Keynote speakers

Keeynote speeches will be divided between the first and last days’ plenary sessions.
Roberto Marchesini, Salvatore Iacones and Oriana Persico will be the keynote speeakers on 8 June 2021, connecting from our venue of Museo dell’Arte Classica.
Pier Luigi Capucci and Chiara Luzzana will speak on 11 June 2021 from the main Auditorium of the Valle Giulia campus of the Faculty of Architecture.

Roberto Marchesini

Roberto Marchesini is Director of the Center for the Study of Posthumanist Philosophy, as well as the School of Human-Animal Interactions, both based in Bologna, Italy. His studies focus on philosophical ethology, bioethics, zooanthropology, and posthumansism in an effort to better comprehend human-animal interactions. The cornerstone of his philosophical proposal is the unmasking of a perspective error that places humans at the center and at the measure of his predicates. One of his last books reinterprets the union between human beings and technology as a partnership that emerged from the phylogenetic set of the Sapiens species, highlighting the hybridizing and shaping potential of technology. From this perspective, every invention, every discovery, has an epiphanic effect; that is, it opens up a new dimension of the unexpected and of opportunities that change the boundaries and the perception of what we define human.

Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico

Salvatore Iaconesi is a robotic engineer, designer and artist; Oriana Persico is a cyber-ecologist, autobiographer and expert in digital inclusion. Living and working together since 2006 under the brand [ AOS – Art is Open Source ], they created artworks and performances of global interest united by the exploration and observation of contemporary technological human beings and societies – and their continuous mutation. Promoting a possibilistic vision of the world in which art is the glue between science, politics, anthropology and economics, they are the founders of Nuovo Abitare and HER, the two research centers they use to study the psychological and social implications of data and computation in human societies. Together they wrote Digital Urban Acupuncture (Springer, 2016), La Cura (Codice Editore, 2016), Read/Write Reality (FakePress Publishing, 2011), Romaeuropa FakeFactory (DeriveApprodi, 2010) e Angel_F: diario di vita di un’intelligenza artificiale (Castelvecchi, 2009).

Pier Luigi Capucci

Pier Luigi Capucci has been concerned since the ‘80s with the studies on communication, the new media and the new art forms, and with the relationships among arts, sciences and technologies. His theoretical activity is concerned with technologies of representation and communication, with technoscience-based art forms and with the media archaeology studies. He published more than 350 texts in books, magazines and conference papers in Italy and abroad. Founder of the first online magazine in Italy NetMagazine / MagNet; president of Noema, journal on the relationships between forms of expression, technologies, sciences and society; member of the International Advisory Board in many editions of Ars Electronica. Recently he founded art*science, a three-year research project on art and climate change and he serves as a consultant to the European Commission on the relationships between scientific disciplines and technologies (in particular Artificial Intelligence and Big Data) and humanities.

Chiara Luzzana

Chiara Luzzana is an Award-winning Sound Designer. She pairs a broad range of leadership in Sound Design, Music Composition, Sound Branding, Soundtrack and Audio Installation collaborating with companies and agencies all over the world. Noted among others for her project “The sound of city”, she explores and listens in awe to the artifacts of the urban environment, the products of the industrial cultures all around the world. Eclectic Artist, she wanted to break the rules imposed by notation, working only with noise. Former student at Berklee College, she investigated how the brain reacts to sounds, experimenting with everything from the neurobiology of musical cognition, to the construction of microphones and sound sculptures. Her projects and talks take us to a journey starting from listening to our life, up to listening to ourselves turning life into a “soundtrack”.