INtransit V.6: Scientific American

INtransit V.6: Scientific American. Call to artists, scientists, historians, inventors, gadgeteers, animators, film makers.

In 1845, the magazine Scientific American began publishing in the United States. It was primarily a magazine of patents and invention. La America Científica was a Spanish language edition which appeared in Mexico in 1890, and stopped being published in 1905. There was not a multiple language edition until 1968. Currently Scientific American is owned by The Holtzbrinck Company, a company in Germany. This history brings up these questions:

This curated video journal looks at the history and representation of “American” science within and without the United States, using as a metaphorical framework, the magazine Scientific American. It begins by exploring the magazine’s history and uses this as a metaphor to examine the concept behind the “Scientific American” from cultural, regional, global, and historical perspectives. It also explores the idea of “invention” and “innovation” in the United States from multiple historical points of view.

Works should be under 10 minutes, or be able to be excerpted (please indicate which). Submissions should be by snail mail, and on DVD, VHS, or mini-DV, and will also be considered for other issues. Physical submissions much preferred to web URL’s.

People who are selected for publishing will receive 3 copies of the journal and $50.00 US. We will be actively promoting the work on these journals and will also inform you if the journals play in different venues. Deadline is January 15, 2010.

Please mail your work to:
AstroDime c/o La Ciencia
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01851 USA

If you want it returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Preview copies should be on DVD, VHS, or mini-DV. For more info, contact

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