Marco Mancuso
Since 2005
redazione@digicult.it
Works in Milan Italy

BIO
Marco Mancuso is a critic and curator in the field of digital technologies applied to Arts, Design and Contemporary Culture. Founder and Director at Digicult and Digimag Journal (part of The Leonardo Affiliate Program), he teaches “Multimedia Arts Theory” at MAIND Interaction Design Master at SUPSI in Lugano, "Web 2.0 & Media Art Management" at NABA Academy in Milan, “Digital Publishing for the Arts” at Academy of Fine Art in Bergamo, "Art Industries" at IED Milan and is visiting professor at Transmedia-Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design in Brussels.

With the Digicult Agency he curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, screenings, lectures, meetings and partnered with most of the main media art festival in Italy and worldwide. Marco Mancuso has been expertising from years on wider subjects like open communication, social networking and digital publishing and is now studying new economical Internet models for art and culture: with the project “Fracty: Trasformazioni Affini”, he theorized an online platform creating open and p2p professional links between investors, public and private, from the scientific-technological field, professionals and students in the field of technologies applied to art, design and contemporary culture. He recently developed the “Digicult Editions” open-publishing online service.

Lecturing internationally and writing critical texts for media art publications and catalogues, articles, interviews and essays for Digicult, Marco Mancuso curated for MCD-Musiques et Cultures Digitales the publication “The Open Future” - Issue 63 in 2012 and the carde-blanche “Art Industries” - Issue 74 in 2014. He was included in the publication Cultural Blogging in Europe by LabForCulture.org in 2010
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EVENT

Digicult Interviews Sedition Art


Dates:
Mon Nov 24, 2014 15:00 - Mon Nov 24, 2014

Sedition
The platform that is changing the contemporary art market

This is the interview I did to Sedition, the online platform that is changing the market of international contemporary art. They do not release many interviews, so it's an exclusive chance to better know this service (founded in 2011 by Harry Blain) that displays and sells artworks in digital format giving everyone an easy, enjoyable and social way to experience art-collecting at affordable prices

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An online platform for contemporary and media artists, has been displaing and selling their artworks in digital format from about 3 years. For those who don’t know it, its called Sedition (http://www.seditionart.com/) and it gives everyone an easy, enjoyable and social way to experience art-collecting at affordable prices, for connected screens and devices, TVs, smartphones, tablets, apps and computers.

They do not release many interviews, even if feedbacks confirm how this service has been growing in terms of numbers and businesses and is changing the way we can experience contemporary art nowaday. And how also the market of contemporary art will probably change the next years, due to the Internet and Social Media services.

The company was founded in 2011 by Harry Blain, English art dealer and gallery owner that in 2002 started Haunch of Venison gallery with Graham Southern, Founding Director of Christie’s (London) Post-War & Contemporary Art Department until 2011. In 2007 Blain and Southern sold Haunch of Venison to Christie’s International plc and after that launched a new gallery, Blain | Southern (http://www.blainsouthern.com/).

Sedition presents today an unparalleled selection of artists and artworks with works by leading contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, Shepard Fairey, Wim Wenders, Jenny Holzer, Lawrence Weiner, Francesco Clemente, Peter Savilleand, Christian Boltanski but also media artists as Ryoji Ikeda, Scanner, Casey Reas, Aaron Koblin, Herman Kolgen, Universal Everything, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Paolo Cirio, LIA, Memo Atken, Quayola, Zimoun, Mark Amerika, Claudia Hart and many others.


EVENT

Digicult interviews Benjamin Gaulon


Dates:
Thu Nov 20, 2014 17:10 - Thu Nov 20, 2014

Benjamin Gaulon
hacking (and recycling) the culture of obsolescence

An interview by Filippo Lorenzin to Benjamin Gaulon, artist, researcher, internationally known for his détournement, hacking, recycling and critical making practices. Founder at Recyclism Hacklab and author of the essay "Hardware hacking and recycling strategies in an age of technological obsolescence"

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What happens in a technological context where a device becomes obsolete within a very short time? A culture of obsolescence takes place, as regards technological devices and the thinking and behavior of people alike.

