Ghost Writer. A new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography. Launch at StreamingEgos

GhostWriter is a new project by Art is Open Source.

A new literary genre to explore the mutation of the narration of self: the algorithmic autobiography.

Launched for the Streaming Egos project with the Goethe Institut and with the curation of the Italian group by Marco Mancuso and Filippo Lorenzin, the overall project includes 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain). The launch event will be in Düsseldorf on January 16th and 17th 2016, at the NRW-Forum. In the Italian group we have the pleasure of being with Silvio Lorusso, Alterazioni Video, IOCose.


Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer is the first publication of a new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography.

We are never alone when we construct our autobiography: other people are always with us, with their presence, influences, relations, interactions, shaping not only our behaviours, but also what we remember, what we feel as relevant, important, worthwhile, and also changing the ways in which we express it, for whom, and the contracts we establish by expressing ourselves: what to show, what to hide, how to interpret it, how to give a form to it.

As human beings of our times, new subjects enter the scene. We constantly leave digital traces in our lives, whether we realize it or not, whether we want it or not. A number of subjects constantly keep track of these bits of ourselves, constructing multiple versions of narrations of our lives, each with different focuses, parameters, points of view, perspectives. These are, to all effects, biographies.

Even more, they are auto-biographies. Auto, because they are automatically collected. And Auto, because we produce and express these bits of memory ourselves, in our daily lives, through our ordinary performances, like entries in an ubiquitous diary.

If we can collect all of these bits, all these episodes, all of these digital traces in our ubiquitous diary, we can imagine to produce a novel form of autobiography. Currently, multiple algorithms do exactly this, collecting all of these bits about ourselves, classifying them, organizing them by time, topic, emotion, behaviour, patterns, types, focuses and more.

These algorithms are the Ghost Writers of our Autobiographies.

Thus comes GhostWriter, a new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography.



More information about Ghost Writer will be coming soon, right after the opening of the exhibit.

In the meantime, here are the short articles which we published on the Streaming Egos Blog:

Digital Media and Human-Machine Interaction

Just out from Aracne Editore in Italy:

I Media Digitali e l’Interazione Uomo-Macchina

edited and coordinated by Simone Arcagni. In the book you can find the article

“Il Terzo Infoscape. Dati, informazioni e saperi nella città e nuovi paradigmi di interazione urbana”

contributed by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico.

The book features contributions by:

Leandro Agrò, Stefania Antonioni, Sebastiano Bagnara, Ornella Costanzo, Luigi Galluccio, Salvatore Iaconesi, Mirko Lino, Giulio Lughi, Giusy Mandalà, Alberto Marinelli, Tatiana Mazali, Graziella Mazzoli, Vanessa Michielon, Sara Monaci,Annamaria Monteverdi, Domenico Morreale, Oriana Persico, Simone Pozzi,Andrea Resmini, Mario Ricciardi, Domenico Sciajno, Gabriella Taddeo, Luca Tremolada

i Media Digitali e l'Interazione Uomo Macchina

i Media Digitali e l’Interazione Uomo Macchina

Our contribution may be cited as:

  • Iaconesi, S.; Persico, O. (2015) “Il Terzo Infoscape. Dati, informazioni e saperi nella città e nuovi paradigmi di interazione urbana” in Arcagni, S. (ed.) I Media Digitali e l’Interazione Uomo-Macchina (p. 139-168). Roma: Aracne Editore.

One Million Dreams

Dreaming on social networks.

One Million Dreams is a generative video that lasts around 200 hours which shows, instant by instant, a whole year of dreams captured from social networks.

This is a short preview.


You had a dream last night, and you published something about it on major social networks? A software captured it and put it on a database.

In the video, dreams are captured and processed using natural language analysis to understand people’s emotions regarding the various dreams, and the topic it deals with.

For the time being, we have isolated a limited number of topics: “job”, “love”, “school”, “money”, “environment”, “relations”, “family”, “memories” and “future”.

The video will be soon implemented as an exhibit, in which dreams will be captured and visualized in real-time.

One Million Dreams Exhibit

One Million Dreams Exhibit

Then they will be archived, to obtain the largest dream archive of the planet: a global library of the dreams of all humanity in which it will be possible to contribute, search for dreams and extract them (the archive of real-time dreams will form a source of real-time Open Data) and research, play, make apps with them.

One Million Dreams has been produced through the Human Ecosystems project.

Cities out of Control: on Krisis Magazine

Cities Out of Control on Krisis Magazine

Cities Out of Control on Krisis Magazine

The new issue of Krisis MagazineOrientation” is out!

You can get it HERE

Among the contributions you will find our “Cities Out of Control“.

Here we wanted to share our point of view on the possibility to define a crisis (a breakdown, to be followed by a new rise) on the ideas about the ways in which we interpret (and control, and govern) our cities.

New modalities, rituals, perceptions have entered our daily lives, through the availability of digital ubiquitous sensorialities through which we perceive the world around us and we orient ourselves, make decisions and decide our tactics: the digital info-scape has merged with the physical landscape, producing a new whole in which multiple (even millions) points of view are constantly at our disposal (through search engines and social media) to support our presence and decisions in our daily lives.

How does orientation mutate? How does governance transform? What is the evolution of our tactics in the city?

S. Iaconesi, L. Simeone, O. Persico, (2013) “Cities out of Control” on Krisis Magazine “Orientation”, AIAP, Brescia, ISBN 9788890583933


the Electronic Man at the Social Media Week art exhibit e-festival

the Electronic Man, our project focusing on McLuhan‘s theory by the same name and presented in occasion of the celebrations of the centennial of his birth, creates a new sense for human beings by using the possibilities offered by networks and portable digital devices.

the Electronic Man at the e-Festival

the Electronic Man at the e-Festival

Digital interactions (such as interacting with a QRCode sticker in urban environments) are transformed into a body stimulus, instantaneously available to thousands of people all over the world.

This global performance shows in a very simple way a novel possibility for human beings, who are becoming able to adopting new sensorialities with extreme ease and thus becoming sensible to their environment, cities, networks and digital relations in innovative ways, radically modifying their perception of the world, of their relationships with other people and with the ecosystem.

These new possibilities have become truly accessible only in these last few years, and represent an incredible arena for experimentation and research for business, arts, sciences and humanities, fostering new scenarios for knowledge, learning and planetary awareness which have the power to shape our ideas of citizenship and our relation with the social and natural environment.

During the Social Media Week, in its 2011 Milan edition, and the Festival della Rete (Network Festival) the e-festival is taking place (Sept. 2011). Inside the e-festival Chiara Canali is curating an innovative arts exhibit featuring some of the most interesting researches and productions in which networks, and their ability to mutate people’s and societies’ lifecycles, are the main star.

In the exhibit works by Alessandro Brighetti, Mirko Canesi, Umberto Ciceri, Davide Coltro, Daniele Girardi, Vincenzo Marsiglia  and Gabriele Pesci are together with an installation featuring the Electronic Man, in which people will be able to experience the global digital sense that is being created, enacted and experienced by thousands of people worldwide using smartphones and urban interventions.

More info here:

on ArtCo

on ArtCo in some more detail

on Milano Cronaca