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_Digimag 44 / May 2009_english version online


Dates:
Wed May 27, 2009 00:00 - Wed May 27, 2009

Location:
Italy

Sorry for any crosspostings

Digicult presents:

DIGIMAG 44 / MAY 2009
http://www.digicult.it/digimag_eng/index.asp

You can read all the past articles and issues in the Archive section here:
http://www.digicult.it/en/Archive/

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"The distribution of technological knowledge and self-building were had their peak in the 50's and 60's in terms of electronic technologies: back then the market was full of boxes for people to follow instructions and build their own stuff, and amateur magazines that brought technological knowledge (with less filters compared to today) that was readily available. The resources were scarcer, but the transmission of knowledge was easier. Then with the evolution of the complexity of circuits and growing electronic consumption, the knowledge of basic phenomena withered away and the level of “fiddling” was raised to levels that don't implicate the contact with “naked metal”, but instead with mouse and keyboard, networks and wi-fi. It's another universe of knowledge, that has little or no point of contact with what's behind it but without which it could not exist."

Peppo Lasagna, from "The ecology of Laboratorio Elettronico Popolare" by Marco Mancuso

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INTERVIEWS:

- NATASHA BARRETT - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1458 - by Matteo Milani
- CLAUDIO ROCCHETTI - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1459 - by Marco Mancuso
- SANTASANGRE - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1466 - by Annamaria Monteverdi
- LABORATORIO ELETTRONICO POPOLARE - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1460 - by Marco Mancuso
- CARLO BERNARDINI - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1457 - by Silvia Scaravaggi

REPORTS:

- THE DISCREE CHARME OF ELEKTRA - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1454 - by Donata Marletta
- INFECTIOUS:STAY AWAY - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1461 - by Stefano Raimondi
- VISUAL MUSIC MARATHON - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1455 - by Monica Ponzini
- GREEN PLATFORMS - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1464 - by Giulia Simi

FEATURING:

- THE CHINESE NIGHTMARE? - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1463 - by Lucrezia Cippitelli
- TACITA DEAN - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1469 - by Francesco Bertocco
- ZEITGEIST: FOR A NEW SOCIAL ORDER - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1462 - by Davide Anni
- ALREADY REALITY - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1467 - by Massimo Schiavoni

THEMES:

- QUANTUM SYSTEMS & INTERACTIVE MEDIA ART - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1456 - by Jeremy Levine
- THE NEO WORLD OF VIRTUAL LIFE - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1468 - by Marco Riciputi
- VIDEO INTERACTION & ALTERNATIVE LEARNING - http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1465 - by Luigi Ghezzi

COVER:

- Redazione - Julien Maire/Sonar09

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DIGICULT is an Italian cultural and editorial project concerning promotion and share of art and digital culture, spreading the impact of new technologies and sciences on art, design and contemporary society. DIGICULT is founded and directed by Marco Mancuso, and is based on the active participation of 40 professional people about, who represent the first wide Italian Network of journalists, curators, artists and critics in the field of electronic culture. DIGICULT is also the editor of the monthly magazine DIGIMAG produce an electronic music and audiovisual podcast, DIGIPOD, and has also its own newsletter international service DIGINEWS. DIGICULT in finally involved with in many side activities with the art agency DIGIMADE

www.digicult.it/en/
www.digicult.it/digimag_eng/
www.digicult.it/podcast
www.digicult.it/agency

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[EDITORIAL STAFF]:

- Marco Mancuso - director
- Luca Restifo - technical consultancy
- Riccardo Vescovo - graphic design
- Laurea Magistrale in Traduzione Specialistica, Università IULM - editing
- Claudia D'Alonzo - press office
- Giuseppe Cordaro - podcast
- Mauro Minnone e Luigi Ghezzi - web 2.0 strategies

[CONTENTS]:

Tatiana Bazzichelli, Bertram Niessen, Teresa De Feo, Luigi Ghezzi, Giulia Baldi, Domenico Quaranta, Massimo Schiavoni, Monica Ponzini, Valentina Tanni, Annamaria Monteverdi, Tiziana Gemin, Lucrezia Cippitelli, Silvia Bianchi, Francesca Valsecchi, Claudia D'Alonzo, Barbara Sansone, Giulia Simi, Silvia Scaravaggi, Maresa Lippolis, Alessio Galbiati, Giuseppe Cordaro, Antonio Caronia, Clemente Pestelli, Davide Anni, Donata Marletta, Valeria Merlini, Loretta Borrelli, Stefano Raimondi, Otherehto, Carla Langella, Stefano Bertocco, Elena Granulla, Matteo Milani, Marco Riciputi, Jeremy Levine, Mark Hancock, Philippa Barr

[TRANSLATIONS]:

Ali Ustun, Paola Arrigoni, Emanuela Cassol, Chiara Resmini, Luisa Bertolatti, Valeria Grillo, Philippa Barr


EVENT

Direct Digital Symposium | From Art to Design and Back


Dates:
Thu May 21, 2009 00:00 - Thu May 21, 2009

Location:
Italy

Sorry for any crossposting

Digicult presents:

From Art to Design and Back | Direct Digital Symposium
Thursday, 28th of May 2009
02.00pm - 06.00pm | Galleria Civica - Modena (Italy)

www.directdigital.org
http://www.digicult.it/En/2009/DirectDigitalSimposio.asp

Direct Digital exhibition catalogue - critical issue:
http://www.digicult.it/public/mancuso_testo_eng.doc

