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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...

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...

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...

Chiara Guidi: Mantica Festival. Pratica Vocale Molecolare

Performance, concerti, laboratori, installazioni, ascolti guidati, proiezioni. Un'affascinante staffetta di eventi scandisce il calendario di Mˆntica, festival cesenate tenutosi dal 26 novembre al 4 dicembre, che anche nell'edizione 2011 - la quarta - ha conservato intatto il suo cromosoma sonico, rilevato per˜ da un'angolazione diversa rispetto a quella adottata negli anni precedenti: l'istante che crea. ... READ MORE...

Manuel Vason. Performing With The Camera

Inscrivere in una cornice predefinita il lavoro poliedrico e in costante ridefinizione di Manuel Vason, appare un tentativo tanto arduo quanto fallimentare. Nei numerosi e diversificati progetti che questo giovane fotografo/performer può già vantare, ciò che si riscontra con evidenza  soprattutto un impulso, una tensione comune, contemporaneamente multiforme ma definita, all'azione e alla riformulazione di s e del processo creativo, che porta dritta alla realizzazione dell'opera... READ MORE...