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New Media: its Aestethics and Representation

In its first part the following text presents the canvas for reevalution of author and authorship with certain art history method. To be able to position the author in the demanding frame a certain selfpositioning of the viewer has to be developed. Thus, in the second part of the text I argue the position of the active viewer and co-author. [...] To decide for technology, when various theoreticians are already claiming there is no more difference between artificial and natural, means to decide f...

I musei in rete (1)

Per via ipotetica si può delineare uno scenario plausibile che tenga conto di quanto detto: in primo luogo i visitatori tradizionali potranno diminuire notevolmente inizialmente per poi riconquistare la fruizione fisica, ipotesi possibile considerando l’incremento dell’alfabetizzazione informatica nella popolazione mondiale (la popolazione che non si è adattata all’utilizzo della strumentazione elettronica, in realtà rappresentata da individui appartenenti a un’epoca precedente alla grossa diffu...

Free Bandwidth

We recognize that the public uses the Internet, but is the Internet in anyway public? Do we and can we recognize that communication is also a right? If we want to have a social good or public interest in our network society, than we need the Internet to be "public", in the same way we think of the airwaves as being in the public domain and subject to regulation. In order for the Internet to be public, bandwidth must be free. Free as in subsidized. Costs still exist, and its important to account ...

Gift(wrap)ing New Media (in an Authentic Chilkat Blanket)

A lot has been written in recent years about the "Gift Economy" operating within the confines of networked art and culture. This economy of information and ideas works in contrast to the monolithic economy of financial capital, or so it is said by many of its proponents. [...] The desire for technological progress to be evolutionary is blind utopianism at best and violently authoritarian at worst. To be sure, I don't want to criticize the practice of a gift economy, per se, but rather the belief...

Sculptural Form in Net.Art

Existence has sculptural form, because it is executed in a spatial environment. The placement of urban or rural features; of objects in a household; of furniture in a hotel room: they constitute sculptural arrangements. LIFE, when lived with a minimum of self-reflection, is formed in ways similar to an artefact. Art, on the other hand, can become an operational tool for existence similar to a household object: by being less of a representational device but more of a tool for self-reflection. As ...

The Digital Outlaws: Hackers as Imagined Communities

t should be clear that I regard any definition of hackers (...) as quite pointless: it is the purpose of this article to describe the semiotic fight of the term, not to state a scholarly definition. Without the help from influential hacker figures, this endeavor, of course, would have been impossible. But with the many comments that I got, I hope that this paper will shake some of the established ways of thinking about hackers and digital culture a little, and maybe even lead on to a more ground...

The Language of Tactical Media

The future is a series of small steps leading away from the wreckage of the past, sometimes its actors walk face forward, blind to the history played out behind their backs, other times, they walk backwards, seeing only the unfulfilled destiny of a vanished time. The promise of the tactical media of the future – the end of the spectacular media circus as everyone begins to lay their hands on cheap 'do it yourself' media technologies made possible by new forms of production and distribution – was...

Artistic Software for Dummies

At the basis of each piece of software there are definite algorithms, but if conventional programs are instruments serving purely pragmatic purposes, the result of the work of artistic programs often finds itself outside of the pragmatic and the rational. Because the process of the digitalisation of culture and other components of social life is inevitable, it is necessary to consider adequate ideas and mechanisms for the transfer of those spheres into digital space, to find adequate conditions ...

Michael Hardt: New Forms of Power

The book proposes two concepts, empire as a form of power, and multitude names both the subject that is exploited by empire, that is controlled by empire, the subject whose labor and activity supports empire, but it also is the subject that has the potential to create an alternative society. Now, it seems to me that the concept of multitude in our book is used in at least two ways – that itself constitutes one of contradictions in our book. In certain ways it's a very self-contradictory book, wh...

Algorithms and Allegories

I was writing and thinking about the algorithmic and the allegoric. I've been struck by how so much contemporary art practice has been informed by the algorithmic. Having done work in information engines and various net art pieces using algorithms for the display and organization of information, I was equally intrigued by what we get after we've deployed all these little engines and are outside the event of instructions. Do we start from outside or inside? Even though the boundary of these thing...

