A.I.

Bob Meanza: Cicadas. Hacking the environment with sound insects

Bob Meanza is the nickname of Michele Pedrazzi, media artist and electronic musician born in Verona in 1978, now based in Berlin. He makes music with robots of various types and sizes, be they spring-loaded or quad-core-processor powered, but he studied jazz piano with Riccardo Massari Spiritini in Verona, then with Fabrizio Puglisi in Bologna, where attended to the multimedia composition seminars with Nicola Zonca at Studio Arkì. In 2004 he entered the doctoral program in Semiotics directed by Umberto Eco, and earns his Ph.D. with a thesis on improvisation in music... READ MORE...

Morphotèques. An interview with Erwin Driessen and Maria Verstappen

Erwin Driessen and Maria Verstappen are a couple of digital artists based in Amsterdam. They are active since 1990 and their works have been presented not only in the Netherlands but also abroad. They took part, for instance, in exhibitions, conferences and festivals all around the world, namely in Europe, Australia and United States.... READ MORE...

VIDA 14: Arte & Artificial Life Award – July 30, 2012

The VIDA Award is granted to artistic creations developed using artificial life technology. Among the projects submitted to VIDA, the artists‚ ties to this theme and their choice of media are very diverse. Throughout its history, the competition has welcomed proposals that challenge the boundary between living and non-­‐living, between natural and synthetic, either by juxtaposing both realities or by creating overlapping spaces for reflection.... READ MORE...

Algorithmic “unconscious” – Part 1

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 pixel-grids and emergence... READ MORE...

A.i. And Landform Studies. The Rediscovery Of The Ontological Need

The philosophical twentieth century was characterized by an explosion of science and scientific nature which highlighted an idea of progress and progression of the human thought and evolution as something which does not need further questions. The idea that functionality and applicability of a theory can be applied to praxis, which executes and finalizes such theory, comes full circle... READ MORE...

Tracing Infra-spaces: Complicated Beginnings & Elliptical Ends

This article offers an investigation into how drawing infra-spaces creatively reveals the unknown types of digital geometry that emerge from the algorithmic 'flows' of digital visualisation systems, and our perception of science, technology and visualisation is redefined. This is the first part of this two-part essay.... READ MORE...

Sonarmatica 2010

SonarMàtica splits itself in two this year for Sonar 2010 Barcelona and Sonar 2010 Galicia, two different exhibitions which can be seen in Barcelona and A Coruña on 17th, 18th and 19th June. The Sónar 2010 Barcelona exhibition displays interesting artistic work produced using and based around the world of robotics.... READ MORE...

Art and Technoscience

The beginning of the 21st century is characterized by an overwhelming awareness of environmental issues. Facing the threat of global warming, the findings of scientific research have become a subject of intensive political debate.... READ MORE...

Body, Cyborg, Robot In Lugano. Interaction Between Mechanical & Organic

Primary and basic technology become works of art capable of playing with our passion for machinary and technology, a form of "pain" that we feel with and through our bodies. Simplicity is at the heart of Macchina Inutile (Useless Machine), an almost inconsistent assembly of delicate stems and coloured metal pieces built on to a spinning structure that slowly speeds down... READ MORE...

Around Simulation A Yasmin discussion

We extensively use and live into simulation. In our everyday life we imagine situations, events, projects and decline them to the future: we simulate possible worlds and test them in a sort of permanent "what if" which is continuously reworked and modified. This process has been methodologically formalized in the sciences, where we build models, simulations, which try to describe facts, events and phenomena. Models and simulations have a very important cognitive role in knowing and understanding the world we live in.... READ MORE...

In The Beginning Was Cybernetics. Relation Between Science & Artists

What relationship is there between digital art and cybernetic science? Surely more than one can imagine. The concept of the system, the research of process patterns, the importance of interconnections and the relationship between system and environment (be it a machine or living organism), the centrality of information, the phenomenon of retroaction and self-management, the importance of code, are the terms of cybernetic research, but it could also be said that this is true for the research of any artist who works with new technologies.... READ MORE...

The Arts Catalyst Eye of the storm

From esoteric arguments over the structure of the universe to highly charged public controversies around the use of stem cells, Eye of the Storm brings together artists whose work playfully and provocatively intervenes in science, scientists at the heart of scientific disputes and other experts to discuss the nature and process of controversy, touching on brilliance and ego, dissent and obsession, big science, high finance, deviant science, the reliability of knowledge and the legislation of uncertainty... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Joe Davis E Il Capitano Achab

(Italiano) Mercoled" 29 Ottobre presso l'Anatomickal Theatre di Amsterdam ha avuto inizio il terzo ciclo di conferenze dal nome Sentient Creatures. L'iniziativa, organizzata dall'artista Graham Smith in collaborazione con la Waag Society, ha avuto come obiettivo quello di mostrare gli sviluppi pi recenti nel rapporto tra arte e scienza. In particolare il rapporto tra arte e biotecnologie  il tema centrale degli incontri di quest'anno e non poteva esserci inizio migliore di una conferenza tenuta dall'artista americano Joe Davis... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Andy Miah: Being Post Human

(Italiano) L'essere umano, ossia l'uomo in quanto essere ed essere uomo, è sempre stato al centro di indagini, studi e attrazioni filosofiche di natura etica e morale. Come parte delle diverse 'storie', si pensi a quella dell'arte, della filosofia o dell'architettura, anche la storia dell'uomo si è spesso sviluppata all'interno di una dialettica.... READ MORE...
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