Share Your Sorrow
What: an online curatorial project
Active since: September 2012
Share Your Sorrow is an online curatorial project focused on strategies of social preservation of net based, digital art. The project deals with the work of Kevin Bewersdorf, an artist that, after being very active online between 2007 and 2009, retired and deleted from the internet any content he published in previous years. Everybody who got in touch with his work is invited to dig into his / her personal archives and contribute. Because the museum of the future may be your hard drive.
Photography’s Body Snatcher
What: a blog on digital photography
Active since: 2012
In the sci-fi classic Invasion of the body-snatchers, shot by Don Siegel in 1956, the small American town of Santa Mira falls victim of an alien invasion. Grown in giant pods, the extraterrestrials evolve into perfect copies of human beings, and they replace humans after killing them in their sleep. Duplicates appear identical on the surface but are devoid of any emotion or individuality.
Digital photography is the body-snatcher of photography. Grown up slowly along the second half of the XXth century, it completely replaced its analogue counterpart, constantly repeating the same promise. of being the same thing, only better, and perfectly appropriating its social function, and its noema. Yet, as body-snatchers are radically different from humans, digital photography is radically different from photography. The difference is not on the surface, but lies in the deep. Digital photography is not photography because it’s digital.
In the Uncanny Valley
What: my research notes about art, and about what is uncannily similar to it
Active since: 2012
According to Wikipedia, “the uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers.”
What fascinates me in this concept is the idea of a “limit”, set not by an external constraint (in this case, advancements in technology), but by human sensibility. We already can exceed this limit, but if we do, we will produce a monster. I like to think that the same idea can be extended to any kind of human artifact. Uncanny valleys are everywhere.
The MINI Museum of XXI Century Arts
What: a portable museum
Director: Domenico Quaranta
Ongoing since: September 2010
The MINI Museum for XXI Century Arts is an ongoing project I started in September 2010, and consisting in a a 7” digital photo frame bought on eBay equipped with a 4GB pen drive. The MINI Museum has been designed to store and display the art of the XXI century – that is art that takes, has taken or can take digital form, at some time in its life, and can thus be stored on a USB pen drive and displayed on a digital photo frame. The MINI Museum travels from node to node around a network of artists, and hosts temporary solo shows by the artist owning it at the time.
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age
What: contemporary art no profit organization
Founded by: Lucio Chiappa, Fabio Paris, Domenico Quaranta
Active since: 2011
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age is a multi-functional center promoting artistic research with new technologies and critical reflections on the core issues of the information age: it organizes workshops, seminars, conferences and shows, forges partnerships with private and institutional partners, publishes books and networks with similar organizations worldwide.
Founded in 2011, the LINK Center acts locally but thinks European. Nomad without physical premises, the LINK Center is a work in progress. It sets out to introduce the “Media Art Center” model into Italy, but with a new vision based on an innovative organizational strategy and cultural outlook.
The LINK Center aims to spark artistic reflections on the new technologies and their social and cultural consequences. With the awareness that this is a constantly evolving, developing field, the LINK Center does not set any boundaries in terms of technology or media: from digital technology to nanotechnology, biotech to tissue engineering. It also abandons the traditional sector-based approach of cultural institutions, looking to a more multifaceted interpretation of the term art: visual arts, but also architecture, design (in all its aspects), literature and music. Scientific research and technological innovation are among the key conceptual nodes that guide the work of the center.
To develop these activities the LINK Center intends to seek alliances and strategic collaborations with the scientific and technological research field, on a public and private level, with special attention to local resources (universities, research centers, companies).