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With the partecipation of:

Golan Levin (designer & theorist)
interaction design and creative interfaces

Boris Debackere (artist & V2_Institute for Unstable Media lab manager)
the audiovisual, between art and performance and design

Paolo Rigamonti / Limiteazero (designer & architect)
liquid architectures and ipermedia urbanism

Lucrezia Cippitelli (art critic & curator)
new immersive multimedia landscapes

Curate and moderate by: Marco Mancuso (critic, curator and Digicult director)

______________________________________

As in the program of Direct Digital event on May 28th 2009 in Modena
(Italy), the symposium "From Art to Design and Back", organized and directed
by Marco Mancuso (critic, curator and director at Digicult), focuses on the
growing merge between productions, language and aesthetics of digital art
and design, as a method of creative design between interactivity, space and
eco-system audiovisual production. Thanks to national and international
guests, this symposium will try to focus on meeting points between
art&design and contemporary man's creative, and specifically perceptive,
social & urban sphere.

The boundaries between art, design and technological hacking, considered as
a discipline characterized by use and misuse of modern technologies to
produce sensitive landscapes, are more and more subtle and feeble. Sustained
by artists and designers general inclination to cope with various practices
(from immersive installations to interactive interfaces, from live
performances to audiovisual products) using different hardware and software
methods, the comparison between creative disciplines with different
backgrounds and history has never been so rich and fertile.

Borders and languages constantly reshaping, aesthetics and experiences
continuing redefining, tools and interfaces gradually developing, influences
and experiences generally sharing. Digital and technological media, directed
(during the last 20 years) towards the production of artefacts that can
destroy the Cartesian rules of sound-image-space relationship, and can push
towards the creation of multimedia landscapes in which technology isn't
merely an exercise of style and technique, but is finally useful for new
language, aesthetics, experience, emotion and message. When values and our
western world's economy are in a deep crisis, in front of a general
worldwide techno fascination, inside a universe rich of interactive,
locative and mobile technologies, the interpretation of reality by digital
artists and designers is still linked to contents, a wide aesthetics,
eco-simulation and spectacular interfaces. These elements influence our mind
and our perceptive evolution, many aspects of the society in which we live
and our interpretation of the reality.

Will contemporary art and design be able to give scanning and reading tools
to daily reality? Or, otherwise, will they push further to the creation of
immersive landscapes in which we will find shelter waiting for a new coming?
______________________________________

Golan Levin (Usa)

Golan Levin develops artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of
reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the
creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound. He
is known for the conception and creation of Dialtones: A Telesymphony [2001]
and for interactive information visualizations like The Secret Lives of
Numbers [2002] and The Dumpster [2006]. Previously, Levin was granted an
Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audiovisual
Environment Suite [2000] interactive software and its accompanying
audiovisual performance, Scribble [2000]. Other projects from recent years
include Re:MARK [2002], Messa di Voce [2003], and The Manual Input Sessions
[2004], developed in collaboration with Zachary Lieberman, and Scrapple
[2005] and Ursonography [2005]. Levin's current projects, such as
Opto-Isolator [2007] and Double-Taker (Snout) [2008], employ interactive
robotics and machine vision to explore the theme of gaze as a primary new
mode for human-machine communication. Presently Levin is Associate Professor
of electronic time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University . His work is
represented by the Bitforms gallery, New York City .

Boris Debackere (Belgium)

Boris Debackere is an artist, lab manager at V2_institute for the unstable
media, and staff at the Transmedia department of the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas.
As a media artist his main interests are the possible integration of
different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image.
Most recent work and research is concentrated towards translating and
transforming the cinema concept into other forms like live cinema and
audiovisual installations. His work includes Vortices , a reactive video
installation, exposition Gorge(l) at the KMSKA, Probe, an installation
dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the screen, the
research project The Cinematic Experience (lectures and publication for
Sonic Acts XII). He collaborated with Brecht Debackere on the Live Cinema
performance Rotor , performed at several international media festivals.
Programming and sound design for Marnix de Nijs' installations Run
Motherfucker Run (2004) and Beijing Accelerator (2006). Composition & sound
design for Herman Asselberghs' films a.m./p.m. (2004), Proof of life
(2005), Capsular (2006), Futur Antérieur (2007) and Alltogether (2008).

Paolo Rigamonti (Italy)

Architetto, nasce a Milano nel 1963, città dove vive e lavora. Ha lavorato
per diversi anni nel campo della progettazione di edifici residenziali e per
il terziario, locali pubblici, interni, graphic e industrial design. Dal
1998 si dedica completamente a progetti di design legati alle nuove
tecnologie, in questo periodo è consulente di alcune fra le principali
aziende del settore. Nel 2000 è fondatore, con Silvio Mondino, di
Limiteazero, gruppo di ricerca sperimentale sulle potenzialità dei nuovi
media, dapprima interno alla agenzia di comunicazione BGS D'Arcy (oggi Leo
Burnett) e dal 2002 studio indipendente, con un percorso che si sviluppa
parallelamente sulla produzione di progetti sperimentali e sulla
elaborazione di progetti su commissione. Il lavoro di Limiteazero è stato
più volte recensito ed esposto in diverse occasioni sia Italia che
all'estero. Dal 2005 è ideatore e direttore artistico di MixedMedia, evento
di cultura elettronica svoltosi presso l'Hangar Bicocca a Milano. E' docente
di "Mediascape design" all'interno del Master in Digital Environmental
Design presso la Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano.

