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Has The Exhibition Started Yet?

Art is one matryoshka-like frame maker: an image is framed on a piece of paper, which is then framed, put in a thematic room inside a museum or an art gallery complex, etc…But how is this process constructed in the digital world and how does it affect the viewers? Pierre Chaumont examines Deridda's concept of frame in relation to new media.... READ MORE...

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...

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...

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...

Exploring the identities of Digital Processes in an Architectonic Context – part 2

What do algorithms and digital objects have to do with architecture? At what grounds is the digital affecting our surrounding and our approach to designing it? By examining the crucial concepts in their anthropomorphic form, Selena Savić will shed light on the agency of computational, logical and technical algorithms when it comes to reconfiguring our relationship with built space.... READ MORE...

Exploring the identities of Digital Processes in an Architectonic Context – part 1

What do algorithms and digital objects have to do with architecture? At what grounds is the digital affecting our surrounding and our approach to designing it? By examining the crucial concepts in their anthropomorphic form, Selena Savić will try to shed light on the action of computational, logical and technical algorithms when it comes to reconfiguring our relationship with built space.... READ MORE...

Reshaping the experience of Art: digitization and 3D archives

Following the destruction of world heritage sites and artworks in Mosul, in February 2015, a global movement sparked to digitize and preserve important works and monuments. This process is transforming our experience of Art, as every scanned object is now accessible regardless of location or ownership, revealing the 3D archive as a fascinating double-edged sword.... READ MORE...

The material concretization of scientific principles

Some designers and artists have the purpose of translating scientific principles connected to the relationship between artificial and biological through 3D objects, that can be used as material “concretizations” which crystallize phenomena and knowledges. An example is represented by the customized jewels resulted from parametric generation started from the DNA.... READ MORE...

The blurry edge between biological and synthetic

The evolution of bio-sciences knowledge such as synthetic biology, bio-robotics, bio-engineering of materials, bioinformatics, influences contemporary art and design which are pushed to rethink their responsibilities in communicating through critical expressions, interpretations and accessible/appropriate language... READ MORE...

Build Your World: Minecraft and Open Source Architecture

To design one’s world, whether in the physical or digital domain, is to to increase one’s sense of agency. For Minecraft, this is an opportunity for architects to address the crises in urban housing. A similar open-source, DIY, and collaborative ethos plays out in architecture projects fabrication systems for non-architects to design and build their own homes, by Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Aravena, and the WikiHouse Project.... READ MORE...