BIO
Marco Mancuso is a critic, curator, journalist and teacher in the field of Multimedia Technologies applied to Arts, Design and Contemporary Culture. Founder and director at Digicult (http://www.digicult.it) and Digimag Journal, he teaches “Multimedia Arts Theory” at MAIND Interaction Design Master at SUPSI in Lugano, "Multimedia Design for the Arts" at NABA Milan, “Interactive Systems” at IED in Milan, “Multimedia Publishing for the Arts” at Academy of Fine Art in Bergamo, “Art Management & Communication” at IED Masters in 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 international exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops and meetings and partnered with most of the main media art festival and events in Italy and worldwid. He recently developed the “Digicult Editions” online service, while expertising from years on wider subjects like open communication, social networking and digital publishing. Lecturing internationally and writing critical texts for media art publications and catalogues, Marco Mancuso also curated the publication “The Open Future” by "MCD-Musiques et Cultures Digitales" magazine in 2012 and he was included in the publication “Cultural Blogging in Europe” by LabForCulture.org in 2010.
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transmediale 2014: afterglow - The Digicult report


Sorry for any crosspostings

afterglow: 27th transmediale, a nonlinear report
By Mario Margani

If you missed transmediale, festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, this is the chance to go back there to 'see' what happened. Commissioned works, performances, conferences, talks, and an Internet black market have spiced up afterglow, the 27th transmediale that has taken place between 29.01 and 02.02 as usual at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Under the multiple meanings of the afterglow, and slogans such as “How do you feel today?” “Feel Healthy, Feel Fit”, the debate has rotated around the different approaches towards e-waste, cloud computing, surveillance, mining, big data, and whistle-blowers.

This plastic representation recalls accidentally two different approaches, which have structured the 27th transmediale core concept, the “afterglow”. The artistic director Kristoffer Gansing together with Tatiana Bazzichelli (conference programme curator) and Marcel Schwierin (screening programme curator) have namely given prominence to the strategies put into action by artists, journalists, hacktivists and critics exploiting, revaluating and revitalizing the digital and physical waste produced during the heyday of digital high-tech evolution. It’s neither possible nor interesting to comprise all the very different approaches presented during the 5-days programme into two closed and unconnected categories.

More: http://goo.gl/hb88MQ

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Cyberfest 2013, Panel: "Art Discourse in the Digital Age"


Dates:
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:00 - Sun Nov 17, 2013

Sorry for any cross posting...

Cyberfest 2013
Panel: "Art Discourse in the Digital Age"
Sunday 17th of November, Noon-2pm, The WYE (Berlin)

With: Marco Mancuso, Founder of Digicult / Tatiana Bazzichelli, Curator Transmediale / Anna Frants, CoFounder CYLAND / Chatzistefanou Panagiotis, Publisher and Writer / Kate Martin, Curator and Arts Educator

Held annually since 2007, CYBERFEST is the first and biggest festival for technologically based art in Russia. Growing over years to become a massive international event, CYBERFEST 2012 included more than 80 artists who exhibited throughout St Petersburg’s top institutions. This year, CYBERFEST 2013 will be held in Berlin: it is the first time this 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. (www.cyland.org).

On Sunday 17th of November, the last day of CYBERFEST, there will be a panel discussion on “Art Discourse in the Digital Age” in collaboration with transmediale reSource. The panel will start at 2pm in the WYE and will be led together between Sebestian Fuller, Leah Stuhltrager, and the reSource community, involving as speaker our transmediale curator Tatiana Bazzichelli, who is also part of the advisory board of the CYBERFEST festival.

Panel’s abstract:

The parameters of how art is seen, shared, discussed and archived have changed rapidly in the course of the last decade. The panel discussion between art critics and bloggers will explore the past, present and future of covering culture.

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.

Discourse about art has expended in form, function and voices. This panel will explore these realities and their implications. It will be followed by an open, earnest, face to face Q&A discussion between the critics, bloggers and the audience. (http://cylandfest.com)

More information about CYBERFEST and the upcoming programme can be found here: http://www.thewye.de/events/cyberfest-5

Actively updating Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/464459557006243/?fref=ts



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Connecting La Havana - Edited by Lucrezia Cippitelli - Digicult Editions, Milan 2013


Dates:
Mon Jun 10, 2013 15:55 - Tue Jun 11, 2013

Lucrezia Cippitelli, Connecting La Havana, Digicult Editions, Milan 2013. Soft cover, 82 pp, English & Spanish, € 18.00, ISBN 978-1-291-42251-1


Print on Demand: 
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Online Preview:
 http://issuu.com/digicultlibrary/docs/libro_completo

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Digicult Editions is proud to announce the release of Connecting La Havana, the first publication from the “Making Peers” new series.

Connecting La Havana is a research and educational project developed in Havana /Cuba between September 2010 and September 2011. Initiated by TIME FRAME (Amsterdam) in collaboration with the Netherlands Media Art Institute - NIMK, has the support of Mondriaan Foundation and Prince Claus Fund. TIME FRAME investigates the intersection of media, technology, art and society in the current contemporary art practices in Africa and Latin America, stimulating and promoting sustainable media art training, discussion, production and the transit of new artwork in Europe.

