FRANCESCO MONICO, PhD (Director)
THEORY AND METHOD OF MASS MEDIA
Now Director of the Academy Media Film & Visual Arts Three-year program in Designing New Technologies for Art, and Senior Partner of Ars Academy Research SRL, he founded and directed for 13 years the School of Media Design of NABA in Milan, and directs the program of doctoral research Planetary Collegium T-Node for the University of Plymouth (UK). At that same university he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts with Prof. Roy Ascott. He works in an international network to develop research methodology combining art, science and technology. Besides teaching Theory and Method of Mass Media at the Accademia di Costume e Moda – AMFAV, he is a director and founder of the company Ars Academy Research operating in the fields of research, innovation and education. He has developed syncretic research on media, technology and new human proportions, and an aesthetic in which artistic practice, teaching and scientific production combine in a single context. He has organized and conducted international conferences and symposia on New Media Art and pedagogy. He has written regularly on television criticism for the International Herald Tribune/Italy Daily, and for Wired on New Media Art, while collaborating with Sole24Ore Nova 24 on themes of digital innovation.
Director of television documentaries and a teacher, since 2002, at various Italian and foreign academies and universities. She gained international acclaim with her first documentary film, Un’ora sola ti vorrei (2002, 55′), presented in Locarno where it received an honorable mention, later going on to win the prize for best documentary at the Turin Film Festival. In 2005 she made Per sempre (52′), a documentary on Italian female monastic communities. In 2007 she directed Vogliamo anche le rose (85′), a poetic documentary on fifteen years of struggles for women’s liberation. 2012 saw the release of Tutto parla di te (83′), a feature-length film on maternal ambivalence, featuring Charlotte Rampling and Elena Radonicich. She won the Tao Due Camera d’Oro prize as best director at the Rome Film Festival in 2012. In 2014 she made Confini, a short film with archival footage of World War I and poetic texts by Mariangela Gualtieri.
Writer, journalist and television personality, with a degree in Communication Sciences. She has worked with the magazines Sette, Amica, L’Officiel and Lampoon. Sports news presented for Sky Sport. Author and presenter of the programs: Cool Tour on Rai 5, RaiPlayer, and the TV magazine Moda Top – Tutto quanto fa tendenza. She has published two novels with Bompiani: Senza Tacchi (2011) and Armi di famiglia (2014).
LUCA DE BIASE
A leading expert on digital culture in Italy, innovation editor for Sole 24 Ore and Nova24; editor of Vita Nòva, a magazine for tablets. Professor in the Master of Communication program at University of Padua, member of the steering committee of the Master of Science of Communication at SISSA Trieste, professor at the University of Pisa. Contributor of Edge.org Annual Question since 2012, cofounder of the association ItaliaStartup. Author of many publications in the field of media studies, including Homo Pluralis. Essere umani nell’era tecnologica, Codice, 2015, Media civici. Informazione di mutuo soccorso, Vita Feltrinelli 2013, Cambiare Pagina. Per sopravvivere ai media della solitudine, Rizzoli 2011, Economia della felicità. Dalla blogosfera al valore del dono e oltre, Feltrinelli 2007.
DERRICK DE KERCKHOVE, PhD
One of the world’s most eminent media sociologists, he directed the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology of the University of Toronto from 1983 to 2008. He has written many books, including The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence, and is a professor at the University of Toronto. He has also taught Sociology of Digital Culture at the Università degli Studi Federico II of Naples. Research supervisor for the PhD Planetary Collegium T-Node.
