The goal of this publication is to build a resource of information that disseminates and deepens the study of new technologies in the international artistic scene. Using an impressive body of critical work, the book intends to recuperate the experience of Digicult, a magazine that has seen the gradual growth of a network of professionals form disparate areas of research. These individuals have contributed to the creation of a proactive, dynamic and multilayered platform that could be defined unique in this context.
DIGICULT: THE BOOK
Artistic practices and projects in the digital era
Edited by Marco Mancuso and Claudio Musso
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A group of researchers, critics and curators selected form the network, accompanied by international critics who have been connected to digicult during these years, will realize original texts and essays in order to fathom contemporary artistic and project production according to their competences. Particular attention will be given to the experimental ambit and to the use of digital media in today society.
The thick network of professional and interpersonal relations of the more than 50 members of the Digicult network brought about the realization of a series of interviews that draw a historical and critical sketch of an exciting creative-historic moment, at the crossroad between avant-gard references and pioneering and growing contamination of elements drawn from popular and mass communication. In addition, it constitutes a unique and essential collection of experiences, accounts, practices, thoughts from a generation that is radically changing contemporary creativity, whose experiences can and must guide those younger generations that are about to face and become immersed in the world of new media.
The narrative of some of these interviews–some of which with some of the most important representatives of the culture and the electronic arts at the national and international levels—is a fundamental part of this critical, journalistic, cultural and informative volume. The lively voice of the protagonists, interviewed by professionals in their specific sector, consists of artists, musicians, graphic designers, critics, curators, observers all involved in the analysis of their work and experiences in a constantly transforming world.
Beside representing an important historical document of the virtual experience of Digicult, this publication is a useful instrument of navigation and comprehension of contemporary poetics and artistic practices.
Considering the scarcity of reference texts both at the dissemination level and at the didactic level, this volume is a first and finds its unique innovative drive in the plurality of the editorial angles and the diverse contents.