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Negapedia: the battle behind the research.

Internet lists among its highest purposes the collaborative utopia and the sharing, but it also shows in itself the exact opposite: battles, polemics, contrasts, that are nothing more than a reflection of today's society, interests and positions. This is the idea behind the project Negapedia Italia, a website that quantifies and measures the contrasts hidden behind each Wikipedia page.... READ MORE...

Artificial Languages, the lingua franca of the Post Digital

Technology has revolutionised modern life at a global level, especially the written language where technology has had the biggest influence. In this article, Claire Burke explores the effect technology has had on human language and how coding and programming languages have made an impact on the creation of contemporary art.... READ MORE...

Intimate surveillance and extreme users for security design

Around 48% of domestic abuse victims reported that perpetrators were using technology to further stalk, harass and intimidate them. This article argues that security design, which is soon to be made exponentially more complex by the internet-of-things, could benefit from looking at so called extreme users across a broad spectrum of circumstances.... READ MORE...

Rave your algorithm. Interview with Renick Bell

Renick Bell is a computer musician, programmer, and teacher best-known for weaving electronic music using live code created by a generative music system he built himself to avoid frustration by the restrictive programmes available to process electronic music. He has performed in many countries and he is considered as a pioneer of the Algorave alternative music scene. Andrea Mi caught up with him ahead of the recent talk Datacracy, shared by Phase collective at Lottozero.... READ MORE...

On memory, precarity and visual methods to undermine distance. Interview with Yara Haskiel – part 2

Following some considerations on one of her two most recent long video works, Tsakalos Blues, video artist Hara Haskiel and our author Mario Margani continue their conversation dwelling on the artist's latest work: I don't write diaries I & II. In this second part they deal with technical question as the relationship between the image and the observer, audience involvement and precarity.... READ MORE...

Dreams and Nightmares in the Application of Blockchain Technology in Music Industry

The present essay considers the emergence of the so-called blockchain technology in the context of the music industry: while the emerging crowd-based infrastructures based on it offer the dream of an alternative to the exploitation of music creativity displaced by digital companies, they can however become actual nightmares, in which music will result into an increasingly integrated and automated form of financial investments.... READ MORE...

Where the laws of nature blurs: an interview with Ryoichi Kurokawa

With his latest work ad/ab Atom, Ryoichi Kurokawa is keeping challenging human senses spectrum by means of cutting-edge visual technologies and computer-generated structures. After his residency at INL he accepted to answer our questions and we have found ourselves talking about the infinitely small, the magic of nature and the delicate balance between art and technology.... READ MORE...

Machine Art In The Twentieth Century: interview with Andreas Broeckmann

Starting from the assumption that machine art is not an artistic genre or category, but rather a “discursive formation”, in “Machine Art in the Twentieth Century” Andreas Broeckmann examines artworks from the twentieth and early twenty-first century in the light of new technologies developments, leading to a deeper investigation about the complex and articulate human-machine engagement.... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Reimmaginare il nostro universo dopo Einstein: la mostra Gravity al MAXXI di Roma

(Italiano) Fino al 29 aprile al MAXXI di Roma è in corso Gravity, una mostra curata da Luigia Lonardelli, Vincenzo Napolano e Andrea Zanini e dedicata alla teoria della relatività generale di Albert Einstein, che esplora la fisica moderna e il rapporto di interdipendenza tra arte e scienza che è alla base della ricerca contemporanea, al limite tra passato e presente, materiale e immateriale.... READ MORE...

On Tino Sehgal: May a new ground flourish again?

Curated by Luca Cerizza, a new performance by Tino Sehgal is ongoing at the OGR in Turin, returning to Italy ten years after his last solo show. Dalia Maini recounts a work that stages a complex choreography of fifty performers, a tangle of apparently human bodies and stories focusing on immateriality and physicality, and on communication as a visceral need.... READ MORE...

Critical Interfaces Cultures. Broken hearts, purple hearts, beating hearts

We can understand interfaces by how they make us feel, how they modify the way we think we own a place, how they give us a module on identity, and even how we seduce others through them. A new column, better yet new palimpsest, that will guide you through interviews, dialogues and short papers exploring surfaces, gestures, authors, and digital visions.... READ MORE...

Not only a matter of genes: the human genome on display at MUSE

Today more than ever the hot topics of the scientific debate are able to spread into our homes from the labs of the research centers, provoking no less hot discussions. In a similar scenario, MUSE in Trento has just opened the exhibition Genoma Umano: quello che ci rende unici (Human Genome: what makes us unique) for a better understanding of our genetic heritage and its fundamental role in defining ourselves as individuals.... READ MORE...

The Internet as a network and platform for art in the public sphere

In the Internet age, the discourse of the public sphere has become increasingly relevant. Claire Burke examines Habermas' idea of the public sphere and how his central concern; the idea that society depends on communication, is relevant to the Internets role in the evolution of a globally networked society and how it can be used as a creative as well as a social space to discuss and to view art.... READ MORE...

Architecture: Between Weather and Electromagnetic Radiation – part 2

How do building properties affect the propagation of radio waves? How has this been addressed in building design? How could we bring the thinking about connectivity in space closer to architects? In line with Reyner Banham's criticism of the division of the buildings creation process into two intellectually separate parts, this article focuses specifically on the way buildings filter the propagation of wireless communication signals. arguing for a holistic approach.... READ MORE...

Architecture: Between Weather and Electromagnetic Radiation – part 1

How do building properties affect the propagation of radio waves? How has this been addressed in building design? How could we bring the thinking about connectivity in space closer to architects? In line with Reyner Banham's criticism of the division of the buildings creation process into two intellectually separate parts, this article focuses specifically on the way buildings filter the propagation of wireless communication signals. arguing for a holistic approach.... READ MORE...