Animal Spirits: a bestiary of the digital commons

arch 28th, 2009

Animal Spirits: a bestiary of the digital commons

Animal Spirits: a bestiary of the digital commons.
Speakers: Matteo Pasquinelli, Bruce Sterling
Moderator: Luca Barbeni
1st April 2009 || 5.00 pm
Laboratorio G. Quazza, via Sant’Ottavio 20, Torino
Admission is free.
After a decade of digital fetishism, the spectres of the financial and energy crisis have also affected new media culture and brought into question the autonomy of networks. Yet activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation. Unmasking the animal spirits of the commons, Matteo Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the rhetoric of Free Culture. The corporate parasite infiltrating file-sharing networks, the hydra of gentrification in ‘creative cities’ such as Berlin and the bicephalous nature of the Internet with its pornographic underworld are three untold dimensions of contemporary ‘politics of the common’. Against the latent puritanism of authors like Baudrillard and Zizek, constantly quoted by both artists and activists, Animal Spirits draws a conceptual ‘book of beasts’. In a world system shaped by a turbulent stock market, Pasquinelli unleashes a politically incorrect grammar for the coming generation of the new commons.
Presentation of the book : Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers / Institute of Network Cultures, 2008.
Introduction and  index of the book: http://www.rekombinant.org/mat

Share Campus

Share Campus

As we move closer to the next edition of Share Festival, scheduled for the 4th-8th November at the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin, Piemonte Share is organising two days of events dedicated to the students of Turin University and city’s Academy of Fine Arts.

Workshop Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti

27th March 2009 || 02.45-06.30 pm
Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, via Accademia Albertina 6, Torino.
Angelo Comino, author of the show OMM plays Nag Hammadi and creator of the theatrical machine Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti, will be presenting to students the technology behind Max MSP, MIDI and DMX512, and will actively engage with students in the second part of the workshop to explain the potential of open source software processing.
Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti consists of two drummer robots that play live on oil drums, while interacting with a human performer. The workshop is reserved to students of the Academy of Fine Arts and to the students of Professor Gianni Corino of Plymouth University.
www.toshare.it/OMM

Followed by the screening of a video documentary on OMM
27th March 2009 || 7.00 pm
Microplex King Kong, via Po 21, Torino
All are invited to this presentation of the video-doc on the productive phase of the show Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti. OMM was the first project developed by Action Sharing, a platform dedicated to innovation that merges art and entrepreneurship. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Torino, the documentary is produced by Diecidecimi and directed by Guendalina Di Marco.
Admission is free.

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Animal Spirits: a bestiary of the digital commons.

Speakers: Matteo Pasquinelli, Bruce Sterling
Moderator: Luca Barbeni
1st April 2009 || 5.00 pm
Laboratorio G. Quazza, via Sant’Ottavio 20, Torino
Admission is free.
After a decade of digital fetishism, the spectres of the financial and energy crisis have also affected new media culture and brought into question the autonomy of networks. Yet activism and the art world still celebrate Creative Commons and the ‘creative cities’ as the new ideals for the Internet generation. Unmasking the animal spirits of the commons, Matteo Pasquinelli identifies the key social conflicts and business models at work behind the rhetoric of Free Culture. The corporate parasite infiltrating file-sharing networks, the hydra of gentrification in ‘creative cities’ such as Berlin and the bicephalous nature of the Internet with its pornographic underworld are three untold dimensions of contemporary ‘politics of the common’. Against the latent puritanism of authors like Baudrillard and Zizek, constantly quoted by both artists and activists, Animal Spirits draws a conceptual ‘book of beasts’. In a world system shaped by a turbulent stock market, Pasquinelli unleashes a politically incorrect grammar for the coming generation of the new commons.
Presentation of the book : Matteo Pasquinelli, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers / Institute of Network Cultures, 2008.
Introduction and  index of the book: http://www.rekombinant.org/mat

RomaEuropaFAKEFactory

RomaEuropaFAKEFactory

The international competition RomaEuropaFAKEFactory re-lauches in Rome on March 20th and 21st with two dense days dedicated to the theme “Freedom to Remix“: at the Italian Senate, at the Libreria Flexi and at the Neo Club, with a triple event crossing the borders between different spaces and contexts of the metropolis, from institutional ones to the night clubbing scene of via Libetta.