A director and screenwriter, he is been working with some of the greatest names, in Italian and international productions. For Gabriele Salvadores he wrote Kamikazen; Marrakech Express; Mediterraneo (Academy Award in 1992 for best foreign film), and Puerto Escondido. As writer has also worked with Carlo Mazzacurati for Il prete bello, with Giuseppe Piccioni for Chiedi alla Luna, with Alessandro D’Alatri for Rosso Americano, and with Maurizio Sciarra to the Alla rivoluzione sulla due cavalli, (winner of the Locarno Film Festival 2001). As a director he debuted in 1994 with La vera vita di Antonio H., then directing Ormai è fatta!, El Alamein – La linea di fuoco (2002, winner of three David di Donatello awards, 2 Golden Globes, 1 Nastro d’Argento), Il tunnel della libertà, Due partite (2009), Walter Chiari – Fino all’ultima risata (2011, awarded at the Rome Festival 2012 for the best director, the best screenplay and actor), L’Angelo di Sarajevo (2015).
LUCA SCHENATO & SINEM VARDARLI
Television director and producer, trained in Milan, where he took part in many of the most innovative television projects of the 1990s. He then moved to Rome, working for Rai 1 as presenter of live reports for the program Uno Mattina. A television writer and director, he has produced many different programs in recent years. In 2014 he produced the program for Sky Italia’s Got Talent.
AESTHETICS OF ARCHIVE
He graduated in Art History of Art with a degree in Aesthetics at the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice. Since 2003 he has been working as curator at the institution Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. From 2005 to 2010 he designed and coordinated the international project “Tomorrow now. Contemporary art practices in the Digital culture”. He attended and cared for conferences and projects for public and private institutions on issues of Anthropology and Aesthetics of new media. He is engaged in several projects promoting young artists. Since 2010 he has been coordinating the activities of the Bevilacqua La Masa. He taught Art History in the Higher Secondary School and has been involved in Art Education also applied to new media. From 2005 to 2008 he was teaching assistant at the Laboratories of Design and Production of Visual arts of IUAV University; in 2012 and 2013 lecturer at NABA in Milan in the MA Degree in Film and New Media; in 2014 and 2015 lecturer at Course for Curators and at the Master of Photography of Photography Foundation in Modena.
FRANCESCA BRIA, PhD
ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION
She is a Nesta Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. Francesca is a senior Adviser on technology and information policy. She is the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project on decentralised platforms for network democracy and social digital currencies and the she is the Principle Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe. Francesca has a background in social science and innovation economics with a PhD from Imperial College London where she was a researcher and teaching associate in the Innovation Studies Centre-Digital Economy Lab. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Digital Social Innovation, Future Internet, Internet of Things and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and one of the Coordinators of Activity Chain 8: Societal at IERC IoT Research Cluster of the EU Commission (IERC). Francesca has been advising various public institutions and private bodies on innovation, open technology and information policy. She is also active in various grassrooots movements advocating for open access, knowledge commons, citizen empowerment and decentralised privacy-aware technologies.
SIMONE GUIDI, PhD (Coordinator)
Specializing in new media and philosophy, with a PhD in Philosophy from La Sapienza University of Rome, he works as a web content provider for Yahoo Italia. He has taught Aesthetics of New Media at NABA in Milan, and now teaches the same course at AMFAV. Author and editor of many scientific publications, publishing coordinator of the international journal of philosophical studies Lo Sguardo, editor of Azimuth, partner of Ars Academy Research.
DESIGN & ANIMATION
Designer, animator and director with BA in Media Design, in her artistic career she combines different animation techniques, integrating crafts with digital media. She has worked for Fox International Channels (Fox Entertainment Brands e NGCs) in Italy and Germany, gaining experience in design and branding for television and creative communication. She received international awards like the New York Festival and Promax BDA European and global. Since 2015 she has launched and now collaborates with IDA, a startup that promotes Italian designers in the world. Previously she has partnered as a motion designer and director with several studios.
