All posts by: Noema Staff
Open Call for a Residency at ESA
(Linz, April 20, 2016) Under the aegis of the European Digital Art and Science Network, Ars Electronica cordially invites artists to take part in a competition for a residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. This residency offers artists an extraordinary opportunity to experience the landing of the Rosetta space probe and the ExoMars Mission live on site at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. This visit...
From Siri to sexbots: Female AI reinforces a toxic desire for passive, agreeable and easily dominated women
Source: Salon A recent article titled “Why is AI Female?” made the connection that gendered labor, in service professions in particular, is fueling our expectations for gendered AI assistants and service robots. Furthermore, the author argues, this “feminizing — and sexualizing — of machines” signals a future with a disproportionate use of feminized VR and robots for a male-dominated sex industry. Monica Nickelsburg writes: “Sex with robots is a big leap from asking Siri to set an alarm, but...
Only 20% of Africans use the internet – we must fix this digital poverty now
Source: World Economic Forum The one thing I love most about my job is the countless brilliant, inspirational people I invariably get to meet when I am in Africa. As you can imagine, they are a diverse bunch: the Rwandan techpreneur pioneering smart card solutions for public transport; the Nigerian Global Shaper tracking an election tribunal via #TrackAkwaIbom; the South African innovator developing digital currency to expand opportunities for vulnerable youth in townships; the Ghanaian ser...
How ‘Maintainers,’ Not ‘Innovators,’ Make the World Turn
Source: TheAtlantic.com New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “visionary ideas” and “creative leaps” led to “disruptive realities”—that is, if you buy the rhetoric of certain books and novelty-oriented publications (including, sometimes, your very own CityLab). But those who’ve questioned whether technology really is society’s salve aren’t alone. Lee Vinsel,...
Hail the maintainers
Source: aeon Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics who suspect that the peddlers of innovation radically overvalue innovation. What happens after innovation, they argue, is more important. Maintenance and repair, the building of infrastructures, the mundane labour that goes into sustaining funct...
Art and Science as the Conjectured Possible
[...] 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.
Apple returns to the symbolic
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.
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.
Total recall: The (re-) evolution of memory?
[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 declinatio...
Towards the Third Life
Humans also developed a wide range of artefacts, machines, entities that are quickly becoming more and more powerful, complex, autonomous, and independent. These could be defined to a certain extent as “living entities”, expanding the idea of life and of life forms. All this processes seem pushing forward the human biological, cultural, technical boundaries. How do they happen? Where are technologies based on? Can these processes give any glimpses on a possible evolution?
Video-interview with Alan N. Shapiro
We were in Linz, attending the Ars Electronica Festival 2012, when we met the Technologist and Futurist Alan N. Shapiro. It was months ago, but we were already thinking about (five-words-for-) the-future. The Noema Staff invites You to watch the video interview and visit the brand-new project FIVE WORDS FOR THE FUTURE. Shapiro is an interdisciplinary thinker, software developer, computer scientist, author and translator in the field of contemporary cultural phenomena....
Embracing Uncertainty …or not?
When I was writing this long and rambling report, I realized that every title contained a question mark. is it a sign of our failure to embrace this complex and difficult notion? does the question mark symbolize uncertainty (uncertain present and future, uncertain methods, fear of uncertainty ? The entire conference was characterized by a general desire to address uncertainty and its articulations. In general, the issue of biopolitics was often mentioned as a limiting item that constrained an...
EduEDA – The EDUcational Encyclopedia of Digital Arts
Il convegno Edueda - Un network per le arti digitali tra pubblico e privato ha come obiettivo l'attivazione di un processo di cooperazione tra soggetti istituzionali e non istituzionali che indirizzano gli orizzonti della loro ricerca verso una dimensione dell'arte che unisca all'utilizzo delle tecnologie digitali di comunicazione il perseguimento di valori etici e sociali.
The Impossible Clone
More than a pure form of simulation the will to clone is a perfect union of technology and discrimination – the desire to end otherness and to multiply the same. Cloning is the science of advanced prejudice which digitalized genetics makes possible. The age old biological roles of Father and Mother are here reduced to coding. When the clone does not turn out as we had hoped, and surely none will, we can blame the matrix. Some fancy that the clone is a twin but it is really merely a genetic doubl...
Contemporary look at the Visual Arts in the Mediterranean
International Symposium Contemporary look at the Visual Arts in the Mediterranean: The inter-territorial cultural issue. The Mediterranean basin is a region of the world that spawned many cultures. Pluralities ideological, ethnic diversities and artistic riches of these crops had forced, since antiquity, their oppositions, that had been results of relations of superiority, always in favor of dominant societies and civilizations.
