art practices, neuroscience, and technology in the network society

Camilla Alberti, Marco Antelmi, Leonardo Bentini, Luca Marcelli, Orecchie d’Asino, Valerio Veneruso




Neuro_Revolution is an artist residency project investigating the effect of communication and information technologies on people and society. The project was realized by AiR Trieste with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the “Per Chi Crea” program, and in collaboration with NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Higher Education School of Fondazione Modena Arti Visive.

Starting from the concept of bio-hypermedia, defined by Giorgio Griziotti as “the environment in which bodies, lives, machines, networks, codes, data, flows, territories and time interact”, Neuro_Revolution proposes a reflection on the consequences that the widespread diffusion of new technologies has on human beings. The constant possibility of access to the Internet and the continuous exposure to stimuli coming from the network have radically changed the way we perceive the world and interact with reality. It changed the very structure of space-time, modifying people’s behavior and their way of living.

Six under 35 artists selected through open calls spent a month in residence in Trieste, following a formation path that involved key figures from the artistic, scientific, and cultural fields. Among them: Vuk Ćosić (net.artist and curator), Paolo Gallina (professor of Applied Mechanics at the University of Trieste), Giorgio Griziotti (IT engineer and social theorist), Francesca Lazzarini (director of AiR Trieste and director of the project), Claudia Löffelholz (head of the FMAV Higher Education School), Domenico Quaranta (critic and curator), Marco Scotini (NABA Visual Arts Department Head), Gaia Tedone (curator).

The program addressed this phenomena by creating intersections between artistic practices, critical theory, and scientific research. Through these conceptual lenses, the residency experience revolved around some key questions: how is the human mind modified by new technologies and what are its consequences on a social level? How to use technologies in an emancipatory way? Finally, what relationship between artistic practices and methodologies of scientific research could be helpful to answer these questions?

Following the residency, the artists conceived and created unpublished works. The works were exhibited in MLZ Art Dep gallery (04.09.2020 – 29.10.2020) in Trieste. The exhibition was part of the Science in the city festival of ESOF2020, the most important European event focused on the debate between science, technology, society, and politics. The project was also presented in two public events: one took place in Modena at MATA together with the Modena Visual Arts Foundation (14.10.2020), the other took place online in collaboration with NABA (15.10.2020).



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