Lucrezia Cippitelli (Italy)

Scholar and teacher of History and Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, Lucrezia
Cippitelli holds a Phd in History of Art and is also art writer and curator,
with a curriculum of international researches, exhibitions, professorships
and cultural cooperation projects, developed in several international
Biennals, exhibitions, cultural centers, universities and academies (Bienal
de La Habana , Dak'Art, Bienal de Santiago, art academies in Uk, States,
Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands just to name few). The main focus on
media, technology and its interaction with contemporary art production is
accompanied with a curriculum of teacher of History and Aesthetics of XX
Century Avant-guards and Post Second World War Vanguard movements;
Aesthetics of media and technologies - art in the digital synthesis age;
Process oriented art practices in networks and public spaces; Aesthetics of
not western art practices; Post-colonial and Postmodern criticism and
Comparative modernities studies. Lucrezia Cippitelli is one of the member of
Digicult Network.

Marco Mancuso (Italy)

Marco Mancuso is a critic, curator and journalist about digital art and
culture. Founder and director at Digicult (and the magazine Digimag),
project about digital technologies crossing art, design, science, culture
and society, Marco Mancuso works specifically on contemporary audiovisual
art & design, with a focus on live cinema & live media projects, generative
& open source technologies, interactive & immersive installations, art &
science practices. He worked as curator for festivals in Italy ( Piemonte
Share, Dissonanze, MixedMedia, Screen Music, Sincronie among others) and as
guest curator for some international events ( Cimatics, Strp, Sonic Acts,
Nemo, Strp, Transcultures Audiovisuelles, Elektra ) presenting Italian
audiovisual artists and designers with the curatorial project +39:Call for
Italy . He curate athe first Italian G.R.L. Laser Tag urban performance,
some solo exhibitions ( op7_Otolab, Thorsten Fleisch, The Arts Catalyst )
and cross media events. His interviews can be read on Digicult archive,
while his writings were published in some festival and exhibition catalogues
( Piemonte Share, MixedMedia, 0006_Limiteazero, op7_Otolab, Direct Digital ,
Struttura ) and written for some lectures and presentations he joined (Bruce Sterling's workshop , Art&Science conference, The Open Source meeting, Pixxelpoint ). He teaches at Naba Academy and Ied Institute in Milan
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Direct Digital | a new media art event
Exhibition | Live media | Workshop | Cinema | Contest
Modena | Carpi - 30 may > 28 june 2009

Exhibition catalogue written and curated by Marco Mancuso and Claudia D'Alonzo

http://www.directdigital.org
http://www.digicult.it/En/2009/DirectDigital.asp

Direct digital is a new media art event presented by the cultural association Artegenti, which will take place from 30 th May 2009 to 28 th June 2009 in Modena and Carpi (Italy) , in the Ex-Ospedale Sant'Agostino and in Palazzo Pio, under the conception and artistic direction of Gilberto Caleffi. Direct Digital will be presented in preview on Saturday the 8 th of May with a live exhibition of the visionary musician Dm Stith at the Circolo Zuni in Ferrara . Direct Digital proposes a thick calendar of five sections, Exhibition, Live Media, Workshop, Cinema, Contest in order to show a detailed perspective of the most recent developments of art and creativity linked to the use of digital technologies. The event, at its first edition, aims at becoming a benchmark for those who are interested in knowing, proposing and creating moments of meetings between contemporary art and digital innovation .


EVENT

Direct Digital | a new media art event


Dates:
Sat May 30, 2009 00:00 - Tue May 05, 2009

Location:
Italy

Sorry for any crossposting

Digicult presents:

Direct Digital | a new media art event
Modena | Carpi (Italy) - 30th May > 28th June 2009

presented by: Artegenti
in collaboration with: Movimenta
with the precious contribution of: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

www.directdigital.org | www.digitaldirection.org |
http://www.digicult.it/En/2009/DirectDigital.asp

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Direct Digital
Exhibition | Live media | Workshop | Cinema | Contest

Direct digital is a new media art event presented by the cultural association Artegenti, which will take place from 30th May 2009 to 28th June 2009 in Modena and Carpi (Italy), in the Ex-Ospedale Sant'Agostino and in
Palazzo Pio, under the conception and artistic direction of Gilberto Caleffi. Direct Digital will be presented in preview on Saturday the 8th of May with a live exhibition of the visionary musician Dm Stith at the Circolo
Zuni in Ferrara.

Direct Digital proposes a thick calendar of five sections, Exhibition, Live Media, Workshop, Cinema, Contest in order to show a detailed perspective of the most recent developments of art and creativity linked to the use of digital technologies. The event, at its first edition, aims at becoming a benchmark for those who are interested in knowing, proposing and creating moments of meetings between contemporary art and digital innovation.

In the last years the spread of informatics has brought to a revolution that is still in progress, both regarding the instruments and the ways of making art, and the modalities of production and display of the creative act. A constant contamination and reprocessing of the languages is destroying the boundaries among the different forms of artistic expression and, at the same time, is perceiving the viewer as an active character, involved in multiple forms of participation: live media, networking, interactive exhibitions, interaction, urban design. Direct Digital puts together in a multidisciplinary platform the most interesting expressions of these creativity forms, in order to allow to an heterogeneous and full of artists, fans and thinkers audience, to meet and exchange views about making art in the digital age.

THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition is the section dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary and digital art Il canto del corpo elettrico (The singing of the electrical body), organized by Gilberto Caleffi, that will take place in Modena at
Ex-Ospedale Sant'Agostino and in Carpi at Palazzo dei Pio from 30th May to 28th June, and that will be presented to the journalists 29th May.

The title of the exhibition is based on a verse by Walt Whitman, rearranged by Ray Bradbury, dedicated to the relationship between art and new technologies applied to the fields of animation, video, music and design. The "digital" wants to stimulate a language commixture which is shown in a selection of artworks divided into two major sections, video art and interactive art, hosting some of the most relevant names of the contemporary artistic experimentation: Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol, Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno, Sam Taylor-Wood, Tony Oursler, Chris Levine, Julian Opie, Gina Czarnecki, Heinrich Gresbeck, Golan Levin, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Takahiro Matsuo, Jin-Yo Mok, Kenichi Okada, Agostino Di Scipio, Mimmo Rotella.

The video art section puts together authors that come from different periods and spheres, comparing them through their works in order to find a common interest in time, memory, perception and duplication, elaborated through the electronic languages. They analyse the relationship among human beings, art
and metaphysic dimension through the handling of languages and materials. By altering time and space notions, the artists succeed in modifying the original organization of the communicative flow, and transform the consumer object in artistic experimentation's matter. The artist feeds his own imaginary of atmospheres, suggestions and quotations taken from mass communication, and re-edits them in his own artwork that becomes, in this way, remainder of his individual experience and mirror of his own time.

The exhibition also includes a section dedicated to the relationship between interactive art and pop culture. Interactive art analyses the relation between human beings and technology, studies the relationships among the available technologies, combining them with human necessities and desires in the contest of everyday experience. The exhibition path Il canto del corpo elettrico does not want to come to a conclusion, but it wants to create a chance to make questions about the interaction between human beings and technology, and between human beings and communication means, throughout the questions and the reflections stimulated by the artworks.

The exhibition catalogue, by Marco Mancuso and Claudia D'Alonzo and realized with the support of Nuova Grafica, is a further instrument of this analysis, thanks to its critical texts and inedited interviews of the artists of the exhibition.

LIVE MEDIA SECTION

The section Live Media presents a series of performance events, located in different places in Modena, Carpi and Ferrara, all of which are dedicated to the several expressions created by the meeting between music and digital technology, from the clubbing scene to the experimentation, with the participation of international artists such as: Agf + Delay, Pantha Du Prince, Hauschka, Ben Frost, Murcof + Francesco Tristano, Dm Stith, Thomas Fehlmann + Eraldo Bernocchi, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Telefon Tel Aviv, Badge and Talkalot, Giardini Di Mirò.

First appointment of the event is the celestial folk of David Michael Stith, who will perform on Friday 8th May at 21.30 in at the Circolo Zuni in Ferrara during the Direct Digital preview. Electronic pearls of the duet
Agf/Delay and the oneiric dance of Pantha Du Prince, will fill the spaces of Teatro delle Passioni of Modena with sound matter, on Friday 29th May, from 21.30. The interbreeding between electro music and acoustic instruments of Hauschka aka Bertlmann meets the experimental Icelandic music of Ben Frost in the live of Saturday 30th May, at 21.00, in Carpi at the Cortile d'Onore of Palazzo del Pio, while on Monday 1st June at 21.30 again Cortile d'Onore will host the spiritual resonances of Murcof and Francesco Tristano. The
euphoric atmospheres of the old European East enliven the spaces of Auditorio San Rocco in Carpi, thanks to the music of A Hawk And A Hacksaw on Wednesday 10th June at 21.00.

On Wednesday 17th June, at the Teatro delle Passioni in Modena, Thomas Fehlmann, Eraldo Bernocchi and Petulia Mattioli will perform in a live show totally inedited, commissioned on purpose by Direct Digital for this event, whose recording will be edited by the label Rare Noise. The warm and wrapping sound of Badge and Talkalot and Telefon Tel Aviv will be the protagonist on Friday 19th June, from 22.00 at Vibra, in Modena; while Saturday 27th June Giardini di Mirò present their live Il fuoco, in Carpi at Piazzale Re Astolfo.

WORKSHOP

Workshop section is developed in three meetings, 28th May, 5th June and 26th June 2009, dedicated to the crucial themes of the new media art with the presence of international speakers, such as Golan Levin, Marco Mancuso, Paolo Rigamonti, Boris Debackere, Lucredia Cippitelli, Emidio Clementi, Paolo Nori, Emiliano Colasanti. A series of moments dedicated to the presentation of projects, to the production of ideas and to reflections about creative software and about the relationship among art, interaction design and audiovisual design.

The Cinema section presents a wide overview of the audiovisual ever-developing forms of art, that follow the quick developments of the society and the technologies. The appointments will talk about these mutations, trying to find, in the multiplicity of aspects and languages, shared themes such as: the creation of new narrative settings, new links between the concepts of time and space allowed by the digital world, the
experimentation of senses and perceptive boundaries. The artwork selection will include: feature films, short films, video clips, digital animations, live cinema.

