10.06.2010 | news

03.11.2010 @ Piemonte SHARE Festival
panel hosted by DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Centre, Aarhus University)
presenters: Christian Ulrik Andersen (DK), Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DK), Geoff Cox (UK/DK), and Les Liens Invisibles (IT).

The panel investigates some of the interconnections between art, activism and business.
Presenters examine how artists, rather than refusing the market, are generating cultural Trojan horses — social hacks, or “smart errors” — producing critical interventions from within. As the distinction between production and consumption appears to have collapsed, every interaction in the info-sphere seems to be a business opportunity. The phrase “creative economy” is a perversion in this line of thinking. Therefore, the creative intersections between business and art become a crucial territory for re-invention and the rewriting of symbolic and cultural codes, generating political actions, attempts of social innovations, but also unexpected consequences and a deep level of irony. Errors or mistakes demonstrate the permeability of systems — that these can be reworked — and more so, that radical innovation requires modification of the prevailing business logic.More info on:


Christian Ulrik Andersen (DK) is associate professor at Aarhus University, and chair of Digital Aesthetics Research Center ( He researches within the field of interface aesthetics and criticism and mainly works with ludic interfaces and the public interfaces of digital urbanity ( Forthcoming book is ”Interface Criticism – Aesthetics Beyond the Buttons”, co-edited with Søren Pold.

Tatiana Bazzichelli (IT/DK) is PhD Scholar at Aarhus University. She is board member of the Digital Aesthetics Research Center in Aarhus and visiting scholar at Stanford University (2009). She has been active in the Italian hacker community since the end of the ‘90s and is the founder of the AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism project ( aha), which won the honorary mention for digital communities at Ars Electronica (2007). She wrote the book: Networking. La rete come arte (Costa & Nolan, 2006,

Geoff Cox (UK/DK) is currently a Researcher in Digital Aesthetics as part of the Digital Urban Living Research Center, Aarhus University (DK). He is also an occasional artist, and Associate Curator of Online Projects, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), adjunct faculty, Transart Institute, Berlin/New York (DE/US), Associate Professor (Reader), University of Plymouth (UK). He is an editor for the DATA Browser book series (published by Autonomedia, New York), and co-edited ‘Economising Culture’ (2004), ‘Engineering Culture’ (2005) and ‘Creating Insecurity’ (2009).

Les Liens Invisibles (IT) is an imaginary art-group comprised of media artists Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini. Their artworks are based on the invisible links between the infosphere, neural synapsis, and real life.


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