[ISEA2010] Paper: Lanfranco Aceti – Transcultural Electronic Negotiations: The Redefinition of Public Art across Cultures and Media


The paper will discuss how contemporary artistic engagements through technological tools in the realm of transcultural public art – particularly when based on contemporary media technologies – are forms strictly depending on and intertwined to the genius loci and the cultural context of the place to which the artworks refers.

Technology – when conceived and used as an aesthetic form of electronic transcultural negotiation – is not the only defining element of the artwork or the most important one. An artwork – even if technologically based – when moved from its original cultural context, is eradicated from and becomes unrelated to the place of origin. The artwork and its aesthetic are reduced to a reflection and transformed in the expression of an aesthetic artistic choice – explicable only within the framework of the chosen technological medium – that by globalizing the context purges any cultural specificity.

  • Lanfranco Aceti (IT/TR) works as an academic, artist and curator. He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (the MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He is also the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul.

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