“Iperconnessioni Rurali”: hyper-connectivity in rural space

Join us in Calvanico in Italy from April 12 to 14 2015 together with the Rural Hub who made this possible, for an intensive workshop in which we will learn to use social networks to create hyper-connective human dynamics and relations, to promote wide, inclusive participatory and collaborative actions in rural space.

View the program online on Rural Hub’s website.

View additional information about the workshop.

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

How can we use network theories – and all of the things we have learned from Netnography and from social networks – to create participatory and collaborative processes whose aim is to build social conscience and activism in cities and in rural areas?

We will find out by using the tools and solutions available in the Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons projects during the 3 intensive days of workshop held by Oriana Persico and Salvatore Iaconesi from Art is Open Source, and by Alex Giordano, co-director of the Centro Studi Etnografia Digitale, in the mediterranean scenario of the Rural Hub in Calvanico.

IperConnessioni Rurali

IperConnessioni Rurali

Human Ecosystems is a project which is running in multiple cities across the world (Rome, Berlin, Sao Paulo, New Haven, Montreal) to gain better understandings about the relational ecosystems of territories by harvesting opinions, emotions and relations among people in real-time: the dynamic relational architecture of communities and local cultures.

This information, published under the form of accessible Open Data, become part of an inclusive education process in which citizens of every age, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, public administrators, artists and activists can understand how to use them to create peer-to-peer organizational models, shared decision making processes, collaborative initiatives, social conscience, new services and products, artworks and more.

The project began in cities, using the information spontaneously produced on social networks, and has also been experimented in rural areas and small towns (like Castrignano de’ Greci, in Apulia), using different modalities, Describing what has been called P2P Ethnography.

Ubiquitous Commons is the corollary and necessary complement for all of this. Created by an international network of researchers and activists, the project is designing a legal and technological toolkit which allows people and communities to decide how to use the data and information they produce every day, for example on social networks and in the scenario of the Internet of Things.

At IperConnessioni Rurali (Rural Hyper-Connections) we will work on all of these concepts, theories, data, software, visualizations, social graphs, and flows of information and knowledge in the relational ecosystem of the territory, to understand how to design and implement participatory, inclusive models in rural areas and in small country towns, creating prototypes and application examples.

An opportunity to reflect of the approaches and tools of smart rurality, as enablers of communities.

Are You At Risk? Nuclear campaigning with Greenpeace

Are You at Risk?

Are You at Risk?

Do you remember Nuclear Anxiety?

After one year from the Fukushima disaster we’ve teamed up with Greenpeace International to create an awareness and action campaign on the risks coming from nuclear energy.

Click HERE to start “Are You at Risk?”

The interactive map shows the locations of nuclear plants all over the world. By clicking on each one of them, detailed information pops up showing how many people live near the reactors and, thus, would find themselves in the same situations as the people who lived in Fukushima when the disaster took place.

(an enormous “thank you!” must be delivered to Declan Butler: he let us use a dataset he published, which was used as the foundation for this wonderful article on  Nature.)

In the campaign we go a step further.

By using the map you can connect to Facebook and Twitter. If you do it, the software grabs the information about your friends/followers and actively searches for the ones who live near nuclear plants (e.g.: the distance of their home location is less than 300km from a reactor).

When it finds them, it alerts them on social networks by tagging them on an image, pointing out the risks of living near a nuclear plant, and inspiring them to go to check out the map.

When you do this, you can browse the map and see additional information appear: the images and names of your social network buddies appear next to each reactor, indicating the people you love who would suffer from an accident in that location.

And, so: Are you at risk?



Art is Open Source: concept, technologies

Salvatore Barbera (Greenpeace International): project management and creative direction

Andrea Pinchi: visual design

Aslihan Tumer and Jan Beránek (Greenpeace International): Nuclear Campaigners


some links:

Are You at Risk? on Repubblica

Nuclear Anxiety featured on Visualizing 2011

NuclearAnxiety on Visualizing 2011

NuclearAnxiety on Visualizing 2011

Visualizing.org featured NuclearAnxiety in their video and end of year project, looking at the year’s major events through data visualization.

Click here to see Visualizing 2011

and click here to see NuclearAnxiety on Visualizing.org

Leaf++, leaves, nature and augmented reality

Leaf ++ augmented reality for leaves

Leaf ++ augmented reality for leaves


We just published an article on Media Duemila describing the Leaf++ system we will publish with FakePress at IESA 2011 in Istanbul.

Leaf++ is an augmented reality application that lets you get information about the natural environment around you.

It uses computer vision techniques to try and identify the leaves which you frame in your smartphone’s screen. As soon as the leaf is recognized information starts to popup on the screen, with no additional interaction needed: the name of the plant, its geographical origin, the fruits, woods, products it produces, etc.

From the article:

“The technological ecosystem in which we live allows us to reappropriate wisdom and knowledge of the natural world by creating fruition models for information that make this kowledge accessible in natural, usable ways”.


“The ecologist dimension of Leaf++ suggests an innovative approach to the definition of new forms of citizenship in which technologies contribute to enabling a new concept of ‘citizen’ that is more aware, active and informed on the environment and the society he/she lives in, being able to collect information and transform them into knowledge, usable to lead sustainable, tolerant, environment-friendly lifestyles.”

Leaf++ is a joint effort of the whole FakePress team, and it was inspired by Luca Simeone and engineered by Salvatore Iaconesi.

Read the whole article HERE

Squatting Supermarkets, new interfaces and project development

A new interface for the squatting supermarkets installation was featured recently at the SMIR project.

Traditional products were added to the system, documenting their history, sustainable production processes and ecologic impacts.

by FakePress, Art is Open Source

produced by SMIR project, Marcovaldo association and Share Festival

Squatting Supermarkets

Squatting Supermarkets