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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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DISCUSSION

R: RHIZOME_RAW: RUBBER BUDDHA AND MANIK


what is this, a performance?

will there be lights and videos projected, too? do people have to pay a ticket
to get in?

come on.. let's open a new rhizome mailing list "MANIK'S PROFUND AND
UNTOUCHABLE THOUGHTS". read-only access, please...

byebye

>----Messaggio originale----
>Dal: manik@sbb.co.yu
>Data: 13/09/2006 5.42
>A: <list@rhizome.org>
>Cc: <salvatore.iaconesi@fastwebnet.it>
>Ogg: RHIZOME_RAW: RUBBER BUDDHA AND MANIK
>
>
>salvatore wrote:
>>my mail wasn't a critique on you. did it sound like it?
>>i don't understand the ridiculous tone of the reply.
>Than what was the reason to piss on our grass dude?
>>you think you're on top of some throne.
>>i was saying that i think that there are no good guys. so why search.
>>do you think that the "good guys" exist?
>We are good guys.
>>i'd be happy if they did, but i don't think they do (and it is my personal
>>opinion.
>Is there any other than personal opinion in your head,some
>atavism,collective
>opinion?Other persons?Guest opinion?Sunday opinion?
>> it is not some higher truth i want to egocentrically reveal or
>>something, like you seem to state about what i say)
>We don't have time to guess what you want to express.We thought it's
>shameless to put on serious thesis in our mail your "personal" underwear.
>>because i don't think that people can do much about how he world goes:
>because
>>people, as a mass, seems to me as if they're too captured in their stupid
>>business; the mass doesn't seem to be able to step back from points of view
>>that take nowhere. it may sound hippy-sh or whatever, but it's what i
>think: i
>>see no reason to reply in that way
>We are not here to think about your reason.You are obvious nice guy,so what?
>>you don't know me.
>Don't fool you self -after those two mail we know you good enough.
>>it is so nice of you to be so tolerant and democratic.
>Democracy is perfidious form of dictatorship.Is that sound to you like
>tolerant mail?
>>you may have your tons of reasons to feel the way you do, as i do have
>mine.
>>the word revolution has a meaning to me, which i don't need to explain
>here.
>In first place nobody force you to explained that word anywhere.
>>a meaning that is different from yours, naturally. respect mine as i
>respect
>>yours.
>We respect you like live person,nothing more(-;
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DISCUSSION

R: RHIZOME_RAW: PLASTIC BUDDHA AND MANIK


manik vauda marija manik nikola pilipovic wrote:
> >reality has several levels.
> Would you,please tell us how many?
..
> We suppose you could tell us "what's going on"?
> Or you have some kind of advantage regarding
> your ignorance.

my mail wasn't a critique on you. did it sound like it?
i don't understand the ridiculous tone of the reply.

> >who cares about who the goodboys and badboys are?
> Just few days ago Mr.Ahtisari,man who make a decision
> about my country (Serbia)told in public that we are as
> nation 'bad',and this mean that we could ,because of his
> words, endure heavy political consequence.So,don't push
> with this melancholic "Everything's relative..."nonsense.
...
> >anyway. why bother understanding where the "good" is?
> Your spleen is disgust.

you think you're on top of some throne.
i was saying that i think that there are no good guys. so why search.
do you think that the "good guys" exist?
i'd be happy if they did, but i don't think they do (and it is my personal
opinion. it is not some higher truth i want to egocentrically reveal or
something, like you seem to state about what i say)
because i don't think that people can do much about how he world goes: because
people, as a mass, seems to me as if they're too captured in their stupid
business; the mass doesn't seem to be able to step back from points of view
that take nowhere. it may sound hippy-sh or whatever, but it's what i think: i
see no reason to reply in that way

> >no revolution is possible,
> Did we mentioned this word...revolution.Don't use your day dreams
> in important thing like is firs direction to unknown people.

you don't know me. it is so nice of you to be so tolerant and democratic.
you may have your tons of reasons to feel the way you do, as i do have mine.
the word revolution has a meaning to me, which i don't need to explain here.
a meaning that is different from yours, naturally. respect mine as i respect
yours.

> >nature gives a hint that's more precious than anything you can
> achieve thr=
> ough
> >media, art, violence or whatever: the notion that there are
> thresholds.
> What is nature?How could you explain nature.From which place,which
> methodol=
> ogy you are going to use for it...?Kid we are too old for this shit.

and

> >up to a certain threshold everything works just fine. as soon as you
> step=
> away
> >from it, no matter how little the step, things turn into chaos.
> In symmetrical interval in time we could see enlightened
> people on Rhizome_Raw.And every time it's unpleasant to read their
> texts.
> Those people just like you are out of reality,but on wrong way,like
> drug ad=
> dict.

and

> We suppose you've read some Zen books?This thinks you learn now MANIK
> alrea=
> dy forgot.
> So tell us something about chaos,from which point you are going to try
> to e=
> xplained chaos to us: physical,psychiatry,philosophical...some other
> way?

and

> >"sadness and grief" have no meaning in nature. i can bow to that.
> This is quotation.Are you talking with some certain posture
> or you expose your philosophy in general?