CONTEST

Finally, Direct Digital proposes the contest Digital Direction, opened until the 10th May 2009, addressed to the young under 35 artists. The project is based on the loan of four contemporary artworks by Mimmo Rotella, an artist directly connected with the theme of the event, and who is recognized as a maestro for a new generation of digital artists. Sorprendente Marilyn (2004), Pazzo per le donne (2004), Gioventù bruciata (2004), Marlon Brando (2004), will be a source of inspiration for the creation of original and unpublished works of new media arts. The contest winners will see their works/projects exhibited in Direct Digital 2009 alongside the originals by Mimmo Rotella.

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Direct Digital is organised by Artegenti in collaboration with Movimenta. The event is possible thanks to the precious contribution of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena. | Under the patronage of Comune di Carpi,
Comune di Modena, Provincia di Modena, Regione Emilia Romagna. | The technical sponsor of the event are Nuova Grafica and Santimone. | Event Partner: IED-Istituto Europeo di Design, Artivive Festival, Node Festival,
Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, San Rocco Arte e Cultura, Arci Modena, Arci Ferrara, Vibra, Mattaoio, Kalinka, Cookies. | Media Partner: Digicult,
My Space, Next Exit, Kult.
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Marco Mancuso
New Media Culture and Digital Arts
Critic, Curator and Journalist
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Digicult Director & Founder
Naba Academy & Ied Teacher
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Ripa Porta Ticinese 39
20122 Milano - Italy
Mob: +39.340.8371816
Skype: sostakovich
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www.digicult.it/digimag
www.digicult.it/podcast
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EVENT

Direct Digital Symposium | From Art to Design and Back


Dates:
Thu May 28, 2009 00:00 - Tue May 05, 2009

Location:
Italy

Sorry for any crossposting

Digicult presents:

From Art to Design and Back | Direct Digital Symposium
Thursday, 28th of May 2009, 02.00pm - 06.00pm | Galleria Civica - Modena (Italy)

www.directdigital.org
http://www.digicult.it/En/2009/DirectDigitalSimposio.asp

______________________________________

With the partecipation of:

Golan Levin (designer & theorist)
interaction design and creative interfaces

Boris Debackere (artist & V2_Institute for Unstable Media lab manager)
the audiovisual, between art and performance and design

Paolo Rigamonti / Limiteazero (designer & architect)
liquid architectures and ipermedia urbanism

Lucrezia Cippitelli (art critic & curator)
new immersive multimedia landscapes

Curate and moderate by: Marco Mancuso (critic, curator and Digicult director)

______________________________________

As in the program of Direct Digital event on May 28th 2009 in Modena (Italy), the symposium "From Art to Design and Back", organized and directed by Marco Mancuso (critic, curator and director at Digicult), focuses on the growing merge between productions, language and aesthetics of digital art and design, as a method of creative design between interactivity, space and eco-system audiovisual production. Thanks to national and international guests, this symposium will try to focus on meeting points between art&design and contemporary man's creative, and specifically perceptive, social & urban sphere.

The boundaries between art, design and technological hacking, considered as a discipline characterized by use and misuse of modern technologies to produce sensitive landscapes, are more and more subtle and feeble. Sustained by artists and designers general inclination to cope with various practices (from immersive installations to interactive interfaces, from live performances to audiovisual products) using different hardware and software methods, the comparison between creative disciplines with different backgrounds and history has never been so rich and fertile.

Borders and languages constantly reshaping, aesthetics and experiences continuing redefining, tools and interfaces gradually developing, influences and experiences generally sharing. Digital and technological media, directed (during the last 20 years) towards the production of artefacts that can destroy the Cartesian rules of sound-image-space relationship, and can push towards the creation of multimedia landscapes in which technology isn't merely an exercise of style and technique, but is finally useful for new language, aesthetics, experience, emotion and message. When values and our western world's economy are in a deep crisis, in front of a general worldwide techno fascination, inside a universe rich of interactive, locative and mobile technologies, the interpretation of reality by digital artists and designers is still linked to contents, a wide aesthetics, eco-simulation and spectacular interfaces. These elements influence our mind and our perceptive evolution, many aspects of the society in which we live and our interpretation of the reality.

Will contemporary art and design be able to give scanning and reading tools to daily reality? Or, otherwise, will they push further to the creation of immersive landscapes in which we will find shelter waiting for a new coming?

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Golan Levin (Usa)

Golan Levin develops artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound. He is known for the conception and creation of Dialtones: A Telesymphony [2001] and for interactive information visualizations like The Secret Lives of Numbers [2002] and The Dumpster [2006]. Previously, Levin was granted an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audiovisual Environment Suite [2000] interactive software and its accompanying audiovisual performance, Scribble [2000]. Other projects from recent years include Re:MARK [2002], Messa di Voce [2003], and The Manual Input Sessions [2004], developed in collaboration with Zachary Lieberman, and Scrapple [2005] and Ursonography [2005]. Levin's current projects, such as Opto-Isolator [2007] and Double-Taker (Snout) [2008], employ interactive robotics and machine vision to explore the theme of gaze as a primary new mode for human-machine communication. Presently Levin is Associate Professor of electronic time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University . His work is
represented by the Bitforms gallery, New York City .

