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“Introduzione ai media digitali”. Watching at the technology-society connection

Short History of Nearly Everything is the title of a popular science book published some time ago. But may also be the subtitle of Adam Arvidsson and Alessandro Delfanti Introduzione ai Media Digitali, a short history (150 pages) of nearly everything that an internet user or university student needs to know about the political, economic and social implications of new digital media.... READ MORE...

Cinema in the time of workflow. The digital revolution and film criticism’s Ancien Régime

In 2007, when I started my collaboration with Digicult and writing for Digimag, I discussed with its editor, Marco Mancuso, about what could be the areas of intersection between digital art and cinema. At the time I was still rather fresh from a university degree course in film studies that was largely, if not entirely, based on textbooks using a terminology that was light-years far from actual, hands-on film-making. Six years later cinema was fully digitalized, but the language of film criticism has remained virtually unchanged.... READ MORE...

A look at the present day. Laurie Anderson’s “Big Science”, thirty years later

Thirty years ago, well, thirty-one, to be more precise; “Big Science”, Laurie Anderson’s debut album, was published. If you want to talk in clichés, what doesn’t do justice to anybody, we could say that the American artist doesn’t need to be introduced: anyway, Lou Reed’s girlfriend, key player in various artistic scenes of the last decades, Laurie Anderson is a complex and an iconic personality, i.e., a child of the ‘80s.... READ MORE...

After Subjectivity. Issues of (meta-) narrative and distribution

Popular culture as we know it now has has been facilitated by recently developed and emerging technologies; specifically those associated with dissemination of content. The radio, the record, the TV, the internet. And before that the invention of pictures, of language, of the written word, of vellum, paper, the printing press (props to Gutenberg).... READ MORE...

#Advancity. An antidisciplinary Manifesto for design, art and science

“Facts, not opinions” this is the inscription engraved on the gable at the entrance of an eccentric museum in the city centre of London. The museum hosts the machinery tried by David Kirkaldy, the first scientist who in 1865 tested industrial steel in order to make it a construction material for bridges, ships and railways. The inscription is a real declaration of intentions that describes the main role played by the scientific method and thinking within the paradigmatic shift occurred in the second half of the 19th century.... READ MORE...

Does technology set us free?

On a damp November day in 2012, I travelled from Liverpool to London to take part in a Battle of Ideas debate in London. The discussion was going to be about freedom and technology – or freedom from, as it turned out.... READ MORE...

“The image always has the last word”. Cinema according to Peter Greenaway

Water is a recurring theme that cyclically recurs into the imagination of Peter Greenaway, a multifaceted artist who has studied to be a painter and has a career as director in film. Even his new project staged in Salerno, conceived for the unusual space of the blast furnace on the shores of the Irno river, is located into that visionary current started from Drowning by numbers - a movie awarded at Cannes in 1988 - and was then integrated into the performance/concert Writing on water in 2005, in which the director combined the theme of water with three literary sources: the famous novel “Moby Dick”, the English poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and, above all, “The Tempest” by Shakespeare (the latter was the cornerstone of his movie, “The Prospero’s Book” of 1991).... READ MORE...

Polypolis_Athens LFA2012 by SARCHA. A mindset-shifting game

Polypolis_Athens LFA2012 by School of ARCHitecture for All (SARCHA) was part of the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012, as the official participation of Greece in the London Festival of Architecture, Cultural Olympiad, London 2012, and was realised under the auspices of the Embassy of Greece in London.... READ MORE...

Myriam Gourfink. Dancing in thoughts

Myriam Gourfink does not need large presentations, the explorer of contemporary dance who, for over fifteen years, has been portraying the inner life and the need to create instant "situations" supported by breathing, by notation software, by the slowness of movement, by comparison, by music and meditative practices.... READ MORE...

Anonymous: Angels or Demons?

They have already torn the scalp of many famous victims. Last month they made fun of international organizations like Interpol, USA agencies like CIA or worldwide companies like Bayer and Sony... READ MORE...
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