The city of Turin hosted the 4th edition of the Piemonte Share Festival from 11 to 16 March 2008. The festival promised to be at the cutting edge of the vast cultural programme of events lined up for the city currently brandishing the title 2008 World Design Capital.

Steering us round this wonderful artistic adventure was Bruce Sterling, guest curator and chairman of the jury that has selected the work on show. Better known for his science fiction writing and inventor of the cyberpunk genre, he was a guest in Turin for six months, actively involved in raising the temperature in this ferment. He also supplied the public with regular personal rundowns on goings-on at the Piemonte Share Festival, which was setted to become a year to remember.

The theme for the 2008 edition, which dominated the contents of the conferences, round tables, workshops and performances, was the new materiality of digital arts. In the 90s the net art phenomenon addressed a need to reach beyond its own limits, drawing immateriality into the equation and threatening the real. Nowadays, society relates to technologies in a natural way by allowing the immaterial to become real. By exploring new, intelligent interaction between man and machine, this relationship has been completely integrated into everyday life. In the new millennium man and machine interact on the same level, shaping and changing the surrounding environment as they see fit. The Piemonte Share Festival is an international cultural event that probed the vast panorama of new technologies and investigates their applications in art and design.

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Take a look at the photos of Share Festival 2008 –