Boris Debackere (Belgium)

Boris Debackere is an artist, lab manager at V2_institute for the unstable media, and staff at the Transmedia department of the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas. As a media artist his main interests are the possible integration of
different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image. Most recent work and research is concentrated towards translating and transforming the cinema concept into other forms like live cinema and udiovisual installations. His work includes Vortices , a reactive video installation, exposition Gorge(l) at the KMSKA, Probe, an installation dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the screen, the
research project The Cinematic Experience (lectures and publication for Sonic Acts XII). He collaborated with Brecht Debackere on the Live Cinema performance Rotor , performed at several international media festivals. Programming and sound design for Marnix de Nijs' installations Run Motherfucker Run (2004) and Beijing Accelerator (2006). Composition & sound design for Herman Asselberghs' films a.m./p.m. (2004), Proof of life (2005), Capsular (2006), Futur Antérieur (2007) and Alltogether (2008).

Paolo Rigamonti (Italy)

Trained as an architect, he was born in Milan in 1963, where he still lives and work. He has worked for may years in the architectonic filed for residential and commercial buildings projects, interior and product design.
From 1988 he devoted himself entirely to project dealing with the relation between design and new technologies, working as consultant designer for many of the most important companies in the field. In 2000 he is founder of Limiteazero, along with Silvio Mondino, an experimental studio concerning with new media exploration, at first inside the advertising company BGS D'Arcy (today Leo Burnet) and from 2002 as independent company, working both on research projects and commissioned installations for clients.
Limiteazero's work has been featured in many international design and art magazines and widely exhibited in festivals, art exhibitions and public venues. Paolo has been the creative director of MixedMedia, a public event about electronic culture held in 2005 at Hangar Bicocca in Milan. He is also contract professor at the Master Course in Digital Environment Design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan.

Lucrezia Cippitelli (Italy)

Scholar and teacher of History and Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, Lucrezia Cippitelli holds a Phd in History of Art and is also art writer and curator,with a curriculum of international researches, exhibitions, professorships and cultural cooperation projects, developed in several international Biennals, exhibitions, cultural centers, universities and academies (Bienal de La Habana , Dak'Art, Bienal de Santiago, art academies in Uk, States, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands just to name few). The main focus on media, technology and its interaction with contemporary art production is accompanied with a curriculum of teacher of History and Aesthetics of XX Century Avant-guards and Post Second World War Vanguard movements; Aesthetics of media and technologies - art in the digital synthesis age; Process oriented art practices in networks and public spaces; Aesthetics of not western art practices; Post-colonial and Postmodern criticism and Comparative modernities studies. Lucrezia Cippitelli is one of the member of Digicult Network.

Marco Mancuso (Italy)

Marco Mancuso is a critic, curator and journalist about digital art and culture. Founder and director at Digicult (and the magazine Digimag), project about digital technologies crossing art, design, science, culture
and society, Marco Mancuso works specifically on contemporary audiovisual art & design, with a focus on live cinema & live media projects, generative & open source technologies, interactive & immersive installations, art & science practices. He worked as curator for festivals in Italy ( Piemonte Share, Dissonanze, MixedMedia, Screen Music, Sincronie among others) and as guest curator for some international events ( Cimatics, Strp, Sonic Acts, Nemo, Strp, Transcultures Audiovisuelles, Elektra ) presenting Italian audiovisual artists and designers with the curatorial project +39:Call for Italy . He curate athe first Italian G.R.L. Laser Tag urban performance, some solo exhibitions ( op7_Otolab, Thorsten Fleisch, The Arts Catalyst ) and cross media events. His interviews can be read on Digicult archive, while his writings were published in some festival and exhibition catalogues ( Piemonte Share, MixedMedia, 0006_Limiteazero, op7_Otolab, Direct Digital,
Struttura ) and written for some lectures and presentations he joined (Bruce Sterling's workshop , Art&Science conference, The Open Source meeting, Pixxelpoint ). He teaches at Naba Academy and Ied Institute in Milan .

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EVENT

Exploding Cave


Dates:
Wed Apr 08, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 08, 2009

Location:
Italy

Sorry for any crosspostings

C.S.O.A. Cox18
In Collaboration with Digicult, with the partecipation of JointSventure,
Vocecov, Dorkbot Milan
Presents:

EXPLODING CAVE
Days of free research between cinema, sound, video and digital

17th - 18th of April 2009
C.S.O.A. Cox18
Via Conchetta 18 - Milan

Info: cox18@inventati.org ; info@digicult.it
Info: http://cox18.noblogs.org ;
http://www.digicult.it/En/2009/ExplodingCave.asp

Curated by : Marco Mancuso (Digicult director, art critic and curator),
Marco Lorenzin (Cox18), Claudia D'Alonzo (freelance art critic and curator)

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Trafficando con le forze tecnologiche emergenti, tra il 1966 e il 1967 Andy
Warhol crea l'Exploding Plastic Inevitable, formando uno spazio
contradditorio e sperimentale. Invece di una loro naturalizzazione,
produceva un montaggio che scomponeva lo spazio nel quale diversi media
interferivano ed entravano in competizione gli uni con gli altri (...).
Improvvisamente, il ritmo della musica suonata dai Velvet Underground e
dall'attrice/cantante Nico, i giochi di luce, i movimenti dei diversi film
di Warhol, le performance dei ballerini si univano per creare qualcosa di
significativo, ma prima di cogliere il senso di quello che stava avvenendo,
tutto diventava nuovamente confuso e caotico. Il rumore ti colpiva. Volevi
urlare, o lanciarti in una danza sfrenata, dovevi muoverti, agire (.).
Nell'apparente oscurità e nel caos dell'Exploding Plastic Inevitable, si
poteva trovare una possibilità di trasformazione, se non di liberazione". -
[Branden W. Joseph, My Mind Split Open]

