Marco Mancuso is an indipendent contemporary art critic, curator, teacher and publisher. He focuses his research on the impact of technologies and science on art, design and contemporary culture. Founder and director from 2005 at Digicult and Digimag Journal, he has been teaching New Media Art and Phenomenology of Contemporay Art at NABA Academy in Milan (2006-2017) and IED Institute in Milan (2006-2017), Digital Publishing for the Arts at the Academy of Fine Art Carrara in Bergamo (2012-2017) and is visiting professor at SUPSI in Lugano and Transmedia-Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design in Brussels.
He curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions and events including Mixed Media (Milan, 2006), Screen Music (Florence, 2006-2007), Graffiti Research Lab / Laser Tag (Rome, 2008), Sincronie (Milan, 2008-2009), The Mediagate (Lodz, 2010), Trasformazioni Affini (Milan, 2013), Streaming Egos for Goethe Institute (2015-2016). He presented his productions and screenings (“+39: Call for Italy”, “Visual Music”, “Hidden Worlds”, “Hyper Reality”) at festivals like Dissonanze (Rome, 2006), Cimatics (Brussels, 2008), Strp (Eindhoven, 2008), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam, 2009), Nemo (Paris, 2009), Elektra (Montreal, 2010), Subtle Technologies (Toronto, 2011), Bozar (Brussels, 2014), Creative Tech Week (New York, 2016). He lectured - among others - at Market for Digital Arts/Elektra (Montreal 2008), Città della Scienza (Napoli, 2008), Fabrica (Treviso, 2009), Laptop’r’s (Madrid, 2010), Subtle Technologies (Toronto, 2011), Isea (Istanbul, 2012), Open World Forum (Paris, 2012), Design Week (Milan, 2013), 55th Venice International Art Exhibition (Venice, 2013), Cyberfest (Berlin, 2013), Ninth International Conference on Arts in Society (Rome, 2014), IUAV University (Venice, 2014), RUFA Academy (Rome, 2016), Artlab (Milan, 2016), Spektrum (Berlin, 2017). He curated solo exhibition and performances of Thosten Fleisch, Scanner, Ulf Langheinrich, otolab, Motomichi Nakamura, IOCOSE, Salvatore Iaconesi, Silvio Lorusso, Alterazioni Video, Ivan Pavlov/COH, Brecht & Boris Debackere, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitri Gelfand, Honor Harger, Tez, Pierre Bastien, Quayola, Mylicon/en, Saso Sedlacek, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Tina Frank, Franco B, Edwin Van Der Heide, Skoltz Kolgen, Tristan Perish among others.
A short list of festivals, institutions and partners he partnered with inludes the following: Elektra, Forum d’Avignon, Sonic Acts, Sonar, Sonar +D, transmediale, Zero1 Biennal, STRP festival, Todaysart, 55th Venice International Art Exhibition, Fabrica, Goethe Institut, SHAPE platform, SUPSI, Direct Digital Exhibition, Laptops’R’Us, IUAV University, Share Festival, Kernel, Traffic Gallery, Open World Forum, FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Muv Festival, Transmedia Brussels, Cimatics, Audiovisiva Festival, Netmage, Virtueel Platform, Toolkit, Musiques & Cultures Digitales, SEA Aeroporti Milano, CYLAND, LPM, Smart Urban Stage, Mixed Media, Festival della Creatività, Optronica festival, Enzimi, NABA, Celeste Prize, IED, Les Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Elita, Bloom Art Show, Città della Scienza, Galeria NT/Imaginarium, Sincronie, Subtle Technologies, O' Artoteca, Connecting Cultures, Signal, Creativity Day, Tecarteco, Dissonanze, Illustrative, Japan Media Art Festival, Politecnico University Milan, Bicocca University Milan, mcd magazine, Iuav University, Cynetart, Isea, Fondazione Romaeuropa, Node Festival, Blooom, Xing, Master Relational Design, Connecting Cultures, Ceramic Futures, Natural Recall, Libre Graphic Meeting, Link Art Center, Terraforma, CFP Bauer, Fruit Exhibition, Antiatlas of Borders, Artlab, Ikono Tv, Macao, We Make, Unit festival, FACT Liverpool, Tempo Reale, San Fedele Musica.
Marco Mancuso has taken part in round tables and meetings about the relationship between art, design and technology and how contemporary art market is changing according to industry and digital platforms. He produced more than 100 interviews for Digicult and writes critical texts for publications and catalogues; he also curated for MCD magazine the Issue 63 - “The Open Future” (2012) and the carde-blanche Issue 64 - “Art Industries” (2014). He is part of the publication "Cultural Blogging in Europe" by LabForCulture.org (2010) and was recently included in "The Leonardo Affiliate Program" by Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). He is part of the SHAPE Platform for Innovative Music and Audiovisual Art and has been involved in international juries and awards. Marco Mancuso is the author of "Art Industires. Nuovi paradigmi di produzione nell'ambito della new media art" for Johan & Levi and was part of the SWARM Lab in Milan, for whom curated workshops and public meetings, including those with Bruce Sterling, Chris Salter (ART+COM), Matt Clark (UVA). He is actually consultant for IF! Italians Festival, the most important event in Italy about digital creativity, art, design, communication and culture.