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Zimoun & Leerraum [ ]. Sound Organisms In Evolution

The Swiss artist Zimoun claims he is an autodidact. During the following interview he will make clear he didn't study art and he doesn't have a solid background at his disposal, and least of all he never thought about confronting himself with other artistic or vanguard movements which came before him. As this article is trying to focus on, he is one the most interesting and visionary artist of our time. In the sound art international panorama, he is one of a kind for his research on the expressive potentialities of analogical (mechanical) sound in relation to the space, as well as for his aesthetical analysis on a possible visual translation of the sound mechanism implied by his works.... READ MORE...

Freedom Of Creation. Open Design Will Change The World

Among the open (collaborative) design experiences and the design-Driven Innovation strategies there is a brand new area still to be discovered. This territory is inhabited by few design entrepreneurs who haven't found a precise theoretical placement yet and can only be mentioned for their talent.... READ MORE...

Antonio Barrese. Mutation, Imagine, Dimension

Amongst the several protagonists of that unique period, the MID Group, founded in 1964 in Milan by Antonio Barrese, Alfonso Grassi, Gianfranco Laminarca and Alberto Marangoni, whose activity came to an end in 1992, represented one of the most important groups of that wonderful period. It was the first in Italy to expand its field of research beyond the narrow disciplinary borders of art. It worked between technological research and educational intent and conceived visual communication as a language including the most various expression forms: film, graphics, environment, object, architecture, photography.... READ MORE...

Smart Urban Stage – The Media In The Future City. Meeting Alberto Abruzzese

Since the past 26th of June until July the 31st, inside a 200 square meters inflatable futuristic structure at Rome's Music Parc Auditorium ( Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, ndt.) the smart future minds exhibition will be presented. Articulating the theme the future of the city through twelve different projects, the exhibition is guaranteed to constitute a moment of critical reflection and artistic divulging within the wider scenario of the smart urban stage, cutting-edge road show that is going to hit Zurich, Paris, Madrid and London and has already been in Berlin.... READ MORE...

Telcosystems: Machines And Audiovisual Horizons

David Kiers, Gideon Kiers and Lucas Van Der Velden, this is Telcosystems, a Dutch research group very well known and very respected internationally, for its aesthetic and important projects, from live performances or enviromental installations. For years they have been advancing on many levels: on an academic level (they studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Royal Academy of The Hague), on an editorial level ( Lucas Van Der Velden is one of the directors of the audio visual festival and Sonic Acts multimedia), on an artistic level, emotionally and prospetively in the sound-imagine relationship, related to the physical space and in relation to the audience.... READ MORE...

Andy Deck And The Net Art: The Licence To Be An Artist

Andy C. Deck, net artist and pioneer of conceptual art on the net, has been active for more than a decade and is not a character that needs a lot of introduction. A New Yorker, Andy Deck got his degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan, studied in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and in 1993 he obtained his MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Art in New York, where he is now a professor, as well as teaching Media Design & Theory at the Sarah Lawrence College in New York and at New York University.... READ MORE...

The Recycled Sound Of Teatrino Elettrico Pigreco

Signal is an international avant-garde electronic and experimental music festival, which will take place from the 6th til the 14th of November in its third edition in Cagliari; the idea was produced by TiConZero, an cultural association that for years has been dealing with research in the music, theatrical and artistic fields. The artists involved represent the emerging levers in research on the border between sound and visual dimensions. The combination of music and video art in an inspired choice made by the frequent connections between various artistic languages, especially for those that regard avant-garde and research productions, which Signal dedicates its interest to.... READ MORE...

Sosolimited: Deconstruction Time Again

Eric Gunther, Justin Manor and John Rothenberg are three thirty-something ironic and ingenious, since 2003 the project Sosolimited youth group at the intersection of art and design specializing in the deployment of interactive installations, audiovisual performances, live remixes and immersive environments, all strictly based self-designing software and technologies and on a technical level / achieved very, very high. With a solid background in physics, computer science, architecture and music and a master's degree at MIT in Boston in the drawer, jumped to hit the crononaca (and the glory of international art) with a momentum that only a country like the United States' America could make practical and effective.... READ MORE...

Our Right To Internet: Interview With Alessandro Gilioli

I would say that it was almost inevitable. To live and work in a country, as democratic as it seems, where the interdependent rapport between politics and mass media is much tighter than in any other country in the world (excluding those openly totalitarian regimes that we mentioned for example in last month's Persepolis 2.0 article, of course) and does not allow for libertarian utopias of any sort if they discuss any subject that is a fundamental part of democracy, like the freedom of the Press, the right to an opinion, the freedom of thought.... READ MORE...