DENIS “JAROMIL” ROIO
Known as Jaromil, he is the software developer, theorist and artist who has created the foundation Dyne.org. He works to develop greater awareness of phenomena like computer viruses, digital piracy, freedom of expression and independent media. Jaromil writes code, applications and operating systems. Based on the “free software” ethic, his practices span the borderlines of art, code and activism. In 2009 he won the “Vilém Flusser” award (Transmediale, Berlin), and in 2014 he was listed as one of the 100 most influential social innovators in Europe (Purpose Economy). After having directed the department of research and development of the Netherlands Media Art Institute for 7 years, he is now a member of the Waag Society of Amsterdam and director of Dyne.org.
Editor-in-chief for many years of Nuovi Argomenti, where he is a regular contributor, as well as Lo Straniero. He has published the novels Senza rivoluzione (Giunti 1997, Grinzane Cavour Prize), Essere pronto (peQuod, 2005), Accanto alla tigre (Fandango, 2010, Premio Strega finalist, winner of Premio Mondello and the Biografilm Books Award), Tre fratelli magri (Fandango 2012), Si sente in fondo? Avventure dell’ascolto (Ediesse, 2013). Editor of Italville – New Italian Writing (Exile Edition, 2005) and the full edition of the Interviste impossibili (Donzelli 2006). He works in theater, including the live version of the historic “impossible interview” radio format, including one with Joseph Conrad (published by Einaudi as Ti vengo a cercare, 2011), as well as working for over ten years with Romeuropa Festival. He is a writer for radio, and has directed the audio documentary Ecatombe, i girini della storia (book+DVD, Headmaster 2008). Since 1998 he has worked with Radio3 Rai, producing cycles of radio plays and documentaries.
EMANUELA PATTI, PhD
Senior Research Fellow for Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia at University of Birmingham (UK). She focuses on experimental narration, memory and representation through media, theory and practice of contaminations between arts and between art and technology. She has published articles in many international magazines, and the books Pasolini after Dante. The ‘Divine Mimesis’ and the Politics of Representation (2015), Transmedia. Storia, memoria e narrazione attraverso i media (with Clodagh Brook, 2014). Professor of Italian Culture at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London, where she directed the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, of Media Theory at the Media School of the University of Bournemouth, and Multimedia Narratology at NABA in Milan. In 2011 she was Visiting Professor at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), UOC, Barcelona.
MASSIMILIANO VIEL, PhD
He holds the chair in Music at the Conservatorio Comunale di Bolzano and is conducting doctoral research in the international program Planetary Collegium T-Node. He has studied pianoforte, electronic music, orchestra conducting and composition with, among others, A. Corghi, K. Huber, B. Ferneyhough, F. Donatoni and T. Murail. His multiple activities as a composer, keyboard player and sound designer have led to collaboration with ensembles and orchestras all over Europe, and with composers like K. Stockhausen and L. Berio, among many others.
A director, he is the author of Tracce (1995), L’occhio e lo spirito (1997), BIBIM (1999), Scappa Valentina (2001), Io non posso entrare (2002), Il dono (2003), presented at the Locarno Film Festival, and Le quattro volte (2010), awarded as best film at the Sulmonacinema Film Festival. He is been teaching Film Direction in other Italian universities since 10 years.
A director who has worked on Italian and international productions, including The International by Tom Tykwer, Bruno with Sacha Baron Cohen, Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts and The Other Man by Richard Eyre. He also works in advertising. He has been involved in over 600 Italian and international campaigns in Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, China and Japan. Since 1997 he has also taught filmmaking courses, presently at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of the Università Cattolica and AMFAV in Rome. He has written a manual of filmmaking rules to be intelligently broken, published by Dino Audino in 2010: Fuck the continuity. Regole ed eccezioni in regia, continuità e montaggio.
