Sunday, May 14, 2017

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] art*science 2017 - The New and History

Dear all,

Perhaps, starting from the notion of cultural heritage, we might consider
(digitally) how does the culture change, rather than how can it be
(digitally) preserved? Our culture is changing significantly in ever
shorter periods and although it seems we are approaching times with no
historical precedence, our cultural heritage might offer us clues, yet
unraveled by current methods, to how cultural changes occur and how to
implement them effectively. The history of Mediterranean Rim being as
impressive as it is, yielding a vast amount of information, approaching the
category of "big data," could serve to build a more accurate working model
from which digital neural networks could uncover trends that the human
neural networks overlooked in historical studies and project trends into
the future that we do not yet anticipate. A sub-question to this
sub-discussion would thus be: given the big data of Mediterranean Rim
cultural heritage how to run this simulation, which computational
approaches to apply, in what sense is culture even "computable," how does
machine learning of culture differ from human learning, how does machine
fed with human cultural heritage "recognize" a culture, "reverse engineer"
a culture, or even develop alternative cultures, etc.?



On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Pier Luigi Capucci <>

> art*science 2017 - The New and History
> Bologna (Italy), July 3-5 2017
> "art*science 2017", July 3 – 5 2017, Bologna (Italy), is an International
> conference on the relationship between artistic and scientific disciplines,
> curated by Pier Luigi Capucci and the cultural association La Comunicazione
> Diffusa. art*science 2017 topic is "Il nuovo e la storia" (The New and
> History), and will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the journal
> "Leonardo", published by MIT Press, the most influential in the
> international arena on the relationships among arts, sciences and
> technologies.
> "art*science" conference will be attended by scholars, artists,
> scientists, cultural operators, companies and Italian, European and
> International institutions engaged in supporting art/science projects.
> "art*science" will be also the opportunity for a meeting among the
> participants to Yasmin, a mailing list on the relationship between art and
> science in the Mediterranean rim. A discussion on Yasmin will introduce the
> topics of "art*science 2017" conference.
> Preliminary schedule for the conference events:
> Day 1, July 3, 2017 - Reception of participants, including a buffet,
> installations and a show.
> Day 2, July 4, 2017 - Leonardo & Yasmin presentations and conference.
> Presentations of European Institutions and Centers working in art/science.
> Art/science projects in Europe and Italy.
> Day 3, July 5, 2017 - "Art and Complexity" conference. "The two Cultures -
> Rebuilding the Bridge among Science, Art, Philosophy" conference.
> A Yasmin dinner is planned for the second or third evening.
> "art*science 2017" main topics are:
> 1) The idea of "new". What is really the "new", what is the meaning of the
> "new" and "innovation". It is today a very inflated issue, everything must
> be "new", "innovative" to get attention, to be considered, to get money.
> But are we really sure that "innovation" has the same meaning for a
> scientist, an artist, a philosopher, a sociologist, a researcher, a banker,
> a CEO, an athlete…? What does "innovation" implies, what does really mean?
> How can innovation be recognized, communicated, fostered, sustained and
> spread?
> 2) The Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general all
> European countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture,
> that can be valued through new disciplines, sciences and technologies. "The
> New and History", which is the general art*science title, suggests a
> relationship between two concepts seemingly in opposition, that instead can
> and must coexist. The "new", "innovation," has its foundation in history
> but it can and must revive its heritage in the future, through arts,
> scientific disciplines and technologies. This is a key element, from
> cultural, historical, social and economic viewpoints.
> 3) There is much current discussion these days of initiatives to integrate
> the arts/design/humanities into science/engineering/medecine - sometimes
> called "Stem to Steam" in the USA. This is a very old historical discussion
> on the need for inter/trans-disciplinary problem driven research. [See Ed
> Wilson's 1998 idea of "consilience" (
> wiki/Consilience_(book)), which was criticised for its reductive and
> unifying approach, and Slingerland and Collard 2011 book (
> which emphasised that
> integration of ways of knowing does not imply unification].
> The topic of the preliminary discussion on Yasmin is:
> "Countries in the Mediterranean Rim, and more in general European
> countries, have a long history and heritage in art and culture, which can