Edited by Lucrezia Cippitelli, scholar and curator, professor of Aesthetics at the Art Academy of L’Aquila, co-curator of the project TIME_FRAME, Connecting La Havana has been developed as a long-term research and educational program, focused on time-based and media art from a South/South perspective. The project started with two weeks of visits, informal presentations and small-scale workshops in Havana on September 2010.

This book is not a simple documentation of the project Connecting Havana. The aim of the publication is primarily to introduce the work of those artists who participated to the process of learning, teaching, presenting, sharing, researching. A general survey of critical perspectives on contemporary art practices in Havana from the very last years: surely a complicated time-frame for Cuba and for its cultural production.

Focusing on time-based and media art as tool of self-representation and critical process of creation and participation, Connecting La Havana had the chance to visit and involve local creativity, discovering a local context of artists and producers who use the languages of contemporary creation as tool of social interaction, political intervention, cultural critique. Not calling themselves dissidents, not questioning the revolutionary history of the Country, sometimes working within or with institutions.

More info: Info: http://www.digicult.it/news/connecting-la-havana-by-lucrezia-cippitelli-the-new-book-by-digicult-editions/

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Digicult Editions (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/digiculteditions), is a publishing side of the Digicult online cultural platform. Digicult Editions' goal is to be active in the publication of the Digimag Journal, critical and theoretical essays commissioned to international authors, university theses of special interest, publications edited in collaboration with other national and international publishers, as well as artists' books. Digicult Editions has now 4 different book series: "Journal", focused on publishing the Digimag journal, "Artists' Books", which edited the book PageRank#CMdc01B by Mauro Ceolin and Claudio Musso, "Making Peers" with the book Connecting La Havana by Lucrezia Cippitelli and "Self Portrait", which will release soon two books collecting critical texts by Paul Prudence (dataisnature.com) and Garnet Hertx (www.conceptlab.com/) Digicult Editions uses all digital formats and print on demand strategies to publish critical quality contents around media art, design and culture, with a cross-disciplinary and over-boundaries attitude. Digicult Editions creates accessible bridges to open publishing, free of charge releases and multi-platform digital publications. All its contents, as Digicult itself, are circulated under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons 2.5 Italy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5) license.


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Digicult Panel in Venice: “We’re on the Road to Nowhere” - Ca’ Foscari University, June 31


Dates:
Fri May 31, 2013 11:00 - Fri May 31, 2013

Digicult, CYLAND Media Art Lab (St Petersburg, Russia) & Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR)
Ca’ Foscari University in Venice presents:

'WE'RE ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE'
Ca' Foscari University, Dorsoduro, Venice
Friday, May 31 - From 11.00 to 13.00
Curated by: Marco Mancuso
With: Alessio Erioli, Bertram Niessen, Domenico Quaranta, Valentina Tanni

The meeting will focus on the possible intermedia territories related to the impact of digital technologies and open networks on contemporary art, design and society.

We are on a road whose final destination is unknown. We can barely distinguish its edges, its borders, its rules of travel. But in the end we do not care that much. We are jauntily adapting our professionalism, our interests, our fields of research and analysis, in order to understand the complexity of contemporaneity.

We are not worried, we are not confused. We observe art, culture, markets, design in our Information Age, envisaging future scenarios and comparing them with past experiences, noting overlapping elements between disciplines, materializing in the folds of possible differences between research areas. We are living in a mature age, aware of the social, economic and creative limits of technologies, but also looking at their development and impact on society through a professional and curios perspective.

So, we are on a road of inconsistencies, of sudden changes, of at times destabilizing extremes. We live its complexity and are not only keen to analyse it, we try to make it part of our lives and work. We seek to illustrate it through exhibitions, meetings, articles, round tables, readings, educational activities. We are no longer children and we know what we want, we know out of which material our future is made and which kind of technology it will adopt in order to acquire a new shape, a shape which we still do not know. But give us the time to find this out: our curiosity is everybody’s curiosity, and reflects that aspiration to understand the society we live in.

Alessio Erioli, Bertram Niessen, Domenico Quaranta and Valentina Tanni will guide us along this road. They will tell us about the dynamics related to information dissemination, about networks and channels promoting professional and artistic collaborations. They will explain to us how to observe nature and landscapes around us, for us to replicate their shapes, approaches and parameters.