The Italian Senate, it its “ex Hotel Bologna” (via di S.Chiara 4), hosts, on March 20th, 10:00 to 14:00
[ REFF.erence ]
Cultural politics and management of intellectual property in the contemporary era” (*)
a coference-debate in which the competition becomes the trigger to start up a dialogue on the meanings of art, culture and creativity, on the management of cultural politics, on the relationships between new business models and the law for what concerns copyright, patents and intellectual property, starring REFF promoters, featuring video interventions by Derrick de Kerckhove, Massimo Canevacci, Carlo Infante, with senator Vincenzo Vita summing up and drawing conclusions and perspectives.

Among the others: councillor Giulia Rodano, councillor Cecilia D’Elia, Luca Neri, casaluce/geiger synusy@cyborg, Simona Lodi, Arturo Di Corinto, Francesco Monico, Stefano Coletto, Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri, Gianluca del Gobbo, Valeria “Jemma Temp” Guarcini, Alex Giordano, Davide D’Atri, Guido Scorza, Marco Scialdone, Valerio Mattioli, OtherehtO, Marco Fagotti, Rosella Ongaretto, Francesco Magnocavallo.

On March 21st starting at 18:00 let’s meet for a
[ REFF.ternoon ]
at the Flexi Cafè Library, in the heart of Rione Monti, for the presentation of the book “Assalto al Copyright” (Assaulting Copyright) (Edizioni Cooper), introduced by Arturo di Corinto; after that the author, Luca Neri, will meet the guests and host a meeting-debate. The evocative ex factory will be animated with the “Flight SynEp” new media art installation by OtherehtO.

Following up, starting at 23:00 and into the night,
[ REFF.jected ]
RomaEuropaFAKEFactory Launch Party
In the invisible space of the Neo Club, Rejected invites its rejects to the continuous pirate remix of identities, playing on the concept of inclusion/exclusion and on musical remix, digital, human, experiential, in a series of performances, installations, live VJ sets and DJ sets.

For the newmedia art is time to restart from UNO – Unidentified Narrative Objects

I liked very much the challenge that Francesco Monico has launched by a debate on new media art at the “Centro Forma” in Milan on March 4th. Francesco Monico is the active Director Media Design School & Arti Multimediali at the NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, designed by himself, where he teaches theory and method of the Mass Media.

The symposium he organized on training and research in new media art, this is part of the doctoral research program Phd M-node, was focused on an issue that has hit the nail on the provoking an avalanche of contributions from many Italians critics, artists, writers, directors and curators.

The theoretical basis of the symposium was the critical evaluation that Wu Ming 1 made of contemporary Italian fiction called New Italian Epic. Extending its scope beyond the cultural literature and translating the paradigm from the novel to the audio and new media art is fulfilled the brief passage from Unidentified Narrative Objects leads to Unidentified Audiovisive Objects.

The famous essay by Wu Ming 1 on the New Italian Epic says:

In Italian letters is something happening. The convergence in one – albeit large – nebulous of several fiction writers …. Usually they write novels, but they don’t disdaining episodes in fiction and in other realms, and sometimes they produce ” unidentified narrative objects.” Several of their books have become best-sellers / or long-seller in Italy and other countries … but they are a literary generation: they shared segments poetiche, shreds of mental maps and a fierce desire that each time brings them to the archives, or on the street, or where archives and road match.

