got a facelift!
Refreshed, crinkle-free with same great content.
Boldly reads our tagline for 2006. From this issue, you will notice
a new website interface for Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Though
the idea was germinating for a long while, the actual process began
exactly a year ago to the day, where this website will be officially
launched at the13th International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA
2006) this August.
The spark began in a classroom at the San Francisco Art Institute.
For 10 solid hours, Roger Malina, Stephen Wilson, Pamela Grant-Ryan,
Patricia Bentson, Kathleen Quillian and I sat like knights at a
square-table (albeit in uncomfortable chairs with a chalkboard)
trying to strategize what would be next for Leonardo Electronic
Often in the daily humdrum of work-life, we rarely able to take
the time off just to sit, reflect and think. My colleagues from
the Asia Pacific will attest to this fact - somehow the pace of
life in this region is quite different, and you cannot visualize
it, unless you are physically here.
We put LEA in the line of fire, and asked essential questions like
"Who exactly is our community?", "Why do we publish
LEA?", "Is there a a need for LEA to exist?" and
of course, "How do we fund an enterprise like this one?".
Perhaps we still don't have the right answers, but we get closer
with every day that passes. From that point, we established an online
focus group of 30 individuals consisting of artists, scientists,
academics, researchers and students from across the globe. Their
feedback was instrumental.
After this intensive process, Eva Sim, Drake Nox and I did the
trendy corporate retreat thing (minus the budget). In April, we
locked ourselves in a shabby hut away from the world, minus communications,
to develop the facelift. For the last two months, I've been working
round the clock migrating content. That was not it; we tested various
iterations and will continue adding functionalities, so come visit
A process like this can never be developed in isolation. Though
impossible to mention all involved, here goes:
Special thanks to our board members and Natra Haniff, Stephen Wilson,
Erika Block, Juraimi Jumahat, Grace Tan, Effandi Mohamed, Drew Hemment,
Tim Peterson, Fatima Lasay, Choy Kok Kee, Paul Brown, Beth Rainbow,
Suhjung Hur, Mark Amerika, Joanne Tay, Lydia Teh, Michelle Goh,
Ruth Song, Kim Machan, Young Hae-Chang, Steve Dietz, Han Youfu,
Andre Ho, Gunalan Nadarajan, Roopesh Sitharan, Sue Thomas, Seah
Hock Soon, Stephen Wilson, Annick Bureaud, Larry Larson, Joel Slayton,
Beverly Reiser, Julie Jansen and everyone who has helped.
And also hats off to Leonardo Executive Editor, Roger Malina for
his limitless energy and support, and the San Francisco team; Patricia
Bentson, Kathleen Quillian, Pamela Grant-Ryan and Nicholas Cronbach
for their valuable input.
Kudos to the web team, Eva Sim, Drake Nox and Natra Haniff, who
worked too impossible deadlines (and demands) for their patience,
tenacity, and excellent work. As we tread new territories, our congratulations
to Natra Haniff who takes on the Managing Editor role.
In this inaugural issue in our new interface, you will find an
exclusive collection of Locative Media essays guest edited by Drew
Hemment - an established entrepreneur in this field and an important
voice. This special edition came about from a tiny informal exchange
that just grew exponentially.
This special is a first in many ways. We were bursting at the seams.
We made tough decisions to select from the best of of over 100 high-quality
submissions. From essays, Hemment-Keshvani began discussing the
idea of an associated gallery. The first call for papers produced
good results but because we wanted young and emerging voices, Drew
invited Suhjung Hur, Andrew Paterson and Annie On Ni Wan to curate
The trio broke ground, firstly by identifying new voices we would
not ordinarily hear, and expanding our reach to the community. It
is also the first gallery curated across three time zones and on
Wikipedia. I dare say, keep a close watch on these curators and
artists as they might make history in time to come.
While discussing essay topics with various academics, the idea of
developing a curriculum guide and a bibliography surfaced. A resource
that would be developed for the community by the community. Check
out the associated curriculum section edited by Drew Hemment and
the bibliography index which Steve Bull, Elizabeth Goodman, Pete
Gomes, Derek Hales, Hana Iverson, Paula Levine, Ann Morrison, Teri
Rueb, Alison Sant, Leslie Sharpe, Jen Southern and Nick West generously
For those of you visiting FutureSonic 2006: Urban Festival of Electronic
Music and Arts in Manchester, UK on 20 - 23 July. Pop by for an
informal gathering in honor of the LEA "Locative Media"
Special and look up guest editor Drew Hemment.
If you have any ideas, thoughts or comments to the new website and
would like to propose thematic issues, we welcome you to drop a
note to: email@example.com
Our tagline (developed by Grace Tan, our branding & identity
board member), reads "Refreshed, crinkle-free with same great
Our editorial team of LEA staff, guest editors and peer reviewers
will take that further step to boldly say, our content will be even
greater. So do come visit us often and watch this space for more