Emilio Vavarella was born in Monfalcone (Italy) in 1989. His artistic practice focuses on political philosophy and contemporary technological power with a particular emphasis on the aesthetics of error, subjectivity, mediated identity, biopolitics and social control. His work is informed by his studies on the history of conceptual art, digital and network culture, and new media practices. Through the use of new media he highlights the ambiguous spaces of power, such as unexpected errors and unpredictability. He believes that by doing so, the intrinsic logic and hidden structures of power are revealed and an intellectual resistance is formed.
As an artist, he has collaborated with engineers to produce new software to take pictures of the shape of information inside his computer, has worked with errors in Google Street View technology, has investigated the possibilities of error in Facebook’s facial recognition technology and has written memories into the ASCII code of vintage family photos, altering the images in a new and unpredictable way. More recently, he has focused on creating multimedia immersive installations with glitched holograms of Italian cities, altered by human memories.
In 2013, he completed with honors his M.F.A from Iuav University of Venice with a thesis on Error and Metamorphosis in New Media Art. He has also studied art in Sicily and Barcelona, and completed with honors a B.A. in Art History, Criticism and Methodology at the University of Bologna. This past year, he spent four months in Tel Aviv at Bezalel Academy of Arts’ studio residency program and four months at Bilgi University of Istanbul.
Emilio’s work has been shown internationally and he has participated in a number of conferences and festivals and has won several prizes and fellowships. Most notably, he has recently exhibited at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, GLITCH Festival, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Mediterranea16 – Young Artists Biennial, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Jarach Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina. Images and texts from his work and exhibitions have been published in: ARTFORUM, Flash Art, il Giornale dell’Arte, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Verge, Furtherfield, The Creators Project, Mashable, DIGICULT, Daily Mail, El Paìs, laRepubblica, MOUSSE, Hyperallergic, ANIMAL, Artribune, and The Collector Tribune, among others. He currently lives and works in New York.