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Artificial Darkness: an obscure history of Modern Art and Media

Noam Elcott, an associate professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, recently released this new book for MIT press: Artificial Darkness which is an original and pioneering study about artificial darkness, meaning technology controlled darkness, in other words an investigation about the role of “black screens” in shaping arts and media practices from the 19th century onwards.
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Build Your World: Minecraft and Open Source Architecture

To design one’s world, whether in the physical or digital domain, is to to increase one’s sense of agency. For Minecraft, this is an opportunity for architects to address the crises in urban housing. A similar open-source, DIY, and collaborative ethos plays out in architecture projects fabrication systems for non-architects to design and build their own homes, by Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Aravena, and the WikiHouse Project.
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Werktank: a platform for new media art. Poetry, humor and beauty

Werktank is a platform for new media art. It is an organisation which focuses on the production of visual art projects, media art and performative art, with it’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. The main focus of their activities is to create installations that investigate the relationship between technology and perception
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To conceal and to reveal: an interview with Ruben Pater

Ruben Pater is a designer and researcher. He finished the master programme of the Sandberg institute in 2012, and as Untold Stories he works on self-initiated and collaborative projects between journalism and graphic design. His work has received several international awards and is featured in exhibitions around the world.
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Awesome Shield: empowering the next generation of creators with code

Awesome Shield is a start up born in Berlin in 2014, to teach kids to code based on the Arduino platform; also they build hardware prototypes and designing a functional online-learning platform. Awesome Shield has already been put into action in Europe and last and this year they took part in the Maker Faire Rome
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Techno-animism, visual poetry and irony

Artist, researcher at the Ars Electronica and co-founder of h.o project, Hideaki Ogawa focuses his work on the applied creativity, which seeks innovative applications through combinations of art and technology responding to social needs. Creating interaction with the roots of the Japanese culture with the advent of new media
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The relaxing area of Art Basel Miami. The Soothing Center at Satellite Art Show

The Soothing Center, made its debut at Satellite Art Show in Miami the last weekend. Curated by Jesse Firestone, is an artist-made pop up spa aimed at actively combating the disruptive influences of contemporary electronic media-driven stimuli. It’s supposed to be a relaxing area for the stressed visitors of the nearby Art Basel Miami Beach
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Making sense of it all. An interview with Ryoichi Kurokawa

Ryoichi Kurokawa is an Japanese artist who through his art, projects the viewer towards other universes. His audio-video are synesthetic creations that stimulate all the observer's sense, playing with fantasy and inventing immersive environments in which you can find another self
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Not just a matter of nostalgia: loving the vinyl record in the digital age

The return of the use of vinyl is a nostalgic issue or a reaction to the digital world, preferring a specific auditory experience? Vinyl: the Analogue Record in the Digital Age, a book of 2015, written by Dominique Bartmanski and Ian Woodward responds at this question assuming an historical, unique and not at all obvious perspective.
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Rogue Archives by Abigail De Kosnik, MIT Press

One of the most recent releases by MIT Press, “Rogue Archives”, just came out last October. The author, Abigail De Kosnik, is currently Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the Berkeley center for New Media Center of theater, dance and performances studies.
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Computational fashion and 4D print. The glamorous side of fabbing and synthetic biology

Dissemination of tools for rapid prototyping through 3D printing and evolution of software for digital modeling to parametric methods excited great interest inside the world of fashion. Designers created many experiments at different levels of scale: from fabrics with three-dimensional textures to dresses and accessories modeled directly in three dimensions around the body of the wearer.
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Marco Barotti: listening to the different expression of sound

Marco Barotti is a contemporary artist and performer. Thanks to his collaborations with Plastique Fantastique and Asphalt Piloten, he joined the international art scene. His artworks are hybrid creation that involve architecture, design, sound and technology that interact with the space and the viewer, creating a total experience for the senses
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Choreographing Gestures: Interview with Rosana Antoli’

The new project by Rosana Antolì, Virtual Choreography, was exposed at the Arebyte in London. It is an online platform that functions as an open database of movements, gestures of a world map that allows the public to view and upload numerous movements recorded and created by themselves
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The Audiovisual Breakthrough by Ana Carvalho

The Audiovisual Breakthrough is a book published by Ana Carvalho and Cornelia Lund, which addresses and explores the interdisciplinary nature of audiovisual production, trying to define terms such as visual music, expanded cinema, VJing and performance art. Written with the collaboration of artists and all those who work with the intersection of the various knowledge
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About Art (and) Failure: interview with Iocose

IOCOSE are a collective formed by: Matteo Cremonesi, Filippo Cuttica, Davide Prati and Paolo Ruffino. They work with a mix of media, such as websites, videos, social networks and portraits; and they are focused on the teleological narratives of technological and cultural development expressed through their enthusiastic and pessimistic visions
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The fluid principles of contemporary images

"We have entered the digital age. And the digital age has entered us. We are no longer the same people we once were." These are the words by Fred Ritchin that in After Photography, examines the transition from analog to digital, exploring the possibilities of new technologies that lead the photograph to another identity and another form
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Ai Weiwei, not only Free

The first big retrospective of Ai Weiwei opened last month in Florence, Italy. This event not only brought to Italy for the first time works that left a sign in the recent history of contemporary art, but it also marks the reactivation of the contemporary art network that connects Palazzo Strozzi to other centers in Tuscany, like Pecci, in Prato.
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