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OPPORTUNITY

Cool Tools


Deadline:
Thu Dec 31, 2009 00:00

Location:
Italy

A few weeks ago it was announced that Kevin Kelly had chosen Bruce Sterling to be the new editor of COOL TOOLS, from more than 220 candidates. Congratulations Bruce!

COOL TOOLS is a website in which people praise their favourite gadgets, books, software, videos, maps, and websites. The site’s owner is Kevin Kelly, former editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine in San Francisco. The fantastic site is full of useful and interesting things.

But Bruce recognized immediately there’s a problem with COOL TOOLS. So he sent us a letter to pass on to our audience.
Here it is:

“There is, however, one major problem with it. COOL TOOLS is too Californian. Almost everything in COOL TOOLS is aimed at an American technical audience, and when one considers the daily life of most Americans, the situation is tragic.

Europeans, or rather Italians, should obviously be teaching Americans, or rather Californians, how civilized people live.

So all you Italians out there, tell us what you love! We want to know about YOUR tools. We can translate your words into English, and voice your opinion on your favourite objects to thousands of people.

You will be part of a noble mission to civilize Californians, who still don’t understand how to dress, walk, dance, or eat properly. They can read a little bit though, so there is still some hope for them.

Thank you for your participation!“

Bruce Sterling

bsterling@wired.it
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Piemonte Share Festival


EVENT

Piemonte Share | ART&LOVE VI


Dates:
Thu Feb 12, 2009 00:00 - Thu Feb 12, 2009

Location:
Italy

14th February, 2009 - 08.30 PM
ART & LOVE VI
LOVE SHARE - Love in the Age of Social Networks
VILLA CAPRIGLIO
 - Strada al Traforo di Pino 67, Torino

“Love Share - Love in the Age of Social Networks” is an event dedicated to love and eroticism at Villa Capriglio, on occasion of the “Innamorati della Cultura” night in support of culture, to be held on Valentine’s Day.

The event was conceived by Simona Lodi and has been organised by The Sharing, a Cultural Association for the creation and promotion of digital art and culture and organiser of the Share Festival, by Situazione Xplosiva, a Cultural Association for the promotion and development of a new electronic musical culture in Piedmont and Italy, and by Malafestival/Servi di Scena.

This year’s Art & Love VI will feature installations, screenings and Internet stations provided by the Share Festival, which light-heartedly explore the relationship between love and the Web 2.0. - How have sentimental relationships changed with the advent of mobile phones, chat sites, and social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, MSN and Flickr? What is love like today in the age of file sharing? Where did I leave my rechargeable love battery?

A wide variety of contents will featured over the night. At 10.30 PM, screenings will be presented of the film Mr. Raven Show by F. Zuliani and the video Ci sarà by Coniglio Viola, followed by amateur porn videos, winners of the second Come2Cut festival in Berlin, by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Lodati, and finally a selection of videos on the topic taken from YouTube. A visual background framing the event will consist of Flash animation by Minimal Porno, a web project hosted by the activist collective Isole nella Rete. Alongside the uninterrupted flow of images, a video-performance by Malafestival/Servi di Scena opus rt will also be presented, featuring Vanessa Vozzo, along with the address of Giacomo Verde - “The Evil Savage - Fragments of a People Battling for Survival PART II”. 
The loving-interactive setting will further be brought to life by the installation “Les amantes (loving the crisis)” by xDxD, featuring penelope.di.pixel.

The night will then kick on after midnight with club music, featuring guest DJs Titta, Taba, Nano, Step, Eniac, Pulsar and a live performance by The Pure.
Sergio Ricciardone will be presenting a special DJ set for two people at the Villa’s famous Cappellina.

The organisers of Art & Love VI at Villa Capriglio support the “Innamorati della Cultura” day, a special event culture, designed to shed light on the work of cultural operators and raise awareness on just how much they do and the quality of their initiatives. Foundations, associations, cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, theatres and orchestras will be open and active all day long with a dense programme of events, in which you are all invited to participate. www.abicidi.it.

www.villacapriglio.it
www.toshare.it
www.xplosiva.com
www.opusrt.it


OPPORTUNITY

SHARE PRIZE 2009


Deadline:
Tue Sep 30, 2008 00:00

Location:
Italy

It’s open the subscription to the 3° edition of the Share Prize 2009.
The main requisite for participating in the competition is to create a work in which digital technology is applied as a language of creative expression. There is no limitation to shape and format, combinations with analogical technologies and/or any other material (eg computer animation / visual effects, digital music, interactive art, net art, software art, live cinema, audiovisual performance, etc.).

A short list of no more than six finalists will be announced within November 2008.
The award candidates are invited to participate in the 5th edition of Share Festival in Torino that will be from 24th till 29th march 2009.
The six competitors, chosen from all the participants, will exhibit the work they have entered in the competition, during the Festival.

