Articles

When smart homes become smart prisons

The continued development of the Internet of Things (IoT) with little to no standards nor regulation, in the US and Europe, opens the door not only to concerns regarding corporate data exploitation and state surveillance but also to surveillance, coercion, and control within intimate relationships.... 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...

The Dreamy Reality. Interview with Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox is the epitome of the unclassifiable persona; he is an artist, an inventor, a designer, a speaker, and a man who reinvents the normal into something that not necessarily has an actual purpose. His works span from the most odd machines to more practical devices.... 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...

Media Art and Art Market: an interview with Gerfried Stocker

As director of Ars Electronica Gerfried Stocker has a fundamental role in the promotion and creation of recognition of Media Art. The sociological aspect that determines this cultural field is recognised in this interview, which express hope about a fruitful dialogue between Media Art and contemporary art... READ MORE...

The material concretization of scientific principles

Some designers and artists have the purpose of translating scientific principles connected to the relationship between artificial and biological through 3D objects, that can be used as material “concretizations” which crystallize phenomena and knowledges. An example is represented by the customized jewels resulted from parametric generation started from the DNA.... 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...

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 .... READ MORE...

#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... READ MORE...

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... READ MORE...

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?... READ MORE...
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