Posts Tagged ‘financial crisis’

“I see this crisis in a continuous way, the world is constantly in a crisis, I formulate this as ‘cultural epileptiscm’ [3], that is that humans tend to loose themselves into extremes, whether these being emotional or rational. The last century is exemplary for this.”
Andreas Jacobs

“Something that was widely expected is happening, even is the acceleration of the economic crisis (and not only financial) is pressing everything against a striking evidence. Resources for culture are about to be drastically cut. And a large part of the professional setups based on public sibsides risks disappearance.”
Carlo Infante

“lifestyle is in itself a part of the unavoidable speculative process of turbocapitalism, in which cool hunters understand the languages of the scenes to transform them into a banal aesthetization that can be sold for a couple of years. A lemon squeezer for cultural production where the experience of the sublime, the sense of disaster, the impact of deflagration, the elimination of the roots, the collapse of the future, disperse themselves in a sterile pantomime that is constructed in a laboratory, and makes me throw up.”
Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri

The second phase of “Interviewing the Crisis” begins with the interviews with Francesco “Warbear” Macarone Palmieri, Andreas Jacobs and Carlo Infante.

Three different points of view on the international crisis, engaging innovation, new media related practices, network culture, research on bodies, genders, social relations, empathy and connectedness. From public institutions to our bodies, in the globally evolving scenario.

Interviewing the Crisis is a project promoted by

Art is Open Source

with the collaboration of ArtsBlog

And the support of lots of friends, partners, institutions, concerned with the future of arts, culture and of our lives.
Please check the websites for the full lists of partners.

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We finally managed to get the next two interviews of the series “Interviewing the Crisis” ready in both English and Italian.

The next two on the lineup are Marc Garrett and Simona Lodi

Simona Lodi

Simona Lodi

Marc Garrett

Marc Garrett

Their points of view are quite interesting.

I got to know (digitally, up to now) Marc by reading and writing on the NetBehaviour mailing list. It always amazed me about the openness of the approach that can be found on all the things he does, working together with the Furtherfield crew.

His interview is an incredible text that shows more than “art”, accessing dimensions that show how new practices can create a physical and networked-to-a-human-scale critique to the world that is around us. A use of networking that is centered on human beings that need/want to act/react. A form of life. Technology, network, sociality and positive attitudes as the necessary set of tools to confront the contemporary era.

I met Simona indirectly, as I used to playfully hack the ToShare website every year they made the call for submissions for the Share Prize. The yearly prank was called “IHackedTheTorinoShareWebsiteBecauseINeverWin”.

I loved doing that :)

Then I met her in Venice at the ahaCamping where I, together with penelope.di.pixel, presented a digital ecosystem and DegradArte, and she was coordinating an open roundtable on the possibilities for collaboration and networking between italian and international arts and cultural groups and organizations. Again, great openness, an incredibly smart attitude towards innovation and on the possibility to adopt new models for just about everything. And she was also the only one that laughed at my and penelope.di.pixel’s metaphysical jokes :)

Her interview scans the current situation from the point of view of a successful and truly innovative new media arts festival, and on the incredible initiatives that were born from it.

here you go:

Marc Garrett’s interview on

and Simona Lodi’s interview on

we are also starting to collect everything up on the Interviewing the Crisis website. Sorry it’s a bit untidy right now. We’re aiming at the most important things first: to collect all of these contributions, translating them, organizing them.

In the next few days we’ll have the next interviews. Stay tuned.

from Art is Open Source

together with my beloved penelope.di.pixel we are doing a project called “Interviewing the crisis”.

29, the symphony, by Luca Bertini

29, the symphony, by Luca Bertini

A series of articles hosted on in which we analyze some of the issues of the rising financial crisis through a sequence of reports and interviews.

The focus is on art: the crisis’ impact on art and, specifically, on new media art disciplines, organizations, artists.

We wanted to research on the models involved. People dealing with art tend to work in dramatically different ways: public funding, art market, art systems, communication and marketing oriented practices.

And, fortunately and significantly, employing new operative, theoretical, strategic and business models that employ practices that are explicitly enabled by digital technologies: collaboration, participation, experimentation, innovation. A new form of activism that sits across several disciplines: design, science, narrative, business, engineering, architecture. It’s not easy, but it’s the way to go: fast, significative, on the edge.

These people are creators and communicators of meaning.

The project starts out with an introduction:

in which Luca Bertini’s twentynine, a wonderful performance on the financial crisis of 1929, is used as an introduction to the interviews happening in the next few says.

The first in the lineup was published yesterday, a nice cristmas gift for all of you crisis enthusiasts:

Helen Thorington and   Jo-Anne Green of describe a scenario that is really upsetting, presenting a condensed history of how the various governments of the USofA designed their strategies to support arts, starting at contnuous cuts in budgets, continuing through specific laws created to limit the same possibilities for funding, ending up to the illiterateness of governments and their representatives towards what is being called New Media Arts.

The next in the lineup will be Marc Garrett, of Furtherfield , NetBehaviour and loads of other astounding projects with an incredibly lucid attitude towards new media arts, collaborative and participative practices and, in a word, in sharing, the new frontier of business, technology, art.

Simona Lodi @ ToShare

Simona Lodi @ ToShare

The third interview will be done with Simona Lodi, of the Torino Share Festival. The ToShare is a truly innovative experience, as it interacts with art, science, businesses, institutions to perform a significative research on the evolutions of these incredible scenarios that are at the contemporary crossroad that we are living: art meets production, meets marketing, meets science, meets business, meets philosophy, science fiction, design. Last year’ festival was entitled to “Manufacturing”, this year’s festival will be themed “Market Forces”, with a wonderful quote by Theodor Adorno: “No theory, today, can leave out the market”.

True innovation with an active attitude towards participation and sharing (check out the websites to find incredible projects such as the Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti, Action Sharing and loads more).

So we’re set! Wath out for the series of interviews and articles, I’ll keep you posted and updated.