The Milan we know has been planned, starting from the 1950's, in a way
similar to that of the organization of work, the districts are separated by
classes, the distances are calculated between workplaces and houses. You
plan a specific family. You plan a certain type of house (...). The general
feeling was that of a crystallized future, dominated by events mainly
incomprehensible and not to be participated to (...). In the 'existentialist
cave' of 1950's Milan, the traditional codes of the "Milanese" ballroom were
replaced by the experimentation of new musical genres and new exchange
methods between sounds and visions that in turn involved specific dynamics.
The relationship of seduction was evident in the liberation of the body
moved by musical rhythms, not anymore by the 'classical dance forms' of the
dance hall. People's looks are freed of the bourgeois aesthetics of the
'jacket and tie' (...) - [John Martin, Primo Moroni, La Luna sotto casa ]

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///Special productions: Otto von Schirach / Orgone (otolab) - In Zaire
(C.Rocchetti+G.I.Joe) / Virgilio Villoresi

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With a double reference both to the "existentialist caves" of 1950's Milan
and the experimentation of Andy Warhol's "Exploding Plastic Inevitable",
"Exploding Cave" is a 2-days event that will be held in Milan on April 17th
and 18th, in the spaces of Cox18, structured in a series of meetings,
workshops and performances that investigate the relationship and the least
common denominator that ties cinema, sound, video and digital arts.

Organized by the same Cox18 with the collaboration of Digicult, Exploding
Cave suggests the idea of an explosion, of an effort to "go beyond" the
normal audiovisual perception towards multiple directions, both in the
practices of audiovisual creation and in the performative methods. It
investigates the phenomenon of the "optical unconscious", the concept of
matrix, the analysis of both production and fruition forms that work to the
rediscovery of a primary root of the audiovisual language, a common core at
the base of the contemporary dialogue among cinema, video and digital arts.
Exploding Cave revises and desecrates a complex machinery, bringing to rapid
combustion the images and sounds of the cinema-cathedral of Hollywood, of
television and of the social (anti)media; it is a sudden storm for the
expansion of stories, hallucinations and extraordinary dreams, but it is
also a concrete demonstration of experiences, knowledge and criticism of the
present; it opens a tear on the harmonic visions and on today's most
deafening noises.

In a city that builds and models the social spaces through mechanisms of
exclusion and consumption, in contrast to the municipal politics of
repression and evacuation of autonomous spaces and self-managed realities in
Milan and in Italy, Exploding Cave wants to reconstruct paths and moments of
synthesis between experimentation of new social and creative forms, and
involvement of other independent cultural realities in town, like
JointSventure (http://www.myspace.com/jointsventure), Vocecov
(http://www.myspace.com/vocecov) and Dorkbot Milano
(http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotmil/). A space therefore built to overcome the
typical spectacular construction of an event (creator and spectator, speaker
and listener), with the purpose of creating a more open circle, less
centered on the performance but based rather on the sharing of knowledge and
experiences. In concrete terms, a moment to give the floor to the artists /
artisans and the machines / software they use for their audiovisual
production practice.

The formula thought for Exploding Cave is that of "a moment of free search",
that allows the public - through a dynamic and articulated course - and the
featured artists to start a dialogue that helps better understand the
dynamics that unite cinema, sound and video to the universe of digital
creation.

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FRIDAY 17TH OF APRIL

23.00 - 03.00
The opening of Exploding Cave is devoted to the relationship between sound
and images, expressed through dynamics of research and experimentation
especially in a performative context. An evening full of digital aesthetics,
between noise sounds, glitch, electro, 8bit and generative visualizations of
graphic codes in movement. The first live set will see the duo Komplex
(Mariano Equizzi and Paolo Bigazzi - http://www.ottovonschirach.com/) that
will introduce their live audiovisual set "Blood Electric", where the
reading of the homonym cyber-text, through a clock fixed in bpm, produces a
constant flow of data that are destined to the controlling of visual effects
and sound generation: the sequence that is so produced is controlled through
the I use of wireless sensors, and fed by a series of pre-registered images.
Later the audiovisual improvisation live set consisting of one of the most
important names of the international idm/electro/punk Otto von Schirach
(Schematic - http://www.ottovonschirach.com/), and of one of the members of
the Milanese collective otolab, Orgone (http://www.otolab.net). A live set
which is expected full of energy and improvised elements, pushed towards the
search of a total audiovisual and sensory involvement of the audience,
something in between hardcore electronics and generative graphics. Lastly,
the 8bit music of one of the most interesting names of this ever rich
musical scene, the Swiss Stu (http://www.toondra.ru/en/motiongraphics.htm),
that for the occasion will cross Game Boy and Atari with Milanese Tonylight
(http://www.tonylight.it), who has been promoting this genre on a national
basis for years.

