Computing territories and their analog actuators

Mind the Gap project, third edition

Gorizia, 12 January – 9 February 2020

Biblioteca Statale Isontina
Parco Basaglia – Dipartimento di Salute Mentale

The third edition of Mind the Gap, entitled Recalculating. Computing territories and their analog actuators, is part of a project of contemporary art in collaboration with Parco Basaglia, Gorizia, the place where in 1961 the eponymous Italian psychiatrist started his own therapeutic and social revolution. The exhibition focuses on technological infrastructures and the relationship between people and technology, investigated through works by artists Sofia Braga, Emilio Vavarella and KairUs, a collective of two artists – Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle.

These works investigate the interaction between the real and the virtual worlds, reflecting on how the massive use of digital devices is inevitably changing our cognitive relationship with daily life. By bringing to the surface what happens beneath the shiny interface of the devices we use every day, the works on display here show the aesthetics and the rhetorics in action in the smart and dumb worlds, as well as their mutual contradictions, in order to deconstruct the illusions and false hopes of digital development.

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9 January 2020

3:00 pm
“Smart Futures Mapping” Workshop
Educational and cultural center of the University of Trieste and Gorizia, Via Bartolomeo d’Alviano 18, Gorizia (room 401)

The “Mapping Smart Futures” workshop is promoted by the collective of artists (Andreas Zingerle and Linda Kronman) and by Davide Bevilacqua, curator and artist active in

The workshop explores methods capable of generating new forms of artistic research, especially in the context of digitization and the daily use of technology in the urban environment. Following previous academic and artistic research projects “Behind the Smart World” and “The Internet of Other People’s Thing” (in cooperation between and KairUs), the investigation continues on the relationship between cities and their citizens, and in particular on the technotopies of smart cities and their implementations.

11 January 2020 – Opening

5:30 pm
Performance by Sofia Braga
Parco Basaglia / Dipartimento di Salute Mentale, AAS2 Isontina, Via Vittorio Veneto 174, Gorizia

6:30 pm
Opening of the exhibition Recalculating. Computing territories and their analog actuators
belo189, via Carducci 41, Gorizia

12 January 2020

10:30 am
Artists’ talk with Sofia Braga and Andreas Zingerle (KairUs) and curator Davide Bevilacqua
Casa Cavazzini, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Via Cavour 14, Udine
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24 January 2020

5:30 pm
Meeting entitled “Digital ecology, greenwashing and online sustainability” at the Sguerzi Room of the “Pier Paolo Pasolini” Civic Library in Pasian di Prato.

It will be presented the research on the topic, developed by the artists Antonio Zingaro, Christina Gruber and Davide Bevilacqua.

The presentation – promoted in collaboration with the P. P. Pasolini Library – will focus particularly on the practices of the so-called greenwashing, a term that indicates a series of marketing and communication activities aimed at advertising alleged sustainable behaviors by digital companies. Indeed, “being green” is not only a label applicable to products such as food, mobility, clothing or architecture, but also to the Internet.

25 January 2020

4:00 pm
“Internet and sustainability. Deconstructing digital greenwashing”
Workshop moderated by Davide Bevilacqua, at the Ottagono Cultural Association, Via Marinelli 6, Codroipo

On the Internet, sustainability is not only a label to be applied to products such as food, mobility, clothing or architecture, but it can also be used to certify the web itself. For the technology industry, green is the color of a growing euphoria for zero emissions and sustainable information technology which, however, is based on rhetorical practices belonging to the areas of digital marketing and self-representation. Over the past few years, companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google have also started promoting their investments in data center 100% sustainability as additional reasons to trust their business and support their businesses. In addition to the “classic” Greenwashing practices, claiming their support for environmental motivations, these companies not only try to polish their image to increase profits. Through their very specific rhetoric, they push towards a re-centralization of the Internet, in which environmental activism is synonymous with “optimization” of the infrastructure.

During the workshop we will discuss these issues and see how these strategies work and how to reconsider the environmental impact of the internet.
Participants are welcome to bring their laptop.

7 February 2020

5:30 pm
Conference with the philosopher Simone Furlani entitled “With Nietzsche, beyond art”
Centro Polifunzionale di Gorizia, Università degli Studi di Udine, Via Santa Chiara 1, Gorizia

During the meeting, the professor of theoretical philosophy of the University of Udine will propose a reflection on Nietzsche and the Renaissance spirit in relation to current contemporary art practices, together with Davide Bevilacqua, curator of the exhibition and Augusta Eniti.