A Jury will award a prize of Euro 2,500 to the work (published or not) that best represents experimentation of arts and new technologies.

The jury is:
Andy Cameron (creative director department Interactive Design Fabrica) - president of the jury
Bruce Sterling (writer and journalist, Austin)
Emma Quinn (curator at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London)
Giovanni Ferrrero (president Accademia delle Belle Arti, Torino)
Rosina Gomez-Baez (director Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon)


OPPORTUNITY

Statement of the SHARE Prize 2008 Jury - Torino


Deadline:
Wed Nov 14, 2007 00:00

Location:
Italy

Statement of the SHARE Prize 2008 Jury - Torino - Italy

Bruce Sterling, chairman, novelist, journalist, art and design critic, Austin.
Piero Gilardi, artist, Torino.
Stefano Mirti, architect and interaction designer, IDLab, Milano.
Anne Nigten, co-organizer of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF)
and manager of the V-2 Lab, Rotterdam.

This has been a very good year for the physical and the actual in digital culture. In the 1990s, virtual art, website art and Internet art would have dominated our entries. But in 2007, five of our
six prize finalists involve a physical, hands-on encounter with digital technology -- and we mean it is digital art that must be literally touched and gripped by the hands of artists and audience.

The sixth piece is driven by living human breath. It has recently been said that "cyberspace is turning itself out," that "the virtual is becoming the actual." We think this years' chosen artists may have proven this thesis. They have created extraordinary works where digital images crawl out
of screens and onto human fingers, where digital sound samples leave the computer to become solid chunks of wood carved on industrial lathes. We also have a large, synaesthetic, immersive installation, two multi-user interaction pieces suitable for groups, and one of the scariest and most physically confrontational pieces of electronic art yet created.

Digital art is getting heavier, more immediate, embodied and physically realized. Digital technology can manufacture now, and digital culture is changing our world in ways that we can touch, grip and feel.
It seems to us that these new trends favor a city long known for its industry and its high-tech craft, Torino, the World Capital of Design 2008. The chosen theme for our digital culture festival is "Manufacturing."

We judges will be back in March 2008 to decide the winner among these six excellent finalists. We look forward to the best and most ambitious SHARE Festival ever.

The artists are:

Emanuel Andel, Knife.Hand.Chop.Bot, Austria

D3D
, Virtual Identity Process, Italy

Yamada Kentaro, Tampopo, Japan/ New Zealand

OWL project, Sound Lathe workshop, U.K.

Scenocosme, SphèrAléas, France

Christine Sugrue, Delicate Boundaries, U.S.A.


EVENT

Statement of the SHARE Prize 2008 Jury - Torino - Italy


Dates:
Sat Nov 10, 2007 00:00 - Wed Nov 14, 2007

Location:
Italy

Statement of the SHARE Prize 2008 Jury - Torino - Italy

Bruce Sterling, chairman, novelist, journalist, art and design critic, Austin.
Piero Gilardi, artist, Torino.
Stefano Mirti, architect and interaction designer, IDLab, Milano.
Anne Nigten, co-organizer of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF)
and manager of the V-2 Lab, Rotterdam.

This has been a very good year for the physical and the actual in digital culture. In the 1990s, virtual art, website art and Internet art would have dominated our entries. But in 2007, five of our
six prize finalists involve a physical, hands-on encounter with digital technology -- and we mean it is digital art that must be literally touched and gripped by the hands of artists and audience.

The sixth piece is driven by living human breath. It has recently been said that "cyberspace is turning itself out," that "the virtual is becoming the actual." We think this years' chosen artists may have proven this thesis. They have created extraordinary works where digital images crawl out
of screens and onto human fingers, where digital sound samples leave the computer to become solid chunks of wood carved on industrial lathes. We also have a large, synaesthetic, immersive installation, two multi-user interaction pieces suitable for groups, and one of the scariest and most physically confrontational pieces of electronic art yet created.

Digital art is getting heavier, more immediate, embodied and physically realized. Digital technology can manufacture now, and digital culture is changing our world in ways that we can touch, grip and feel.
It seems to us that these new trends favor a city long known for its industry and its high-tech craft, Torino, the World Capital of Design 2008. The chosen theme for our digital culture festival is "Manufacturing."

We judges will be back in March 2008 to decide the winner among these six excellent finalists. We look forward to the best and most ambitious SHARE Festival ever.

The artists are:

Emanuel Andel, Knife.Hand.Chop.Bot, Austria

D3D, Virtual Identity Process, Italy

Yamada Kentaro, Tampopo, Japan/ New Zealand

OWL project, Sound Lathe workshop, U.K.

Scenocosme, SphèrAléas, France

Christine Sugrue, Delicate Boundaries, U.S.A.