SATURDAY, 18TH OF APRIL

16.00 - 18.00
Saurday will begin with an afternoon workshop with artists/hackers/designers
that work on the thin line between creativeness and technological
experimentation, realized in collaboration with Dorkbot Milan
(http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotmil/): the objective is to build new tools and
innovative platforms for the audiovisual production. The first appointment
is with the newborn Popular Electric Laboratory (L.A.P.), consisting of the
eclectic Milanese artist Tonylight and Peppo Lasagna, with the intention of
planning and building electronic tools for audio/video applications, of
developing open source interfaces fit to create sounds and images, videos,
lights. For this event, LEP introduces its last projects: "Leploop", a small
analog synth to produce music (http://tonylight-leploop.blogspot.com) and
"Videomoog", a video synth to produce images of synthesis able to follow
music. During the presentation, various prototypes will be observable, and
it will be possible to listen to, and try, the tools, apart from exchanging
ideas on the projects.

18.00 - 19.00
The late afternoon will be dedicated to the presentation of the
Videoscreening cared for by Claudia Di Alonzo and Marco Lorenzin: an endless
cycle projection of films, videos and short films, will then be held at
night in the spaces underlying the area where live shows take place. This
time we start from the sound experience, in order to directly connect it to
the re-appropriation of images and preexisting films (found footage). We
will move from the combinatory game by Alberto Grifi (Verifica Incerta), to
the ironic contamination of films by Bruce Conner (A Movie; Mongoloid; Mea
Culpa); from the collages by Stan Vanderbeek (Achoo Mr. Kerrooschev), to the
anticipations of the video scratch by Dara Birnbaum (Technology /
Transformation: Wonder Woman; Pop Pop Video); from the re-appropriation
operated by René Viénet on the dialogues of an Hong Kong martial arts movie
( La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques?) to the ironic and
disrespectful de-construction of voices and gestures by Johan Soderberg
(Surplus; Read My Lips; The Voice); from the criticism of the television
images through repetitions, slowing down and overlaps by Duvet Brothers
(Blue Monday; War Machine) and Gorilla Tapes (Death Valley Days), to the
improvement of the scratch video brought by the collective EBN (Commercial
Entertainment Product), a technique that derives from the revolution of
sampling and remixing sounds born during the 1970's in the Bronx, with Hip
Hop. The screening will be closed by the mash ups of Eclectic Method (U2
ZooTV Remix) and the trailers on commission of AddictiveTV (Snakes on a
Plane; Iron Man).

19.00 - 21.00
On prime time Saturday, there will be a meeting with the artists that will
perform live during the evening, introduced and moderated by Marco Mancuso.
This will be the chance to get to know from an insider point of view the
"modus operandi" of all musicians, video artists and designers involved - an
"open-machine" meeting.

23.00 - 03.00
The night is finally devoted to the live performances in the central hall.
Echran (Fabio Volpi, Davide de Col the and Accursio Graffeo -
http://www.myspace.com/echran) is a project of audiovisual research where a
cinema environment is created in which the soundtrack influences and deforms
the movie materials used in the live visual set. Echran offers a live set
split in two parts: in the first one "Stardust" the visuals develop starting
from a sequence with a close up of Charlotte Rampling's face, in the second,
the visions of A.Tarkowsky are reconstructed through some of his famous
masterpieces, like Solaris and Sacrifice. Later on, the audiovisual live set
coming from the second production of Exploding Cave with the participation
of JointsVenture and Vocecov: the electro-acoustic improvisation group In
Zaire (Claudio Rocchetti + G.I.Joe -
http://www.myspace.com/claudiorocchetti) will take the floor in an energetic
performance halfway between electronic, analog and percussive sounds,
accompanied for the occasion by the special visual and cinema talent that is
Virgilio Villoresi (http://www.myspace.com/vjvirgilio), for a totally
exceptional AV set, very motivating and exciting for the audience. Finally,
one of the historical names of the club / underground scene of Milan, Dj
Pier, will accompany with his techno / electro sounds the projects of
sonorization of "Dillinger è morto" (live editing of the 1969 masterpiece by
Marco Ferreri beginning from a sampling of the work in 69 parti and 19
details) and "CINEmatic eXperience" (vjset), remixed in real time by
ilcanediPavlov! Project by Alessio Galbiati, focused on a live performance
with a special attention to the cinematic image, which was born as a part of
DJCINEMA and quickly became a performative project. ilcanediPavlov!
collaborates since its beginning with the cinema culture digital magazine
Rapporto Confidenziale (http://www.rapportoconfidenziale.org/).

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Program: Friday, 17th of April

23.00 - 23.45 - sala centrale
"Blood Electric" live av concert: Komplex (Paolo Bigazzi / Mariano Equizzi)

00.00 - 00.45 - sala centrale
Live set + generative visual: Otto von Schirach / Orgone (otolab)

01.00 - 03.00 - sala centrale
8bit av set: Stu / Schnauz / Tonylight

Program: Saturday, 18th of April

16.00 - 18.00 - archivio Calusca
Workshop of audiovisual experimentation: L.E.P. - Laboratorio Elettrico
Popolare

18.00 - 19.00 - archivio Calusca
Videoscreening: a cura di Claudia D'Alonzo e Marco Lorenzin

19.00 - 21.00 - archivio Calusca
Presentations: Paolo Bigazzi / Mariano Equizzi (Komplex) e Virgilio
Villoresi moderati da Marco Mancuso

23.00 - 23.45 - sala centrale
Live AV set: Echran

00.00 - 00.45 - sala centrale
Live AV concert: In Zaire (C.Rocchetti + G.I.Joe) / Virgilio Villoresi

1.00 - 03.00 - sala centrale
Cinematic techno set: Dj Pier + ilcanediPavlov!

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