McLuhan’s “Understanding Media” is 50


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In 1964 the Canadian scholar Marshall McLuhan published his seminal book “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man”, that gave a new sap to the media studies introducing new concepts and perspectives. For instance McLuhan suggested that “the medium is the message”, namely that the media affect the society in which they play a role, not by the content delivered through them, but by their peculiar characteristics. Therefore the media and their working and operating activities should be the focus of the studies, and not the content they carry on.


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In the Name of the Pattern

[...] Nevertheless we can find an explicit use of “pattern” as a technical word in a variety of disciplines ranging from science or art to craftsmanship, such as tailoring, software design, architecture, finance, trading, knitting, interface design, decoration, data mining, machine learning, medical diagnosis and many more.

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Subtle Technologies 2014. Open Culture in Art and Science – A reportage

Subtle Technologies 2014

It is that time of the year: Subtle Technologies Festival is back for a week-long ride to explore Open Culture in Art and Science. The theme this year is particularly timely: DIY-bio labs, hacker spaces and hacklabs, maker spaces etc… are popping up everywhere, new forms of sharing ranging from tools, to skills, to networks of solidarity to eliminate debt, to avoid eviction, or just to share a meal together are no longer rare.

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After the afterglow (Transmediale14). For an undisciplined research

[ITA] Quest’anno i riflettori di transmediale14 sono stati puntati sui dispositivi di sorveglianza: privacy, Big Data e ubiquitous computing.
[ENG] This year the spotlights of transmediale14 were focused on monitoring devices: privacy, ubiquitos computing and big data.

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Thesis on the Interface-Database Dichotomy

Giotto, Cappella degli Scrovegni

The present article proposes to think the interface-database dichotomy regarding new media cultural objects in terms of the relationship between story 1 and story 2. With this aim, two different but possibly complementary approaches to this relationship will be considered. Therefore, the proposed reading of the interface-database relationship could be synthesized as follows. [...]
Story 1) Interface (narrative)-synchronic-syntagm in relation to Story 2) Database-diachronic-paradigm.

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Tapzy: a post-(human)Iconkiller?

Tapzy - Batman

[ITA] Presentato al pubblico ad ottobre 2012 con una mostra evento, Tapzy è un progetto di arte ibrida, che vive ormai da un anno grazie all’interazione del suo protagonista – un uomo elefante dal look clownesco – in contesti diversi contemporaneamente, on line ed off line.
[ENG] Unveiled to the public in October 2012 with an event exhibition, Tapzy is a project of hybrid art, who lives through the interaction of its protagonist – an elephant-man with a clownish look- in different contexts at the same time, online and off line.

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Art and Science as the Conjectured Possible

Seiko Mikami

[...] In this manner, by demonstrating the logic in the creation of new technological forms and new identities, art articulates the primary task of the individual living in the age of new technologies: the construction of a living future (that is, a future that endows us with freedom), and not a dead, mechanized future that is being built without our participation.

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Apple returns to the symbolic

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One thing that is central to think is how technologies, and more specifically interfaces, shape our modes of perception and interaction, and thus our everyday reality, through their “narrative” and ways of representation. It is a vast topic, so this short article will focus on Apple’ s GUI (Graphic User Interface) evolution to parallel it with the evolution of the representation of space in Western art, and, hopefully, draw some conclusions, and even more desirable, open some questions.

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Homo nudus atque apertus: the maps of Doris Graf

[ITA] Homo nudus atque apertus è un progetto di Doris Graf che unisce l’interesse per il linguaggio dei pittogrammi e quello per la trasformazione dell’identità in rete, a causa dei social network e della potenziale limitazione della libertà personale.
[ENG] Homo nudus atque apertus is a project by Doris Graf that combines the language of the pictograms and the identity transformation in the web, because of the social networks and of the potential restriction of personal freedom.

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Total recall: The (re-) evolution of memory?

The Pendulum Choir

[ITA] Ars Electronica Festival in questa edizione del 2013 si apre al passato, almeno, in un certo senso. Al centro dell’attenzione di artisti, pensatori, esperti, critici d’arte, infatti, il concetto di memoria, in tutte le sue declinazioni.
[ENG] Ars Electronica Festival in this 2013 edition is, in a certain sense, opened to the past. Artists, thinkers, experts, art critics, so as all the visitors were, indeed, invited to focus their attention on the concept of ‘memory’, in all its declinations.

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Next Step – guide to video mapping and not only

[ITA] È dal connubio tra arte e tecnologia che prendono vita eventi come Next Step, il progetto promosso dalla piattaforma Milano in Digitale nonché uno degli eventi del macro festival “IF – Immagina il futuro”.
[ENG] It is from the combination of art and technology that events such as Next Step become alive. This project is promoted by the Milano in Digitale platform well as one of the events of the macro festival “IF – Imagine the future.”

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Aesthetics of transition. New metric of the body


Political Philosophy of the Information Society


Intervista a Gwenn-Aël Lynn / Interview to Gwenn-Aël Lynn


Noema’s n.blog & Subtle Technologies


What is the Meaning of Life?


Perturbazioni volontarie


The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective


Towards the Third Life


Use at your own risk


Subtle Technologies Festival: Immortality, Toronto, June 8-9, 2013


McLuhan’s “Understanding Media” is 50


Video-Interview with Vincenzo Fano


Video-interview with Alan N. Shapiro


Embracing Uncertainty …or not?


EduEDA – The EDUcational Encyclopedia of Digital Arts


Cosmo e Caos


ECCS’11 a Vienna


Simulation beyond perspective