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Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing, by Martin Erwig.

Martin Erwig is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. In his recent text, “Once upon an Algorithm”, published for MIT Press, the author proposes an innovative and original approach for introducing computational thinking concepts to general public, while going beyond the strict technical domain.... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Nuove geografie del suono, di Leandro Pisano

(Italiano) Uno dei punti di forza dell'ultimo libro di Leandro Pisano sta nella sua attitudine a mantenere l'impianto teorico in dialogo costante con alcune pratiche della sound art contemporanea. Dall'analisi delle teorie del suono contemporanee fino all'indagine di alcune opere secondo un approccio acustemologico, Pisano apre prospettive di nuove connessioni tra teoria e prassi.... 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...

Sirens: an audio-visual project by Novi_Sad and Ryoichi Kurokawa

Sirens, originally an audio-visual project by Novi_sad and Ryoichi Kurokawa, has taken now the form of a publication, including an audio CD and a Book, released in 2016 for Sub Rosa (BE) and s[edition] (U.K.). The original audio-visual performance - where Kurokawa’s visuals meet the audio work of Kaproulias - took place in 2009, at different festival and venues around the world.... 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...

The age of Electroacustics. Transforming Science and Sound

In his book "The age of Electroacustics", published by MIT Press, Roland Wittje traces the history of acoustics during the interwar period, leading an enquiry theoretically grounded in the physics and its transformation into the so called ‘technical acoustics’ or electroacoustic.... 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...
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