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Arts | Humanities | Complex Networks
— a Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2010

The Arts | Humanities | Complex Networks — a Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci 2010 took place at Room 20, F West Village on Northeastern Campus courtesy of BarabásiLab — Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University in Boston, MA, on Monday, May 10, 2010.

The event was a predecessor to Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 2nd Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci 2011 taking place at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

The 2010 papers will appear in a Special Section in Leonardo Journal (MIT Press). They are also available online via Leonardo Transactions (see individual links below).

Abstract: ^
By means of keynotes, contributed talks and interdisciplinary discussion we explored and identified important issues surrounding the convergence of arts, humanities and complex networks. On the one hand we concentrated on network structure and dynamics in areas ranging from art history and archeology to music, film and image science. In the same time we were interested in the development and critique of network visualizations from medieval manuscripts to the latest tools, such as Cytoscape and Processing. Our dual focus was based on the opinion that the study of networks and the study of visualizations of these networks complement each other, much in the same way as archeology cannot live without self-reflective art history – studying the represented always presupposes the study of representation. Bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities we strived for a better understanding of networks and their visualizations, resulting in better images of networks, and a better use of these images. Running parallel to the NetSci2010 conference, the workshop did also provide a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers and practitioners of complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.

Program: ^

8:30–9:00 Registration & Breakfast

Albert-László Barabási: Opening remarks

Maximilian Schich: Introduction

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg
Keynote: Charting Hidden Networks of Words see website

10:30–10:50 Coffee break

Alexander Mehler, Barbara Job, Philippe Blanchard, Ulli Waltinger, Nils Diewald, Dietmar Esch, Olga Pustylnikov, and Thomas Küchelmann: Evolution of Romance Language in Written Communication: Network Analysis of Late Latin and Early Romance Corpora. get the eBook

Amadeo Cappelli, Michele Coscia, Fosca Gianotti, Dino Pedreschi, and Salvatore Rinzivillo: The Social Network of Dante’s Inferno. get the eBook

Michael Schober, Paul Willems, and Johannes Putzke: Network Criticism – A New, Crossdisciplinary Paradigm for the Criticism of Dramas, Movie Scripts and Literature. get abstract

Barbara Mirel: Building networks to facilitate task-switching and metacognition in complex analysis. get the eBook

Michele Graffieti, Luca Masud, Mario Porpora, Donato Ricci, and Gaia Scagnetti: Tell them anything but the truth: they will find their own. How we visualize the map of the future with respect to the audience of our story. get the eBook

12:30–1:30 Lunch (on your own)

Ward Shelley
Keynote: Mapping the Travails of Autonomous Art get the eBook

David Crandall and Noah Snavely
Keynote: Networks of Photos, Landmarks, and People get the eBook

3:00–3:20 Coffee break

Sara Angel: The “Mnemosyne Atlas” and the Meaning of Plate 79 in Aby Warburg’s Oeuvre as a Distributed Object. get abstract

Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt: Net-Working with Maciunas. get the eBook

Martin Warnke and Carmen Wedemeyer: Documenting artistic networks: Anna Oppermann‘s Ensembles are scale free networks! get the eBook

John Bell and Jon Ippolito: The Topology of Creativity – User Ratings As Limiting Factors in the The Pool’s Social Network. get the eBook

Jane Prophet: Model Ideas: from stem cell simulation to large-scale floating art installation. get the eBook

Anna Dumitriu and Blay Whitby: Cybernetic Bacteria 2.0 get the eBook

Conclusion and Final Discussion

Closing reception

Attendance: ^
Attending our symposium was free of charge. As space was limited, we required registration. Besides contributing, there were two ways to attend:

NetSci 2010 attendees could register directly, without additional charge. For the NetSci 2010 registration fee and deadline please see

In addition we did hand out a number of free tickets via Eventbrite. These tickets are given out in a first come, first serve basis.

Contributions have been selected following the Call for Papers, which is now closed.

If you like to be added to the list of people interested in future events, drop us an e-mail with the subject "Please add me to the Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks list" at

Publication: ^
The 2010 papers will appear in a Special Section in Leonardo Journal (MIT Press). They are also available online via Leonardo Transactions (see individual links above). You can download a low resolution version of the Book of Abstracts.

Organizers: ^
The symposium was organized by Maximilian Schich (Art Historian at BarabásiLab), and co-chaired by Roger Malina (Executive Editor at Leonardo journal) and Isabel Meirelles (Associate Professor at Dept. of Art + Design, Northeastern University).

The symposium was a satellite to NetSci 2010 and counted with the support of the BarabásiLab – CCNR and Dept. of Art + Design, both at Northeastern University in Boston, and Leonardo/ISAST.

Links: ^
Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks 2011:
Arts | Humanities | Complex Networks 2010:
Dept. Art+Design:

Contact: ^

September 6, 2010 version