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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Tue Nov 06, 2007 00:00 - Tue Nov 06, 2007

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Derrick de Kerckhove and his digital son

Thu Nov 01, 2007 00:00 - Thu Nov 01, 2007


Derrick de Kerckove meets Angel_f, his digital son in Firenze, during the Festival della Creatività.



Re: symbolic violence at the Internet Governance Forum - a surreal petition, of vital importance

I think that this is one of the nicest replies i ever received.

> I think I'm too afraid to go to any links you post. You might be
> sending me to a place that might cause something really "artistic" to
> happen to my computer...

some updates on the effects of the petition.

1 verbal fight with an italian ex-senator
2 "what do you want to acheive" questions placed by journalists in italy
4 "please remove me from the list, as i am afraid of losing my job"
1 "you should use petitions for serious things!" kind of debate with an italian actress and net artist who, in the end, said we're righteously stubborn, but wanted do be removed from the list anyway
1 "is this a game?" question plced by another italian senator
1 official document spread at an official institution here in Italy stating that "our employees should have no relatinship whatsoever with initiatives mining our institution's appearance or interests". guess who organized the Internet Governance forum in rome?

which, if you consider tht there only are about 50 signatures in the petition, is quite a heavy reaction.

the story: we registered little angel_f, a child artificial intelligence, at the Internet Governance Forum, and we attended a conference here in Rome.

At the conference we were not allowed to use any digital media. Angel_f's messages were censored.

now: the Internet Governnce Forum is created inside the United Nations, and debates on digital rights.

as a planetary initiative, what happened is ridiculous, as most institutions are, anyway.

Angel_f is a symbolic initiative: the little kid is a metaphor for the identities which are unexpected, not provided for, unwanted, by the system(s).
the action's focus is not in the promotion of angel_f it(him)self, but in the possibilities opened up by technology as an enabler for teh autodetermination of identity. starting from a relly basic and fundamental one: existence.

George Orwell called it Doublethink, Gregory Bateson called it Double Bind. The first, an instrument of control. The second, at the base of schizophrenia.

technology, innovation, are presented as nstrumentf for freedom (by the UN!) yet they are in control of centralized infrastructures (public, private, bureaurocracy). They handle networks, give you connectivity, possess your explicit and implicit data.

and they can de-facto determine your identity. The shape of it.
Even by simply asking you, in a form, to choose M or F. Only.

Innovation means control, in this sense.

Angel_F is a performnce on how to implement a metaphorical bug in tht system.

my best!


Re: symbolic violence at the Internet Governance Forum - a surreal petition, of vital importance


a group of corpses wearing suits and ties, talking about innovation and digital freedom.

they get terrified when you try to videotape them when they are not shiny and alert.

or if they receive a message on their mobile phone, coming from a young artificial intelligence asking them to stop saying bullshit.

a bit of healthy social hacking. and some meaning on the side.

please, sign this petition.


salvatore iaconesi [ xDxD ]

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symbolic violence at the Internet Governance Forum - a surreal petition, of vital importance

a surreal online petition, of vital importance:

* symbolic violence at the Internet Governance Forum *

the story:

viewable Angel_F:

readable Angel_F:

Angel_F's request for support:

Angel_F's press release:

- these people already subscribed:

onorevole Elias Vacca
Italian Parlament

onorevole Franco Grillini
Italian Parlament

senatore Mauro Bulgarelli
Italian Senate

Sergio Bellucci
Responsible for Technological Innovation
Rifondazione Comunista

prof. Derrick de kerckhove
Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology
University of Toronto

hat maker - prostitute

prof. Massimo Canevacci
professor in Cultural Anthropology
Universita la Sapienza di Roma

prof. Carlo Formenti
professor in History and Technique in new media
Universita di Lecce

prof. Antonio Caronia
professor in Communication
Accademia di Brera

prof. Luigi Pagliarini
associate professor, Maersk Institute, Denmark

prof. Arturo di Corinto
professor in Computer Mediated Communication
Universita di Roma La Sapienza

Daniela Frascati

Franca Formenti
food performer

Tatiana Bazzichelli
art networker

ferry byte
editor of cyber-rights,

Debora de Angelis

Paolo Didone
president of Assoli
Software Libero Association Italia

Daniel Donato
Adunanze Digitali

Domenico Quaranta
art critic, curator

Dominziana Giordano


Marco Fagotti
co-founder and president of the Anomolo Cultural Association

Roberto Tupone
co-founder of Free Hardware Foundation Italia
co-founder of LinuxClub

Athos Gualazzi
Pirate Party Italia

Wilfred Agricola de Cologne
New Media Arts Project di Cologne

Marco Trotta