> be shared and revamped through new disciplines, sciences and technologies.
> History and cultural heritage must go beyond the status of precious and
> extraordinary assets just considered in a logic of past preservation. They
> can be projected into the future fostering the "new", "innovation,"
> promoting new projects and agreements, through arts, scientific disciplines
> and technologies. History and cultural heritage can become key elements
> from cultural, historical, social as well as economic viewpoints, they can
> act as observatories of issues which combine past, present and future,
> fostering new economic and professional areas."
> The discussion will be moderated by Roger Malina, Nina Czegledy and Pier
> Luigi Capucci. Invited discussants/Respondents are:
> Pau Alsina - (Spain)
> Pau Alsina, is a Philosopher from Barcelona, Lecturer at the Arts and
> Humanities Department of the Open University of Catalonia where he
> coordinates, teaches and does research in the Art and Contemporary Thought
> area. He also teaches Digital Aesthetics, Media Art History and Art
> Epistemology at the Master's degree of Media Art Curatorship, in the ESDI
> Higher School of Design - Ramon Llull University. Since 2002 is Director of
> the ARTNODES Journal of Art, Science and Technology, where he coordinated
> special issues on Arts and Sciences such as Mathematics, Biology or
> Complexity Sciences. He has authored /coauthored several publications on
> Art, Science and Technology and Contemporary Philosophy. He is now member
> of the Board of Trustees of Hangar Foundation, a Barcelona center for
> artistic production and research. He has also co-curated exhibitions such
> as "Cultures of Change: social atoms and electronic lives" (2009-2010) at
> Arts Santa Monica Center, or co-chaired Symposia like "Synergy: encounters
> between Art, Sciences and Thought" (2011), International Conferences such
> as Art Matters (2014) Interface Politics (2016) or Art and Speculative
> Futures (2016). With a strong interdisciplinary background he has been
> doing research in four areas which he tends to blend: 1) Software Studies
> and Bioart. 2) Media Archaeology 3) New Materialist Philosophies. 4)
> Science and Technology Studies applied to the study of Art and Design.
> @paualsina
> Elif Ayiter - (Turkey)
> Elif Ayiter is a designer, educator and researcher whose creative
> interests are based in three dimensional online virtual worlds and their
> avatars, as well as in developing and implementing hybrid educational
> methodologies between art & design and computer science. She teaches full
> time at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her texts have been published at
> academic journals such as the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Journal of
> Consciousness Studies, the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds,
> International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, and
> Technoetic Arts, and she has authored many book chapters in edited academic
> books. She has presented creative as well as research output at conferences
> such as Consciousness Reframed, Siggraph, Creativity and Cognition, SPIE,
> Computational Aesthetics and Cyberworlds.
> Wafa Bourkhis - (Tunisia)
> Wafa Bourkhis is a Tunisian multidisciplinary artist (painting, engraving,
> digital art, video art), she has exhibited her artworks in many cultural
> events and spaces. She has collaborated with many international artists,
> like Fred Forest, Mark Skwarek, Patrick Lichty, etc. She has achieved her
> PhD in 2013, entitled "Les territoires numériques comme espaces de création
> artistique", to have her title as Doctor in sciences and techniques of arts
> at Universities of Tunis and Artois (France). She is working as Assistant
> professor in fine arts at the High institute of Multimedia arts at Mannouba
> University.
> Roberta Buiani - (Italy)
> Roberta Buiani is an interdisciplinary artist, media scholar and curator
> based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields
> Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto) and a
> co-organizer of LASER Toronto. Her work explores how scientific and
> technological mechanisms translate, encode and transform the natural and
> human world, and how these processes may be re-purposed by relocating them
> into different venues. Her work is mobile, itinerant and collaborative. She
> brought it to art festivals (Transmediale 2011, Hemispheric Institute
> Encuentro, Brazil 2013), community centers (the Free Gallery Toronto,
> Immigrant Movement International, Queens), science institutions (RPI) and
> the streets of Toronto. Recently, with The Cabinet Project she proposed an
> experiment in "squatting academia", by populating abandoned spaces with
> SciArt installations. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from
> York University (CAN). For more information and to read her publications go
> to
> Giorgio Cipolletta - (Italy)
> Giorgio Cipolletta is a transdisciplinary artist and media-theorist. In
> 2012 he earned a PhD in Information and Communication Theory. At the time