PIER LUIGI CAPUCCI
PHENOMENOLOGY OF VISUAL ARTS
A scholar of systems and languages of communication, and since the early 1980s of relationships between technologies, culture and society and art forms, sciences and technologies. He has taught at Università di Roma La Sapienza, and the universities of Bologna, Florence and Urbino. His books include Realtà del virtuale. Rappresentazioni tecnologiche, comunicazione, arte, Clueb, 1993, on the technological virtual and the relationships between culture and representation; Il corpo tecnologico. L’influenza delle tecnologie sul corpo e sulle sue facoltà, Baskerville, 1994, on the impact of technology on the human body; Arte e tecnologie. Comunicazione estetica e tecnoscienze, Ed. dell’Ortica, 1996, on expressive and artistic forms that use technology (released in 2007 under Creative Commons license, available for free download). He has published many essays and articles, and worked in European projects on communication technologies. From 2004 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011 he was part of the International Advisory Board of Ars Electronica in the Net Communities category.
Active in the video game sector for over 15 years, in various areas, he is the author of essays and monographs on videogaming, including: “Mi gioco il cervello. Nascita e furori dei videogiochi” (Liocorno, 2000), “Resident Evil. Sopravvivere all’orrore” (Edizioni Unicopli, 2004), “Game Start! Strumenti per comprendere i videogiochi” (Springer, 2011) and “VirtualErotico” (Unicopli, 2015). He has taught Game Design since 1999 at NABA Milano and conducts workshops and lectures in other schools in Italy and abroad, including Accademia Santa Giulia in Brescia and Design Institute of Amman. As a freelance designer he works on development of game-based didactic editorial projects for associations.
GIANNA ANGELINI, PhD
SEMIOTICS AND MARKETING OF AUDIOVISUAL
A student of J.S. Petőfi, after taking a PhD in Philosophy and Human Sciences she teaches Semiotics and Semiotics applied to the cinema text, in many different schools in Italy. Her research on the role and influence of new media on the process of interpretation of the multimedia text has focused on different application areas over the years: from the spread of televised content to the era of convergence, new frontiers of literary contamination, post-cinema, new forms of publicity transmission. Since 2008 (when she founded Semiothings) she also does professional consulting for communication and strategic marketing. Since 2014 she has been president of the CRASH (Creative Art Shocking) association of social promotion, with the aim of gathering projects that use art to stimulate social change.
DIMITRI CHIMENTI, PhD
After taking a degree in philosophy, he studied filmmaking at Vassar College in New York; after returning to Italy, he took a doctorate in Aesthetics at Università degli Studi di Siena. He has taught multimedia narratology and screenwriting at many different schools. His writings have appeared in many anthologies, magazines, newspapers and blogs (Journal of Romance Studies, Loop, Il Manifesto, Nazione Indiana, Giap). In 2010 he began working on Collaborative Writing and became a pioneer of the educational use of the SIC (Scrittura Industriale Collettiva) method. He took part in the production of the historical novel In Territorio Nemico, set during the German occupation of Italy, published by Minimum Fax in 2013. That same year he directed Just Play, a documentary on a music school in Palestine shown at many festivals in Europe and elsewhere, and a winner at the Al-Jazeera Documentary Film Festival 2014.
ANTONIO LUCCI, PhD
A researcher and professor of Philosophy and Sciences of Culture at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft of Humboldt Universität in Berlin. He has also taught and conducted research at the TOPOI Excellence Cluster (Humboldt Universität, Berlin, 2013-2015) and NABA Milano (2011-2014), Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (2009-2013), Università di Trieste (2009-2011). He is a member of ISAP (Istituto di Studi Avanzati in Psicoanalisi) and works with various magazines of philosophy and culture, including LoSguardo, Azimuth, Doppiozero. His areas of philosophical research include philosophy of technique, media anthropology, political and biopolitical thought. His research on media currently focuses on the horror and science fiction imaginary in serial narrations and archaeology of media imagery. Publications: Il limite delle sfere. Saggio su Peter Sloterdijk (Roma, 2011), Un’acrobatica del pensiero. La filosofia dell’esercizio di Peter Sloterdijk (Roma, 2014) and, with Sergio Benvenuto, Lacan, oggi (Milano, 2014).