Held annually since 2007, CYBERFEST is the first and biggest festival for technologically-based art in Russia. 100+ innovators participated in CYBERFEST 2013 in Berlin, marking the first time this important event has been held outside St Petersburg. This significant move was designed to strengthen the cultural exchange between Art and Technology creatives within Russia and their international counterparts.

The ‘reSource transmedial culture berlin’ is an initiative of the transmediale festival for art and digital culture, that happens throughout the year in the city of Berlin. The reSource extends into ongoing activities with decisive touchdowns at each festival. The objective of the reSource is to act as a link between the cultural production of art festivals and collaborative networks in the framework of art and technology.

Art Discourse in the Digital Age

Moderated by: Kate Martin

Panelists: Marco Mancuso, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Anna Frants, Vanina Saracino, Marc Poggia


re:Source / Transmediale, Sebestian Fuller, Leah Stuhltrager for Cyberfest, have invited Marco Mancuso to join this international panel of critics and bloggers at The WYE in Berlin, to discuss about art has expended in form, function and voices. This panel explored these realities and their implications. It was also followed by an open, earnest, face to face Q&A discussion between the critics, bloggers and the audience.

The parameters of how Art is seen, shared, discussed and archived have changed rapidly in the course of the last decade.  As virtual audiences online swell to provide an unprecedented girth of eyes, brick/mortar spaces and print publications are being reconfigured to keep relevant in Contemporary Art. Coverage by veteran critics with sway culminated over long careers gaining strongholds in traditional sources under echelons of editors, advertisers and media moguls is now juxtaposed with the unbridled words and power of the internet to disseminate content. Means of archiving an artwork or exhibit for prosperity has expanded from circulations of traditional news coverage, photographs, slides to files, video and global viral mediums.

The panels are not formal and not presentations. They are much more open discourse between really great people who come from different places / experiences but work in similar realms. you are on the panel about digital platforms and what role critical analysis, archiving and accessibility (among other points) have played in shaping contemporary art. the panels in general, will be open, honest conversations among the panelists that may know each others work and even speak online – but not have much opportunity to have face to face dialogue or human connections to those in their own “networks”…

Marco Mancuso open discourse

– How the online media tools are changing the ways of access to informations about art: websites, mailing lists, newsletters, social networks, blogs, institutional websites, online journals, open publishing houses

– How internet and social activities give the chance to everyone, with small investments, to design, realize, communicate and manage dynamic multi platform editorial, critical and cultural projects

– Which is the future of professional discourses about art and culture online. What happens with private big investments are interested in culture. Which the possible investments in online culture, and how is changing the idea of a new sustainability outside the support of cultural institutions. And how the problem of archiving and conservation of culture online will be faced in the near future

– How technologies allow us to be linked, to share informations and contents, to network, to have a direct channel of communication, to activate peer-to-peer dynamic activities with other professionals, projects, platforms, artists

– How quick is changing the role of the art curator and critic: half provider of quality contents and thoughtful reflections, half promoter and communication manager of his/her own contents or artist activities or event curated or publication provided. And how personal activities and careers are self branded and linked to the project they lead or they belong to

– How free, open and peer-to-peer networking activities among professionals are influencing culture in terms of birth of new collaborative projects, collaborations and jobs

– Which is the impact of the the increasing number of voices, blogs, articles, contents online on concepts, ideas, selections of artists in exhibitions offline. How museums, galleries, festivals and critics and exhibitions eventually influence each other, how trends are followed, how artists are selected and chosen

– How the boundaries among disciplines (art, design, science, communication) are changing because of a more and more diffused, critic, shared and popular open information about the impact of digital technologies and sciences on disciplines themselves

– How open and free technologies and platforms (in terms of softwares, hardwares, sciences) are also influencing the production processes, expression languages, technological skills of a new generation of artists, designers and professionals working around Art & Technology

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