Ars Electronica 2016 – From space to brain (Deep Space In 8K)

ENGLISH: Deep Space in 8K is a 3D Experience that let the viewers exploring different environments in a guided tour, from distant galaxies, to the insides of the human body. Developed by the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Human Bodies: The Universe Within brings us through an immersive journey in our body, […]

Ars Electronica 2016 – Alcune riflessioni preliminari / Some introductory reflections

Italiano [English below]     Ars Electronica 2016. Anche in questa edizione la sede principale del festival è a PostCity, un enorme impianto industriale di 80.000 m2 su tre piani, vicino alla stazione ferroviaria, un tempo utilizzato come snodo di lettere e pacchi e centro di distribuzione del servizio postale. […]

Follow the river

Wednesday, September 07. As promised, the Noema Staff landed – in time – in the cozy city of Linz. On thursday morning we reached the main festival location – Postcity – and started our staff tour shepherded by the enigmatic artistic director GERFRIED STOCKER. Please, be patient, we will cover […]

Looking for directions in Participatory Practices and beyond

Recently  I have observed – with mixed feeling and a bit of disorientation– the rise of  maker culture. Among them, agitators, activists and artists are finding ways to use the latest developments in 3D printing, DIY and citizen science to produce innovative tools and ingenious artifacts for the benefit of the common […]

working with Communities: inclusion and co-production, not education

I am usually very critical when it comes with working with communities, especially when these communities are what the West or the Intelligentsia considered “disadvantaged” or resourceless. I have seen countless examples of interventions where a well equipped, educated and clearly hegemonic individual or group literally descended upon a group of kids […]

Open medicine, or becoming a Patient Expert

Open Medicine is not just about publishing or sharing information about experts, but also about empowering. Billiam James’ powerful and passionate intervention, peppered with evocative images, addressed the power relations inherent in medicine and advocated the necessity for the patient to become an expert, in order to be able to ask […]

Day 1, a look at Open Access publishing

When we think of open culture, open science, DIY and making are probably the first things that come to mind. However, It is often thanks to the availability of information available through open access publishing that knowledge is made increasingly shareable, as open access journals (OA) continue to emerge out of academia […]

John Dupuis Open Science presentation at the Subtle Technologies Festival

In addition to more traditional journals with Open access structures, John Dupuis in a later talk on Open Science, pointed out to a diverse number of tools that not only scientists, but also other researchers and artists use to share their work. from Academia.edu, to bibliography databases such as Mandelay, […]

Subtle Technologies- Open Culture: Participatory Practices in Art & Science

It is that time of the year: Subtle Technologies Festival is back for a week-long ride to explore Open Culture in Art and Science. The theme this year is particularly timely: DIY-bio labs, hacker spaces and hacklabs, maker spaces etc… are popping up everywhere, new forms of sharing ranging from […]

We will be Different: Immortality in Science Fiction and Popular Culture

To conclude this fabulous round of Subtle technologies, we couldn’t omit the element that  during these days has informed and enriched with its presence our conversations: Science Fiction. Subtle technologies started with a reference to the Hitchhicker’s guide to the galaxy, mentioned many times William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, Mary Shelley […]

June 9: bio-techno soups, we know where we are coming, but where are we going?

June 9 morning sessions were marked by two very different presentations, Scott Menary’s Born in the big bang and Alan Sondheim’s Digital and Physical Collapse. Interestingly, and despite their different approaches, they set a dialogue among each other: The first explained how the building blocks of our universe have been […]

On De-extinction and other dreams

Hendrik Poinar, a professor in Paleogenetics at McMaster University has some fond memories of his parents (entomologists) spending time uncovering and examining insects fossilized and encased in Amber. What if we could bring them back? what if we could de-extinct dinosaurs and other animals? As a Paleogeneticist, Poinar considers himself […]

Tweets in Space

Very similarly, Tweets in Space by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern collected twitter messages from a 30 minutes performance at ISEA 2012 identified with #tweetsinspace tag. later on, these messages were beamed towards GJ667Cc,  an exoplanet that might (or not) support extraterrestrial life. In 30 minutes, Kildall  and Stern collected 1500 […]