La Cura at transmediale: Afterglow

La Cura will be featured at the 2014 edition of the transmediale festival in Berlin, in the panel “Under the Skin: Revealing Invisible Data“.

La Cura, an Open Source Cure for Cancer

La Cura, an Open Source Cure for Cancer

The panel will be part of the Hashes to Ashes section of the Festival, curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. It will be moderated by Alessandro Delfanti, and will feature the participation of Salvatore IaconesiPinar Yoldas and Rüdiger Trojok.

During the conversation we will narrate the story of La Cura.

We will highlight the progressive encoding processes of human life that are taking place in the contemporary world, reducing human beings to data and simplified, encoded version of themselves, starting from the growing medicalisation of our societies, and proceeding all the way up to the visions of the Quantified Self and the horizons of BigData, and the impacts they have on our daily lives and on the possibility to express our complexity, preserve our privacy, and more.

Through the scenario of La Cura, we will present the opportunity to break the encoding, reclaim our data and complexity, and bring both back into society: the “patient” becomes a human being, once more.

The result is a p2p oriented transformation. Health moves away from being a service, from being something you buy, and has the opportunity to become something you do, together, as part of a society, of communities, of cultures and of their intersections, exchanges, communication.

We will describe the results, under the forms of new modalities for peer-to-peer welfare, different economies, fuelled by desire and bodies. Replicable, scalable results, across domains and communities.


AOS at NextFest in Milan

AOS will be at NextFest in Milan on Saturday June 1st 2013 to speak about La Cura, the Open Source Cure for Cancer, Hacking culture and the opportunities to reclaim our rights and human perspectives in our contemporary times.

Here’s the title and abstract of the talk:

Medicine, Hacking, Re-appropriation, Revolution

A brain cancer becomes the opportunity to try the impossible: to find an Open Source cure for Cancer. And, in the meantime, to understand the many ways in which our human societies have changed and have become ready to perform an enormous qualitative leap: an interconnected, global, relational, peer-to-peer humanity, aware and willing to reclaim and re-appropriate our identities and our ecosystemic vision of the world.



Salvatore Iaconesi at NextFest

Salvatore Iaconesi at NextFest

Angel_F at Transmediale Festival in Berlin

An update after quite a while about our little digital child Angel_F

When we were at Transmediale, Angel_F and its dad, Derrick de Kerckhove, introduced the Opening Ceremony of the Transmediale Festival with a lovely dialogue.

While at the festival, Angel_F went around on its baby pram playing a little joke on people: the webcam mounted on its monitor constantly used computer vision techniques to capture the faces of everyone who happen to play with the kid for a bit.

Angel_F at Transmediale

Angel_F at Transmediale

All captured faces were then used on a face recognition algorithm to actively search for the people Angel_F had met in Berlin. Whenever that happened, the delighted digital kid sent them a message like “Hello! We’ve met in Berlin, would you like to be my friend?”.

Scary and invasive as it might sound, people were more than delighted to offer their friendship to the digital kid and around 20% of the captured faces were identified on Facebook alone.

This has also proved to be a wonderful opportunity to, once again, explore how digital networks and technologies are deeply affecting our ideas of public and private spaces, of privacy and of intellectual property. People reached in this terribly invasive way were more than eager to thoroughly discuss these themes.

During the event Jodi Rose was so nice to host an instance of her Tea parties at Transmediale’s OpenZone.

Here below some reports of it all! :)

Angel_F on Booki

FakePress on Traces

ANgel_F on Artist Talks




Angel F with parents Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico from ArtistTalk on Vimeo.





the Network: a symphony on freedoms

This is a really hard time for Italy, and economic downfall and repressive strategies are only two of the symptoms.

La Rete, una sinfonia

La Rete, una sinfonia

In the continuous debate on culture and freedoms, the most powerful italian agencies for the preservation of the current, repressive regulations on copyright and intellectual property are defending policies which constitute a real danger not only to the possibility to invent and promote innovative economic models for arts and creativity, but also represent a real threat for the freedoms of expression in our country.

Some of these rules, for example, provide that: should any copyright holder deem a website is breaking his rights, he can have it shut down without notice. There are subtleties, obviously, but the main point is this: if I think that you are breaking my copyright I can shut down your website.

It is clear how this kind of regulation can be used for all kinds of political purposes, including the creation of widespread, centrally controlled political censorship practices. Let’s remember how Italy has all major media controlled by only one (or two, maximum) enormous subjects.

