Curators Isabella Indolfi and Valentino Catricalà discuss the meaning of media art' and analyze the relationships between technology and environment.
This talk is an attempt to analyze the latest trend of media art in the contemporary art field. Media Art is nowadays a stable field characterized by festival, research center, museum, etc. In the last 60 years, this field has created different ways to reread spaces, buildings, and environments, interacting with the audience and actively involving them. In this way, media art has modified the relationship between audience and space. The Media Art Festival in Rome is an example of this.
The talk is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the concept of media art and the differences between terms such as digital art, new media art, etc., trying to look back at the history and the archaeology of the field.
The second part is an attempt to analyse the new relation between technologies and environment: a new trend of media art which is well represented by the Biennial festival Seminaria where artists, temporarily residing on location, are invited to collaborate and integrate on social and geographic variables of an entire village and community, through spatial and relational practices.
Life-sized installations, immersive, accessible and habitable, virtually or physically, allow viewers to become inhabitants and meaningful activators. So Media Art, on the edge of Land Art, Relational Art and many others cross-cultural developments, gives a new idea of public space, which can be sensitive and permeable to the audience and to the environment.
Isabella Indolfi received a Master’s degree in Sociology and New Media from University La Sapienza of Rome. She is an independent curator and consultant for contemporary art and develops and produces projects in collaboration with artists, institutions, festivals, galleries and museums. She founded and supervises the Biennial festival of Environmental Art SEMINARIA since 2011 and has collaborated with institutions and other festivals in the creation of numerous public art installations.
Valentino Catricalà is a scholar and art curator specialised in the analysis of the relationship of artists with new technologies and media. He is the artistic director of the Rome Media Art Festival (MAXXI Museum) and Art Project coordinator at Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Valentino is also the curator of the project “artists in residence” for the Goethe Institut. Valentino is currently teaching at Rome Fine Arts Academy.
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