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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.
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Abstracted reality and the hidden world. A fragmented report from Resonate 2017

Amongst the usual slew of corporate-funded projects that many of the artists and designers presented at Belgrade's Resonate festival this year, it was good to see a strand of work revealing ideas addressing cultural engagement and the contemporary political landscape. With Nora O'Murcha at the helm of the arts programme, it was reassuring to see her once again bringing her art and design take to the festival, following her 2015 curating of the "New Black" exhibition .
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#Unit2017 – Connecting Unicorns: gender and technology

Where are boundaries among disciplines, between arts and science, professional and DIY culture challenged? At #Unit2017 – Connecting Unicorns in which the Global LGBTI Tech & Science Conference hosted by Unicorns in Tech, took place last 6th of May. Report by Arianna Mainardi
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“What The Body Knows”: Mattia Casalegno meets Antonio Canova

In Mattia Casalegno’s most recent project, “What the Body Knows”, he reinterprets the work of Italian Neoclassic artist Antonio Canova. The exhibition in Bassano del Grappa, Italy runs through June 25th and features an immersive audiovisual installation and a series of new sculptures.
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The blurry edge between biological and synthetic

The evolution of bio-sciences knowledge such as synthetic biology, bio-robotics, bio-engineering of materials, bioinformatics, influences contemporary art and design which are pushed to rethink their responsibilities in communicating through critical expressions, interpretations and accessible/appropriate language
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How much of this is fiction. An Exhibition by FACT Liverpool

How Much of this is Fiction. A rhetorical question, you could say. There is a lot of doubt over the way things happen in society, so how much can we believe? The key message from the last exhibition at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool is about deception. To what extent are we being fooled or protected from the strange incidents that come to pass in political media?
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Divine revenance. David Bowen’s Spacejunk

Watching David Bowen’s Spacejunk, you can’t help but feel a certain religious piety has formed in the gallery space. The 50 twigs, controlled by servo motors and mounted on thin but tall metal plinths, raise their arms in supplication, as space debris rises above the horizon.
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Shaping alternative futures. Interview with Pinar Yoldas

Introducing her work during a talk at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, Pinar Yoldas lists among her research fields: synthetic biology, turbo capitalism, big data, CO2 emissions, nano medicine, climate changes, bio-accumulation, and post-humanism.
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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.
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Graphical Abstracts: the visualization of science

The focus on operational modes of design understood as project attitude for problem solving and innovation in economic and marketing fields, translated as design thinking, is starting to spread also in scientific environments. Design can show science directions on how be present in new fields of activity, propose new themes answering the needs of society and the market, or stimulate the “creative capacity” of science.
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Exploring the Deep Web: a “knowledge vs comfort” dilemma

Many internet posts haven’t any doubt: the so-called Deep Web (DW) is definitely a bad place. Would you like your checking account to become empty? Aren’t you afraid that someone could spy on you? Or, from bad to worse that the police burst into your flat and arrest you like in American crime movie? If you aren’t chasing things like that, you’d rather stay in your daily sandbox made of Google, Facebook and so on
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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.
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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.
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Media Art and Art Market: an interview with Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher in conversation with Alessio Chierico about the role of Media Art and media artists in the contemporary art context and its market conditions, taking as an example the activity of the Carroll/Fletcher Gallery in London, one of the main referencing points of the contemporary art which emphasises the use of new technologies and committed to enquiries political and social topics.
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Memoria Esterna: Mika Taanila’s time machine

The first solo show of Mika Taanila in Italy, at the RITA URSO Artopia Gallery in Milan. On view: the video works produced by the artist using archive materials, and which deal with issues related to technology, media obsolescence, and the archaeology of the future.
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MatchPoint: the artistic research as a collaborative practice in the contemporary city

(Italiano) L'oggetto di indagine è costituito da un organismo sociale che, con la sua presenza nei quartieri popolari della città di Napoli, fa tutela attiva del suo patrimonio culturale materiale e immateriale, sia rivitalizzando e manutenendo intere aree cittadine dalla conformazione pre-moderna, sia partecipando alla definizione dell'effetto città (confronto, scambio, contaminazione).
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The never-ending performance that is living. An interview with Hugo Olim

The still image, which can be a photograph, or a frame of a video, or even a pixel, is a unity and as such it is a departing point for Hugo Olim’s artworks concept. Metaphorically, the still image, as is presented to us, results from a dialogue with sound from which it receives properties of rhythm and movement.
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Media Art and art market: an interview with Wolf Lieser

Since 1998 Wolf Lieser is curator and founder of the Digital Art Museum (DAM), an online museum which has being very active in supporting and promoting the history of Digital Art, since its very firsts experimentations in the end of 50's. In 2003 the museum started to be supported by a physical space: “DAM Gallery” where are regularly exhibited works that span all the categories from pioneers of the 60's till major artists of the last years.
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