Ma Nessuno Mai! media contamination in Como

Fast update:

we will be participating to a great collective exhibit in Como, Italy, at the Spazio Natta, showing the Electronic Man and VersuS in a program which investigates in the new signs of mutual contamination of  different media.

Supported by the City Administration of Como, Poetroniche Magazine, the Brera Academy of Fine Arts

the exhibit is created and curated by Gabriele Perretta

the technical and scientific committee of the exhibit is composed by Alberto Maria Sestante, Nicola Amore, Nathalie Celen, Elias Safal, Mark Elushi, Giovanna Castalia

The organization is by Rachele Bernini



The Electronic Man at FACT Liverpool

The Electronic Man will be featured here at FACT in Liverpool for the first event of the Robots And Avatars project.

The Electronic Man at FACT

The Electronic Man at FACT

Here are the details:

(from HERE)

Robots and Avatars – our colleagues and playmates of the future. 

Join us in a near future where robots, avatars and telepresence
form part of an exciting new reality.

Robots and Avatars Exhibition will showcase the most exciting visions and innovations from international artists, designers and architects, exploring their impact on the future of work and play.

Robots and Avatars departs from pop culture imagery and re-imagines these technologies for a new reality: how do we envisage our future relationships with robotic and avatar colleagues and playmates, and what point does this evolution cross our personal boundaries of what it is to be a living, feeling human being?

“I love the way Robots and Avatars is bringing together a beautiful diversity of people, exploring new paradigms, with unexpected and inspiring results. Exciting! Brave! Fun!”Pear Urushima, Marketing Guru, Apple. Inc


The exhibition will present immersive experiences – from physical limbs rendered into pixels through the act of touch, collaborative landscapes stretching beyond the confines of popular gaming, to wearable and interactive technologies that guide and confound, including 2 Commissions/New Works developed in collaboration with the National Theatre: “The Blind Robot” and “Visions of our Communal Dreams”. See the full list of selected projects here.

The exhibition will present at FACT, Liverpool (UK) where it will premiere from 16 March to 27 May 2012; AltArt, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in June/July 2012 and KIBLA (Slovenia) at the Autumn 2012. Read more about the exhibition in FACT here

“The Robots & Avatars project has been one of the first to bring robotics and avatar professionals together and provide a creative atmosphere with artists and designers. This is such a wonderfully interdisciplinary grouping that I feel compelled and proud to support it.” Noel Sharkey, Professor of AI and Robotics at the University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science) and EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004–2009).

Selected  pieces to be presented at FACT from 16 March to 27 May 2012:

Development Commissions and New Works

Louis Philippe Demers // Processing Plant The Blind Robot Canada/Germany
Michael Takeo Magruder with Drew Baker, Erik Fleming & David Steele Visions of Our Communal Dreams USA/UK/United Kingdom


Martin Hans Schmitt Robotworld Germany
Martin Bricelj, Martin Wheeler, Slavko Glamocanin & Neven Korda //
Codeep Cultural Association MoTA
Public Avatar Slovenia/Slovenia
Shu Lea Cheang & Co UKI” France/Spain
Matthieu Cherubini Switzerland/Switzerland
Alastair Eilbeck & James Bailey MeYouandUs UK/United Kingdom
Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico // Art is Open Source The Electronic Man Italy/Italy
Lawrence Malstaf Compass Belgium/Norway
Aymeric Mansoux, Dave Griffiths & Marloes de Valk Naked on Pluto France/Netherlands
Karina Smigla-Bobinski ADA Poland/Germany
Chris Sugrue Base 8 USA/Slovenia/Spain

The Robots and Avatars exhibition in the UK is co-produced in the UK by body>data>space (London) and FACT (Liverpool) in collaboration with the National Theatre(London). European co-organisers are KIBLA (Maribor/Slovenia) and AltArt (Cluj Napoca/Romania). With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union, this project was conceived by lead producer body>data>space in association with NESTA.

Video Presentation about Ubiquitous Pompei

a short update for a video about Ubiquitous Pompei, Augmented Reality to let young students invent the future of their digital city


more info here: Ubiquitous Pompei

Ubiquitous Pompei: the final event for the digital city created by students

On December 14th, in the city of Pompei, we celebrated the final step in this phase of the Ubiquitous Pompei project, created through a series of workshops performed together with high school students who were invited to imagine the digital future of their city.

All together for the presentation of Ubiquitous Pompei

All together for the presentation of Ubiquitous Pompei

This has been an incredible experience for us. The possibility to work in tight contact with young students and to become enablers for their awareness of the possibilities offered by technologies and networks has been an amazing opportunity.

