Silvia Bertolotti


@ is for Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture. Joss Hands, Pluto Press

@ 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 by Ethem Alpaydin, MIT Press, 2016

“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”.

Network Aesthetics by Patrick Jagoda. Chicago University Press, 2016

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.

Artificial Darkness: an obscure history of Modern Art and Media

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.

Rogue Archives by Abigail De Kosnik, MIT Press

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.

A Prehistory of the Cloud by Tung-Hui Hu. MIT Press, 2016

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

When Digital Innovation meets Industry: the iMinds’ model

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

Trying to find beauty in complexity. The Internet-Data of Dries Depoorter

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

William Basinski: Nocturnes. Playing Loop Tapestries

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.

Between design and sound: the feeling of touching according to Yuri Suzuki

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: a new sound art space in the heart of Europe

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.

Displace 2.0: Mediation of Sensations. A conversation with Chris Salter

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)

A “Little Sun” in the art world: an interview to Olafur Eliasson

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 LEAP (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performances) in Berlin

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.