In the last few days the AGCOM published a set of really threatening regulations.

While doing it the SIAE published a set of 10 really single-minded questions, to ideally (and unrealistically) promote dialogue on the subject.

The questions are obviously made to sustain only one side of the story, and are full of wrong assumptions and fabricated  starting points. This has created an enormous response in the network, with lawyers, journalists, organizations, hackers, artists and entrepreneurs publicly answering and making questions back to the offenders.

Together with Agorà Digitale, AVAAZ, FakePress Publishing and a whole incredible crowd of people supporting our freedoms, we have brought up a resonant, collaborative reply.

You can find it here on

La Rete, Una Sinfonia

the website holds all the questions and answers given on this occasion. It also is planned as a collaborative tool.

All the contributions that are collected are being published in two ways:

The ebook collects in realtime all the contributions arriving from twitter (using the “@AGCOMunica” tag, so that the contributions arrive directly to AGCOM, as well :) ) and all the contributions added to the website, under the form of further articles and comments.
The book is generated in realtime, meaning that if you add your contribution, it will be included in the publication.
The visualization is done in realtime, as well, by using Knowners, another tool produced by FakePress Publishing: by tagging content on the website a structural representation is built using HTML5 which can be interacted with to explore in a visual way the themes covered in the publication.
So: contribute to the discussion and let’s join forces to defend our freedom of expression and information!




Holiday! a relaxed augmented reality workshop




Vacanza! (Holiday!)

please join us at AHAktitude 2011 in Carrara, in April 01-02-03, 2011

AOS will present:

Vacanza! a really relaxed Augmented Reality workshop

at AOS (and in the other initiatives such as REFF and FakePress) we’ve been proclaiming the rise of a new (or old?) idea of Augmented Reality, a philosophical approach screaming:

“Autonomy! You have the power and tools to shape your own world, creating additional spaces for your expression and free action!”

We’ve started some time ago, joyfully attacking supermarkets with our augmented reality invasion in Squatting Supermarkets.

Then we continued the Augmented reality experiments with FakePress, exploring the possibility to invent new languages and usage grammars for the world that had impacts on education, knowledge, society, cities and relationships.

And, lately, with our recently released Augmented Reality Drug, with REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory.

All these actions used technologies and practices to reinvent the world, our roles and the things we can do each days, promoting a multilayered, polyphonic, multicultural, free, autonomous version of reality, and suggesting that new imaginaries, languages, strategies,  politics and poetics can be created, reinventing art, business, activism and communication.

This is why we’re truly happy to present:



a series of micro-workshops, micro-lectures, micro-forums and micro-interstitial meetings executed using crumpled-up Augmented Reality and other technologies.

When: April 1-2-3 2011, at AHAcktitude
Where: Carrara, Italy

AHAcktitude Program:

An intense program of micro-workshops, micro-seminars, micro-lectio-magistralis disseminated in the spaces and times of the AHAcktitude meeting.

The micro courses will define an interstitial narrative that will traverse the whole event:

  • Workshops on Augmented Reality executed by throwing crumpled-up micro-sldies to other people during other workshops
  • Lectures on the Reinvention of Reality made for 1 people at the time while we invent new ways of remixing beer, vodka and tomato juice
  • The tales of our latest actions with squats in London, student groups at universities, taking them “REFF’s education program on the methodologic reinvention of reality through critical practices of remix, mashup, recontextualization and re-enactment” and organizing the initiatives for the protest that will take place on March 24-25-26 2011: narrated wearing stupid glasses with fake mustache and plastic noses, hiding post-it notes, qrcodes, AR markers and distributing small softwares, micro slideshows, mini websites prepared there, live, in realtime.


Feedback and interaction

Workshops are open for everyone!
They are anytime, anywhere, always!
Being hit by one of the crumpled-up slides will mean that you are in one of them!
The objective of the workshops is to create emergent, spontaneous, effective, reproducible, appropriatable, remixable, re-enactable, disseminated, augmented discussions.
Throw me your micro crumpled slides with questions and ideas!
Throw them to other people, so that they can be in the workshop, too!
Copy, fake, reproduce, show and plagiarize the micro workshops! use the post-its and qrcodes!
Make “fake” ones yoruselves!
Place them all around AHAcktitude and in the whole city!
Copy the micro softwares and micro-lectures!
send them by mail to everyone! click “i like” and “share” on social networks!
Finally, reality is augmenting.