“The aim of Piemonte Share is to create real, effective opportunities (exhibitions, events, workshops, seminars and productions) for developing and raising awareness of digital culture, and for promoting research and innovation in the visual arts, interaction design, the internet, mechatronics, information technology, graphic design, and interactive installations.”
In order to encourage and help future ranks of artists to emerge, we need to work with the avant-garde of artists and designers today, those pushing back the frontiers marked by software, expressive language and new communication channels, in the tumult of an innovative process that never stops.
Hence, Piemonte Share has outlined a series of projects to meet a very real need, which are all economically viable, and which feature winning content for young artists.
Accordingly, we have focused our energies and resources onto three different projects, each created to support and develop the pressing issues of technological innovation, integrating art and business, research into new expressive languages, and teaching.
The SMIR project, produced by the association Marcovaldo in partnership with the The Sharing, is based on the idea of creating a multimedia art space, taking the actual territorial needs of Mondovì as its starting point. The area of interest revolves around art and interaction design, for developing creativity in highly technological and interdisciplinary environments.
Share Crossing is a special section of the Piemonte Share Festival dedicated to web cinema and the production of works that seek to combine and blend the contents of movie genres with digital communication platforms.
The Share Campus programme is targeted at junior high school, university and fine arts students with the aim of providing opportunities for practical experience in order to develop their creative talents and understand the production systems used in art, music, cinema, interaction design, robotics, new media and web design.
Artists who would normally find themselves on stage, in museums or in art galleries have found space for creation within the research labs of the companies involved and the University, space shared with engineers and computer scientists for the construction of a new and entirely unconventional approach to innovation.
Internet of Women Things | CJ_#1
The initial idea for CJ_#1 was inspired by recent research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Harvard University, where a pneumatic-based soft robot was created called Octobot, which can move with a high degree of autonomy.
Soft robotics takes a different approach to the idea of a moving machine, in which the priority is not on the geometric precision of movement in space, but on controlling its ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Control of the indeterminate.
What we find fascinating is the possibility of indetermination, of engineering a degree of unpredictability in an object designed to interact with the human body. The body is a always a “one-off”. Its very identity, living material, senses and thoughts are not repeatable. And our experience of the inanimate world around us is not universal. It is a unicum. That is why we needed something completely different.
CJ_#1 will not have a definite function. It will be strictly personal, interactive (obviously), and sensitive to the body it comes in contact with, which means its behaviour will be adaptable. It will be able to stroke, stimulate, heat, care and console – as though it had artificial intelligence, which is what, in theory, it aspires to.