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n-blog is a partner of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50

n-blog is a partner of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50

n-blog is a media partner of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 – The New and History, Bologna (Italy), July 3-5 2017. It will take place in Factory (via Castiglione, 26) and at the Conference Hall “Marco Biagi” (Baraccano, via S.Stefano, 119). The program is in the official website ( and on Leonardo (

art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 has the patronage of Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MIBACT), Leonardo/ISAST, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation Bologna, Majority of Bologna – Santo Stefano District, 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 the journal Leonardo, published by MIT Press, the most influential in the international arena on the relationships among arts, sciences and technologies. art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 topic is “Il nuovo e la storia” (The New and History), the relationship between two seemingly opposing concepts that may and must coexist. The “new”, the “innovation”, have the roots in history but they can project this heritage into the future thanks to scientific disciplines 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, European and International 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. on the relationship between art and science in the Mediterranean rim. A discussion on Yasmin will introduce the topics of art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 conference.


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, to get money. But are we really sure that “innovation” has the same meaning for a scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a sociologist, a researcher, a banker, a CEO, an athlete…? What does “innovation” implies, what does it 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. This is a very old historical discussion on the need for inter/trans-disciplinary problem driven research. [See Ed Wilson’s 1998 idea of “consilience” (, which was criticised for its reductive and unifying approach, and Slingerland and Collard 2011 book ( which emphasised 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.

For more information and the program visit the official website: