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Downloadable eBooks focus on topics related to the Diatrope Institute mission. Topics include art, art history, history of science, cognitive neuroscience, and related areas.


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The report contains images from SEAD collaborators and links to all White Papers contributions. SEAD(link is external) was funded under the US National Science Foundation (NSF)(link is external) Grant No. 1142510. 





Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design
Roger F. Malina, Carol Strohecker, and Carol LaFayette, on behalf of SEAD network contributors.


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In 2012, The Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) launched a White Papers initiative to build community awareness of perceived challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of science, engineering, art, design and the humanities. The resulting study takes note of the growing international interest and development of initiatives in universities, corporations and civil society.This synthesis report offers a set of "action clusters" common to texts from the international response by SEAD members. Suggested Actions are structured according to similarities of motivation and purpose, and addressed to specific stakeholders. The SEAD White Papers initiative was chaired by Roger Malina and co-chaired by Carol Strohecker, with the assistance of an international Steering Group and coordination by Carol LaFayette and Amy Ione, Managing Editor.


Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. E-ISBN: 978-0-262-75863-5 ©2015 ISAST, Published by MIT Press under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0).


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Dondi, C. (editor). Printing R-Evolution and Society, 1450-1500. Fifty Years that Changed Europe Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari Digital Publishing, 2020 (CERL Papers XIV), 978p.


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The volume contains a reassessment of the economic and social impact of the printing revolution on the development of early modern European society, using 15th-century printed books, which still survive today in their thousands, as historical sources. Over 100 color illustrations. The proceedings of the conference held in Venice, Palazzo Ducale, 19-21 Sept. 2018. This is an open access gold publication on the website of Edizioni Ca’ Foscari (Univ. of Venice).

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Tyler, Christopher W. The Chthonic Roots of Leonardo da Vinci’s Youthful Iconography. Diatrope Press, 2020


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An unusual feature that is found in most of Leonardo da Vinci’s depictions of the Virgin Mary is a striking yellow or golden sash around her waist. This feature is not found in prior depictions of this central figure of Christian iconography, and in only a few of the works of his immediate pupils, and is thus largely unique to Leonardo. As such, it calls for an analytic appraisal of its derivation as a symbolic trope in his youthful works.


An association with the myth of Persephone is developed on the basis of several features of his ‘Virgin of the Rocks’, in which this yellow sash is a central motif. This mythic identification in turn helps to account for the substantial deviation of this work from the specification of its original commission into an extreme version of the mountainous setting that is common to most of Leonardo’s established works. The roots of this symbolism are considered in relation to the Etruscan resonances of the Florentine milieu in which Leonardo matured.

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Wendy Murray Poster Artist: A selection of posters from 2009 – 2019. ISBN: 978-0-6486643-3-8


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Featuring over 80 posters produced by poster artist Wendy Murray and collaborators. Some of the collaborative artists include Anna Macleod (IRE), Jake Holmes (AUS), Dewey Tafoya (USA), Sima Alikhani (AUS), Jason Wing (AUS), Douglas Archibald (AUS), and Antonia Aitken (AUS) plus commission posters for the Australian War Memorial Museum, National Art School and the University of Sydney. Articles by Kurt Iveson, Alison Alder, Jo Holder, Alex Torrens, Paul Howard, and Michael Organ.


Wendy Murray aka Mini Graff is a poster artist and screen printer who prints from studios in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. >> more

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Portraits of his Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough by Christopher Tyler. The Hermitage, Hanwell, 2018.


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This book commemorates two delightful sisters painted by their father, the famous 18th century English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). The daughters are buried together at St Mary’s Church, Hanwell.


In 1809, the rector of the Church, George Henry Glass, built the Hanwell cottage where a fountain inscribed in memory of two sisters makes an interesting link with the Gainsborough daughters. Illustrations on every page

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Day, Sean A. Synesthetes: A Handbook. ISBN: 9781534738058.  2016. Copyrighted by Sean A. Day.


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A guide on all things synesthesia. This handbook is for anyone who is trying to better understand the synesthete’s world and for those trying to understand what synesthesia is.

Sean A. Day, a synesthete, holds a PhD in Linguistics, with BA and MA degrees in Anthropology.  He is presently in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Trident Technical College and President, the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists. He was President of the American Synestheisia Association from 2001- 2015.

ISBN: 9781534738058. Copyrighted by Sean A. Day.

Book Cover Ione, Amy.  Studio Ione 2003. The Diatrope Press, 2003. ISBN: 0972533028.


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A painter for over twenty-five years, Amy Ione’s extraordinary work has been exhibited internationally, commissioned by the City of San Francisco, and is included in public and private collections. In addition, Ione is well known as a writer on the relationships on art, science and technology.



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Ione, Amy. Nature Exposed to Our Method of Questioning. Berkeley, California, U.S.A.: Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 097253301X.


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Examines how we create our cultural assumptions about nature, culture and ourselves. Index. Bibliographic references.


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Tjotjok. Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780972533003


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A collection of 86 poems by Jerry Bass, enhanced by Amy Ione’s original artwork.



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Tuchman, Maurice; Livingstone, Jane. A report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York: Viking, 1971. 387p. ISBN 670133728.


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In 1966, Maurice Tuchman, curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California, introduced the Art and Technology (A&T) program. The mandate of this project, which was peripheral to the museum’s activities, was to promote an exchange between artists and the corporate world. With his colleague, curator Jane Livingston, artists and companies were paired. Certain works produced in conjunction with the program were presented at the American pavilion during the 1970 Osaka World Exposition and at LACMA the same year.


The report is a collection of documents and testimonials from 1966 to 1971, the years that the program was active. It also constituted the catalogue for the exhibition of works at the American pavilion in Osaka. Pairings included Richard Serra’s project with Kaiser Steel; John Chamberlain at Rand Corporation; Robert Irwin and James Turrell at the Garrett Corporation, James Lee Byars at the Hudson Institute, and others.



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