Lanfranco Aceti
Since 2003
Works in London United States of America

Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator. He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, Department of Media and Communications, and at the Steinhardt School, at NYU; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Cultures at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (the MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He is the Founder of Director of the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) and of Operational and Curatorial Research in Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR). He was Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul and the Director of Kasa Gallery, Istanbul. He has done digital art interventions and exhibited widely in Museums, Art Fairs, Festivals and Biennials. Recently he has exhibited Who the People? at the Chetams' Library and Museum. His artworks are in private and public collections.

He has a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London and has published, lectured and exhibited internationally.
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From Digital Design to Material Artworks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Fri Nov 30, 2012 23:59

From Digital Design to Material Artworks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

The rise of affordable and accessible design and production tools such as Computer Numerically Controlled machines and open hardware micro-controllers is giving new life to crafting, producing new spaces and practices where material production is inherently connected with digital design.

Such contexts are marked by a strong interdisciplinarity: artists, engineers, designers and hackers work together experimenting creative development paths for the future. This issue explores new theories, methodologies and methods related to the materialization of
digital arts.

We would like to welcome papers relevant to the following themes:

- digital crafting, digital manufacturing and art;
- the role of fablabs as spaces for contemporary art practices;
- makers communities engaged in interdisciplinary art activities;
- open hardware and software facing contemporary art;
- aesthetic challenges given by digital design.

What are the main challenges for digital arts in the age of distributed manufacturing? Is ingenuous D.I.Y. design going to re-define the boundaries between art and other disciplines? What are the chances to go beyond the abused generative aesthetic seen in these first years?

This special issue of LEA aims to answer some of these questions, analyzing the complexity of the relationships between art and innovation in digital fabrication.

Senior Editors Lanfranco Aceti and Bertram Niessen (Digicult).


Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:00

Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

This issue investigates the relationship between activism, electronic and digital avant-garde, the role of the social media, cultural production and artistic experiments in the pre-Revolutionary and post Mubarak Egypt, one year after the so-called Arab Spring which upset Egyptian (and Arabic at large) politics and society.

The central role of social media in the 2011 Egyptian revolution (and in the uprisings of Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and the Arab world at large) has been strongly emphasized by Western media, highlighting how Twitter, for instance, supported the occupation of Tahrir Square, the cohesion of the movement and the ideological solidarity of the Mediascape.

Additionally, the strategic role of electronic devices has been elevated to agent of the immediate success of Egyptian revolution. According to most social and cultural analysis about the now famous 18 days disseminated by global media, the circulation of digital media sanctioned the success of the demonstrators and the fall of Mubarak regime.

It is not surprising that on June 2012 the work of media artist Ahmed Bassiouny killed by police snipers in Tahrir Square was chosen to represent the country at Venice Biennial with a video installation that mixed the documentation of one of his performance pieces and the footage of the artist shot in Tahrir Square. It is probably the first time that a young artist not affiliated with the official Fine Arts sector has been granted such a prestigious solo presentation.

Senior Editors for this issue of LEA: Lanfranco Aceti and Digicult (with Lucrezia Cippitelli and Tarek Abou el Fetouh).


Experimenting, Curating and Commissioning: LEA, a Case for Art Experimentation in The Age of Social Media

Thu Sep 27, 2012 17:30 - Thu Sep 27, 2012

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

I am giving a talk on the 27th of September at Chelsea College. The talk is titled Experimenting, Curating and Commissioning: LEA, a Case for Art Experimentation in The Age of Social Media.

A presentation by Lanfanco Aceti, followed by a conversation with Prof. David Garcia.

Abstract: The current technological developments are re-designing the socio-political landscape within a complex economic context, obliging the art institutions and artists to re-thing old methodologies and find new approaches.

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac, under the directorship of Lanfranco Aceti, is responding to these technological challenges with re-newed commitment by creating a series of international synergies that allow multiple project collaborations.

Kasa Gallery in Istanbul, Goldsmiths College, Chelsea College, the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Monash University and FACT are some of the institutions that by collaborating are developing new curatorial approaches, art commissions and publications to pursue an integrated and visible approach in the development and testing of creative ideas.

The Leonardo Digital Media Platform founded and directed by Lanfranco Aceti sees the participation and support as senior curators of Christiane Paul and Vince Dziekan.


Touch and Go Special Issue Launch, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Wed Sep 26, 2012 18:30 - Wed Sep 26, 2012

Brentford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

An introduction by Lanfranco Aceti about Touch and Go, a special LEA issue produced on the occasion of Watermans’ International Festival of Digital Art; a year-long festival coinciding with the Olympics and Paralympics in London hosting a series of installations that explore the impact of technology in art as well as the meaning, boundaries and issues of interaction and participation.

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac special issue Touch and Go is the result of discussions and the themes explored during the year-long Festival seminars at Watermans in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London including audience engagement, new media geographies, digital art and illusion, gesture and art in virtual reality.

This issue explores the role interactivity and participation, as well as light art and new media approaches to the public space, may play in fostering engagement and shared forms of participation.


ZERO1 Biennial launch event for LEA special issue on augmented reality art - Not Here Not There

Fri Sep 14, 2012 18:30 - Fri Sep 14, 2012

San Jose, California
United States of America

Together with Richard Rinehart I am announcing a special issue on augmented reality art of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac titled Not Here Not There at the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose. This special issue is a curatorial and academic collaboration between Kasa Gallery (Sabanci University) and the Samek Art Gallery (Bucknell University).

The issue follows two exhibitions of augmented reality art, one at Samek Art Gallery titled Not Here and the other at Kasa Gallery titled Not There. In this special issue of LEA there are contributions by artists that work with AR technology and curators and writers that work on issues related to AR, sited art in relation to new media, or site-specific interventions. It is a survey of the field in order to understand how contemporary art practices are evolving.

Where – California Theatre Courtyard, 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
When – September 14th at 6:30pm.