[ISEA2016] Workshop: Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari & Giorgio Olivero — Open sourcing and re-enacting as methods for experiencing Programmed Art

Workshop Statement 

Programmed art is the definition given to the body of works by a group of Italian artists active between the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. This definition was introduced by Bruno Munari and Umberto Eco in 1961 in the Almanacco Bompiani and used in 1962 on the occasion of an exhibition hosted at the Olivetti show room in Milan, featuring works by the artists of Gruppo T. Gruppo T pioneered the introduction of technology and of an algorithmic approach in the process of artistic production and their artworks embedded the utopia of an interactive democratic art made for everyone and open to everyone’s participation. Started in 2015, the project “Re-programmed art: an open manifesto” aimed at involving a group of digital artists in the process of reprogramming artworks by Gruppo T. The goal was to build prototypes of kinetic artifacts that would translate the main principles of Programmed Art into the codes of contemporary culture, following the tenets of peer production, namely open source hardware and software and digital fabrication technologies.

The workshop at ISEA2016 aims to open and foster the discussion of the application of open source design and open hardware approaches to support reproducibility, extension and further participatory developments of re-programmed artworks by the public at large. The workshop proposes an interactive format where participants will be involved in the process of creating an open source derivative of a kinetic programmed artwork through collaborative design sessions. The sessions are based on sketching and low-fi prototyping through electronic kits based on Arduino. A special focus will be on the documentation and the sharing through on-line community platforms dedicated to DIY projects. The hands-on activities will be facilitated in order to discuss on the topic of DIY and open source and their impact on interactive art preservation and investigation. The workshop program and the outputs will be documented on the official website of the project: reprogrammed-art.cc.

Participants have to bring their own laptops. Few technical information might be requested via email to registered participants. The workshop is open to scholars, artists, designers and students interested in the field of interactive art and collaborative practices. In particular, we seek for participants who are investigating or developing projects that reflects on DIY and open source practices in art and design as well as on alternative strategies for preserving and communicating media based art through on-line collaboration and community platforms. Furthermore, knowledge of programming and generative art and design tools is welcome even if the prototyping activities will not involve programming.

  • Serena Cangiano is researcher at Laboratory of visual culture/Interaction design lab of SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Her work spans from interaction design to education. Her research focuses on open design and hardware practices and their impact on the interaction design and on technology driven innovation. At SUPSI, she is a researcher and coordinator of Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design and of the summer programs focusing on teaching the fundamentals of software and hardware programming through design and prototyping activities. She also manages the activities of FabLab Lugano. Her articles and essays about open source models, technology and design have been published in international magazines, books and conference proceedings. Together with Davide Fornari, she led “Re-programmed art: an open manifesto”, a project aiming at involving a group of digital artists and designer in the process of reprogramming – through open technologies – kinetic artworks that pioneered the introduction of an algorithmic approach in the artistic production. She has recently joined the team of DSI4EU, a European funded project about digital social innovation in Europe. Laboratory of visual culture SUPSI – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. reprogrammed-art.cc
  • Davide Fornari is a tenured teacher researcher at the Laboratory of visual culture, SUPSI, in Lugano. He coordinates the Master in Interaction Design and teaches
    Interaction design and History of graphic design and typography at the BA in Visual Communication.
  • Giorgio Olivero holds a master’s degree from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. He is an interaction designer and educator with 15 years of experience. He is founder of the first FabLab in Italy and of TODO, a Turin based interaction design studio.