(only Italian and French version is available here)

Monico asked more or less to 30 of artists, critics and writers, directors if the mass of products such as short films, video clips, video art, short films, music clips or net.art, interactive installations and multimedia performancesare are Unidentified Narrative Objects or rubbish? If the production of audiovisual media, as well as the works of new media art made in Italy from the nineties, were critically analyzed through a new paradigm and you share the critical premises that Wu Ming has found in the thesis of the UNO – Unidentified Objects Narrative- you would have a new Italian epic related to new media art? Is there anything that would combine newmedia art and literature in Italy today?
What are the boundaries within which the “nebula” of the new (media art) italian epic originated? There is a social and cultural history and it has identified a unique Italian that goes beyond literature, and opens out to an oil stain to artistic productions of recent years?
In the literature the blood Wu Ming 1 had the merit to trigger a debate, as he himself says, “no signs of burn out, indeed, it revives and raises every dribble of wind. The memorandum, published in the network, has been downloaded about 30,000 times, played in various forms and comments, read in depth or bed in a hurry, liquidated or celebrated, acclaimed, or crucified as frog in a museum. ”
This debate goes beyond what is NIE, that is his personal idea of reading. What is a fact, stresses Wu Ming, “is the existence of a body of texts, books written in the” second republic “with a common basic elements and allegorical nature of the fund. If this body does not exist, the memorandum would not be “played well” for so many people, it would not unleashed raise all this dust “.
These basic elements, this time belonging to an Italian politician and historian , which Wu Ming 1, identifies as a “second republic” are also common to Italian newmedia art?


The characteristics that make up the “force field” that many works that have made the mass of New Italian Epic, is the reservoir of images and references shared connecting apparently different works, but have deep affinities. Wu Ming1 is careful not to speak of “authors” but “works” because the New Italian Epic covers much more that the first seconds.
Works that are “mutants”, books that are either fiction, essays, prose poetry and journalism that is a memorial that is novel, fiction and non fiction, by hybrids between aesthetics essays and literary theory.

Books such as Lezioni di tenebra, Cibo, I viaggi di Mel, Gomorra e Sappiano le mie parole di sangue.
The amalgamation is defined by a play on words, the initials of “Narrative Unidentified Object” form the word “UNO“(it means one in Italian) , each of these items is a one, irreducible to pre-existing categories, a prime number.
So what are the unidentified narrative objects. And the unidentified art objects (more visual narrative but still) what they are, indeed, what works are they? There is an artistic nebulous? There is a force field similar to the Italian news madia art?

According to Wu ming behind this visual nebula there are the Media Garage,  concept dealt with Monico and the subject of a workshop MDAM NABA,  or the cultural self-legitimation of a spontaneous, both technical and critical prompted by the availability of video cameras, systems for recording and editing that have affordable for all, that allow a wide dissemination of the ‘personal media’, the cameras are to be incorporated in mobile phones to personal computers and with the arrival of Web 2.0 a lot of video content is published on line. These materials may be content for a New Italian Epic for audiovisual media and new media art?
The UNO have – says Monico – a new media approach to new stories and new stories and express new sensibilities, new items and turn to new markets.
The purpose of the debate is taking forward the definition of the first paradigm that starts from UNO and reaches to the identification of works that will reverberate in the ethics and aesthetics of the New (media art) Italian Epic. The UNO is seen as a tool to create a canon of reference and complete a memorandum, as it has done for literature Wu Ming 1.
The nebula of one of the new media art has aggregated immediately much of the Italian art scene, from OtheretO, and the artistic and collective avatar that as a nomad it was also a artistic work. Or the work of known artsista / paradigm Darko Maver of 01.org. that, as in the conference Eva Mattes said he is an artist that does not exist and he is an example of UNO, because  as their other projects are part of a story and not from an image, from an idea and not a visual object.


But their work starting particularly from the “street” and “from the archives” because they used the road as a showcase in the case of culture jamming Nikeground, and were upset by media archives techniques cut up and mush up with Darko Maver , emulsified material shot by others to occupy a new space for art that is the space stage represented by the media.
The documentary by Nicole Leghissa the exploration of the late 800’s Pietro Brazzà, partly from the archives, but it goes beyond mere biography becomes something that does not just tell a story, but reveals a collectivity.

Or the team Aut Art that with the operation “Anna Adamolo” creates a reaction of activism that starts from the road and that becomes an artistic gesture, which performs actions with an imaginary not tamed. Or the last work of Studio Azzurro said that as Paolo Rosa is not an opera but an operation. All that work every time you apply to the narrated change and become something else from the start.


