Issue 56

DigiMag Issue 56

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Human, Water And Environment. Between Multimedia And Sustainability

The topic of water in the multimedia, electronic and digital field is huge since the beginning of electronic art and works of art of famous artists such as Bill Viola and Fabrizio Plessi, only to mention a few. Water has been compared to the electron flow and video, exactly for its liquid and mobile nature, is par excellence the mean which is the most linked and compared to this element essence.
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Smart Urban Stage – The Media In The Future City. Meeting Alberto Abruzzese

Since the past 26th of June until July the 31st, inside a 200 square meters inflatable futuristic structure at Rome's Music Parc Auditorium ( Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, ndt.) the smart future minds exhibition will be presented. Articulating the theme the future of the city through twelve different projects, the exhibition is guaranteed to constitute a moment of critical reflection and artistic divulging within the wider scenario of the smart urban stage, cutting-edge road show that is going to hit Zurich, Paris, Madrid and London and has already been in Berlin.
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The Explosion Of The Arts. Sineglossa Live Performances

Sineglossa is an artistic collective residing in the Marche region in Italy, comprising personalities from different disciplines but with the same intent and the same sensitivity. Created in 2006 by director Federico Bomba, the painter Luca Poncetta and performer Barbara Hall, the theatrical debut happened in 2007 with Camera Verde, to which followed in 2008 Pleura e Pneuma. In 2009 are among the companies winning the contract ETI New creativity, working on Undo and Remember me.
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Resistence And Constitution. Audiovisual Settings By N03!

Paolo Ranieri of N03! talks about his artistic support to interactive museums dedicated to History. From the Museo Diffuso della Resistenza (the Widespread Museum of Resistance) in Turin to the Museum of Fosdinovo (Sarzana - SP) opened on June 3rd, 2000 and the most recent Diritti al cubo/Living the Constitution (Genoa and Turin).
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Informational Realism. Quantum Bit In The Cyber Space

It may very well be said that information is the irreducible kernel from which everything else flows, hence the question why nature appears quantized is simply a consequence of the fact that information itself is quantized by necessity. (p.3) Anton Zeilinger, Why the Quantum? It from Bit? A Participatory Universe?, (The Global Spiral, Metanexus Online, March 25, 2002).
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Live Architecture Network. The Net As A Design Project

The parametric or associative design is based on the use of integrated systems of CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) which allow a direct dialogue between the machine that models and the machine that makes the constructive elements and assembly pieces, generating a new process of ideation/production. The traditional relationships between the actors of this process change: every project can be planned out in an super-customized way and the variables which can be immense enlarge exponentially
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Loop Barcelona. Transversal Video Art

Once upon a time there was a peripheral artistic practice scarcely considered called video art. This could probably be the incipit of any dissertation on artistical practices tied to technology developments. As we know, the world of arts shares since ever a long common boundary with the world of technologies, but nowadays video art - though maintaining some innovative features - has departed from this frontier positioning itself among the artistic disciplines currently most demanded, valued and practiced.
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Landscape And Interaction. Matteo Pennese, The Sound Within Space

Systems of interaction between acoustic and electronic music are the base on which the Twentieth century's musical performance developed and grew. It is possible to find live electronic, namely performative, tracks, since the very beginning of experimental-contemporary music. In some cases even some of the very early works of electronic music, as Maderna's Musica su due dimensioni (Music on two dimensions, 1958), are filed among the so-called live-electronic compositions, marking by using this term the performance aspect that used to conciliate the writing for an acoustic instrument with the magnetic tape during the live execution.
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Brandon Labelle. Where Do Sounds Come From And Where Do They Go?

Where do sounds come from and where do they go? From this fundamental and central question different paths branch out that make up Acoustic Territories. Sound Culture and Everyday Life, the new book by Brandon LaBelle - artist, theorist and editor who, through a particularly coherent research, has constantly devoted himself to the exploration of sound and audio culture from multiple points of view and different levels, giving birth to a large body of work, tests and projects.
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The Silences Of Biosphere. Neo Baroque And Aware Intimacy

Geir Jenssen, also known as Biosphere, is one of the most important figures in the field of contemporary electronic composition. Norwegian origins, from Tromsø, a town immersed in icy silence, 500 miles away from the Arctic Circle. Atypical personality, friendly and quiet, he always prefers to communicate through sound, like the sound of his records, of the many installations he designed in the last years, even of the performances.
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Gmaybe: Be Free, Be Public! What Future For Privacy?

You may have happened to witness the presentation of a new online service. Two young men wearing a t-shirt with the Gmaybe? logo show the exciting benefits of the new frontier of social networks. All the rhetorical promises related to technology are there: they tend to fall into four main categories: democracy, freedom, efficiency and progress. Democracy looks like what everyone will enjoy using the new technologies, thus increasing its own influence on the social environment [...] Freedom is usually presented as the absence of socially restrictive elements (Critical Art Ensemble, The Molecular Invasion. Biotech theory and practices of resistance, Eleuthera, Milano, 2006, pp38-39).
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Buddha Machine. Third Generation Sound Toy

FM3, the experimental music group whose productions examine the relationship between composition, art, and everyday life, consists of original members Zhang Jian and Christiaan Virant.
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Technesexual Interface. Erotic Mixed Reality Performance

Biometric sensors, made cheaply available by do-it-yourself (DIY) prototyping platforms such as Arduino, allow a shift away from visual interfaces to proprioceptive interfaces, away from the touch of a finger and towards a more internal, embodied form of sensing. One possible effect of this shift is away from the command-control methodology which was a historical basis for cybernetics, and towards a form of modulation and cooperation akin to intersubjectivity.
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Habemus Data. Digital Culture And Free Information

A close step far from the counter-reformation of the 'gag law', stirred by the fear of our politicians who are frightened of losing control on the information flow or of a excessive overexposure of privacy and details, we caught the opportunity to go back on the matter of Open Data. But what has Open data got to do with the 'problem' of interceptions and 'bugs' of public and private world?