November 2022, San Francisco and Oakland, CA. ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network (ZERO1) and Leonardo, the International Society for Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) are thrilled to announce that we have entered into a strategic partnership to amplify the impact of our respective organizations and integrate our extensive global networks.
The rationale for this partnership is evident in our closely aligned missions and visions; our shared history and legacy at the junction of art, science and technology. The resonance of our mutual commitments across creative sectors extends into our programs and the communities they reach. Leonardo has developed a robust international network spanning 135 countries through the readership of our flagship journal and book series, as well as the proliferation of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) speaker series, now hosted in over 50 cities around the globe. ZERO1 has nurtured an international network through community-building during the ZERO1 Biennial that ran through 2012 followed by expanded engagement in 31 countries through cultural exchange facilitated as part of its American Arts Incubator and Creative Impact Labs. Both organizations have furthered transdisciplinary thought and practice through residencies, fellowships, labs, public art, summits, and symposia that contribute to the vibrant creative community we are thrilled to now bring together.
This burgeoning partnership will bring our two non-profit organizations into deep operational and programmatic collaboration, taking advantage of synergies and complementary program activities to become more efficient and effective in our work. Towards these ends, Leonardo has invited ZERO1 Founder, Andy Cunningham, to join its Board of Directors, and ZERO1 Executive Director, Shamsher Virk, will assume the role of senior director for programs & operations at Leonardo. Diana Ayton-Shenker, Leonardo CEO says, “We are thrilled to welcome Andy Cunningham to our Board, and Shamsher Virk to our team. Integrating ZERO1 leadership and talent into Leonardo enriches our work, capacity, and potential for positive impact.” ZERO1 Executive Director, Shamsher Virk, adds that “this partnership is an example of ZERO1’s commitment to collaboration with peers in the field and underscores our dedication to expanding the collective global network of creative minds.” Details of the operational partnership will be fleshed out over the coming months; the organizations have already begun working closely together to integrate programs, leadership and network. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and deep partnership.