Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012 and Eisenhower Fellow since 2013.

He currently teaches Interaction Design and cross-media practices at the Faculty of Architecture of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, at ISIA Design Florence, at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute.

He produced videogames, artificial intelligences, expert systems dedicated to business and scientific research, entertainment systems, mobile ecosystems, interactive architectures, cross-medial publications, augmented reality systems, and experiences and applications dedicated to providing products, services and practices to human beings all over the world, enabled by technologies, networks and new metaphors of interactions, across cultures and languages.

His artworks and performances have been featured worldwide at festivals and conferences.

Salvatore actively participates to global discussions and actions on the themes of freedoms, new forms of expression and on the future scenarios of our planet from the points of view of energy, environment, multi-cultural societies, gender mutation, sustainability and innovation on both society and business, collaborating with institutions, enterprises and international research groups.
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OneAvatar @ Milano in Digitale

OneAvatar @ Milano in Digitale

OneAvatar was shown at the third edition of the Milano in Digitale event. An installation featuring a 3D game in which players could shoot the OneAvatar character, causing electric shocks to hit the body of the player wearing the OneAvatar suit, creating a phisical connection between our physical bodies and our identities in the digital worlds.
The installation features the results of the research coming from the OneAvatar project: technology, emotion, identity, relational dimensions in the digital domains are some of the fundamental topics analyzed.
For the event a complete marketing and communication strategy was produced to create a fictional, but realistic and produceable, product to create the narrative level of the performance: the performer was displayed as in a shopping center showcase, with the product and the related gadgets available for sale. A further analysis on the evolution of art in the contemporary era, in its hybridization wth communication, marketing and ethnographical practices.

more info at:

and here:

concept and installation by
Salvatore Iaconesi [xDxD.vs.xDxD]
Oriana Persico [penelope.di.pixel]


architecture, Mexico and infiltration

oh, and here is some info about the installation we did in Mexico City, in a beautiful cloister of the colonia Coyoacan

rel:attiva presenza



architecture, Mexico and infiltration

we infiltrated an architecture congress in mexico.
the theme was the preservation and revitalization of the historical centers.
while most people talked about restoring monuments and making beautiful buildings we suggested interventions using digital technologies to implement relational architectures and urban practices that could get people involved in the urban tissues, stimulate, inspire and create opportunities.


you can find some additional info and a PDF of the theories we presented. The PDF is only in italian for now, but it will be available in english, spanish and french by the end of next week, as we are expanding it to turn it into a book called "rel:active architecture" that will be freely available on the internet.

We will also be designing a series of lectures to be held on the subject in various universities and institutions in Europe and central/south america.

I would love to hear from people that are interested in these issues to receive comments and contributions and to see if we can get some of you involved.



Angel_F and the SuperAvatar at Freedom not Fear

Sat Oct 11, 2008 00:00 - Wed Oct 08, 2008



Angel_F and SuperAvatar are scared.

The lives of the young artificial intelligence and of the avatar who escaped from virtual worlds have been endangered more than once by the control, that is constantly perpetrated on people's information, habits and identities.

Forms of surveillance that are progressively and obsessively expanding through continuous control of our lives (and not only of the ones of our beloved digital beings). Along the streets, in the supermarkets, in public spaces, and even in our homes, through telephones and internet connectivity. An enormous amount of resources are wasted to control people's lives in multiple ways: from cameras to armed forces, passing through data retention systems spying on people's personal information.

Angel_F e SuperAvatar are feeling annoyed, alarmed and outraged by all of that and, therefore, decided to publicly show their dissent, together with their human friends.

The two digital beings will join the Freedom not Fear event, and they will attend the conference that will take place at the "Provincia di Roma" building on saturday, starting at 9:30am.

Who: Angel_F and SuperAvatar
When: Saturday, October 11th 2008, from 9:30am to 13:30am
Where: "Freedom not Fear", palazzo Valentini (Palazzo della Provincia di Roma, via IV Novembre n. 119/a, Roma


Freedom not Fear: International action day for democracy, free speech, human rights, civil liberties; against censorship, mass-surveillance, mass-data retention.

Angel_F is the young artificial intelligence son of Derrick de Kerckhove and the Biodoll.
It was born on February 2007. Since it started interacting with humans' physical world it has been deeply interested about the international dialogue on digital rights. After a peculiar case of censorship, little Angel_F managed to attend the UN's Internet Governance Forum held in Rio de Janeiro all by itself.

Angel_F is a project by xDxD.vs.xDxD and penelope.di.pixel

Fatherboard - the SuperAvatar - is an avatar that escaped from virtual worlds when its owner's computer exploded in a short circuit. It looks like a cyborg, but it isn't, as its body is built from the hardware parts of the computer from where it materialized.
Its relations with human beings are contradictory and intermittent: the SuperAvatar is a fugitive living a constant conflict with institutional control, either the virtual and the real ones!

Fatherboard is a project by Luigi Pagliarini