Silvia Bertolotti

The Handbook of Visual Culture

The Handbook of Visual Culture is now available in paperback format, edited by Bloomsbury Publishing. It includes several contributions by scholars and professionals challenging the vitality and complexity of visual culture research with a cross-disciplinary approach and a special interest in cyber and digital culture.... READ MORE...

Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing, by Martin Erwig.

Martin Erwig is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. In his recent text, “Once upon an Algorithm”, published for MIT Press, the author proposes an innovative and original approach for introducing computational thinking concepts to general public, while going beyond the strict technical domain.... READ MORE...

Sirens: an audio-visual project by Novi_Sad and Ryoichi Kurokawa

Sirens, originally an audio-visual project by Novi_sad and Ryoichi Kurokawa, has taken now the form of a publication, including an audio CD and a Book, released in 2016 for Sub Rosa (BE) and s[edition] (U.K.). The original audio-visual performance - where Kurokawa’s visuals meet the audio work of Kaproulias - took place in 2009, at different festival and venues around the world.... READ MORE...

The age of Electroacustics. Transforming Science and Sound

In his book "The age of Electroacustics", published by MIT Press, Roland Wittje traces the history of acoustics during the interwar period, leading an enquiry theoretically grounded in the physics and its transformation into the so called ‘technical acoustics’ or electroacoustic.... READ MORE...

@ is for Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture. Joss Hands, Pluto Press

@ is for Activism, published by Pluto Press represents a remarkable and valuable contribution to media, communication and politics studies, The author, Joss Hands, is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the Newcastle University and with this text he provides a critical overview about the reshaping of the political landscape by new media and digital communication tools through a multidisciplinary approach.... READ MORE...

Machine Learning by Ethem Alpaydin, MIT Press, 2016

“Machine Learning” has been released in November 2016 and written by Ethem Alpaydin. The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers concise, accessible overviews of compelling topics. Written by leading thinkers, the volumes provide expert syntheses of subjects ranging from the cultural and historical to the scientific and technical, “synthesising specialised subject matter for non-specialists”.... READ MORE...

Network Aesthetics by Patrick Jagoda. Chicago University Press, 2016

In this sense, the text Network Aesthetics, represents a truly valuable contribution to the field of media theory and cultural – but also American - studies, in the effort to understand the role of interconnection structures in contemporary culture and to showing how networks might have also a strong aesthetical connotation, encompassing in particular contemporary artistic productions, like television series, movies and games productions.... READ MORE...

Artificial Darkness: an obscure history of Modern Art and Media

Noam Elcott, an associate professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, recently released this new book for MIT press: Artificial Darkness which is an original and pioneering study about artificial darkness, meaning technology controlled darkness, in other words an investigation about the role of “black screens” in shaping arts and media practices from the 19th century onwards.... READ MORE...

Rogue Archives by Abigail De Kosnik, MIT Press

One of the most recent releases by MIT Press, “Rogue Archives”, just came out last October. The author, Abigail De Kosnik, is currently Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the Berkeley center for New Media Center of theater, dance and performances studies.... READ MORE...

A Prehistory of the Cloud by Tung-Hui Hu. MIT Press, 2016

Tung-Hui Hu is a former network engineer and current professor at University of Michigan. In his book A Prehistory of the Cloud, published by MIT Press in September 2015 he examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our idea of the cloud. A system of networks that enables multiple users to share the same pool of computer power... READ MORE...

When Digital Innovation meets Industry: the iMinds’ model

iMinds is a Flemish non-profit organization, that drive digital innovation for society and economy, through strategic and applied research on key digital technologies. Offering to people and organizations active support in research and business development, and also encourages tech entrepreneurs to bring their smart innovations to life... READ MORE...

William Basinski: Nocturnes. Playing Loop Tapestries

On the 26th of January, at the Ancienne Belgique, one of the best musical venues in Brussels, William Basinski performed live, in an electro-acoustic night together with other musicians like Christian Fennesz. During this concert Basinski performed in a world première his new work, Nocturnes, an album already announced and finally coming up in February 2013.... READ MORE...

Between design and sound: the feeling of touching according to Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki is a designer and sound artist, born in Tokyo and currently based in the UK and Sweden.He explores the world of sounds using an innovative and challenging approach producing design creations and pieces, and questioning in an unusual and original way the relationship between visual and audio data, as well as the aspects of visibility of electronics. Suzuki also has a background in music and technology, disciplines that converge in his design research around sound.... READ MORE...