DigiMag

The Algorithmic “unconscious” – Part 2

This two-part essay offers an investigation of the 'depths' of the algorithmic workings of digital visualisation systems. The focal point of this study is digital 'memory', as explored in relation to the Algebras of Logic, the notions of process paradigm, pre-representational grids and emergence. In this way, the algorithmic unconscious' of digital visualisation technology - i.e. the inherent paradoxes and unknowns, the uncontrollable data flaws, the hidden inconsistencies, the exchanges and the potentialities of the system - is unveiled. New possibilities and ways of creating more than mere visual phenomena emerge... READ MORE...

Arte Bio-diversa. Il Pav Di Torino, Tra Ecologia E Transgenesi

Artisti e biologi lavorano fianco a fianco per tentare di dare una risposta concreta a problemi come l'impatto dei cambiamenti climatici sull'ecosistema, la salvaguardia della bio-diversitˆ, la clonazione di esseri viventi. Temi che l'arte prende in carico, non pi rappresentandoli, ma proponendo soluzioni. Se la sopravvivenza dell'ecosistema globale  una prioritˆ non solo etica, l'artista, analizzando il nostro rapporto con la biosfera, vuole ricordarci l'intima connessione con essa e la necessitˆ della sua tutela. Ne discutiamo con Piero Gilardi, direttore dell'Art Program del PAV di Torino.... READ MORE...

Collect The Wwworld. The Artist As Archivist In The Internet Age

How does contemporary art fail to provide unusual perspectives on the everyday characterized by an exponential growth in the production of any kind of images and videos? What is the boundary between a digital reality consisting of archives of huge size and daily life? What aesthetics is interesting to talk about in these digital native years? These are just some of the questions to which an answer was attempted in the exhibition Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, curated by Domenico Quaranta... READ MORE...

Resource For Transmedial Culture. A New Project Of Transmediale

With the upcoming edition in 2012, the festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary by introducing not only the new Artistic Director, Kristoffer Gansing, but also a new project called reSource for transmedial culture, developed and curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. The theme of transmediale 2012 will be in/compatible, which in various ways will lead the visitors back in time to the very beginnings of the festival and will project her towards the future of our digital age.... READ MORE...

Urban Escapism – Part 2. Sound Lens, Rhabdomancy By Toshio Iwai

As we had seen in the first part of this essay, published on the last month issue - Digimag 69, the work of Toshio Iwai lies beneath two major worldviews: holism and reductionism; Allison on this regard writes: 'Whereas other scholars such as Max Weber argued that modernity brought rationalization, Benjamin thought that under the surface of rationality the urban-industrial world had become reenchanted on an unconscious level... READ MORE...

No Puns Intended. A Conversation With Filippo Minelli

A first acquaintance of the works of Filippo Minelli leads us - through the images and visions that he is proposing - to the common denominator that brings them either close together or far from each other, though always making them interact with each other: the watershed word / silence, is a mode of examination chosen to explore and create, not to attribute a meaning to existence.... READ MORE...

Anything I Love Goes Into My Brain. An Interview With Rafael Rozendaal

In the year 2000, Miltos Manetas published the famous Neen Manifesto in which he describes a new unidentified generation of artists who glorifies computers, artificially simulation and who use the web as their gallery. Two years later, Manetas and Peter Lunenfeld manifested the Neen concept in a spectacular 'hijacking' of the Whitney biennals domain name... READ MORE...

Urban Escapism – Part 1. The Thousand Lights Of Tokyo’s Streets

Toshio Iwai, born in Japan in 1962, has been internationally defined as a new-media artist. In the following pages, I will address one of his experiments, Sound-Lens , which he made in 2001, when he was 39. Following this piece, a couple of Japanese contemporary authors are offering a totally new point of view of Tokyo through the everyday's unseen: Iwai is one of these explorers.... READ MORE...

Ricci/forte. A Mash-up Of Uneasiness And Perversion

The epigraph introducing the article is taken from the cover notes of the above book, a volume containing the first publication of the Macadamia Nut Brittle text, related to the homonymous show that made its debut at the Festival Garofano Verde in Rome in 2009, inspired by Dennis Cooper, written by Ricci/Forte and directed by Stefano Ricci, which also contains an interview to the artists and a critical introduction by the author, retracing the main characteristics of the work by the Roman duo... READ MORE...

A New Documentation. An Interview To Joao Vasco Paiva

João Vasco Paiva (n. 1979) is a Portuguese artist based in Hong Kong since 2006. He has taught at the City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media and Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University. With a background in painting and advanced training in media technology, his work is characterized by the appropriation of observed phenomena, mapping apparently random situations and presenting them in an aesthetically organized framework through video, audiovisual performance, recording, and installation... READ MORE...

Robotic Identity. Multimedia Fashion Shows By Hussein Chalayan

From July 5 to December 11, the Parisian Muse des Arts Decoratifs hosted the exhibition Récits de mode of designer Hussein Chalayan. The visitors of this exhibition don't belong to the category of female followers who follow the latest trends and haute couture and move around in groups of cutting-edge young designers sketching clothes on their Moleskin... READ MORE...

Mischer’traxler. Naturally Combined Design

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler (Mischer'Traxler) design and develop collections of objects and conduct experimental research into design , by adopting a conceptual approach. These two designers love experimenting, analyzing and creating in a fully autonomous way, by devising concepts, systems and views, rather than single and simple products. Their works, by becoming part of a sustainable perspective of needs, ask us to pay greater attention to ethics.... READ MORE...

Designing Complexity. Remarks About Design Modeling Symposium

The consequences of Information Technology for big architectural systems have to cross huge amounts of digital data with new design methodologies and revolutionary techniques of material production. The third edition of Design Modelling Symposium, held in Berlin at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK) from 7th to 12th October, turned into a privileged observatory of the challenge that researchers and designers from disparate fields are facing in the attempt to control these complex systems... READ MORE...

Light Spectrum Glasses. Looking Beyond White Light

Spectral glasses enable a pragmatic approach to evaluate the colour rendering of light. This technique could help architects, interior and lighting designers to analyse quickly how light reproduces colours on objects. The film by Thomas Schielke covers vivid impressions of our architectural and urban environment with a variety of light sources ranging from sunlight to modern LEDs. The images reveal a fascinating look beyond white light to search for inherent light colours.... READ MORE...

Intermundo & Systema Solar: Militant Sounds, Socio-cultural Projects

In 2007 the first edition of MDE Encuentros de Medellín (the International Contemporary Art Festival of Medellín, Colombia), was opened with a band performance. A well-blended group composed by visual artists, sound experimenters, rappers and activists, who just a few months before - in 2006 - had joined their forces to work together in self-production field. This band mixes digital sounds with Afro-Colombian music tradition.... READ MORE...

None Stands For Us. The Occupation Of Teatro Valle

The Teatro Valle Occupato has drifted away from its initial route and is now heading to Piramide. It's about 6 PM of 10/15, and this is the Twittered message you can find following ashtag #15o, the personal and global reference point of this crazy day. I just escaped from two indiscriminate charges of the security forces (I should use the word guard, as it is better suitable for their manners, but I use the official term out of politeness), which, as usual, do not know and do not care to make any distinction between peaceful and not peaceful demonstrators... READ MORE...