Marco Mancuso
Since 2005
Works in Milan Italy

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 in 2010
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FET-ART Final Event – ICT & Art Connect so far: elements to orient the future

Sun May 11, 2014 17:00 - Mon May 05, 2014

Brussels, Belgium

ICT & Art Connect sets out to bring together artists and technologists to explore new ways of working. Collaborative acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion will foster the blending of Art and Technology.

The coordination action FET-ART has played a crucial role in helping advance this initiative by a set of activities that allowed practitioners in technology and the Arts to meet, collaborate and discuss the future of such collaborations.

The event will close the activities of the FET-ART project and present its major achievements and policy recommendations. Launched in June 2013, FET-ART, in a few months, succeeded in organising several consultation and matchmaking events across Europe, and in supporting 18 residencies developing pilot projects centred on co-creation and citizen engagement in ICT. The projects developed through the residency programme will be presented in a show and tell exhibition curated by Black Cube Collective (BCC).

FET-ART consortium is made of Sigma Orionis (coordinator), Brunel University, Stromatolite, Waag Society and Black Cube Collective.

The event admission is free. Please register here.


// Sunday 11th May

Residencies exhibition
Location: FoAM
Time: 17:00 – 21:00

As one of the conclusions of the FET-ART project, a major exhibition will be curated by BCC. Artist & technologist partnerships from across Europe will come together to share outcomes instigated through their participation in the project and to showcase both work and ideas from their projects so far. It will offer the opportunity to meet the creators, experience some of their work and to challenge ideas and perceptions on the future connections between Art and Technology.

Reception drink: 18:00 Performances: 19:00 – 19:45

Off program: William Latham exhibition
Mutator 1 + 2: Evolutionary Art
Location: iMAL (same FoAM building)
Time: 13:00 – 18:00

Mutator 1 + 2 is Latham’s first major exhibition in Europe after his show in 2013 in Brighton (UK) in over twenty years. A retrospective of 30 years of an extraordinary diverse and creative career of a pioneer of computer art, now heavily involved in arts/sciences projects as a Professor at Goldsmiths (London).

// Monday 12th May
ICT & Art Connect so far: elements to orient the future
Location: Charlemagne Centre – Salle Jenkins
Time: 9:00 – 14:00

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome address
Roger Torrenti, Sigma Orionis CEO, FET-ART coordinator.

09:15 – 09:30 Opening address
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, will present her views on connecting art and S&T during this session.

09:30 – 11:00 Tech & Art residencies
FoAM Brussels founders Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney introduce the session together with the exhibition curators from Black Cube Collective. The protagonists of the residency program will report on their experience and project.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11: 30 – 12:30 Connecting Art and Tech: European trends and forward looking
A FET-ART panel will present the major findings of the project, delivering recommendations to the European Commission and outlining new research venues and best practices. The panel is made of: Marta Arniani (Sigma Orionis); Camille Baker (Brunel University); Lucas Evers (Waag Society); Svetlana Kondakova (Black Cube Collective); Michela Magas (Stromatolite). The session is moderated by Roger Torrenti.

12:30 – 12:45 Presentation of the ICT & Art study
Luis Girao (ArtShare) introduces the major aims and methods of the ICT & Art study just launched by the unit for ‘Digital Science’.

12:45 – 13:00 Towards a strategy for connecting ICT with the Arts
Ralph Dum (DG CONNECT, European Commission) will outline a set of activities in the European Commission, in particular DG CONNECT that will attempt to build synergies between ICT and the Arts and thereby the creative potential for Europe.

13:00 – 13:10 Closing address
Yulia Matskevich, Brunel University, Research Development Manager.

13:10 – 14:00 Lunch

15:00 – 17:00 Toy hack workshop @FoAM

Exploring Senses Toy Hacking art project involves the reuse of toys destined for landfill to make new hybrid creations.


Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
1080 Brussels

Charlemagne Building Salle Jenkins
Rue de la Loi 170
B-1000 Brussels

Please note that for security reasons only registered participants are admitted.


transmediale 2014: afterglow - The Digicult report

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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.



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

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

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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. (

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. (

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

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

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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.

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Digicult Editions (, 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 ( and Garnet Hertx ( 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.


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

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:

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


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