Leonardo/Olats (Leonardo Observatory for Arts, Sciences and Technologies) is a French Paris-based cultural non profit organisation, working in the field of art, science and technology.
It is the French/European sister organisation of the American-based Leonardo/Isast which publishes at MIT Press the journal Leonardo since 1968, focusing on the relations between art, science and technology and LEA (Leonardo Electronic Almanac).
Leonardo/Olats’ activities cover:
- Online publications such as: Les Basiques, a collection of introductory books and teaching supports to new media art; Pioneers & Pathbreakers (Pionniers & Précurseurs), documents and essays about artists that have been pioneers in the techno-science related art since the 20th century.
- Organisation or co-organisation of workshops, seminars, and symposia. To mention a few: Mutamorphosis conference, Prague, 2007; symposium ARTMEDIA VIII, From Aesthetics of Communication to Net Art, 2002; BIO ART – BIO DESIGN. Enjeux culturels et sociétaux de la biologie de synthèse, 2014. List and proceedings available here
- Support to artists-in-residence projects and artistic creation such as: e-MobiLArt (European Mobile Lab for Interactive Artists), 2008-2009 initiated and coordinated by Athens University, Greece; Lovely Weather, artists in residence, Donegal, Ireland, 2009 – 2010 in collaboration with the Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre.
- Consultancy. Among other projects, Leonardo/Olats has been consultant for UNESCO DigiArts project and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Leonardo/Olats is the co-founder of the YASMIN network dedicated to Art, Science and Technology in the Mediterranean Area and is a member of the Technical Committee ITACCUS of the International Astronautical Federation.
Leonardo/Olats is the media partner to the Trust me, I’m An Artist project and as such will publish online articles on its website, printed articles in the journal Leonardo and podcasts in its new audio publication series Audiolats. Click here to read more about the role of Leonardo/Olats in the Trust Me project.