Editing the Future
Scopo dell'iniziativa è la valorizzazione del lavoro svolto da alcuni giovani studiosi provenienti da Università e Accademie di Belle Arti italiane, interessati allo studio dei rapporti tra arte e nuove tecnologie. La pubblicazione edita dal CASVA raccoglie la sintesi di sei tesi di laurea recentemente svolte sui temi della new media art e segnalate da alcuni tra i più accreditati docenti universitari, che hanno svolto nell'occasione funzione di Tutor.
New Media Art Education & Research (update)
Celebrating the 30 years of the Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti - New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, NABA, and as part of our blueprint program aimed at exploring the relations among culture, art and technologies, the PhD Program of the Planetary Collegium's M-Node and the NABA School of Media Design & New Media Art, in collaboration with NoemaLab are organizing a 3-day meeting on December 16 - 18, 2010, in Milan @NABA.
SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Arts Fair) 2010
The idea of this 7th edition of SEAFair ?The apparatus of life and death? is to creatively respond to the evolution of society in the sphere of bio-politics and to assist us in the visualizing of our future. In fact, SEAFair 2010 will convey the story of artists, critics and theorists attempting to navigate through the maize of the newly constructed global bio-political apparatus, in a changing social matrix, in which the rules are just being set.
Media Art History 2011 – Rewire
Call for papers Deadline: 31/01/2011 ourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology Liverpool, 28th September - 1st October 2011 Call For Papers now open - Deadline Monday, January 31st 2011 http://www.mediaarthistory.org/rewire/index.html
Consciousness Reframed 11 – Making Reality Really Real
The status of our reality is uncertain. The solid objective world of our everyday experience is a representation of an oscillating immateriality that we recognise, at another level of resolution, as constituting quantum phenomena. It?s not that matter doesn?t matter anymore, so much perhaps as the idea that matter isn?t matter anymore. Can we not reasonably ask whether there is a reality beyond what quantum mechanics describes, even closer to the really real?
The Pleasure of Light
The Pleasure of Light exhibition and conference aim to present the pioneering interdisciplinary concepts of György Kepes and Frank J. Malina through the course of their lives, creations and enduring influence. Simultaneously we wish to chart the intersection of art, science and technology, particularly in the last century.
Incontro su Web 2.0 e fenomeno del virale
L'Associazione culturale MOMA presenta a Bologna il primo festival italiano dedicato ai video virali con l'obiettivo di sviluppare la creatività giovanile nel settore della comunicazione audiovisiva e aprire uno spazio di riflessione sulle nuove realtà del web 2.0.
WWW e ancora W
un'immaginaria linea metropolitana dell'inversione notizie, riflessioni, immagini, su un nuovo blog dedicato www.wetropolitan.blogspot.com W o M rovesciata (un cartello della metropolitana capovolto), segno irresponsabile e parassita in mezzo al traffico della città, appare nel centro di Bologna nell'aprile 2007. E' l'insegna che indica il luogo della 'costruzione apocalittica della meraviglia'. Il segno si perpetua (sono previste nuove apparizioni in aprile), fino a diventare reale rife...
Virtual Mercury House
Il progetto di Caterina Davinio "Virtual Mercury House", che ha coinvolto 231 poeti internazionali nella Biennale di Venezia 2009, è incluso nella Web Biennial 2010 di Istanbul #wb10 - anticensor gallery 3 - Michael Jackson Pavillion - a cura di Dimitrios Fotiou http://www.webbiennial.org/gallery3.php Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (iS.CaM) presenta Web Biennial 10. Nanette Wylde, Caterina Davinio, Personal Cinema and The Erasers, Irad Lee, Jody Zellen, Andres Manniste, C o s t i s, M...
Sky for Sale
Since 2001 I’m working on the absence using the nanomaterial silica aerogel used by NASA for the Stardust project http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov After my SKYFLOWER presented in Berlin, Wedding Gallery see http://www.art-in-berlin.de/ausstellungs-text.php?id=1206 I will now present my installation Sky for Sale in Oionos Gallery, Karditsa for the period March 20 – April 20 2010. The gallery will be transformed into a spacecraft with view on our terrestrial sky 21 wooden boxes - bottled skie...
A Gift For You!
Italian below A Gift For You! A special project by Pier Giorgio De Pinto for CACT Switzerland. 'In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.' (George Orwell) For CACT I have drawn up a project that I trust will celebrate this first months of 2010 with a big, provocative bang. A gift for all visitors, both real (everyone who comes along in the flesh to the various openings and events at the CACT) and virtual (everyone who visits the website or downloads the i...
AlphaAlpha, an animated netbook of letters I am glad to say that it is ready at: http://arteonline.arq.br/a/ . The concept of this netbook is the proper "history of writing, which is, in a way, the history of the human race, since in it are bound up, severally and together, the development of thought, of expression, of art, of intercommunication, and of mechanical invention." "AlphaAlpha" is composed of 365 instances of the letter "A" plus one more for the leap year. The letters are col...