The Deep Meaning of Poetry. Eduardo Kac’s Art of the Fundamental Processes [Part 1. Topics and issues]
Eduardo Kac has raised many nodal questions on the transformations of society and culture, in a constant creative relationship with the technology and the science of his time. In his research communication, intended as mutual information exchange is a fundamental topic. This makes Kac a perfect interpreter of the resources and contradictions of the contemporary, with a strong vision on how the present time can possibly develop and evolve into the future.
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.
Oocyte Aesthetic, Human Design and Mission Creep
The admixture of global interspecies variety through genetic engineering and the cloning of spectacular hereditary cascades should only be approved through an aesthetic advisory commission made up of artists, art historians and oﬀ-the-locus aesthetics specialists. The future of style and the avoidance of our populous birthing any aesthetic hazards are dependent on collaboration between new reproductive biotechnology and the Arts.
Post-polyploidy subgenome evolution of glitch art
Can artistic innovation be inspired and guided on knowledge taken from the field of plant genome evolution? The author explored this question by subjecting a glitch artwork to processes analogous to those shaping the evolution of the maize genome; that are whole genome duplication (WGD), subgenome bias fractionation and genome dominance, respectively.
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.
A Framework for the Integration of Art & Science
The ideas the author expresses here intend to codify the types of creative expression that may lead to the integration of art with science in the near future. The time has come for the emergence of a new science in which creative expressiveness is part of the research agenda and this essay aims at inoculating scientists with the spirit of art, and artists with the spirit of science.
The Bioart of Neurons and Memory
Demonstrating the preservation of cells after a living organism is pronounced dead and revived is not a traditional bioart topic. But it is an important one. It is a crucial step for advances in the use of lowered temperatures for sustaining the efficacy of organs and organisms during medical procedures, and especially of preserving neurons for the science cryonics. My recent bioart research is a breakthrough that will help to build momentum toward more advanced studies on information storage w...
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.
Il corpo immerso
[ITA] Il testo seguente costituisce l’introduzione del volume di Anaïs Bernard, Bernard Andrieu, Manifesto Emersivo. Nascita delle Arti Immersive, Ravenna, Noema Media & Publishing, 2018, disponibile a questo link. [ENG] The following text is the introduction of the volume of Anaïs Bernard, Bernard Andrieu, Manifesto Emersivo. Nascita delle Arti Immersive (Emersive Manifesto. Birth of the Immersive Arts), Ravenna, Noema Media & Publishing, 2018, available at this link.
Climate Leviathan is an essential book. I recommend it to anyone concerned about the future. However, it would have been an even better book if it were less nostalgic for lost certainties of the left. That would have made its panorama of the future even darker, but simultaneously may have revealed more than four political possibilities.
Biogenetica e biopirateria: nel cuore del problema / Biogenetics and biopiracy: at the heart of the problem
[ITA] Alcune scoperte ed esperimenti riguardano settori delicati della vita umana e animale e poiché è sempre più difficile una distinzione netta tra mondo biologico e mondo artificiale, è stato necessario creare una regolamentazione legale del settore: questo campo di studio viene definito bioetica. [ENG] Some discoveries and experiments concern delicate areas of human and animal life, and since it is increasingly difficult to make a clear distinction between the biological and artificial worl...
Baudrillard and the Situationists
I will say something about the similarities and differences between the Situationist critical social theory of advanced or hyper-capitalism and consumerist media culture, and Jean Baudrillard’s theory of image, media and consumer culture. And about the implications for how resistance and change and transformation can come about starting from his theory of objects.
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.
What3words e locative media: una possibile traccia artistica
[ITA] L’intuizione principale dietro what3words sta nell’aver tradotto le incomunicabili quindici cifre di latitudine e longitudine in un linguaggio perfettamente umano e memorizzabile. [ENG] The what3words commercial geocoding system, founded in 2013, allows to locate geographical positions through the algorithmic assignation of a combination of three words, a textual tag that replaces the uncomfortably numerical lat-long coordinates.
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.
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
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.