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Towards a Semi-Living Avatar. Investigating the Interface Body-Smart Machines in Stelarc’s Work
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Towards a Semi-Living Avatar. Investigating the Interface Body-Smart Machines in Stelarc’s Work

Crossing the boundaries from Cyberpunk Fiction to Reality, Stelarc’s work moves gradually towards the realization of a vision: To investigate the interface between the actual and the virtual world, with the body acting seamlessly in mixed realities, and with an intelligent avatar that performs in the real world, with optical density and tactile experience. This idea, seems to permeate his experimentations with engineering, robotic and digital technology, and with artificial intelligence and biot...
Text is not Static
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Text is not Static

Text in its nature and very architecture is anxious, it is neurotic. It is only held in a seemingly apparent stasis. A work with text is never truly finished but ceased. The paragraph is a shivering mass of bent lines as is a single sentence. The systematic function of text is to infer a voice in a code of bent lines and spaces between. The sculptural nature of the lines of letters is akin to an exhibition of forms encoded with implied speech and thought. It also is like the ground awaiting crac...
Comunicare la scienza tra arte, scienza e tecnologia
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Comunicare la scienza tra arte, scienza e tecnologia

Riflessioni in forma di dialogo sulla comunicazione della scienza, di come "raccontarla” efficacemente e sul possibile ruolo dell'arte, sulle relazioni tra arte e scienza, sui pubblici e sulla necessità di un discorso interdisciplinare. Il mondo della ricerca artistica può fornire ulteriori stimoli per alimentare tale discussione? In che modo l'arte può interagire con la comunicazione della scienza?
Perceiving, Feeling, Interpreting, Storytelling: The Art of Art-Science
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Perceiving, Feeling, Interpreting, Storytelling: The Art of Art-Science

With Leonardo/Olats, I had the great opportunity to follow the FEAT project. FEAT stands for ‘Future Emerging Art and Technology’. It was an EU funded project during which artists were in residence over 9 months in FET/Future Emerging Technology consortia, FET being one of the cutting-edge scientific research programmes of the European Union.
Evolutionary creativity. The inner life and meaning of art
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Evolutionary creativity. The inner life and meaning of art

Generative art is a key example of a general transformation carried on by many disciplines, which are going to populate our world with increasingly different subjects. [...] In mirroring nature and life, also the generative art forms and processes are leading to the advent of a “Third Life”, the life that little by little humanity is giving to its artefacts.
La scrittura, il cervello e l’era digitale / Writing, Brain and Digital Age
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La scrittura, il cervello e l’era digitale / Writing, Brain and Digital Age

[ITA] Secondo Picchione, la penetrazione a livello neuronale da parte delle nuove tecnologie hanno colonizzato anche l’immaginario, modificando anche la psicologia umana e persino i desideri. [ENG] According to Picchione the neuronal penetration by new technologies has also settled the imaginary and is affecting human psychology and even desires and the University.
Ars Electronica e le intelligenze artificiali. Alcune riflessioni / Ars Electronica and artificial intelligences. Some reflections
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Ars Electronica e le intelligenze artificiali. Alcune riflessioni / Ars Electronica and artificial intelligences. Some reflections

[ITA] Ciò che rimane per sperare in un’evoluzione costruttiva e non distruttiva come talvolta la cronaca ci prospetta, non è che rimanere focalizzati sulle relazioni. Le relazioni umane. La ricerca di una nuova definizione di Umanesimo in ottica di un nuovo Rinascimento. [ENG] What remains to hope for a constructive and non-destructive evolution, as the chronicle sometimes offers us, is to remain focused on relationships. Human relationships. The search for a new definition of Humanism with a v...
VideORLAN – Technobody
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VideORLAN – Technobody

[ITA] Con VideORLAN – Technobody, il Museo MACRO ripropone a Roma la ricerca di ORLAN, a vent’anni dalla mostra antologica “ORLAN a Roma 1964-1996”. [ENG] With TechnoORLAN, ORLAN’s research returns to Rome with an exhibition at the MACRO Museum, twenty years after her retrospective exhibition “ORLAN in Rome 1964-1996”.
La fine del mondo. Il Nuovo Centro Pecci di Prato / The end of the world. Prato’s New Center Pecci
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La fine del mondo. Il Nuovo Centro Pecci di Prato / The end of the world. Prato’s New Center Pecci

