Reviews

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MatchPoint: the artistic research as a collaborative practice in the contemporary city

(Italiano) L'oggetto di indagine è costituito da un organismo sociale che, con la sua presenza nei quartieri popolari della città di Napoli, fa tutela attiva del suo patrimonio culturale materiale e immateriale, sia rivitalizzando e manutenendo intere aree cittadine dalla conformazione pre-moderna, sia partecipando alla definizione dell'effetto città (confronto, scambio, contaminazione).
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Machine Learning by Ethem Alpaydin, MIT Press, 2016

“Machine Learning” has been released in November 2016 and written by Ethem Alpaydin. The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers concise, accessible overviews of compelling topics. Written by leading thinkers, the volumes provide expert syntheses of subjects ranging from the cultural and historical to the scientific and technical, “synthesising specialised subject matter for non-specialists”.
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Network Aesthetics by Patrick Jagoda. Chicago University Press, 2016

In this sense, the text Network Aesthetics, represents a truly valuable contribution to the field of media theory and cultural – but also American - studies, in the effort to understand the role of interconnection structures in contemporary culture and to showing how networks might have also a strong aesthetical connotation, encompassing in particular contemporary artistic productions, like television series, movies and games productions.
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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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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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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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Mediating Beach. A comment on “Networking the Unseen” exhibition

The exhibition Networking the Unseen presented this summer at the Furtherfield in London and curated by Gretta Louw, was focused on the intersection of indigenous cultures and the digital practices in contemporary art. Creating a connection between the ancestral and marginalised cultures with the art-making in contemporary society
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Invisibility and surprise. Eva and Franco Mattes at Carroll / Fletcher

"Abuse Standards Violations" is the exhibition by Eva and Franco Mattes at Carroll & Fletcher gallery in London, that invites us to reflect on what it means to participate in a critical reflection, before you even ask us to participate in the action that flows from it. We joined in the meeting which took place with the same artists at the The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on 19th July 2016
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Resonate Festival 2016. A combination between Art and Technology

A Resonate welcome speech is always a short and sweet moment. Festival organiser Eduard Prats Molner (aka Edu) took to the stage to declare the festival open and walked off. The essence of Resonate was as a leveller and was a place for sharing and debating ideas both during sessions and otherwise.
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David Link’s Monster Resurrection: an archaeology of calculating machines

Monster Resurrection, a video installation by the artist and theorist David Link, portrays four British engineers and curators who practiced media archeology long before the humanities discovered this theme. The collection of interviews follows the team leaders of these four projects, their careers, the emergence of their interest in old apparatuses and the completion of the reconstruction project in detail.
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Spaces for independent art: hot topic in Cairo

The activists' network and the underground art scene in Egypt have been following in these years a path that remembers for many aspects the birth and the raise of the Reclaim The Streets movement in the England 90s (then in all Europe)
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Zkm presents “GLOBALE” and the new works of Ryoji Ikeda developed at CERN

GLOBALE - The New Art Event in the Digital Age is the new major curatorial project hosted within ZKM’s exhibition spaces, presenting an impressive and varied program lasting 300 days until April 2016. A unique event of its kind, as for size and offer: exhibitions, concerts, performances, lectures and symposia
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DIY Synth Fair: the Indie edge

This year Incubate Festival, known for its innovative and groundbreaking program, organized a DIY Synth Fair as part of their programme. Presented in the form of an exhibition instead of a traditional trade fair, from a Pop up shop location in the center of Tilburg
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