Like the stories told by Salvatore Iaconesi (xDxD), including in its project Art is Open Source, which departs from the streets of artificial intelligence computing is indeed a work created a virus in the womb of the mother, the child named Angel_f (Autonomous Not E-voli? Generative Life Form), for a Iaconesi is also telling a story in a new way, using the power of the narrative of fake RomaEuropaFakeFactory ,that deturn falsely labeled a competition in Telecom (Italian big telephon company)  what defines making skateboard (a nice way of telling stories on architecture ) or add a layer of reality of everything in a narrative already there, telling stories that is overlapping the other.

This is the purpose of the new virtual epic, the web there is accustomed to stories overlapped, meta narratives, from which follows the concept of mutation linguistic fiction. Objects are Interstitial Narrative, dedicated to small moments, a space of time, change that changing the scan time and thus how the story.
We too di Piemonte Share we have been invited to give our contribution to the meta-project Action Sharing and work Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti . An example of Unidentified Narrative Objects that prelude to the birth of an epic of newmedia art. A work from the commission and manufacturing adopts a different narrative that offers a new vision of the relation between art, highly innovative companies and research laboratories in the area, a visually epic narrative that reverberates meanings, connotations archetypes and languages in a cultural environment that OMM contains in itself, both humanist and technology. Commencing on the street collecting items such as waste bins and crop areas that are not of their own as the Interdisciplinary Mechatronics Laboratory, Politecnico di Torino and the company Prima Electronic robotics.

This implies a new vision of art as a driver of innovation and a new idea of patronage. The work is done by engineers, but the project is by an artist. Elements have been used in technology built by engineering companies but are part of a unique spectacle, a prime number. The force field was born in newmedia art, but the technology sector is by Piedmont robotics as an example of local production talent.

Also Motor when running the show “nagHammadi” with OMM, uses material repertoire photos and videos of war NATO (already used in cleanUnclean).

Here are all these still hear a talk, because the challenge has just been launched.

Follow-depth interviews with the protagonists of the New/mediart Italian Epic.
Simona Lodi

The artist Natalie Jeremijenko at LIFT2009 – Geneva

The artist Natalie Jeremijenko, well know for her extraordinary capacity to combine tecnological innovation with social and environmental causes, invited us at the Lift2009 conference in Geneva to reflect on tecnology resources from a new perspective, based on energy efficiency, recycling and the battle against pollution.

http://www.nouvo.ch/liftvideo

Simposium on New Media Art in Milan

Wednesday, 4th march 2009 – Forma, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Sala delle Capriate, Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro 1. Milano, from  9.00 am till 18.00 pm.

New Media Art Education & Research 2009, along with the issue of the Workshop/Theory, wants to open a new reflection that starts with the Unidentified Narrative Objects, in other words what are students of the Media Design & Multimedia Art producing? Short films, video clips, art videos, short feature films, music clips, simple audiovisual artifacts, or a sort of junk? This reflection makes of the New Italian Epic narratological paradigm, conceived and proposed by Wu Ming, a benchmark for the critics.

William Burroughs – rejected from the Romaeuropa Web Factory Prize

William Burroughs - rejected from the Romaeuropa Web Factory Prize

William Burroughs, famous for his cut-up technique, allowing for the creation of beautiful literature compositions by remixing pieces of existing works, was rejected from the literature section of the RomaEuropa Web Factory. “This is not original work!” was the scream of the Jury’s competition, whose rules execlude artworks made with remix, mash-up, manipulations of contents.

Here his declaration recently appeared on a short video that is cicrulating on the web
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdTBEFtrW2s

“I am William Burroughs.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
Damn those bloody suckers couldn’t tell art if it hit them in the forehead.
Deep shadows, close down over culture when culture is not able to catch up with the world it lives in.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.
I could not participate because I am an old man, cutting up pieces of paper, lookig for hidden poetry, forgotten literatures in things that have been thrown away, forgotten, put away, stashed in the trash.
I am William Burroughs.
I could not participate to RomaEuropaWebFactory.”

