Interviews

Blending aesthetic form and technical function. Interview with Michael Takeo Magruder

Michael Takeo Magruder is a visual artist and researcher who works with new media and makes work in and around the Internet. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world.... READ MORE...

Instrumentarium. Interview with Jean-François Laporte

The composer Jean-François Laporte assembles simple objects to transform them into real musical instruments, sometimes controlled by electronic devices. With their strong installation presence these artifacts are linked not only to the musical world but also to the performing arts and theatre, in a perfect balance on the line that connects the concepts of object, artifact and instrument.... READ MORE...

The world is a pattern. Interview with Nicolas Sassoon

GIFs have been accepted and adopted by new users who rely on animated pictures thanks to their planned pervasiveness in their digital communication habits. The practice of Nicolas Sassoon, a French artist who makes art with GIFs since 2011, suggests creative strategies to exploit the features of this format in order to make works that couldn't be made with any other medium.... READ MORE...

Score as a thinking tool. Interview with Samson Young

The work of Samson Young takes the form of different media, connecting music to visuality through video and drawing. Following a particular interest in composition, this interview permits an insight into scores as structuring and organizing tools of experience attempting to understand the contemporary social constrains and possibilities.... READ MORE...

Meeting at the makerspace with living-textile inventor: Lining Yao

In the last years a new generation of researchers see objects and materials through a multiplicity of properties and features which open different ways to interact with them. They’ve realized that most of the matter is able to respond to energy sources. Lining Yao and her Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab have been growing Natto bacteria and exploring how they can be used as bio-actuators - making textile become “alive” reacting to a change of the environment.... READ MORE...

Media Art and Art Market: an interview with Christiane Paul

Christiane Paul is a renown theoretician and curator who has largely treated arguments that embrace Media Art, Digital Art and the wide spectrum of sectors that relates art and technologies. She is currently associate professor at the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York: coined the term “neomateriality”, which can be considered as a central concept in the definition of certain touching points between the realm of contemporary art and the general understanding of Media Art.... READ MORE...

Wasting time on the internet. Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith is an artist and poet, well known internationally for being the founding editor of UbuWeb - the largest digital archive of contemporary art. The last August released his new book "Wasting time on the internet", a manifesto that shows "how our time on the internet is not really wasted but is quite productive and creative as he puts the experience in its proper theoretical and philosophical context.... READ MORE...

Lanfranco Aceti: empty spaces for new heretical art views

Pasquale Napolitano in conversation with Lanfranco Aceti about the politics of art production in current economic conditions within the EU, in the light of the edition of dOCUMENTA taking place in a symbolic place of the economic crisis: Athens. The project Empty Pr(oe)mises Lanfranco Aceti is curating right now is a laboratory of forms of resistance and resilience in which contemporary art becomes method of investigation and a vehicle to create new communities.... READ MORE...