HE/BA: installation, workshop, talk at Festival dell’Innovazione in Bari

Art is Open Source and Human Ecosystems, together with Nefula, and Ubiquitous Commons,  performed an interactive exhibit, a workshop and talk in the city of Bari during the Festival dell’Innovazione 2015.

The exhibit “HE/BA – Human Ecosystems Bari“, placed in the beautiful location of Teatro Margherita, realized a temporary version od the Realtime Museum of the City of Bari along the three days of the event.

HE/BA - Human Ecosystems Bari, interactive installation, Teatro Margherita

HE/BA – Human Ecosystems Bari, interactive installation, Teatro Margherita

For the occasion an hand-made furniture was realized, describing the Human Ecosystems strategy of implementation (functions and mechanism of harvesting, processes analysis and outputs, including the Realtime Museum of the City, the Lab and the education process) and role of Ubiquitous Commons.

HE/BA - Human Ecosystems Bari, installation, Teatro MArgherita

HE/BA – Human Ecosystems Bari, installation, Teatro MArgherita

HE/BA - Human Ecosystems Bari, installation, Teatro Margherita: hand-made forniture completed

HE/BA – Human Ecosystems Bari, installation, Teatro Margherita: hand-made forniture completed

More photos are available at this link.

The 6 hours workshop was structured ad an intense hands-ho experience, from the theoretical and philosophical approach of Human Ecosystems to the description and use of the HE platform, and the exploration of possible use cases scenarios.

HE/BA LAB: Human Ecosystems Workshop at Festival dell'Innovazione, Bari (Italy)

HE/BA LAB: Human Ecosystems Workshop at Festival dell’Innovazione, Bari (Italy)

The group participants, mostly composed by young policy makers, students and researchers, installed on their machines latest version of HE: all of them is now able to autonomously start their own experiment.

And is is already happening. XYLab, together with FF3300, is now joyfully playing with Human Ecosystems: as you can see from the pictures below, after the exhibit Bari observation is still open. This is the best result we could hope for from our workshop.

HE installed by XYLab in Bari

HE installed by XYLab in Bari

HE at work: view of Bari, by XYlab

HE at work: view of Bari, by XYlab

More photos from the workshop are available at this link.

The talk, conceived as a Lectio Magistralis and dedicated to Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons, was an effort to describe and communicate the complexity, tensions and conflicts emerging from our ubiquitous hyperconnected lives to an audience of high school students.

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: showing the relational ecosystems of the city

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: showing the relational ecosystems of the city

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: describing Ubiquitous Commons

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: describing Ubiquitous Commons

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: interacting with high school students

HE/Ubiquitous Commons Talk: interacting with high school students

More photos can be found at this link.

Special Tanks to:

Alessandro Tartaglia, Alessandro Balena, Arti Puglia, XYLab, FF3300, Giacomo Equizi, Alice Vallini, Sara Diaferia, Annibale D’Elia, all the visitors and participants of Festival dell’Innovazione

Periferica: Human Ecosystems workshops in Rome

Join us at the Periferica Festival in Rome, on February 16-21 2015 at Fusolab, in Viale della Bella Villa 94 (and some other locations: check the program for time and locations).

Art is Open Source and Human Ecosystems will be there for an installation and a workshop on Human Ecosystems, the real-time lives of cities, in which we will see the relational ecosystem of the city come to life before our eyes, and we will learn how to use it for generative arts, design, civic action and more.

Check out our profile at the festival’s website, for more info: HERE.

The festival will be rich in exhibits and performances: look who’s coming, here.

FakePress Publishing at MFRU Festival in Maribor present REFF

FakePress Publishing and REFF at MFRU in Maribor

FakePress Publishing and REFF at MFRU in Maribor

From November 11th to November 26th 2011 FakePress Publishing and REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory will be in Maribor, Slovenija, for the 17th edition of the MFRU festival (Mednarodni Festival Racunalniskih Umetnosti).

Here is the website for MFRU2011.

At the festival we will present REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory, our innovative cultural institution using the ideas of reinventing the reality as an opportunity to create innovative practices and policies for digital cultures. At MFRU we will create an installation through which you will be able to experience the realtime planetary activities of our institution.

We will also perform a workshop in which we will show people how to use open and free technologies to turn the world into an immense, ubiquitous wiki: we will use free/libre Augmented Reality platforms to create new radical forms of autonomous ubiquitous expressions which can be used for activism, art, science, design, architecture. The same we used to create our REFF book.

Some info about MFRU Festival, directly translated from the festival homepage:

“MFRU (organized by MKC Maribor in Zavoda uho; oko: Maribor) has a rich tradition in Slovenia, because it is one of the central institutions of computer art, with its constant activity is responsible for its recognition and development.

Upon its establishment in 1994 was among the first in this part of the first and only one in Slovenia. Since its inception in Slovenia and the wider region pioneering work in presenting the theory and practice of computer arts and new media, making an important contribution to their promotion and implementation, while establishing a fundamental creative core – in terms of inter-media productions of new works – in this area . MFRU thus fills an important niche cultural program, which ranks among the Maribor Festival competitive European city.

