Estabilished in 2005 Digicult is a cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and sciences on the arts, design, culture and contemporary society. Digicult is based on the active participation of over 50 professionals that represent an international Network of journalists, critics, curators, artists and theorists which reaches more than 100,000 professionals and lovers on a monthly basis through its website, e-mail list and special projects.
Digicult was born to give voice and visibility to a new generation of interdisciplinary authors, expand their circuits into an international context, and simultaneously break the existing inflexible publishing rules of the press, by exploiting potentialities of the Web, and its free networks in order to grow, to survive and to spread. Currently, Digicult is a web platform updated daily by its editorial staff whose main activity is based on the collection and publication of news of events, festivals, meetings, workshops and exhibitions at the international level, announcements and calls for artists, researchers and professionals, book publications, presentations of artistic and research projects.
Digicult produces interviews to the protagonists of the Media Art scene, reports from the most significant events and critical and theoretical in-depth articles related to the impact of digital technologies on the arts, design and contemporary society. More than 2000 articles are collected in its Archive, providing a unique online resource for researchers, academics, scholars or simply enthusiasts.
Today Digicult is a Cultural Association whose contents are circulated under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons 2.5 Italy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5) license. Digicult works to initiate the development of a new sustainable economy for culture, independent, autonomous and based on production and communication networking and peer-to-peer sharing strategies.
In the last years, Digicult has been having the possibility to collaborate with international partners, working with media art and cultural institutions, festivals and events, media centers, art galleries and exhibitions, schools and academies and online platforms. Working side by side with all its partners, Digicult Agency has been developing exhibitions and concerts, special events, workshops, lectures and screenings, seminars and round tables, involving also the Digicult Network members and their backgrounds, theoretical studies and professional experiences. This international Digicult Network is made of selected professionals, such as educators, journalists, curators, artists, theorists, practioners and critics, with a track record of research, academic and professional practice in the fields of contemporary digital arts, design and culture.
Digicult Editions is the publishing side of the Digicult online cultural platform. Digicult Editions’ goal is to be active in the publication of the Digimag Journal, critical and theoretical essays commissioned to international authors, university theses of special interest, publications edited in collaboration with other national and international publishers, as well as artists’ books. Digicult Editions has now 4 different book series: “Journal”, focused on publishing Digimag, “Artists’ Books”, “Making Peers” and finally “Self Portrait”. Digicult Editions uses all digital formats and print on demand strategies to publish critical quality contents around media art, design and culture, with a cross-disciplinary and over-boundaries attitude. Digicult Editions creates accessible bridges to open publishing, free of charge releases and multi-platform digital publications.
In recent years, Digicult has given special importance to the creation of an internal circuit of professionals and an external network of contacts and professional relationships with artists, designers, schools, festivals, publishers, galleries, museums, media centers and institutions dealing with research, development, production, and exposition of creativity through digital technologies. So, using specific communication tools such as the Web Platform, the Newsletter Service and Social Networks, Digicult provides several support activities to facilitate online communication and media partnerships for cultural and artistic events. Working also as a of press office, Digicult is able to furnish a complete media coverage working with its international network of contacts and mailing list, which amount today around 10.000 subscribers.
Nearly all the leading media art festivals, events, museums, biennials, cultural centers, magazines, publishers, online platforms and independent curators worldwide read at Digicult every month, including some of the partners we worked with in the past years and with whome we still have a professional contact:
Elektra (Montreal, CA), Forum d’Avignon (Avignon, FR), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam, NL), Sonar (Barcelona, SP), Transmedia (Brussels, BE), STRP (Eindhoven, NL), Todaysart (Den Haag, NL), Fabrica (Trevisto, IT), SUPSI (Lugano, CH), Direct Digital Exhibition (Modena, IT), Transmediale (Berlin, GE), Netmage (Bologna, IT), Laptops’R’Us (Madrid, SP), IUAV University (Venice, IT), Share Festival (Turin, IT), Cynetart (Dresden, GE), Otolab Worskhops (Milan, IT), Kernel (Milan, IT), Traffic Gallery (Bergamo, IT), Open World Forum (Paris, FR), FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Varese, IT), Muv Festival (Florence, IT), Cimatics (Brussels, BE), Audiovisiva Festival (Milan, IT), Virtueel Platform (Amsterdam, NL), Cyberfest (Berlin, GE), Toolkit (Venice, IT), Musiques & Cultures Digitales (Paris, FR), SEA Aeroporti Milano (Milan, IT), Cyland Media Art Lab (San Petersburg, RU), Smart Urban Stage (Rome, IT), Mixed Media (Milan, IT), ISEA (Istanbul, TK), Festival della Creatività (Florence, IT), Optronica Festival (London, UK), Enzimi (Rome, IT), NABA (Milan, IT), Celeste Prize (New York, US), IED (Milan, IT), Les Rencontres Audiovisuelles (Lille, FR), Elita (Milan, IT), Galeria NT/Imaginarium (Lodz, PL), Sincronie (Milan, IT), Romaeuropa Digital Life exhibition (Rome, IT), Subtle Technologies (Toronto, CA), Connecting Cultures (Milan, IT), Signal (Cagliari, IT), Creativity Day (Milan, IT), Tecarteco (Lugano, CH), Dissonanze (Rome, IT), Illustrative (Berlin, GE), Zero1 Biennal (San Josè, US), Master Relational Design (Milan, IT), Antiatlas of Borders (Marseille, FR), Link Art Center (Brescia, IT), and many others…
Digicult is read by 100,000+ professionals every month: 58% in Europe, 22% in North America, and 20% Other (South America, Australia, Japan, etc.). The potential readership of a project like Digicult can be classified into 4 categories:
The net culture – Are those interested in the development of new technologies and their impact on arts and society. People with a medium high cultural level, who understood the expressive potential provided by new technologies, due to their attendance to events, demontrations, evenings, seminars, workshops. Since they are used to travelling and getting informed and since they are great Internet and social networks users, through the integration of different medias at their disposal they know the technologies and appreciate the research and the esthetic and expressive work which lays behind them.
The professionals – Art critics, curators, musicians, designers, communicators, style leaders, graphic designers, movie and television producers, directors, videomakers, advertisers, graphic artists, computer experts, graphic studios, web agencies, sound design studios, professionals, communicators, advertisers, journalists in the field and everyone who daily uses, deals with and reinvents sound, images, bits, communication synergies and the relationship between all of them, the human environment and new technologies.
Students & university professors – Art academies, universities of humanities faculties and scientific faculties aswell, graphic design, video and design tertiary colleges, music composition and sound design carried out through computers technical schools, those who teach or learn disciplines such as architecture, graphic design, music through the application of new software and hardware, but also sociology, philosophy, communication science, can be very much incited by the work of who is investigating since a very long time a perceptive complex and culturally composit expressive field.
Cultural operators & institutions – They contitute the cultural and artistic reference source, the one which digital art constantly competes with and measures against, though during the last few years it had the strength to evolve as an autonomous and innovative art form. The point of contact between digital art, and therefore DigiCULT, and cultural centres and institutions can be found in the contemporary art world, but also in the universe of communication through images, of graphic design, of contemporary and electronic music, of advertising, of street art, of activist art, of multimedia communication, of photography, of video art, of experimental theatre, of free software and open source culture, of peer to peer and of net art.
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