Persepolis 2.0: Creative Support To Iran

I decided therefore to use Digicult as spokeman and create a short-circuit between some artistic and creative news and an important political event, i.e. the crisis in Iran. I wanted to make Digicult a small instrument of support, anyway without changing its roots and its cultural and editorial aim. Moreover I discovered the project Persepolis 2.0: it is a re-editing project by the graphic novel Persepolis created by the Iranian Marjane Satrapi which has had a lot of international success and offers a geographic and editorial comparison between the Iranian Revolution of 1979 (which is part of the original history) and what is happening nowadays in the Country. For this reason I decided first of all to support the project as requested, i.e. copying the Html code of the graphic tables on Digicult's homepage (all readers are kindly requested to do the same) and secondly to widespread it through Facebook. Last but not least I tried to get an interview for this edition of Digimag. It is an interview made in 24 hours, just before the publication of the newspaper, but it honours us and we hope it can be another small anchor to help the struggling Iranian people... READ MORE...

The Art And The Epidemiological Criticism Of Gina Czarnecki

Gina Czarnecki is undoubtedly an conscious and sensitive artist, for the sensitive issues she courageously deals with, for her subjects, for her analysis and research methods she chose to elaborate, and for the aesthetic impact as well as the fascination of her work. This feeling is in her environmental and audiovisual work, and this feelings are even stronger when you have the chance to meet and talk to her... READ MORE...

Pirates At The Parliament: The Big Dream?!

In just 24 months we have witnessed an amazing increase in consensus toward our ideals across the globe. Renowned worldwide for being one of the most defiant and cheeky online centres for Peer to Peer and exchange of audio and video files, fresh from their success in the European Elections which took one of their representatives flying from the meshes of the Net straight into a political seat in Brussels, the board of Pirate Party International, the political branch of The Pirate Bay project, is euphoric.... READ MORE...

The Sound Ecosystems Of Agostino Di Scipio

Those who know me and my interests can imagine my reaction when I was asked to write the catalog of the exhibition Digital Direct di Modena, curated by Caleffi Gilberto. One of the artists I was most interested in was Agostino di Scipio, and this is evident in any analysis of the texts chosen for the catalogue: where the interview, as a reflection on the content exposed to direct contact with the author, becomes a moment of openness and honesty between artist and critic.... READ MORE...

The Ecology Of Laboratorio Elettrico Popolare

He won't have it, he really doesn't like me calling him 'Master'. Peppo Lasagna is in principal a modest person, absolutely coherent in his being 'ecological' and in his relationship with the world, the environment, the technology that surrounds us. In principal, he's one of those people that does not bask in compliments or in the awareness of his own knowledge, but prefers to act, to do, to create.... READ MORE...

The Sonic Orgasm Of Claudio Rocchetti

For some time now Claudio Rocchetti has been one of the most active and interesting electronic musicians in national and European scenes: be it because of his research on sound, as an emotional and compositional element, but also materially on analogical and electronic instruments, or because of his technical, improvisational and expressive capabilities be it in the studio or live, and the tight net of collaborations and participants active between Bologna and Berlin.... READ MORE...

Alain Thibault: Elektra From Past To The Future

Hereafter we will carry on an approach analysis on Elektra 2009, with the tenth edition of the festival of the Audiovisual Art research and the New Media Art, which is the most interesting and complete in the entire North American territory. And in general one of the finest on the international scene, as well as one of the most appreciated by the artists. This should never be underestimated, in my opinion.... READ MORE...

Esther Manas & Arash Moori: Sound & Sculpture

Last month Digimag devoted a section to Domenico Quaranta, curator of one of the two parts of the section Expanded Box at Arco Madrid 2009. Among the very heterogeneous works on show, encompassing different languages and media, one in particular represents in my opinion one of the exhibition's highlights: the work Every Man and Woman is a Star, by the two artists Esther Manas and Arash Moori... READ MORE...

Exploding Cave

With a double reference both to the existentialist caves of 1950's Milan and the experimentation of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Exploding Cave is a 2-days event that will be held in Milan on April 17 and 18, in the spaces of Cox18, structured in a series of meetings, workshops and performances that investigate the relationship and the least common denominator that ties cinema, sound, video and digital arts... READ MORE...