Biomimetics and shifting languages: computation to aid nature
These concepts are now absolutely crucial as the world warms beyond all previous predictive analysis. The analog of technology may have already reached a complexity apex. The circle would close when we move toward helping the organic world and the concerns therein. Complexity is many layers or parts working together, but when overpacked, it becomes overly complicated.
Adam Zaretsky: Transgenic Ecology, An Oxymoron?
By Adam Zaretsky Adam Zaretsky is an American Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Makery invites him for a summer series of speculative texts based on his own artistic practice and the ethical and philosophical questions he raises regarding contemporary biological research. As a follow-up to the Open Source Body symposium and festival organised by the Makery medialab this May at the Cité Internati...
The Deep Meaning of Poetry. Eduardo Kac’s Art of the Fundamental Processes [Part 2. Interview to Eduardo Kac]
I create form, I create form that gives itself to the senses which is to say, form that provides an aesthetic experience. That is what I do and that is what art is supposed to do. What is particular in what I do, that is unique and underpins all of my interests, is that early on in my life I understood that life could not fold into haze: either we would find ourselves in a condition that we would be free or we would find ourselves in a condition that we would not be free.
Pink Water Landscapes of Artifice. On Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” Heritage in the Making of “Vanishing Point”
In 2019 I visited the “Spiral Jetty” twice: alone right after my arrival in Utah, and on the morning of a late summer day when I had to fly back to Italy. That was when I shot the video-performance “Vanishing Point” influenced by Smithson’s idea of entropy and disruption, and his interest in geology, time sediments, location identity (Kwon, 2002), and environment that are widely investigated in his writings (1996).
Recombinant text and narrative
Hierarchies form a sense of structure and point of view and reference. Logic exists in how things connect inside of a work of art or literature in the sense of how it is entered, completed and which details and related deeper resonance and symbolism are placed at the fore in terms of detail and composition and which are placed in more subtle , auxiliary roles within. But what could happen if when completed the work invited someone to play, to shift and reform it whole?
La Corporate Social Responsibility aziendale e lo sviluppo sostenibile / CSR and sustainable development
[ITA] A seguito dell'impatto negativo sull'immaginario collettivo provocato dalle catastrofi ambientali è nato il concetto di diritto all’ambiente salubre, oggi finalmente annoverato fra i diritti umani fondamentali. [ENG] In conjunction with the negative impact on the collective imagination following the environmental disasters, the concept of the right to a healthy environment was born, finally included among the fundamental human rights.
The definition and deployment of a ‘cure’ can act as a balance against future governance (power) offering complex technologies as a sine qua non ‘cover’ for a global minority that continues to exploit a century-long repression encouraged by a clique of world leaders who give free reign to the absolute worst form of political representation, namely to global business.
Note sul tramonto dell’umanesimo / Notes on the decline of humanism
[ITA] Bisogna oltrepassare l’umanesimo, andare al di là dell’umano, superare un antropocentrismo miope e ottuso che ha posto l’Homo sapiens in cima alla piramide del vivente. [ENG] It is necessary to go beyond humanism, beyond the human, to overcome a short-sighted and obtuse anthropocentrism that has placed Homo sapiens on top of the pyramid of the living.
The Quarantine Culture. The Emergency Exit during Pandemic’s Social Distancing
"To sum up, returning to the question of whether virtual hugs can indeed give you comfort, the findings suggest that, as the new rules of social interaction become part of your reality, your brain may react in ways that can actually provide you with at least some consolation."
Introduction to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of Expanded Cinema
On April 6, 2021, Gene Youngblood has died. I had the honour to edit with Simonetta Fadda the Italian edition of his seminal essay Expanded Cinema in a book series coproduced by Noema. In 2020 he sent me the "Introduction to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of Expanded Cinema" in order to publish it in Noema. It was a honour for us, as well as it is a honour now to celebrate Gene Youngblood's fundamental work proposing that essay again. Pier Luigi Capucci, Noema President
A tribute to Noema 20th Anniversary
In 2002 I worked on a collaborative project 34 North 118 West that was one of the first GPS locative narratives. After that there was a new terrifying feeling in my life of what to do next, where to go on an invisible, uncertain path. I felt lost for a year then collaborated on a project that ran text/image/sound works with hacked data from earthquake sensors. We worked on it for months and it was in a gallery back when digital exhibition was strange and odd. We buried a computer in a wall...
The sixth extinction may well claim us; considering what our species has done to the rest of life, we may deserve to go extinct, sooner rather than later. But I hope that we survive. [...] Much of our habitat seems likely to be lost. However, if we survive there will be song and dance, stories and drawings. These are what human beings have always done best. One way or another we will have a new culture, genuinely new. Many new cultures may arise, some, perhaps most, beyond imagining today.