They will lead us towards technological complexity and variety of styles, expressions and languages that characterize contemporary art, while reflecting on the meaning of identity and medialisation which is part of us, men and women of the XXI Century. Jump on board, the journey has just begun …

Marco Mancuso
Digicult Director
http://www.digicult.it

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Digicult Last Publications & Digicult Editions


Dates:
Tue May 21, 2013 17:15 - Fri Dec 13, 2019

Digicult last publications:

Ars Electronica Prix 2013: Golden Nica
Nicolas Bernier: between frequencies and dichotomies
By Donata Marletta

Nicolas Bernier is one of the most interesting and sophisticated artists in the contemporary scenario. His piece frequencies(a) has been awarded 2 days ago with the prestigious Golden Nica for the “Digital Musics and Sound Art” section by the Ars Electronica Festival (http://www.aec.at/prix/gewinner/). Nicolas is a sound artist working with digital and mechanical tools. Dichotomies seem to best describe his artistic production: digital/organic, tradition/experimentation, cerebral/sensual, mechanical/electronic. His artistic creations and collaborations range widely; he’s also member of Perte de Signal, a Montreal-based collective and media arts research centre (http://perte-de-signal.org/), and PhD candidate in sonic arts at the University of Huddersfield (UK). The Golden Nica was the occasion to interview Nicolas about his latest projects and his recent live performance of frequencies(a)  during the Elektra festival in Montreal, directed by the artist and curator Alain Thibault.

Read more: http://www.digicult.it/news/ars-electronica-prize-winners-nicolas-bernier-between-frequencies-and-dichotomies/

“Drones/Birds: Princes of Ubiquity”.
The bird metaphor as a contemporary cultural form
By Silvia Bertolotti

The Digital Now is an exhibition series exploring international current art practices in relation to the contemporary media and digital framework. Drones/Birds: princes of ubiquity, the first chapter of the series, took place in Brussels one month ago, from April 10 to April 21, 2013. On this occasion collateral events were also held: an opening concert with dj set and an artists talk organized in cooperation with ArtistTalk.eu and Transmedia. Honor Harger, director at Lighthouse, and James Bridle, artist, publisher and technologist, were invited speakers at the aforesaid symposium that was moderated by Michel van Dartel (curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media). The exchange focused on the use of drone-technology from an artistic and curatorial perspective. The Drones/Birds exhibition was curated by Bram Crevits.

Read more: http://www.digicult.it/news/dronesbirds-princes-of-ubiquity-the-bird-metaphor-as-a-contemporary-cultural-form/

From the birth of artificial intelligence to the Human Brain Project
By Ludovico Ristori

In a scenario in which institutions and individuals have to fight in an increasingly harsh way to grab the (few) research funds, the recent news of the European Union to include the Human Brain Project in the FET  has outraged the “flagship projects” for the next decade. Surprise struck also for the consequent money allocation: one billion euros in ten years to create a complete simulation of the human brain through a network of supercomputers. This project has been seen as an unrealistically attainable goal, or even an ill-posed problem [ii], but this and other similar projects do not come from nowhere [iii]. They have about 50 years of history behind, collected in the discipline known as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Read more: http://www.digicult.it/news/from-the-birth-of-artificial-intelligence-to-the-human-brain-project/

More interviews are going to come to the Ars Electronica Prix 2013/ Golden Nica winners: Quayola / Memo Akten with the work "Form" from the Computer Animation / Film / VFX category and Michel Décosterd / André Décosterd with the work "Pendulum Choir" from the Interactive Art category. Stay tuned...

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Digicult Editions last publications:

Digimag Journal. Issue 74 / Winter 2013
“Uncertainty Reloaded”

Curated by: Roberta Buiani and Marco Mancuso
With contributions by: Franco Torriani, Ildiko Meny, Daphne Dragona, Marc Garrett, Maria Androulaki, Alessio Chierico, Henrique Roscoe, Markéta Dolejšová, Adam Zaretsky, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitri Gelfand, Renate Quehenberger

On December 2012, several scholars, artists and scientists with common interests in the intersection of art, science and technology gathered in Prague (Mutamorphosis, an event on mutant futures, Dec 6-8) to discuss a topic that has become increasingly important during our uncertain times: The event was entitled “Tribute to Uncertainty”.

Check the online publication: http://www.digicult.it/digimag-journal/

Have a look at the preview here: http://issuu.com/digicultlibrary/docs/digimag74

Print your copy on demand: http://www.lulu.com/shop/marco-mancuso/digimag-journal-issue-74-winter-2013/paperback/product-20968203.html

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Digicult Editions (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/digiculteditions), is a publishing side of the Digicult online cultural platform. Digicult Editions' goal is to be active in the publication of the Digimag Journal, critical and theoretical essays commissioned to international authors, university theses of special interest, publications edited in collaboration with other national and international publishers, as well as artists' books. Digicult Editions has now 4 different book series: "Journal", focused on publishing Digimag, "Artists' Books", which edited the first book of Mauro Ceolin and Claudio Musso, "Making Peers", who is going to publish the first book of Lucrezia Cippittelli Connecting The Havana realized toghter with the Netherlands Media Art Institute and finally "Self Portrait", which will release soon 2 books collecting critical text by Paul Prudence (dataisnature.com) and Garnet Hertx (conceptlab.com/). Digicult Editions uses all digital formats and print on demand strategies to publish critical quality contents around media art, design and culture, with a cross-disciplinary and over-boundaries attitude. Digicult Editions creates accessible bridges to open publishing, free of charge releases and multi-platform digital publications. All its contents, as Digicult itself, are circulated under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons 2.5 Italy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5) license.