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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...

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...

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.... READ MORE...

@ 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.... READ MORE...

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.... READ MORE...

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.... READ MORE...
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