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Marta De Menezes. Bio-Art System Analysis

Marta de Menezes has been working now for a decade with biological techniques and materials as her medium, and has often done so in collaboration with scientists, and in particular, with biologists. She is a phd candidate at the University of Leiden, and the artistic director at Ectopia, an experimental art lab in Lisbon. By recently employing the tools of analysis in systems biology to the field of art practice, de Menezes is taking a reflexive and immersive approach to art research. It's one that embraces complexity and could translate into a deeper understanding about the historical development and embedded structures of art and biology related exploration... READ MORE...

Israeli Center For Digital Arts. The Middle-Eastern Side Of Art

Our journey leads us to Israel, not far from Tel Aviv, its capital city. Specifically, to Halon where the Israeli Center for Digital Art is based. It is the one and only center dedicated to digital arts and new media. The Center was founded in 2001 with the purpose to promote digital arts and other artforms in Israel. It is also focused on encouraging dialogue between artists and audience, and among (Israeli and international) artists... READ MORE...

The Transformation: Of Curating: Three Terms

The text is a revised version of an essay published on switch, an event, project, and book that archives the first three years of an artist-led project by Triona Ryan & Harald Turek in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. It began in 2008 as a ground up approach to showing contemporary works of moving images in a small town located in a rural context, a conversation between artists, audiences and artworks taking place outside of the big city and adapting to the rhythm of smaller places... READ MORE...

Enter The Void. Director’s Cut

Upon completing his studies, Gaspar NoÈ had the chance to shoot two black-and-white short films: ìTintarella di lunaî in 1985 and ìPulp amËreî†in 1987. The first simply tells the story of a woman who leaves her husband for her lover, while the second shows a man attempting to rape his wife, as he listened to the radio that rape can be an act of profound love: perhaps, it is in this exact moment that the poetics of this Argentine filmmaker was born... READ MORE...

Explorations Of The Invisibles. Freedom & Power In The Electromagnetic

The exploration of this landscape is indeed what the exhibition Invisible Fields -Geographies of radio waves, proposes. Opened on 15th October 2011 at the Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, it will run until the 4th March 2012. Curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger, from the digital culture agency Lighthouse (Brighton, UK), it has been realised in collaboration with the British Council, the Bureau du Québec in Barcelona / Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, the LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial of Gijón and the B˜lit-Centre d'Art Contemporani of B˜lit-Girona.... READ MORE...

Kunstradio And Stefano Perna. A Short Guide To Becoming-bat

A short guide to becoming-bat is a radio piece focusing on sounds produced by bats, some kind of FM-creatures, able to modulate a system of echoes and resonances that define a non-visual space, within which they fulfil their bodily functions. Immersed in complete darkness, bats build an undulatory space made of signals, of frequencies and amplitudes, 'a pulsating space that constantly changes, evolves, expands and contracts. Bats inhabit a radiophonic-world.... READ MORE...

Notes on Realtime Tahrir. The Revolution Will Not Be Twitted

The light in Cairo is sandy and stratiform like the beige and grey nuances of its decadent buildings along each side of the wide streets, between bridges, underpasses, and railroads. The rays of sunshine penetrating the thin vapor surface bounce on the rusty air conditioners spotting the stochastic and implacable turmoil of the square, and intensify the amber nuance of the afternoon light... READ MORE...

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...