:)
come on you're making a show off a simple message talking about simple things.
you don't like it? who cares?
i am sorry if it sounded as if i was making some kind of incredibly important
statement by sitting on a high throne of wisdom.
that is not what i meant.
my message was about how sad i am about the helplessness of humanity.
and about how disgusted i am by the way the world is ruled.
nothing more. those things you crticize about were just examples, parallels.
what you did in the reply is like saying that someone says bullshit because he
wears lousy trouser, without even listening.

> >small steps in a certain direction can turn into huge differences
> (along=
>
> >unexpected directions), a few steps ahead.
> This is good!But what about people without legs?

you are actually making my point.

> >we're loosing language to a mass-culture made up by aligning semantic
> buil=
> ding
> >blocks that someone else has prepared for us.
> Who was that?When did he(they)prepared that for us?
> And who have courage to do think like that with semantic?This is
> criminal a=
> ct,you know.

sense of humor apart: you know, people think. i think, too.
i think, in my personal limited mind, that we are suffering from limitations
not only in the freedom of thought, but in the way that we are able to think.
in the tools we can use: language, culture, knowledge of history, lots of
stuff. tools are disappearing. because society wants consumers fitting in
specific categories, not free thinkers, not people that are able to think
criticlly.
i was saying that. what did you understand i was saying?

> >everyone is an expert. truth doesn't exist.
> Read lot of books,eat moderate,don't smoke,don't use drugs(even grass
> could=
> be bad for some people).
> And no more free lessons!
> MANIK

come on, this is ridiculous

DISCUSSION

R: RHIZOME_RAW: NMA-Not My Art


reality has several levels. no matter when/where/who you are you'll have just
the slightest hint of what really goes on.
who cares about who the goodboys and badboys are? no revolution is possible,
anyway. why bother understanding where the "good" is?

nature gives a hint that's more precious than anything you can achieve through
media, art, violence or whatever: the notion that there are thresholds.
up to a certain threshold everything works just fine. as soon as you step away
from it, no matter how little the step, things turn into chaos.

small steps in a certain direction can turn into huge differences (along
unexpected directions), a few steps ahead.

"sadness and grief" have no meaning in nature. i can bow to that.

we're loosing language to a mass-culture made up by aligning semantic building
blocks that someone else has prepared for us.

trying to understand everything takes you nowhere. and this is true for 9/11,
for the NMA discussion, for when i go to the grocery and the lady at the
counter starts with her linguistic psichedelia while talking about
international issues, for when i just can't find a pair of matching socks....

everyone is an expert. truth doesn't exist.

s

>----Messaggio originale----
>Dal: manik@sbb.co.yu
>Data: 12/09/2006 14.33
>A: <list@rhizome.org>
>Ogg: RHIZOME_RAW: NMA-Not My Art
>
>
>"...The practices of NMA represent an emancipatory movement: artists
>refused to accept the traditional assignments and definitions of roles as
>well as the value-system of 'classic'art criticism and theory. The factors
>that constitute the system of meaning of art, and its institutions, were
>rendered problematic. Craftsmanship and subjective expression were renounced
>in favor of a new positive emphasis on the process of planning and
>conception. Philosophical and critical considerations upon the production
>and function of NMA took center stage. This led to a new perspective on the
>economic interrelations of art..."
>(you should change every NMA in text with term conceptual)
>
>I've find this text in http://foundation.generali.at (information in
>e-flux,CONCEPT HAS NEVER MEANT HORSE).
>
>After 40 years people try to re-define history,meny names from conceptual
>art I remember who was in focus that time now doesn't existed in new
>distribution of 'aesthetic/history'as value.Bit hysteric attempt to make
>hierarchy,history and valid theory of NMA is nice,because it must be
>starting point-suner> better.Posteriori(in this case I take this term from
>Duchamp )showing fascinate strength to be over all aesthetic(of course
>aesthetic is necessary to make right here and right now some
>'order').Also"Place from where you talk"(L.Wittgenstein)could be decisive
>for quality of your insight,for your ideological determination.Still,we are
>helpless like people from 70-is in their attempt to understand what's
>happened with their 'reality'(essence of 'reality's in art).RAF,Brigade Rose
>then,911-state terrorism and Al Quaida now.Problem to detect
>"right"side,"good boys"(that time fight against growin power of corporate
>capitalism,now fight between two ambition for global domination).We can't
>recognize this perplexity as something universal,but you should be careful
>when you see in Beate...site Ulrike Meinhof,and in same time in Lichty text
>his feeling of:"sadness and grief"quality of emotions are different,but
>images and words are the same.Both are significant for our time ,and both
>are completely different in their significance now than in that time.Every
>generation starting from beginning.
>MANIK
>
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DISCUSSION