I love you

Any discussion of software as art requires consideration of the whole creative process involved into its concept and realization, which leads to a new operability in the digital domain: our attention here is focused on source codes, the fascinating world of algebra and algorithm that can be seen in many expressions of form within the digital immanence and all of them can be reformulated and produce meaning.

I love you

Quando parliamo di software come di arte è bene considerare l'intero processo creativo che porta alla sua concezione e realizzazione, concezione e realizzazione di una nuova operabilità nel dominio digitale: stiamo volgendo il nostro sguardo al codice sorgente, all'affascinante mondo dell'algebra e dell'algoritmo che nell'immanenza digitale prende forma in espressioni molteplici: dense, riformulabili e produttrici di senso.

An addiction to Memory [and the desire to annihilate images]

There is nothing subtle about recombinant aesthetics today. Recombinant work is aggressive, vindictive and destructive (not necessarily deconstructive). Deconstruction depends on a certain level of representation. The howl of image-blenders today is the scream of a new abstraction. Rapid, sustained repeats of an image leave an impression of total, otherworldly, abstraction. Electronic images, having already broken away from the physical world (automobiles often "fly" like an "eagle"), are even m...

The Usenet conflict

This article explores the conflict between the cooperative online culture of users who have created Usenet and the corporate commodification of Usenet posts by companies archiving the posts. The clash of decision-making processes is presented through the details of how Usenet users choose to petition a company to provide protection for the public archives it had collected. The company disregarded the petition and the archives were sold to another company. The new company has begun to put its own...

Sarai

Today, the Sarai Initiative embraces interests that include cinema history, urban cultures and politics, new media theory, computers, the Internet and software cultures, documentary filmmaking, digital arts and critical cultural practice. Sarai opened its doors to the public of Delhi in February 2001 and the first year has been very hectic for all of us, especially as all our projects and public interventions have begun to take concrete shape. As we draw towards the completion of our first year ...

Le previsioni sulla TV del futuro: troppo avanti, troppo presto?

www.TVPredictions.com è un sito web un po' particolare: come annuncia il nome, in esso si trovano delle previsioni riguardanti il medium televisivo in tutte le sue evoluzioni, dall'High Definition alla TV interattiva fino alla Web TV e altro ancora. Il curatore del sito è Phillip Swann, un futurologo fantasioso ma attento che sfodera argomenti intelligenti, a volte però trattati con una baldanza tecnologica quantomeno discutibile. Da questo sito, aggiornato quotidianamente dalla sfera di cristal...

Velvet-Strike: War Times and Reality Games

As a Counter-Strike newbie I was sometimes even able to solicit help from my enemies, indicating a clear awareness of the game as fictional play space. [...] But I still am critical that this domain, the network of thousands of international Counter-Strike servers spanning Taiwan to Germany, has been reified as an exclusively male “realistic” combat zone. [...] I am also disturbed that the binary logic of the shooter is being implemented on a global military scale. Personally I would like to see...

Generation Flash

The phenomenon of Flash graphics on the Web [...] attracted a lot of creative energy in the last few years. More than just a result of a particular software/hardware situation [...], Flash aesthetics exemplifies cultural sensibility of a new generation [who] does not care if their work is called art or design. This generation is no longer is interested in "media critique" which preoccupied media artists of the last two decades; instead it is engaged in software critique. This generation writes i...

Teatro e multimedia

Nel caso sia della scrittura sia del teatro, la prospettiva non riguarda la morte dell'arte, bensì una ridefinizione dei compiti dell'autore, in un caso, e dell'attore, nell'altro. Sono problemi strettamente connessi all'individuazione del valore dell'opera d'arte stessa, a volte nei termini di una differente dialettica tra originale e copia, a volte nei termini di presenza e distanza nell'esperienza artistica contemporanea. Dunque i tentativi di contaminazione tra spettacolo teatrale e tecnolog...

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