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This unique residency is a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of the project is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected.
Artists interested in the Leonardo@Djerassi session should use the 2021 Application (for your specific discipline) and include Science session as one of your choices. Your work should be informed or grounded by biology, physics, mathematics, geology, chemistry, agriculture or environmental science.
Javier Tejerina-Risso (2017)
At the heart of Leonardo@Djerassi is a month-long residency for six (6) artists and six (6) scientists at Djerassi’s 583-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco. The program will also include public and academic forums, published blogs and articles in LEONARDO/ISAST’s journal published by MIT Press.
Scientists selected must be involved in significant art-related research and/or be practicing a form of art and/or have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science. This includes but is not limited to poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, choreography, music composition, media arts/filmmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art. Artists selected will have a track record of work driven by the influence of biology, chemistry, physics, math, environmental or agricultural science. A strong sense of play and experimentation is essential.
This is not a product-based residency. Artists and scientists will be free to work on their own projects. Participants will be expected to be in-residence for the entirety of the session. Accommodations, food, and local transportation are provided. Residents will also be expected to interact with colleagues in differing fields, participate in a two public forums during their stay and document/share their experiences for both academic and general audiences. To look at the work of previous L@D residents, visit LEONARDO.info.
From left to right: (top) Katharine Hawthorne, Heather Spence, Javiera Tejerina-Risso, Ainissa Ramirez, Anna Davidson, Gina LaCerva, Peter Walter, (bottom) Patrice Le Gal, Adria LeBoeuf, Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, Ken Eklund