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How ‘Maintainers,’ Not ‘Innovators,’ Make the World Turn

Source: TheAtlantic.com New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “visionary ideas” and “creative leaps” led to “disruptive realities”—that is, if you buy the rhetoric of certain books and novelty-oriented publications (including, sometimes, your very own CityLab). But those who’ve questioned whether technology really is society’s salve aren’t alone. Lee Vinsel,...

Hail the maintainers

Source: aeon Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics who suspect that the peddlers of innovation radically overvalue innovation. What happens after innovation, they argue, is more important. Maintenance and repair, the building of infrastructures, the mundane labour that goes into sustaining funct...

Towards the Third Life

Humans also developed a wide range of artefacts, machines, entities that are quickly becoming more and more powerful, complex, autonomous, and independent. These could be defined to a certain extent as “living entities”, expanding the idea of life and of life forms. All this processes seem pushing forward the human biological, cultural, technical boundaries. How do they happen? Where are technologies based on? Can these processes give any glimpses on a possible evolution?
Use at your own risk
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Use at your own risk

[ITA] (english below) Opening della mostra "Use at your own risk", Ars Electronica Festival 2013 - Linz, 12.08.2013 Dal 5 al 9 Settembre 2013 aprirà la mostra "Use at your own risk" all'interno della 27esima edizione dell'Ars Electronica Festival a Linz, Austria. L'esposizione, curata per il settimo anno dall'Interface Culture Lab di Linz, che ormai è un ospite fisso del Festival ormai da più di sette anni. L'edizione di quest'anno vede la partecipazione di artisti emergenti provenien...
Subtle Technologies Festival: Immortality, Toronto, June 8-9, 2013
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Subtle Technologies Festival: Immortality, Toronto, June 8-9, 2013

This Subtle Technologies explores the art and science of Immortality. Through presentations, panels, a workshop, exhibition and screening, the Festival investigates ways in which artists explore archiving memories; scientific techniques for bringing extinct animals back to life; a search for extending youth; ancient landscape as sonic memory; vampires in pop culture and much more! Read the full reportage by Noema correspondant from Toronto, Roberta Buiani: http://blogs.noemalab.eu/
Video-Interview with Vincenzo Fano
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Video-Interview with Vincenzo Fano

[ITA - English below] Breve bio. Vincenzo Fano è nato nel 1960, figlio di un fisico teorico e nipote di un filosofo. Ha dedicato la sua vita allo studio e all'insegnamento della filosofia. Laureato in filosofia della fisica nel 1984, ha poi frequentato un dottorato in filosofia della psicologia scrivendo una tesi su Franz Brentano. Ha insegnato per 10 anni nelle scuole e da 10 anni è docente presso l'università di Urbino. È convinto che vivere studiando e riflettendo sia un modo ottimo ...
Video-interview with Alan N. Shapiro
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Video-interview with Alan N. Shapiro

  We were in Linz, attending the Ars Electronica Festival 2012, when we met the Technologist and Futurist Alan N. Shapiro. It was months ago, but we were already thinking about (five-words-for-) the-future. The Noema Staff  invites You to watch the video interview and visit the brand-new project FIVE WORDS FOR THE FUTURE. Shapiro is an interdisciplinary thinker, software developer, computer scientist, author and translator in the field of contemporary cultural phenomena....
Embracing Uncertainty …or not?
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Embracing Uncertainty …or not?

When I was writing this long and rambling report, I realized that every title contained a question mark. is it a sign of our failure to embrace this complex and difficult notion? does the question mark symbolize uncertainty (uncertain present and future, uncertain methods, fear of uncertainty ? The entire conference was characterized by a general desire to address uncertainty and its articulations. In general, the issue of biopolitics was often mentioned as a limiting item that constrained an...

EduEDA – The EDUcational Encyclopedia of Digital Arts

Il convegno Edueda - Un network per le arti digitali tra pubblico e privato ha come obiettivo l'attivazione di un processo di cooperazione tra soggetti istituzionali e non istituzionali che indirizzano gli orizzonti della loro ricerca verso una dimensione dell'arte che unisca all'utilizzo delle tecnologie digitali di comunicazione il perseguimento di valori etici e sociali.

Noema Archive 2000-2011

[ITA] Noema è online dal marzo 2000 e questa è la 4° release, ma il "vecchio" sito rimane online, diventando un enorme archivio di contenuti (2000-2011), grafica, idee, tecniche, visioni, modi di fare comunicazione online. [ENG] Noema has been online since March 2000 and this is the 4th release, but the old website remains online as a huge archive of contents (2000-2011), graphics, ideas, techniques, visions, ways of making online communication.
Researching the Future: Aspects of Art and Technoetics 2007
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Researching the Future: Aspects of Art and Technoetics 2007

Il 7, 8, 9 Dicembre per tutti gli interessati all'Arte Telematica, Audio Art, Computer Art, Digital Art, Arte Elettronica, Arte Generativa, Artivismo, Hacker Art, Arte Interattiva, Internet Art, Media Technology Art, Performance Art, Robotic Art, Software Art, Sound Art, Video Arte, Video Game Art, Bioart e ai rapporti, oggi centrali tra Arte, Tecnologia e Scienza ci sar? la possibilit? di partecipare al congresso di ricerca che il gruppo di artisti-ricercatori del Planetary Collegium dar? vita ...

Interview with Anna Dumitriu

Interview with Luz María Sánchez

Interview with Danielle Siembieda

Interview with Freddy Paul Grunert

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