> he is adjunct professor of Visual Art and Technology at University of
> Macerata. He is member of the media editorial staff of Noema / Mediaversi /
> Rivista di Scienze sociali. He works as a layout freelancer for the
> University Press of Macerata (eum). He participated to National and
> International conferences and in 2016 he was research-chef for the LaCura
> Summer School. He has published in academic journals (Flusser Studies,
> Heteroglossia) and his first book is "Metrobodily passages. For an
> aesthetics of transition", eum, Macerata 2014. He won International poem
> prizes. He participated also in National exhibitions with multimedia
> installations and performances (Corpus 2012, Chaos 2013, BodyQuake 2017).
> In 2014 he was a fonding partner and vicepresident of Crash (Creative Art
> Shocking).
> Salvatore Iaconesi - (Italy)
> Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist,
> hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow
> 2014. He teaches Near Future Design and Multi Platform Digital Design at
> ISIA Design Florence and, in the past, at "La Sapienza" University of Rome,
> at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute.
> Salvatore has founded AOS in 2004, is President at HER (previously HE), and
> co-founder at Nefula. His focus is at the intersection of Arts, Design,
> Technologies, Sciences and Business. He creates projects that are at the
> same time artworks, scientific research and business models, addressing
> fundamental issues in culture, inclusion, human rights, economy and access
> to knowledge and education.
> Katerina Karoussos - (Greece)
> Katerina Karoussos is an intermedia artist. From 2012-2016 she was the
> Director of I-Node of the Planetary Collegium, the Greek node for doctoral
> and postdoctoral studies (School of Arts and Media) of University of
> Plymouth. From 2004 until 2015 he worked as a freelancer in the Greek
> Academy of Fine Arts in Athens at the Byzantine Art Studio. She holds a PhD
> from Plymouth University and a Master from Middlesex University. Karoussos
> has participated in many international conferences (ISEA, Aber, Dimea,
> Consciousness Reframed Series etc). She has published in many academic
> journals (Metaverse Creativity, Technoetic Arts etc.). Apart from her
> artwork as a mural painter in Orthodox churches, she has participated in
> many international exhibitions (Athens, Japan, New York, Frankfurt,
> Montenegro, Cuba, etc.). Recently Karoussos has founded 'The Karoussos
> Archives', the premier center for the study of Theōria and Karoussos
> Chapel, where she works as a moistmedia fresco painter.
> Živa Ljubec - (Slovenia)
> Živa Ljubec is a transdisciplinary researcher, trespassing disciplinary
> boundaries, avoiding the differentiation of researchers into artists and
> scientists, and attempting to mutate into a polyphibian – a "continuously
> newborn species with acute multisided awareness." Her work expands beyond
> disciplinary research into polyphibionics – the "non-discipline" that
> derives solutions from the non-representable and non-preservable living
> knowledge. Živa studied architecture and mathematics at the University of
> Ljubljana. She was awarded the PhD degree by the University of Plymouth for
> evolving transdisciplinarity into an imaginary organism of living
> knowledge. In addition to actively spreading her ideas through art
> interventions, exhibitions and conferences worldwide, Živa was formerly a
> lecturer at AVA – Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana, where she developed
> a course on Transmedia / Media Theory. Being invited by her mentor Roy
> Ascott to lecture at his Technoetic Art Studio based at SIVA – Shanghai
> Institute of Visual Arts, Živa became the Coordinator of the Advanced
> Degree Course in Technoetic Arts as well as Director of Studies in the
> Detao Node of doctoral and post-doc programme Planetary Collegium, based at
> Plymouth University. The experience in the midst of the fastest developing
> regions of Far East provided Živa an opportunity to rethink the paradigms
> of Eastern and Western, ancient and modern connections between art and
> technology, thus informing her current projects.
> Oriana Persico - (Italy)
> Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in
> participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer.
> She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to
> the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of
> digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business
> Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing. Oriana
> writes critical, scientific, philosophical and poetical texts that connects
> to technological innovation, and on its cultural, sociological, economic
> and political impacts. She is an expert on the formal analysis of cultural
> and social trends, with specific focus on social networks. She creates
> breakthrough communication campaigns, performances, research methodologies
> and strategies.
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