[ITA] A Prato il Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci è la prima istituzione italiana costruita ex novo per presentare, collezionare, documentare e promuovere le ricerche artistiche più avanzate. Dalla sua apertura nel 1988 ha prodotto una vasta attività espositiva e di documentazione sull’arte contemporanea, numerosi programmi didattici, spettacoli ed eventi multimediali. [ENG] In Prato, the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci is the first Italian institution built ex novo to presen...
Polyphibionics: from cyborganic amphibians to polyphibians
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Polyphibionics: from cyborganic amphibians to polyphibians

Returning to the origins of cyborg, conceived in order to automatize the homeostasis of human species of Earthlings, augmenting the human organism to conquer the knowledge of outer space, outside the safety zone of planet Earth, this paper re-examines the relation between the outward and inward directed explorations by considering how the journeys beyond the offerings of our atmosphere enable expansion of our noosphere.
Il corpo e la soglia. Considerazioni sul film Avatar
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Il corpo e la soglia. Considerazioni sul film Avatar

[ITA] Di Avatar m'interessa considerare gli aspetti relativi al corpo. Se una lezione abbiamo appreso dal parziale fallimento dell'impresa dell'Intelligenza Artificiale forte – che si propone di replicare l'intelligenza umana mediante programmi per calcolatore – è che la nostra intelligenza non può prescindere dalla presenza del corpo, nel quale è radicata: un corpo che è a sua volta immerso in, e in costante interazione con, l'ambiente. [ENG] In the movie Avatar I'm interested in considering t...
Luminous Bees. Danzando tra arte, scienza e tecnologia / Luminous Bees. Dancing among art, science and technology
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Luminous Bees. Danzando tra arte, scienza e tecnologia / Luminous Bees. Dancing among art, science and technology

[ITA] Le relazioni dell’ecosistema tra ricerca artistica, scientifica e tecnologia sono importanti per una maggiore consapevolezza e conoscenza e per affrontare i problemi complessi del mondo post-contemporaneo. [ENG] The ecosystem relationships among artistic research, science and technology are important for a greater awareness and knowledge in order to address the complex problems of today’s post-modern world.
Forensics of the Digital: Examining the Source Code at EVA London 2017
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Forensics of the Digital: Examining the Source Code at EVA London 2017

Established in London in 1990, the EVA London conference, part of the international conference series EVA - Electronic Visualisation and the Arts - continuously grows in diversity of themes presented, each theme opening up a variety of complementary points of view, thus stimulating thorough questioning of the positions taken, even hesitation in choosing directions of further development.
art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 – Una supernova accende una nuova storia / A supernova that lights a new history
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art*science 2017/Leonardo 50 – Una supernova accende una nuova storia / A supernova that lights a new history

[ITA] art*science 2017 si è proposto come terreno fertile su cui seminare domande e riflessioni, ma soprattutto si è gettato il seme della collaborazione. art*science 2017 festeggia in maniera straordinaria l'anniversario di Leonardo evocando nuove possibilità di ricerca e nuove metodologie e idee. Scienziati, teorici, ricercatori e artisti hanno dato vita ad un dibattito che in Italia manca e lanciato una sfida per il futuro. [ENG] art*science 2017 was an extraordinary celebration of Leonardo'...
Transmediale 30 anni dopo. Una riflessione “aliena” sul non-umano / Transmediale 30 years later. An “alien” reflection on the non-human
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Transmediale 30 anni dopo. Una riflessione “aliena” sul non-umano / Transmediale 30 years later. An “alien” reflection on the non-human

[ITA] Transmediale 2017 sembrava una festa per celebrare una ricca storia di movimenti, culture e cambiamenti, invece si è trasformata in una celebrazione autoreferenziale con situazioni e proiezioni già masticate e digerite, senza una versione critica di un mutamento antropologico. [ENG] Transmediale 2017 seemed to be a party to celebrate a rich history of movements, cultures and changes, instead its turned into a self-referential celebration with situations and projections already chewed and ...
Language and Computational Creativity
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Language and Computational Creativity

We contemplate how to abstract these processes such that in time a machinic system may define its own sense of creativity through enculturation, and later though its own sense of abstraction, expanded conversation, and human/machine socialization. In fact the autonomous machine may develop completely new aesthetic forms that humans have never considered.
Noema @ Joint Research Center of the European Commission
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Noema @ Joint Research Center of the European Commission

