a meeting among the participants to the International mailing list Yasmin, supported by UNESCO, Leonardo and Noema. Yasmin, born in 2005, is the collaborative project of a network of people and organizations, artists, scientists, engineers, theorists, scholars, students and institutions that promote communication and collaboration in art, science and technology in the Mediterranean basin regions.



art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 main topics

1) A reflection on the idea of “new”. What is really the “new”, what is the meaning of “new” and “innovation”? Today it is a very inflated issue, everything must be “new”, “innovative” to get attention, to be considered by the media, to get money. What is the meaning of “innovation” for a scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a sociologist, a researcher, a banker, a CEO, an athlete…? What does “innovation”really mean? How can “innovation” be recognized, communicated, fostered, sustained and spread?

2) The Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general all European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, that can be valued through new disciplines, sciences and technologies. “The New and History”, which is the general art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 topic, suggests a relationship between two concepts seemingly in opposition, that instead can and must coexist. The “new”, “innovation,” has its foundation in history, but it can and must revive its heritage in the future, through arts, scientific disciplines and technologies. This is a key element, from cultural, historical, social and economic viewpoints.

3) There is much current discussion these days of initiatives to integrate the arts/design/humanities into science/engineering/medecine – sometimes called “Stem to Steam” in the USA [STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine; STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Medicine]. This is an old historical discussion on the need for inter/trans-disciplinary problem driven research. See the idea of “consilience” [Edward O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, 1998], which was criticised for its reductive and unifying approach, and Slingerland and Collard approach [Edward Slingerland, Mark Collard (eds.), Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities, 2011], which emphasises that integration of ways of knowing does not imply unification.

The topics of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 will be introduced by a discussion on Yasmin before the conference beginning, and will be relaunched throughout the events.


Program of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50

• Day 1 – 3 July 2017
Factory, via Castiglione, 26
From 18.30 – Reception of the participants, buffet, installations and experimental show of “interconnected theatre”, BIT (or of the third wheel), from Eugene Ionesco’s pièce Délire à deux.

• Day 2 – 4 July 2017
Factory, via Castiglione, 26
10.00-13.00 / 14.30-18.30 – Greetings and introduction to the conference. Presentation of Leonardo 50 and art/science projects and researches.

• Day 3 – 5 July 2017
Factory, via Castiglione, 26
10.00-13.00 – Presentation of the activities of European and Italian Institutions and Centers working on the relationships between art and science.
14.30-18.00 – Presentation of art/science researches and projects.
18.30 – Closing Event.

Conference Hall “Marco Biagi”, Baraccano, via S.Stefano, 119
14.30-17.00 – “Art and Complexity” Conference.

During the presentations, an Italian-English translation service will be active.
Participation to the conferences is free. We recommend to register on the website (
A dinner of the Yasmin mailing list members is scheduled for the second day evening.

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50

Advisory Board
Roger Malina
Nina Czegledy
Pier Luigi Capucci
Monica Bello
Roberta Buiani
Gabriele Falciasecca
Giorgio Cipolletta
Barbara Dondi

Concept and coordination
Pier Luigi Capucci

Michele Orsi Bandini

Communication & Graphics
Michele Orsi Bandini
Giorgio Cipolletta

Art and complexity conference chair
Simonetta Simoni

Conference assistant
Jessica Donato

Renato Alberti

La Comunicazione Diffusa

Art is Open Source

Media Partners

Technical sponsors
Zeta Media
Ai Portici
Magilla Guerrilla