Near Future Design at TEDxRoncade

Art is Open Source will be at TEDxRoncade to talk about Near Future Design on February 22nd 2014.

Saturday February 22nd 2014 starting at 10:30am

Where: Auditorio Tenuta Ca’ Tron, Via Boschi, 14 Ca’ Tron – 31056 Roncade ( Treviso, Italy )

The theme of this TEDx Event is “Biodiversity is the new progress

From the TEDxRoncade website:

“The idea of progress is written in the landscape. The eras of agriculture and industry have transformed the ecosystem. For centuries, their technologies have defined the boundaries of what is possible. In the era of knowledge, where value focuses on immateriality, the idea of progress transforms. The logics of the ecosystem – from biodiversity to complexity – extends to culture, economy, design: the landscape of knowledge unites the heritages from the past to the richness of opportunities for the future.

To create the new world we must be aware of its frontiers: in a globalised planet, inhabited by 7 billion human beings, it is not the the unexplored territories of physical geographies, but in the unexplored territories of ideas.

If we are able to become aware of it, we will be able to start thinking about progress, again: embracing the road to a form of innovation that is dense with meaning.”

From this perspective we will explore the point of view of Near Future Design, a set methodologies whose purpose is to abandon the idea of a singular future, and to transform our perception through the possibility to shift our perception of “what is possible”.

Near Future Design comprises techniques and methodologies coming from different disciplines.

From the creation of the Future Maps, built starting from a careful comprehension and evaluation of the State of the Arts and Technologies, to the ethnographical understanding (and, again, mapping) of emergent behaviours and rituals.

To comprehend the passage from the established narratives (what we perceive as our normal, daily lives and practices), to the discovery of the strange now (patters of recurring behaviours and rituals for which there is still no “encoded” and commonly understandable meaning), to the mapping of the future possibilities (the possibility to understand technical, technological and processual trends, for as they are now, and the degrees of likelihood according to which they will evolve in the future). All done to design the New Normal, the things which, according to a varying degree of plausibility, will constitute the new “version” of our daily lives, in 5 years, or in 1 year, or in 1 month, or even later on, this afternoon.

We then use arts and design to expose the New Normal, using acts of world-building implemented using Transmedia Narratives, to open up these scenarios, to transform them into global, participatory performances. To shift our perceptions of what is possible, to open up critical, immersive conversations in which our desired and preferred versions of the future can emerge.

See you at TEDxRoncade!

La Cura on Le Monde

La Cura, and an interview with Salvatore Iaconesi, was recently featured on Le Monde.

Here below are the images from the wonderful article written by Flore Vasseur (click for a larger version):

La Cura on Le Monde

La Cura on Le Monde

La Cura on Le Monde

La Cura on Le Monde

Download the PDF of “La Cura” on Le Monde

Here you can find more information. While here you can find the transcript of the article.

Here, in an interesting essay by Edouard Delruelle, using Foucault’s take on “Life as a form of art” and bio-politics, to explore many of the things which have been fundamental in creating La Cura.

« Ce qui m’étonne, c’est le fait que dans notre société l’art est devenu quelque chose qui n’est en rapport qu’avec les objets et non pas avec les individus ou avec la vie (…). Mais la vie de tout individu ne  pourrait-elle pas être une œuvre d’art ? Pourquoi une lampe ou une maison sont-ils des objets d’art et non pas notre vie ? »

La Cura at TEDMED 2013

Just published!

My talk about La Cura at TEDMED 2013, in Washington DC:


My voice trembles a bit :) and I was really excited about the enormous, beautiful, scientific and healthcare oriented audience. But I made it.

Here is my Profile on TEDMED

and here you can watch the talk on TEDMED’s website

In this talk i decided to confront with a series of technical observations about what happened in La Cura.

It was hard but I think that it is important to describe the process in which a human being can be fully and ecosystematically involved and engaged in the process of curing himself/herself, and how to highlight the fact that pursuing well-being is not something you do alone, but it requires the collaboration of all of society.

So, there you have it! Now we have the tools, the technologies, the methodologies. We need to promote the desire and social, shared vision that it can happen.

For a yet different vision on La Cura, and to lean more about the insights that it has brought us from a really diverse set of points of view, take a look at the talk I held at TED Global 2013 in EdinBurgh

Radical Openness: Art is Open Source at TED Global 2012

TED Global 2012

TED Global 2012

Salvatore Iaconesi of AOS has been nominated TED Fellow for 2012 and, for this, will be presenting at TED Global 2012 in Edinburgh from June 25-29 2012.

We’ve been reflecting on this incredible opportunity for the last few weeks.

TED Global’s theme for this year is Radical Openness, which is something we’re really interested in.

At Art is Open Source we focus on the transformations which have been brought on to human beings by the wide and ubiquitous availability of digital technologies and networks.

Everything has changed in the last few years: the ways in which we learn, work, relate, consume, communicate, experience.

We have redefined our idea of identity, place, time, privacy and public space.

And the transformation is so fast that it is really difficult to provide “answers” when questions are asked.

This, possibly is more of a time when it is more important to understand how to ask the right questions than to provide answers.

Yes, because the scenarios for further change of our lives on this planet are so many and so visionary that we’re really in need to be able to maintain focus on the basics.

How can we use all the technologies and practices which have emerged in these last few years to promote a better life for us, the people we love and the planet itself?

It still seems as if human beings are still right in the middle of this discussion.

Take the smartest of the cities, filled with sensors and cloud infrastructure and real-time systems for environment and social life, and it immediately becomes useless if citizens are not aware and conscious of their possible new roles in society.

At AOS, we’re really for human beings. For their ability to be aware, active, insightful, ethical, tolerant, caring, collaborative and constructive, if only they have the right tools, motivations, relations, contexts and social environments.

And we’re definitely for the opportunity to facilitate, amplify and enhance these powerful human characteristics, provided by ubiquitous technologies and networks.

We feel that among the most pressing issues which we will need to face in the near future to activate these opportunities will be to expand our ability to become active and aware citizens, and to redefine our possibility to interconnect and express ourselves.

And to design the ways in which these technologies and networks can be used to connect people everywhere, in the middle of New York City as well as in the middle of a desert or on top of a high mountain.

As we all know by now, fundamental problems afflicting the population the remote parts of our planet – such as water, health and food – are problems which are centered on knowledge: access knowledge and know-how and you will have your water.

And, on top of that, people are constantly producing new knowledge: from the small innovation of their daily lives, to the enormous discoveries coming from scientific research.

The problem is that most of the time these innovations remain limited in scope, and end with the person or group who created them.

This, we feel, is the great opportunity of our times: transform the sensibilities, creativities, inventions, insights, knowledge, traditions of individuals into usable, perceivable, situated, ubiquitously available knowledge for the rest of the planet, promoting new forms of sustainable, inclusive business, new forms of governance, new opportunities for sociality, culture, arts and expression.

This is what we will talk about at TED Global 2012 in Edinburgh.

Be there!

Activist develops a smartphone app to get people out of danger zones from Merlien Institute on Vimeo.