These are just some of the central themes of the study carried out by the artist, researcher and college lecturer Benjamin Gaulon.

His work is also known as “Recyclism” as his works used to be labelled. The nature of his projects is significantly varied, spanning from softwares, installations, pieces of hardware to web based projects, interactive works and street art interventions that often explore détournement, hacking and recycling practices.



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Digicult / Art Industries. MCD Carte Blanche presentation at Bozar 2014


Dates:
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:00 - Sat Sep 27, 2014

Location:
Brussells, Belgium

Bozar Festival 2014 Symposium
“Tools for the Unkwnown Future. Art & Digital Technologies: Disruptive Innovation Practices For An Unknown Future”

Art Industries. Disruption of the Arts
Presentation of the MCD #72 Issue by Anne-Cécile Worms (FR), CEO of Art2M (Art2Machine) presented by E.C.A.S. - Tools for an Unknown Future.

With the participation of:
Pia Myrvold (NO) - artist
Marco Mancuso (IT) - critic, curator and Director at Digicult

In a time of economical crisis and cuts to art and culture, it’s increasing the number of international examples, cultural subjects, creative professionals (artists, designers, hackers, makers, musicians, filmmakers …) and industries – ICT, science research, manufacturing processes, robotcs, biotechnologies, artificial intelligence and more – involved in the standardization of sustainable research and development models in order to activate processes of Open Research that are functional to the creation of a “cultural object”.

Marco Mancuso, Digicult Director has been invited at Bozar Festival in Brussels - within the symposium “Tools for the Unkwnown Future. Art & Digital Technologies: Disruptive Innovation Practices For An Unknown Future” - to talk about the Carte Blanche curated for the issue #74 of Magazine MCD tomorrow. MCD magazine Director Anne Cècile Warms will introduce the whole publication leaving Marco Mancuso a room to talk about his researches and the interviews curated within the world of international media art.

For this issue Marco Mancuso focused on the most valuable case studies of Open Innovation strategies in the world of artistic media production, looking at those hidden forms of collaborations between artists, designer, scientists, practioneers, curators, critics, universities, institutions and industries in the world of ICT technologies, applied and medical sciences, open hardware and free software, computational and interaction design, audiovisual technologies…

With critical texts by Marc Garrett (Furtherfield), Claudia D’Alonzo (Digicult), Caroline Heron (Metamute) Nik Hafermaas (Uebersee) and interviews to Philip Dean (Aalto Media Factory), Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica), Carlo Ratti (MIT Senseable City Lab), Michael John Gorman (Science Gallery), Jeffrey Huang and Alex Barchiesi (Sinlab), Joachim Sauter (ART+COM). Thanks to Donata Marletta and Giulia Baldi for the translations

The publication is at the base of the new courses Marco Mancuso is teaching at NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano named "Tecniche dei Nuovi Media Integrati: Art Industries"

To have more infos about the publication, researches and subjects involved, please write at redazione@digicult.it and check the following links:

Pdf Issue: www.digicult.it/wp-content/public/MCD-74-DigicultCarteBlanche.pdf

http://www.digicult.it/news/mcd-magazine-issue-74-the-art-industries-issue/

http://www.digitalmcd.com/mcd74-artindustrie/


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On the Bride’s side. The civil disobedience on stage


Dates:
Wed Jun 18, 2014 16:05 - Thu Jul 17, 2014

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On the Bride’s side.
The civil disobedience on stage
http://goo.gl/UjsaAO

The Digicult interview to the most ambitious crowdfunding campaign for an indipendent documentary in Italy: "On the Bride's side", written, directed and produced by
Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry.

A call to the media culture international community: let's help them to produce the movie for the Venice Biennale through Indiegogo, http://goo.gl/vlHigs.

A film manifesto, the story of 4 days trip through European borders, to bring 5 illegal Palestinian and Syrian immigrants from Milan to Stockholm. Confusing them amongst a transnational group of guests to a fake marriage. Twenty thousand deaths in the Mediterranean. It has to stop. These people are not victims of fate or storms, but of laws. And the disobedience has to start, which is why they became traffickers for a week and helped five Syrian war refugees continue their journey inside Fortress Europe. When this film comes out, they could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

They believe there is a community of people in Europe and around the Mediterranean who hope that one day this sea will stop swallowing up the lives of its travellers and go back to being a sea of peace, where all are free to travel and where human beings are no longer divided up into legal and illegal. This community exists. The people we met in our journey across Europe belong to it, and so do the people reading this page. There are many more of us than we think, and this is the film we needed.

