Editorial: nisar keshvani
This comes to you from a tourist bus heading to Singapore from Malaysia's
Genting Highlands (pilgrimage ground for casino high-rollers). I'm
surrounded by folk who firmly believe in figures and numbers. To
them any sign could mean a field day at the stakes.
According to Chinese belief, the figure 2002 is 'shuan shuan dui
dui' or in English - 'correct double pair'. For them, the digit
two and it appearing twice in our reversible year, 2002, is an auspicious
sign for union. So matrimony queues in Asia seem to stretch for
At fAf, we aren't gamblers but auspicious signs can't hurt :)
With this issue, we announce fAf's alliance with the Leonardo Electronic
Almanac (LEA). Both publications have a rich history, and were linked
since its earliest days. fAf was founded by Ray Lauzzana in 1987,
and from 1988, it was published by the Leonardo network. In 1992,
Australian Paul Brown took fAf over under the auspices of the Art,
Science and Technology Network (ASTN).
"Leonardo then kicked off Leonardo Electronic News edited by
Judy Malloy. In 1993 LEA was founded by Craig Harris. Under his
editorship, LEA established itself, with the support of MIT Press
as an important peer reviewed e-journal," said Roger Malina,
Leonardo Executive Editor.
Meanwhile, I came into the fAf picture in 1998 and have seen it
grow very quickly in three years. From 2002, I take on the LEA hotseat
and am delighted the fAf-LEA paths converge exactly ten years after.
We intend to hold true to Leonardo founder Frank Malina's vision
to aid the cause of artists, scientists and technologists and the
LEA advisory panel; Roy Ascott, Michael Naimark, Craig Harris, Paul
Brown, Julianne Pierce and Seah Hock Soon will guide us.
From here, fAf will focus on news and be ASTN & Leonardo's news
outlet while LEA concentrates on original peer reviewed content.
We welcome international fAf-LEA corresponding editors: Ricardo
Dal Farra, Young Hae-Chang, Fatima Lasay, Jose-Carlos Mariategui,
Marcus Neusetter, Fion Ng and Marc Voge who will feed us latest
information from their unique geographic locations improving our
coverage from the world over.
Through this alliance we aim to balance news and critical content
via the fAf-LEA publishing channels. We are on the lookout for writers,
artists, and curators to publish essays, reviews, and commission
online exhibitions. If you have ideas, please do email email@example.com
We'd be happy to hear from you.
We aspire to build east-west bridges exposing upcoming communities
to the established and enhancing opportunities for exposure through
the fAf - Leonardo networks and resources.
Our mission for the Art, Science and Technology Network from here,
is to build a resource for global art, science & technology
organisations and to become the first stop for newcomers to this
Back to this edition, fAf's text section includes a swag of texts
by new writers. Our feature is Pia Ednie-Brown's essay Diagramming
Innovation-scapes, reprinted from the recently released fibreculture
reader, Politics of a Digitial Present: An Inventory of Australian
Net Culture, Criticism and Theory. Architecture and Science is reviewed
Teri Hoskin and David Cox reviews New Babylonians: Contemporary
Visions of a Situationist City. Jane Turner responds to Unlocking
the Clubhouse, a study of women in the computing industry. Olliver
Dyen's Metal and Flesh: The Evolution of Man: Technology Takes Over
is considered by Glen Wetherall and Linda Carroli takes a look at
the Australian Network for Art and Technology's publication, Arcadia:
Writings on Theology and Technology.
Here's to this new 'auspicious' alliance, and to better things yet.