Tra arte e complessità / Between Art and Complexity
[ITA] Emerge la complessità dell’arte e allo stesso tempo è l’arte stessa a sciogliere la matassa della complessità in un processo ricorsivo, fondamentale e imprescindibile dove l’arte di-svela la filosofia della/sulla contemporaneità. [ENG] What emerges is both the complexity of art and, at the same time, the statement that claims that art can dissolve the skin of complexity itself in a recursive, fundamental and indispensable process where art reveals the philosophy of contemporaneity....
Cosa può un corpo? Un manifesto emersivo per un’emergenza corporea / What can a body do? Manifesto emersivo for a bodily emergency
[ITA] Una intensa riflessione sullo stato dell’arte del corpo contemporaneo e la sua capacità di immersione. [ENG] An intense reflection on the state of the art of the contemporary body and its capacity for immersion.
L’occhio-macchina. Uno sguardo sulla vita algoritmica / The eye-machine. A gaze onto algorithmic life
[ITA] Non sono più le immagini e nemmeno la tecnologia a desiderare, ma sono gli algoritmi a ri-ontologizzare il nostro mondo [ENG] It is no longer images or technology that are desired, but algorithms that re-ontologise our world
La vita è un medium. Un censimento sull’arte transgenica / Life is a medium. A census on transgenic art
[ITA] L’arte transgenica si fa indagine sulla vita, favorisce un’importante e profonda relazione tra artista, pubblico e organismo transgenico. [ENG] Transgenic art becomes an investigation into life, it fosters an important and deep relationship between the artist, the audience and the transgenic organism.
Text is Mortal
Text twitches and is wound. Text is hallucinatory by design to convey images without anything but letterforms. Text is held like traffic flows by not stop signs but commas and semicolons and all the rest. Text is mortal and mutates. It is time to look not just into creative experiments and new methodologies within textual works but text itself. Something interesting can happen if interaction happens within the body of the letters themselves.
Antibodies. Lynn Hershman Leeson At HeK
HeK has recently dedicated the solo show "Anti-Bodies" to Lynn Hershman Leeson, which focuses on her most recent studies into biological advancement, regenerative medicine, antibodies and genetic research. As a pioneer of media art, her practice has always investigated the subject as a field of self-construction and self-observation in panoptic society.
Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018, Aalto University
[ITA] La Aalto University è stata promotrice di “Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018”. Design, digital media, metodi di rappresentazione audio-visiva, architettura, emerging technologies, urban planning, sono chiamati al tavolo di un discorso interdisciplinare che parte dall’ibrido come stato attuale dove riconoscere ogni cosa. [ENG] Aalto University hosted the “Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018”. For several years, design, digital media, audio-visual representation methods, architecture, emerging technologies...
Transdisziplinäre Design: un remix di possibilità / a remix of possibilities
[ITA] La transdisciplinarietà è un nuovo territorio, dove le mono-discipline tendono a remixarsi tra loro per una conoscenza della conoscenza: discipline in transizione. Il design potrebbe essere uno strumento per ricostruire una profonda riflessione sulla complessità della società, che va oltre. [ENG] Transdisciplinarity is a new territory where mono-disciplines tend to remix for a knowledge of knowledge: disciplines in transition. The design could be a tool to rebuild a profound reflection on...
Telepresenza e Bioarte: l’arte dialogica di Kac / Telepresence & BioArt: Kac’s dialogic art
[ITA] L'artista brasiliano è stato uno dei pionieri dell'arte e della telecomunicazione durante gli anni Ottanta, per poi realizzare opere radicali e importanti che mettono in gioco la teleroborotica e gli organismi viventi, innescando nuove domande, confronti e anche scontri, dove l'etica e l'estetica coabitano in maniera dialogica nella complessità del mondo digitale. [ENG] The Brazilian artist was one of the pioneers of telecommunication art during the 1980s, and then carried out radical and...
Il ruolo delle tecnologie nelle scena teatrale veneta contemporanea / The role of technology in the contemporary theater scene in Veneto
[ITA] L'articolo presenta i risultati di una ricerca condotta dall'autrice come ricercatrice dell'Università Ca' Foscari, nell'ambito di un più ampio progetto sul rapporto tra teatro d'avanguardia e tecnologia. [ENG] This article presents the results of a research carried out by the author as research fellow at Ca' Foscari University, within a broader project on the relationship between avant-garde theater and technology.
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.
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
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
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.