This is the whole interview to the directors of this film manifesto: for all those who believe that travelling is not a crime, and that the real crime is averting your eyes to death by travel on our Mediterranean beaches, and deaths by war in Syria.


EVENT

MCD #74 - Art Industries


Dates:
Thu Jun 19, 2014 20:20 - Thu Jun 19, 2014

Location:
Paris, France

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Mag MCD #74 - Art Industries
Presentation: Thursday 19/06, 6pm, NUMA in Paris
Carte Blanche curated by Marco Mancuso, Digicult

Digicult is happy to announce that the new MCD Magazine issue #74 is finally out. The French printed version will be followed by the English digital free version, soon next July.

For this issue Marco Mancuso (Director at Digicult) curated a special section, focused on his recent researches around what he calls "Art Industries", so giving the title to the issue itself. He focused on the most valuable case studies of Open Innovation strategies in the world of media art, looking at those hidden forms of collaborations between artists, designer, scientists, practioneers, curators, critics, universities, institutions and industries in the world of ICT technologies, applied and medical sciences, open hardware and free software, computational design…

With critical texts by Marc Garrett (Furtherfield), Claudia D'Alonzo (Digicult), Caroline Heron (Metamute) Nik Hafermaas (Uebersee) and interviews to Philip Dean (Aalto Media Factory), Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica), Carlo Ratti (MIT Senseable City Lab), Michael John Gorman (Science Gallery), Jeffrey Huang and Alex Barchiesi (Sinlab), Joachim Sauter (ART+COM). Thanks to Donata Marletta and Giulia Baldi for the translations

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For more than a decade, the economies necessary to set processes of media art and culture production have come from banks, private entrepreneurs, external sponsorships on markets that are apparently virgin but obviously ready for commercial contamination just to guarantee their own survival. The common sensation is that even these models are shortly destined to failure. We have to give place to more virtuous processes which correlate closely the research field with the production sector. I am speaking about “production” in a wide sense, and I am advocating to pay close attention to what is rather defined “cultural production”.

In a time of economical crisis and cuts to art and culture, it’s increasing, ideed, the number of international examples, cultural subjects, creative professionals (artists, designers, hackers, makers, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers ...) and industries – ICT, science research, manufacturing processes, robotcs, biotechnologies, artificial intelligence and more - involved in the standardization of sustainable research and development models in order to activate processes of Open Research that are functional to the creation of a "cultural object".

It has been observed, over the past years, a growing phenomenon for which different cultural subjects, not necessarily institutionalized but making "value" on a new scale of socio-economic models more connected to Internet, Networks, Bottom-Up cultural production, can therefore provide guarantees by relating industrial companies with a network of universities, media & research centers, institutions, as well as creating an exchange mechanism among artists, professionals and practitioners (such as professors, former students, researchers, etc.) that may be even linked to these institutions themselves. Under the so-called "Art Industries", these new cultural players are also able at setting dynamics of diffusion and circulation of the “cultural object” produced, within exhibition and museum itineraries which industries would probably have no access to. It may be that the interest of an entire productive sector to invest in art and culture will be greater than it was in the past.

The ability of "Art Industries" is therefore to act as a catalyst and incubator of a new form of bottom-up economy and culture, linked to the use of technology, even though, to do so, it is necessary that a network of contacts is created; it is necessary to be integrated in the right professional circuits and, above all, it is necessary to know all the underworld of artists and designers who have taken an active part for about twenty years. It’s important to know the most important case studies at international level, it is necessary to draw a specific literature, between that relating to the "creative industries" and that concerning the "media art", to know also how paradigms of production of a cultural and artistic object are changing, as they are influenced by the relationship with companies and the mass production market, as meccanisms of free expression and research on the medium are changing. But the outcome is already determined.

http://www.digitalmcd.com/mcd74-artindustrie/