R: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: A Polemic - In protest of 9/11 rememberance.


not being american, i take special care in saying one thing on this subject

and also because i was thinking that it could easily be that some of you,
maybe the ones posting over here from new york, might have lost someone on
9/11.

please know that the whole idea of what i posted earlier today is still runing
amok in my mind: not the theories on conspirations or hidden powers, not the
"truth" sworn by the bush administration and by its allies. but something
really simpler:

the consideration that a very dangerous game is going on. a game in which
we're loosing. either we evolve, or we lose: to the powers of governments ruled
by finance, to the environment, to ourselves.

no matter what they say on tv or on a website. no matter what happens or seems
to happen in the world.

sadness and grief go to the people of any race, geogaphical position, and time
dying in wars, in attacks by whomever performed, in torture, violence,
political persecution, religious and phiosophical persecution, in events caused
by greed for money, power, energy. they shouldn't die like (or for) this.
everything should be much more simple. and we shouldn't let the creeps rule us.

s

>----Messaggio originale----
>Dal: marc.garrett@furtherfield.org
>Data: 11/09/2006 16.16
>A: <list@rhizome.org>
>Ogg: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: A Polemic - In protest of 9/11 rememberance.
>
> >Sorry if I'm naive, but I'm speaking from my gut today.
>
>You are not naive - just somone who values and respects humanity and not
>just rich Americans alone, as the corporate led Administration so
>clearly does.
>
>The value of life around the world has been demoted, made more
>disposable by an extremely elite group of people who should be arrested
>and put to trial as soon possible, before they do any more damage to all
>of our lives...
>
>My take on rememberance - is that all the lives lost since 9/11 should
>be acknowledged equally.
>
>marc
>
>>I was sitting here watching the 9/11 service and when they rung the bell
>>at 9:03, I had to turn it off.
>>
>>I remember seeing the second one hit, dumbfounded, blankly thinking that
>>this was a hoax or that this needed a soundtrack and Bruce Willis (so
>>did Andrei Codrescu).
>>
>>I also remember being up late nights, keeping a lot of folks company on
>>IM who were still staying below 15th St.
>>
>>And in my own context, I lost a cousin in Oklahoma City, and was part of
>>the Katrina disaster, as my home in Baton Rouge was in the extended path
>>of the whole thing, and suffered little damage, unlike so many of my
>>friends, whom we housed through the Fall.
>>
>>But, when I watched the observance, I was in a double bind. While on
>>one hand, the event was horrendous and deserves remembrance, the problem
>>is that it will undoubtedly be used by the Bush Administration and
>>American Media Culture once again as a justification for its own
>>irresponsibility, and for that, I feel that perhaps some other form of
>>commemoration would be in order. One that would maintain the gravitas
>>of the event without the maudlin faux patriotism that actually reduces
>>it to an ad for little silver coins with pop-up WTC effigies.
>>
>>
>>Today, I'm not thrilled, and am set with even more resolve to vote these
>>idiots out of office... The DHS and TSA are paper tigers that let
>>people think that they are somehow safer, but are band-aids for the
>>severed limb of social injustice in/by the US. The war has more to do
>>with the Project for the American Century and the Bush/Hussein feud than
>>Al Qaeda or even oil. In the power vacuum created by the fall of the
>>USSR, it is the US who have taken on the role of imperial power.
>>
>>I guess I'd like to make my simple and possibly naive plea- Less bombs
>>and guns, more education, outreach, health care, food and housing here
>>and abroad. Either way, some people will lose their lives at this
>>point, but would it be better to have it happen while giving someone a
>>meal, or by detaining someone at a checkpoint? I'll support 115,000
>>Peace Corps in Iraq...
>>
>>Sorry if I'm naive, but I'm speaking from my gut today.
>>
>>
>>Patrick Lichty
>>- Interactive Arts & Media
>> Columbia College, Chicago
>>- Editor-In-Chief
>> Intelligent Agent Magazine
>>http://www.intelligentagent.com
>>225 288 5813
>>voyd@voyd.com
>>
>>"It is better to die on your feet
>>than to live on your knees."
>>
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