[ISEA2011] Paper: Marco Mancuso – A Myriad of Vibrant Phenomena. The Hidden Worlds of Audiovisual Art-Science


From studies of scientists like Haeckel, Julia, Mandelbrot, D’Arcy, Turing and some others, Mother Nature is characterized at the root by a matrix of numbers and mathematical expressions involving a series of physical, optical, chemical-physical, electromagnetic and nanometric phenomena influencing its forms, species, colours, sounds and structures. If science is considered an organic complex of knowledge obtained through a methodical procedure, capable of providing a precise description of the real aspect of things and the laws by which the phenomena happen, and if the rules governing such process are generally called “scientific method”, then the experimental observation of a natural event, the formulation of a general hypothesis about such event and the possibility of checking the hypothesis through subsequent observations become fundamental elements in modern scientific research.

What it is today recognized as “immersive art-science” is a form of creative expression meant to rise above the notion of art as abstract representation, in behalf of a multi-sensorial experience.  Immersivity awakens a synesthetic awareness both in the mental and in the physic space.A myriad of vibrant phenomena, usually beyond the observer’s reach, are instead made reachable through an accurate psychophysical conditioning.

The purpose of this lecture is to give an historical and critical overview on the observation of sceintists and artists of energetic phenomena behind natural audiovisual forms, finding a connection with contemporary digital research, accompained by the screening Hidden Worlds that make evidence of the critical reflection upon the existing connection between audiovisual art, energy and science on the borders of cinema, video and digital. The goal here is to create aesthetical fascinating objects and also to invite the public to go beyond ordinary perception’s border.

  • Marco Mancuso is a new media art critic, curator, editor and teacher, expert of the impact of digital technologies on art, design, culture and contemporary society.Founder and Director at Digicult project and Digimag magazine, Marco Mancuso focuses his researches on the connection between sound, light, image & space, with an historical/theoretical point of view, among a cross-disciplinary territory crossing art, cinema, music, design, architecture & science. With the art-agency Digimade he is working for international art festivals, galleries, cultural and media centers as guest curator and media partner, organizing exhibitions and cross media events, workshops, meetings, performance and screenings and promoting, among others, Italian live media & live cinema artists. As Digicult director, Marco Mancuso has been also expertising and skilling in the last years on networking strategies, online marketing & comunication developments and web 2.0 editing & journalistic activities. His interviews and critical texts can be read on Digimag archive, while his essays were published in festival and exhibition catalogues, and lectures and presentations he joined, both nationally and internationally.Marco Mancuso regularly teaches “Multimedia Art Languages” at NABA-New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and “Audiovisual Design” at IED-European Institute of Design in Milan. He is also invited as guest lecturer and teacher of “New Media Art, Design & Culture” to seminars and workshops at academies and labs in Italy and Europe (like Transmedia-Brussels, Politecnico-Milan, Vasa Project…). Marco Mancuso is official member of Kernel Festival and Celeste Prize international juries. marcomancuso.net

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