@ is for Activism, published by Pluto Press represents a remarkable and valuable contribution to media, communication and politics studies, The author, Joss Hands, is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the Newcastle University and with this text he provides a critical overview about the reshaping of the political landscape by new media and digital communication tools through a multidisciplinary approach.
“Machine Learning” has been released in November 2016 and written by Ethem Alpaydin. The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers concise, accessible overviews of compelling topics. Written by leading thinkers, the volumes provide expert syntheses of subjects ranging from the cultural and historical to the scientific and technical, “synthesising specialised subject matter for non-specialists”.
In this sense, the text Network Aesthetics, represents a truly valuable contribution to the field of media theory and cultural – but also American - studies, in the effort to understand the role of interconnection structures in contemporary culture and to showing how networks might have also a strong aesthetical connotation, encompassing in particular contemporary artistic productions, like television series, movies and games productions.
Noam Elcott, an associate professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, recently released this new book for MIT press: Artificial Darkness which is an original and pioneering study about artificial darkness, meaning technology controlled darkness, in other words an investigation about the role of “black screens” in shaping arts and media practices from the 19th century onwards.
One of the most recent releases by MIT Press, “Rogue Archives”, just came out last October. The author, Abigail De Kosnik, is currently Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the Berkeley center for New Media Center of theater, dance and performances studies.
Tung-Hui Hu is a former network engineer and current professor at University of Michigan. In his book A Prehistory of the Cloud, published by MIT Press in September 2015 he examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our idea of the cloud. A system of networks that enables multiple users to share the same pool of computer power
iMinds is a Flemish non-profit organization, that drive digital innovation for society and economy, through strategic and applied research on key digital technologies. Offering to people and organizations active support in research and business development, and also encourages tech entrepreneurs to bring their smart innovations to life
Storytelling is getting more immersive and participative, in the sense that audience is engaged in a more interactive way and the environment is evolving into a more complex transmedia scenario. Perfect examples of this new immersive narrative form are the most recent works of Andy Campbell
Visual Editions is a book publisher based in London founded in 2010. It has co-founded and directed by Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen. They focus on visual storytelling and they produce books based on the idea of “visual writing”.
Dries Depoorter is a young Belgian media artist who focuses his work on programming languages and digital media. As declared, he “tries to find the beauty in complexity” when performing his artistic research. He is just graduted his media-art study program at KASK, School of Arts Ghent
The Digital Now is an exhibition series exploring international current art practices in relation to the contemporary media and digital framework. Drones/Birds: princes of ubiquity, the first chapter of the series, took place in Brussels one month ago, from April 10 to April 21, 2013.
On the 26th of January, at the Ancienne Belgique, one of the best musical venues in Brussels, William Basinski performed live, in an electro-acoustic night together with other musicians like Christian Fennesz. During this concert Basinski performed in a world première his new work, Nocturnes, an album already announced and finally coming up in February 2013.
Yuri Suzuki is a designer and sound artist, born in Tokyo and currently based in the UK and Sweden.He explores the world of sounds using an innovative and challenging approach producing design creations and pieces, and questioning in an unusual and original way the relationship between visual and audio data, as well as the aspects of visibility of electronics. Suzuki also has a background in music and technology, disciplines that converge in his design research around sound.
Overtoon is a new space for sound art, both physical and virtual. It is a location for residencies, based in Brussels at the heart of Europe, but also a sound art research, production and distribution platform, supported partially by the Flemish Government.
Chris Salter is a media and performance artist, based in Montreal and Berlin. Performance and performativity, as well as interaction with other disciplinary fields or arts are the main aspects and features of his work. Not only from the artistic point of view but also in terms of research. Salter is indeed involved in scientific research projects and publications (we would like to mention here his book published by MIT Press in 2010 Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance)
On the 28th of July 2012, in the same period as the Olympic games, has been launched the new work of Olafur Eliasson’s: Little Sun at Tate Modern, in London. Little Sun is an invitation to look at the art pieces located in the museum in the dark and through just the light of the artist’s special solar-powered lamps.
The Lab for Electronic Arts and Performances (LEAP) is an artistic center located in Berlin and active since 2011 in the domain of electronic and digital arts. It was founded by Daniel Franke, Kai Kreuzmüller and John McKiernan and it regularly hosts national and international artists, as well as public workshops, events, performances and, of course, exhibitions.