William Burroughs now joined RomaEuropaFAKEFactory, here:
http://www.romaeuropa.org/

Share Festival postponed

This year’s Share Festival in Torino has been postponed. You will have to wait a little longer for this year’s Share Festival in Torino: “Market Forces” has turned out to be the theme of Share 2009 in more ways than we expected. This means that Share will not be held as planned in March 2009 but will now take place at 4th/8th of November 2009.
In recent months we have campaigned untiringly to prevent spending cuts to art and culture due to the economic recession. In the interview published at http://www.interviewingthecrisis.org/?p=32, Simona Lodi soughts to explain what is going on here in Torino. In support of culture and to protest the government’s spending cuts, a demonstration was held in Torino on 14th February. We were making our voices heard together with artists, directors, actors and DJs at Villa Capriglio during “Love Share”. Our efforts are already achieving important results, in the form of greater visibility in the media, sharper attention from institutions, and a broader audience.
The global difficulties of the moment have prompted us to stop and think profoundly. Together with our guest curator Andy Cameron, we have asked ourselves what we really want and do not want to do in the future. This pause for reflection has brought us to the decision to re-design the Share Festival in terms of its contents, and tie the initiative more closely to other events in Torino connected with music, entertainment and drama in the hi-tech field. We also hope to establish a closer dialogue with the local mainstream art system, as we believe that such a dialogue can only strengthen our activities and boost our ability to stage a more creative Share Festival of greater interest and appeal. For these reasons we have decided to postpone the Share Festival to 4th-8th November, 2009 – a month dedicated to contemporary art in Torino – so as to work on refreshing the project and building closer ties with our colleagues from other festivals.
See you soon.

ART & LOVE VI

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14th February, 2009 – 10.30 PM
ART & LOVE VI
LOVE SHARE – Love in the Age of Social Networks
VILLA CAPRIGLIO?Strada al Traforo di Pino 67, Torino

“Love Share – Love in the Age of Social Networks” is an event dedicated to love and eroticism at Villa Capriglio, on occasion of the “Innamorati della Cultura” night in support of culture, to be held on Valentine’s Day.

The event was conceived by Simona Lodi and has been organised by The Sharing, a Cultural Association for the creation and promotion of digital art and culture and organiser of the Share Festival, by Situazione Xplosiva, a Cultural Association for the promotion and development of a new electronic musical culture in Piedmont and Italy, and by Malafestival/Servi di Scena.

This year’s Art & Love VI will feature installations, screenings and Internet stations provided by the Share Festival, which light-heartedly explore the relationship between love and the Web 2.0. – How have sentimental relationships changed with the advent of mobile phones, chat sites, and social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, MSN and Flickr? What is love like today in the age of file sharing? Where did I leave my rechargeable love battery?

A wide variety of contents will featured over the night. At 10.30 PM, screenings will be presented of the film Mr. Raven Show by F. Zuliani and the video Ci sarà by Coniglio Viola, followed by amateur porn videos, winners of the second Come to Cut  festival in Berlin, by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Gaia Novati, and finally a selection of videos on the topic taken from YouTube. A visual background framing the event will consist of Flash animation by Minimal Porno, a web project hosted by the activist collective Isole nella Rete. Alongside the uninterrupted flow of images, a video-performance by Malafestival/Servi di Scena opus rt will also be presented, featuring Vanessa Vozzo, along with the address of Giacomo Verde – “The Evil Savage – Fragments of a People Battling for Survival PART II”. ?The loving-interactive setting will further be brought to life by the installation “Les amantes (loving the crisis)” by xDxD, featuring penelope.di.pixel.

The night will then kick on after midnight with club music, featuring guest DJs Titta, Taba, Nano, Step, Eniac, Pulsar and a live performance by The Pure.
Sergio Ricciardone will be presenting a special DJ set for two people at the Villa’s famous Cappellina.

The organisers of Art & Love VI at Villa Capriglio support the “Innamorati della Cultura” day, a special event culture, designed to shed light on the work of cultural operators and raise awareness on just how much they do and the quality of their initiatives. Foundations, associations, cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, theatres and orchestras will be open and active all day long with a dense programme of events, in which you are all invited to participate.   www.abicidi.it.

ART & LOVE VI

www.villacapriglio.it
www.toshare.it
www.xplosiva.com
www.opusrt.it