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 Editor-In-Chief 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 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, round-tables, meetings and events including Mixed Media (Milan, 2006), Screen Music (Florence, 2006-2007), Otolab ‘op7’ (Bergamo, 2008), Graffiti Research Lab (Rome, 2008), Sincronie Festival (Milan, 2008-2009), Thorsten Fleisch Retrospective (Milan, 2009), The Mediagate (Lodz, 2010), he presented his screenings and productions at art and cultural events, including Dissonanze (Rome, 2006), Cimatics (Brussels, 2008), Strp (Eindhoven, 2008), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam, 2009), Nemo (Paris, 2009), Elektra (Montreal, 2010), Subtle Technologies (Toronto, 2011) and lectured - among others - at Market for Digital Arts/Elektra (Montreal 2008), Fabrica Workshops (Treviso, 2009), Laptop’r’s (Madrid, 2010), Subtle Technologies (Toronto, 2011) and Isea (Istanbul, 2012).

A short list of festivals and partners he has worked with from 2005 as curator or consultant inludes the following events: Elektra, Forum d’Avignon, Sonic Acts, Sonar, Transmedia, STRP, Todaysart, Fabrica, SUPSI, Direct Digital Exhibition, Laptops’R’Us, IUAV University, Share Festival, Otolab, Kernel, Traffic Gallery, Open World Forum, FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Muv Festival, Cimatics, Audiovisiva Festival, Virtueel Platform, Toolkit, Musiques & Cultures Digitales, SEA Aeroporti Milano, CYLAND, Smart Urban Stage, Mixed Media, Festival della Creatività, Optronica Festival, Enzimi, NABA, Celeste Prize, IED, Les Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Elita, Galeria NT/Imaginarium, Sincronie, Subtle Technologies, Connecting Cultures, Signal, Creativity Day, Tecarteco, Dissonanze, Illustrative, Zero1 Biennal...

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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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: 
http://www.lulu.com/shop/lucrezia-cippitelli/connecting-la-havana/paperback/product-21061415.html

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

Download your copy: http://www.lulu.com/shop/marco-mancuso/digimag-journal-issue-74-winter-2013/ebook/product-20968208.html

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.


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Digimag Journal - Issue 74 / Winter 2013 - "Uncertainty Reloaded"


Dates:
Thu Apr 11, 2013 17:05 - Sun Jul 07, 2013


Digicult Editions presents:

DIGIMAG JOURNAL
ISSUE 74 - WINTER 2013
“UNCERTAINTY RELOADED”

. Link online: http://www.digicult.it/digimag-journal/
. Preview: http://issuu.com/digicultlibrary/docs/digimag74
. Print on demand: http://www.lulu.com/shop/marco-mancuso/digimag-journal-issue-74-winter-2013/paperback/product-20968203.html
. Ebook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/marco-mancuso/digimag-journal-issue-74-winter-2013/ebook/product-20968208.html

CURATED BY:
Roberta Buiani, Marco Mancuso


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
Marco Mancuso

EDITING:

Roberta Buiani, Marco Mancuso

ADVISORY BOARD:

Lucrezia Cippitelli, Claudia D’Alonzo, Marco Mancuso, Roberta Buiani

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:

Maria Androulaki, Alessio Chierico, Markéta Dolejová, Evelina Domnitch, Daphne Dragona, Marc Garrett, Ildiko Meny, Henrique Roscoe, Franco Torriani, Adam Zaretsky



WHAT IS DIGIMAG JOURNAL:
Digimag Journal is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online publication, seeking high-standard articles and reviews at the intersection between digital art and contemporary art production, the impact of the last technological and scientific developments on modern society, economy, design, communication and third millennium creativity.
Read more: http://www.digicult.it/media/journal/

DIGICULT EDITIONS:
Digicult Edition is a publishing initiative of the Digicult project, whose goal is to be active in the publication of the Digimag Journal, but also critical and theoretical essays commissioned to international authors, university thesis of special interest, publications edited in collaboration with other national and international publishers, conference proceedings and classes materials connected to educational activities, as well as peer-reviewed publications with institutional partners. Digicult Edition uses all the tools of a contemporary dynamic digital publishing: the print on demand (POD) approach through the system of print on demand Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/digiculteditions), always giving the chance to join all the prewieves through the Digicult Library on Issuu http://issuu.com/digicultlibrary). All contents by Digicult Editions are circulating under CC Licences: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.


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Digimag Journal - Issue 69/Winter 2013 - CFP: “Uncertainty Reloaded“


Dates:
Mon Feb 25, 2013 14:20 - Sun Mar 03, 2013


Digicult presents:

Digimag Journal - Issue 69 / Winter 2013
Call for papers: “Uncertainty Reloaded“
Deadline: 4 March 2013

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On December 2012, scholars, artists and scientists gathered at MutaMorphosis (Prague, Dec 6-8) to discuss a topic that has become increasingly crucial during our uncertain times: The event was entitled “Tribute to Uncertainty” – http://mutamorphosis.org/2012/.

Surprisingly, despite the thematic focus, no definition of uncertainty was attempted, as presenters proceeded to report their experience with uncertain phenomena and situations. While traditional panels and fora were priceless to shed precious light on the intricacies of uncertainty (uncertainty principle, social and political uncertainty, the value of uncertainty as a methodological tool, uncertainty in sensorial perception, space and architecture, etc..) most crucial dialogues unavoidably occurred outside of the traditional constraints of the conference format. Led by similar concerns but approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives and disciplinary viewpoints, individuals engaged in often productive, sometimes frustrating discussions and conversations

In acknowledging the richness that characterized this extraordinary event, this issue of Digicult Journal is interested in receiving articles, exchanges, creative collaborations, artworks, reviews, creative writings emerged from or inspired by Mutamorphosis and/or by the topics (uncertainty and its many instances/connotations) explored during the event and beyond.