Digital Nature

Theme, artists, partnership, collateral events and performances

In art as in science, we are witnessing the fusion of organic systems with digital / technological systems, in view of a symbiotic coevolution necessary for accelerated adaptations to new environmental scenarios for an enhancement of human capabilities. A young generation of scientists, engineers and artists aligns itself on new frontiers of knowledge and creativity through this process of amalgamation between nature and technology. As a result, the reflection on the role of science and on the interaction of technology and nature changes. The festival was born as an observatory of what happens in the world of technology, of art and science, in the perspective of a common, constant innovation, in the challenge of a post-human future.

Theme

Digital Nature. This is the title of the first edition of Robotics Festival of Art and Robotics.
It is inspired by the tendency, practiced in art as in science, especially in medicine, to fuse organic systems, that is vital to digital / technological systems, that is artificial, in view of a symbiotic coevolution necessary for accelerated adaptations to new environmental scenarios, and consequently for a strengthening of human capacities, as already foreseen in 1993 by the artist Stelarc, Cypriot of origin, Australian by adoption, emblematically placing a “Stomach Sculpture” in the stomach of a man. The immateriality of digital data coexists with the physicality of our bodies. A young generation of scientists, engineers and artists aligns itself on new frontiers of knowledge and creativity through this process of amalgamation between nature and technology. Hardware and software are grafted into neuroscience and ancient craft traditions blend with 3D printers and laser cuts. New high-tech materials are made out of natural substances. As a result, the gaze on the role of science and on the interaction of technology and nature changes, between fascination and provocation.
In the subtlety of man’s techno-destiny, the man-machine relationship has undergone a shift, from mechatronics to the bio-digital, that is from mechanical structures assisted by electronics, (the creation of androids) to the fusion of digital data with the physicality of our bodies, stimulating new artistic approaches (see for example the American Ken Rinaldo who makes sculptures using meteorological data).

The artists

Countless artists of international importance including: Patrick Tresset (UK), Cirkulacija 2 (SLO), Gallina and pupils (Italy), Ken Rinaldo (USA), France Cadet (France), Sadam Fujioka (Japan), Davide Quayola (Italy / UK), Donato Piccolo (Italy), Roberto Pugliese (Italy), Simone Pappalardo (Italy), Collettivo Audin (UK), Antoni Abad (Spain), Salvatore Jaconesi (Italy) … and others who are yet to be found.
These are joined by some artists of the Gruppo78 who practice media-art: Cecilia Donaggio Luzzatto Fegiz, Guillermo Giampietro (Argentina), Elisa Zurlo, Lucia Flego, Fabiola Faidiga, Lucio Perini, Paola Pisani, Luigi Tolotti, Max Jurcev.

Partnerships

International Women’s Home

It plays the role of a link with the world of immigration. Gathering in its activities women of different origins, including many immigrants, the project of Art and Robotics will reach and involve them through a meeting with a few SISSA scientists, who have also contacts with the CID, where they will discuss artificial intelligence, neuroscience and post -humanity.

Mittelab (Trieste’s hackerspace)

In particular, this association will play an educational role, on a technical level, in the workshop organized at the Artistic Lyceum of Trieste.

CASA C.a.v.e

The Association will participate in the event of Art and Robotics, hosting in its spaces a personal exhibition of the artist Laura Pigo in Visogliano, that deals with biology in art, making the invisible visible.

BoArt (Bologna)

At the Gorizia location, at Punto Giovani Comune di Gorizia (Municipality of Gorizia), in via Vittorio Veneto, 7 the Boart Association will support an evening dedicated to scientific-inspired videos by the artist Elisa Zurlo, preceded by an introduction on “Man and robot” by Professor Emeritus of the University of Trieste Giuseppe O. Longo.

Collateral events and performances

Miela Theater (Trieste)

A robotic show at the “Copacabana Sex Machine” by Bill Vorn (Canada) | 10 robots that evoke on stage the Parisian cabaret of the late nineteenth century in a mechatronic key.
A collateral performance with the Japanese artist Sadam Fujioka, together with the performer Kaartik, on the topic of space-time starting from the Minkowski light cone.

Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico (Trieste)

An international video exposition by the Argentinian Martin Romeo | documentation of the new expressive possibilities through the robotic path (behind the scenes, searches during construction …).
Collateral performances with the artists Guillermo Giampietro, Cecilia Donaggio / Max Jurcev.

Auditorium of the Revoltella Museum (Trieste)

Science fiction film events, with particular attention to the humanoids and to the post-human theme, with historical recoveries in collaboration with the Cappella Underground, edited by Daniele Terzoli.

Slovenian Theater (Gorizia)

In collaboration with the Youth Center in Via Vittorio Veneto 7 of Gorizia there will be a video-performance by Elisa Zurlo, introduced by a preface on the theme “Man Robot” by Professor Emeritus of the University of Trieste, Giuseppe O. Longo.

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Festival Robotics

Seven days at the end of November 2018, in Trieste - European Capital of Science 2020. In the newly rebuilt area of Porto Vecchio and with events taking place in schools, universities and galleries in Trieste. With the involvement of: Companies, Artists, Research Institutes, Schools. And with a Preview in Mexico City, September 2018.

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