MFRU considered a variety of topics, such as the potential of media images, computer and life, media arts, technological progress, etc.., And hosted many distinguished guests (Edward Hare, Peter Weibel, Stelarc). In 1994 he established a festival in Maribor Joze Slaček to date was conducted by numerous domestic and foreign selectors, among them Marina Gržinić, Eva Ursprung, Dunja Kukovec, Alexander Kostič, Donald Železnikar, Ales Vaupotič, Simona Vidmar, George and Mark Krpan Ornik .

According to the current program director, Mark Zornik, by issuing a transparent creation of an online catalog and archive break occurred when we can talk about the festival of computer art before and after. The festival is entering a new period of reorganized organizational structure of the software and the festival, which is expanding and becoming more complex, followed by the vision of further enlargement. Festival Individual units followed these annual festival. This is the year 2011 read Transmedialno storytelling .

“Transmedialno storytelling indicates a very diverse practice combinations of message passing through more than one medium. Within this area, which today is actually a matter of course, I was interested in practices that infringe copyright in it, expressive and innovative research “(Donald Železnikar).

Transmedialno storytelling method indicates storytelling through various media platforms and formats. It is a phenomenon that is also part of the mass entertainment industry (eg reality shows with a TV and web-based platform, online games, mobile and natural ingredients), but embedded in the expression and the research field. In the field we are witnessing a political protests, which are inherent in the use of social networks. Broader context shows that the constant flow of information media in the media, the boundary between users and authors are increasingly blurs.

Festival selection transmedijske narration will focus on the conscious use of multiple media and multiple platform operations, with emphasis on critical, reflective and creative Oz. innovative achievement that thematize questions of the present moment, both directly and through specific poetics and approaches. Thus, within the traditional, analog and digital, mobile media – and their combinations. We are interested in creative, author surpluses positioned outside instrumentalized use of the current ideological and political or commercial purposes.

Not to ignore this part of the creativity, but rather than exposing it to – as it already exists, at least in part, dedicated to the platform – we want to establish a reference point of critical discourse that allows reflection on the quality and importance of today are increasingly present transmedialnosti concept, but remains largely unreflected. Reflection is very important areas, among others, also with a broader educational perspective and from the standpoint of self-awareness and understanding of the media environment of the whole society.

MFRU also informs and educates audiences about contemporary intermedia art, nourishes the cultural consciousness of the general public and young people, through events and performative intervention in public space, connecting the region, explores the art computer, document and archive it.

MFRU work by local artists to festivals, exhibitions, installations or representations abroad (Gamerz, Dispatch, Ars eletronic, Enter …) conducts Internet transmissions of live events (produced by the Institute ear, eye:) and establishes a city platform to support the organization and intermedia art production facilities.
This is primarily for areas that do not fall into the mainstream, this is an established or set of “high culture” or the commercial or. profit-oriented pop-culture. One of the basic vision of the festival is the networking of related cultural institutions in Maribor and the wider region. Through these partnerships is to build individual projects, deepen and increase their accessibility, they are also more effective and widely informed.

Promotion of individual efforts and commitment can go through the common channels of communication – and awareness – to a greater extent, addresses the interested public. In the present partnership recognizes the potential of linking all the more cultural actors who strive for similar goals and create the field of contemporary conceptual and critical art, this is art that is in the mind of the general public wakes up and you only paves the way for his own and other artistic expressions. In this informal network is currently connected MFRU and beyond MKC Maribor, Cultural Incubator, Institute ear, eye: Maribor, Institute Udarnik, Foundation son: DA, KIT Kibla Today, beginners, UGM, etc., In the future we will be more partners.

Festival strengthens its visibility by creating a European dialogue and cooperation with embassies, cultural centers (public) institutions, institutions, foundations and comparable foreign festivals. Integration into the wider cultural network, infrastructure acquisition (new media art center in Maribor) and transfer activities in the web TV show a basic interface and pioneering role of the festival.”


Microcucina with the Fooders at Streamfest 2011

are you hungry?

Food is at the center of our lives and it is a very powerful thing: when we talk about food we talk about ecology, nature, environment, global economies, pollution, energy, health, love, family, sex, tradition, innovation. Many people also talk about art when they talk about food, and often they use the power of food – the possibility to talk about so many fundamental topics in such an accessible (and yummy and desirable) way – to create rich experiences with both aesthetics and a critical view on the world.



We joined our friends the Fooders with the desire to use together the power of food and to create a contemporary narrative with it.

Last year the fooders produced the first Microcucina (Micro kitchen), a minimal, 1×1 meter kitchen that was also a microfestival dealing with artists who work with food.

Each element of the kitchen was a story or an artwork, and you had plenty of objects to play around with, creating a rich beautiful experience, hosted in the kitchen, a typical spot of the house where stories emerge while chatting about.

This year we joined the Fooders to go one step further.

At the Stream Fest 2011 we will produce together the second version of Microcucina, using augmented reality and cross media publishing techniques to create an augmented space in which digital experiences will form out of thin air, narrating stories of food, art, design and planetary awareness.

This is a next-step publishing project by FakePress Publishing, and it will use the MACME and NeoReality software tools, which you can find at the following links:



also: check back often here on AOS, as both tools will be upgraded in wonderful ways, leveraging the additions we made to create this augmented publication together with the Fooders.

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.