[ITA] Noema e i progetti a cui ha dato origine sono stati presentati alla Summer School “Resonances” a Ispra, presso il Joint Research Center (JRC) della Commissione Europea. [ENG] Noema and the projects originated from it have been presented at the Summer School “Resonances” in Ispra, at the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission.
L’Ambiente Dentro. Una riflessione epistemologica sul confine / Environment Inside. An Epistemological Reflection on the Border
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L’Ambiente Dentro. Una riflessione epistemologica sul confine / Environment Inside. An Epistemological Reflection on the Border

[ITA] Le nuove suggestioni dalle scienze della complessità erodono un confine ideale e troppo ben definito tra noi e l'ambiente. L'ambiente non è più qualcosa di fisso, "là fuori", ma una produzione delle nostre rappresentazioni individuale e collettive. I nodi epistemologici, ecologici ed economici di questa concezione sono qui identificati. [ENG] The new suggestions from the sciences of complexity erode an ideal and too well defined boundary between us and the environment. The environment is ...
Oltre atomi e corpi: una post-riflessione su AE 2016 / Beyond atoms and bodies: a post-reflection on AE 2016
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Oltre atomi e corpi: una post-riflessione su AE 2016 / Beyond atoms and bodies: a post-reflection on AE 2016

[ITA] La rivoluzione digitale ha riconfigurato e decodificato il nostro mondo immerso tra il bagnato del biologico e il materico dei bit. Chi sono gli alchimisti del nostro tempo? [ENG] The digital revolution has reconfigured and decoded our world, it is absorbed between the wet and the organic material of the bits. Who are the alchemists of our time?
Dialogismi e biopoetiche / Dialogisms and biopoetics
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Dialogismi e biopoetiche / Dialogisms and biopoetics

[ITA] Il libro raccoglie testi che Kac ha pubblicato nel corso di di dodici anni, la cronaca di un viaggio durante il quale ha sviluppato il suo lavoro e ricerche di telepresenza, biotelematica, biorobotica, arte transgenica. [ENG] The book brings together texts that Kac published over twelve years, a chronicle of a journey as he says, during which he developed his work and researches with telepresence, biotelematics, biorobotics, transgenic art.
Contemplating Greenness
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Contemplating Greenness

‘Greenness’ is an index used in environmental modeling. It is calculated from remotely sensed and image processed satellite/aerial data. Simply said, it indicates vegetation health of a specific land surface area during the time of data capture. But Greenness can also be considered a poetic representation of the land, one that connects health and aesthetic experience and a gateway for a new direction toward spatial understanding.
Emergence of Creative Machines
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Emergence of Creative Machines

Recent years demonstrates a divide between the old humanistic vision that puts the human at the center of all things and the increasing machine autonomy. We witness an effective resistance to the unavoidable cultural change. However, the endeavor to make machines more intelligent, creative and even capable of some consciousness, is determined by need and is now unstoppable.
Berg emotional soundscapes
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Berg emotional soundscapes

[ITA] Berg è quindi una geografia emozionale, dove si ricerca un piano di significazione differente consegnando all'utente la facoltà di attivazione di un processo desiderante e relazionale con lo spazio. [ENG] Berg maps an emotional geography, where the listener finds a different signification level in assigning the user with the option of activating a desiring and relational process with the space.
The Art of Emotional Intelligence
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The Art of Emotional Intelligence

The challenges of the 21st century require new ways of thinking, making it crucial for educators and policy makers to understand the processes of creative thinking and achievement. [...] Emotions are central to all art forms, from painting and sculpture, to music, film, theatre and other arts.
Media fingerprints in the representation
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Media fingerprints in the representation

In general sense, representation is a term which implies a distance between a subject and its reproduction. This reproduction must be considered in equal way, in any form of mediated experience. However, our aim is to focus on visual representation and to expose the seams that it wants to hide.
La Cura Summer school
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La Cura Summer school

[ITA] La Cura attiva un processo biopolitico per un progetto open source applicato alla medicina, dove il corpo umano è la risultante di una storia personale ed intima. [ENG] La Cura generates a bio-political process, an open source project applied to medicine, where the human body is the result of a personal and intimate story.

Interview with Bruno D'Amore

Interview with Elif Ayiter

Interview with Luis Miguel Girão

Interview with Roberta Buiani

Interview with Bill Seaman

Interview with Roger Malina

Interview with Pavel Smetana

Interview with Christa Sommerer

Interview with Annick Bureaud

Interview with Leonel Moura

Interview with Nina Czegledy

Interview with Alberto Abruzzese (Italiano)

Interview with Stelarc

Interview with Derrick de Kerckhove

Interview with Margarete Jahrmann

Interview with Jaromil

Interview with Laura Beloff

Interview with Alan Shapiro