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Michael Arnold Mages on Wed, 30 Nov 2005 13:13:53 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [ann] December 2005 on -empyre- soft-skinned space : Art and Cognition

December 2005 on -empyre- soft-skinned space :   Art and Cognition
This month's topic will be art and cognition based on some premises
proposed by artist and researcher Louis Bec. Since the evolution of
cognitive sciences is progressively more marked by the use of
technological simulation, the similarities between art and cognition are
reinforced. According to Bec, the cognitive sciences cease to be merely
explicative and become a creative well-spring, a take off point of
imagination. The art/cognition interface is the source of an entire range
of new questions concerning the role of the living world, its nature, its
status and its future. These questions bear not only on
matters of redefinition, representation, behavioural modes and
perceptive, mental and imaginative functioning; not only on the potential
for learning, communication, expression, innovation and creation; but
also, and decisively, on modes of social and spatial organization, on the
management of the biosphere and of urban energies and environments, on the
creation of models of economic systems, on the handling of the industries
of knowledge, information and images.

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Moderator: Raquel Renne (BR)

+ Bios

-----> Raquel Renno (<http://www.influenza.etc.br>) is currently
developing a PhD thesis in Media and Urban Spaces for the Communication
and Semiotics programme at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Part of the research was presented in seminars at Buenos Aires University,
Plymouth University (Planetary Collegium) and University of Sussex, among
others. She's a member of the scientific comitee of FILE Symposium and
researcher at Medialab Madrid. Together with Rafael Marchetti she
develops projects at the digital art duo
Influenza. In 2005 some of Influenza's works were exhibited at Tohu Bohu
Gallery (individual exhibition at Marseille), Comafosca (Influenza's
retrospective exhibition at Barcelona), Nuevas Geografias (Mexico),
Soundtoys, Runme, FILE (Sao Paulo), Breal 2.3 (Ljubljiana), 404
(Rosario), VII Digital Art Salon in Havana, ARS Electronica (Linz), among
other places. Between 2004 and 2005 they've developed the installation
Non_sensor at Cypres institute directed by Louis Bec in France sponsored
by Unesco, Cypres and the Ministry of Culture of

-----> Luigi Pagliarini (Italy) is an artist, psychologist, multimedia
and software designer, expert in robotics, AI and artificial life. He is
currently Associate Professor at Maersk Institute, University of Southern
Denmark, Professor of Machine Psychology at the Academy of Fine Arts of
Rome, Italy, Director of the Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting,
President of the Cultural Association "artificialia", Art Director of
Ecoteca Cafe, Member of the  International Committee RoboCup Junior,
Board  Committee of "Rivista di Psicologia dell'Arte" (Journal of
Psychology of Art), Member of EvoNet and Executive Member of EvoMusArt ,
Partner Consultant of  Entertainment Robotics, Partner Consultant of the
Visual Emotion  - Video Productions. He has published in different
international books, journals, congresses and conferences proceedings and
has been rewarded with international prizes more than once. His work has
often been reported on many international newspapers, magazines and

-----> David Cuartielles (Spain) is a engineer and PhD student  in
Interaction Design at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmo
University, Sweden. He is a lecturer at the School of Arts and
Communication, Malmo University, researcher at the Creative Environments
Studio, and founder of the laboratory in mechatronics at the same
institution. He was a co-developer with Massimo Banzi of Arduino
(http://arduino.berlios.de), an open-source physical computing platform
for artists and designers that after three months of its creation was
adopted by RCA in London, ITP in New York, IDI-Domus in Milan and K3 in
Malmö among other schools as a learning tool. He's also a member of the
Critical Design Collective aeswad and the artistic group desearch and
revelopment, curator of ExArTe and member of E.A.T.

-----> Andy Gracie (UK) is an artist making multi-disciplinary art work
exploring relationships between technological and natural systems,
expressing a special interest in what takes place at the point where the
two are mediated through each other and what bridges can be revealed or
constructed. Current investigations involve the use of Artificial
Intelligence to allow spontaneous communications between 'machine' and
'animal', the devlopment of new language spaces and emergent behaviours,
and to create an epistemological landscape for
reflection, contemplation and discussion of the complex issues around our
changing relationships with the organic. He has shown work internationally
over the last few years and is currently developing a new commission for
AV06 to be shown in Sunderland, UK in March 2006.

-----> Monica Bello (Spain) is a freelance curator with a special
interest in the junctions between art, science and technology. She has
worked regularly with Art Futura <http://www.artfutura.org> in an
advisory and PR role, has been assistant project manager for hostprods on
international projects and represented the Mexican video art collective
TechMex <http://www.tech-mex.org> at the Off Loop video festival
<http://www.loop-barcelona.com> . She has curated the exhibition
'Organismos', the first bio-art exhibition in Spain, at La Casa Encendida
and Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid, Barcelona. Currently Monica is
establishing the Capsula project, a framework for conferences,
exhibitions and workshops on various aspects of science, art, technology
and nature in Centre d'Art Santa Monica in Barcelona. She is a researcher
on the Resqualia portal, a web project focussed on art, science and
consciousness due to be launched early 2006 and has lectured on the
history of digital art at 9zeros school of animation in Barcelona. 
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