We were able to explore with the students the concepts of new forms of citizenship, innovative forms of participation and collaboration, novel ways of deciding and evaluating public policies, engaging ways of narrating the stories of the places in which they live, getting people, companies and administrations involved.

Vice-Mayor Claudio Alfano and the students

Vice-Mayor Claudio Alfano and the students

The workshops were used to introduce students to the opportunities and scenarios offered by ubiquitous technologies such as augmented reality, location based media and services, and QRCodes and other digital tagging techniques. On top of that, students and educators were  introduced to the MACME and NeoReality technologies, to be used in the process of imagining and creating the prototypes used to describe the digital future of the City of Pompei.

The technologies have been provided to students, educators and public administrators through an open platform. It can be found here (click to open PompeiAR, the tech platform used to create Ubiquitous Pompei).

Art is Open Source and FakePress Publishing will maintain the platform open and accessible to students/educators/administrators to allow them to continue in their journey through technological innovation: continuous experiments will be performed (and so don’t be surprised if, sometimes, test content pops up on the linked website: it means that students are actually working on it, experimenting on their city’s future) and, possibly, be transformed into real-life scenarios.

Giampiero Gramaglia and Derrick de Kerckhove at the event

Giampiero Gramaglia and Derrick de Kerckhove at the event

The event on December 14th has been a wonderful experience and a chance to finally get together with all involved actors to evaluate the results of our efforts.

During the event, a commission composed by Derrick de Kerckhove, Giampiero Gramaglia, Claudio Alfano, Maria Pia Rossignaud and Antonio Irlando experienced the presentations of the projects created by the students, introduced by Oriana Persico and then presented directly by the young innovators. After the presentations the commission evaluated the prototypes produced during the project and assigned an award of distinction to the project which implemented an ubiquitous book dedicated to the ancient “social networks” found in Pompei’s ruins, where people inscribed graffiti messages about their daily life and full of useful information; An augmented reality application allows you to read these graffiti by framing them in your smartphone and, thus, to translate them from latin into your own language, to discover the lives of ancient Pompeians and engage an experiment in atemporality by being able to comment the ancient graffiti and open up a dialogue across time.

All students were awarded a certificate of participation to the project.

We definitely wish to thank the Public Administration of the City of Pompei – and especially Claudio Alfano, the Vice-Mayor of the City of Pompei and Town Councillor for   Technological Innovation, and Mayor Claudio D’Alessio – for embracing with such energetic enthusiasm the vision proposed through this project, and by making us feel so welcome and appreciated in our efforts to discover, together with students and educators, the positive opportunities which the digital future can bring closer to us, and helping us to develop our cities, relations, jobs and environments.

And we sincerely wish to thank the students and professors at the Liceo Socio-pedagogico E. Pascal and the Istituto Bartolo Longo, the two schools which joined us in this wonderful experience: you have been so nice to have dedicated us some of your time and energies, and so wonderful to have perfectly understood the sincerity with which we propose our ideas and skills.

And, of course, we wish to thank MediaDuemila and Associazione Amici di Media Duemila, for creating the “McLuhan Incontra Pompei” project and, thus, making this all possible, and prof. Derrick de Kerckhove for leading our visions.

More really important people/organizations which we want to give sincere credit and thanks to can be found here, at the project’s website.

HERE you can find the Ubiquitous Pompei project website, the open platform used by students and educators to design the digital future of their city.

HERE you can fide the project descriptions that have been proposed by students and presented on December 14th 2011

HERE you can find information about the MACME technology used in the project.

HERE you can find information about the NeoReality technology used in the project.

The Ubiquitous Pompei project, as well as the concepts produced by the students, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

The Electronic Man featured at the Giovannini Prize


The Electronic Man

The Electronic Man

The Electronic Man will be featured at the 3rd edition of the Giovannini Prize on November 28th 2011.

The Giovannini Prize is an initiative created by Associazione Amici di Media Duemila to support people, companies and organizations and their projects in communication and sustainable innovation. The Prize has been created in the memory of Giovanni Giovannini and through the action of the Media Duemila magazine he created 28 years ago.

Here is a PDF describing the finalities of the prize (italian).

In its 3rd edition the Giovannini Prize will be dedicated to sustainability.

The event will be held at the headquarters of the FIEG (Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali, the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers) in via Piemonte 64, Rome, Italy.

Here is an article on Media Duemila magazine describing the program of the day.

MediaDuemila magazine and the Associazione Amici di Media Duemila ONLUS will continue their support for the Electronic Man project, as an innovative research on the possibilities for the near future of communication, by hosting the installation version of the global performance at the event.