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."
Coevolution of Human-Machine Creativity: Incorporating the Visual Output of Artificial Intelligence into Traditional Art Making
The visual output from these AI generated paintings were incorporated back into abstract artworks of my own creation using traditional means; and these could subsequently be used as input to the DCGAN algorithm. When implemented iteratively, this procedure can lead to coevolution of human-machine creativity, as the artistic output of each entity (human and AI) influence each other.
L’art numérique, un art contemporain? / L’arte digitale, un’arte contemporanea?
[FRA] Toujours la même question du rapport tourmenté entre art numérique et art contemporain. Pourquoi encore cette question? D’abord, parce qu’elle n’est pas résolue. Mais on peut se demander si elle le sera un jour, ou s’il faut vraiment la résoudre. [ITA] Sempre la stessa domanda del tormentato rapporto tra arte digitale e arte contemporanea. Perché riproporre questa domanda? Per prima cosa, perché é ancora irrisolta. Ma é lecito chiedersi se é possibile risolverla oggi o un giorno, o se ha d...
Emersion de l’émersiologie
En refusant le réductionnisme même méthodologique, l’émersiologie, comme écologie corporelle, étudie la langue du corps vivant dans l’éveil de nouvelles sensations jusqu’à la conscience sans que celle-ci l’ait désiré volontairement ni recherché délibérément dans une performance.
Ambiguous humanity. Some reflections between hope and future starting from Greta Thunberg
Lots of words have been said and written about Greta Thunberg. Her parable is an interesting case study in the communication and media realms, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect on human responsibilities, on the present and the future of our species. It deserves some further considerations.
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
L’umanità controversa. Riflessioni tra speranza e futuro a partire da Greta Thunberg
[ITA] Si è detto e scritto molto sul conto di Greta Thunberg, quello che ha fatto è stato esaltato, analizzato, criticato, fino a diventare oggetto di insulti e minacce. La sua parabola costituisce un oggetto di studio interessante dal punto di vista della comunicazione e dei media, ma fornisce anche l’occasione per soffermarsi sulle responsabilità umane, sul presente e sul futuro della nostra specie. [ENG] It has been said and written a lot about Greta Thunberg, what she did was exalted, analyz...
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 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.
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.