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Valentino Catricalà

Valentino Catricalà (PhD) is a scholar and contemporary art curator specialised in the analysis of the relationship of artists with new technologies and media. He is currently the director of the Art Section of the Maker Faire-The European Edition, the biggest Faire on creativity and innovation in Europe; Art Consultant at Paris Sony CS Lab and professor at Lecce Academy of Fine Art.

Seminar on the relationship between art and technology

In this seminar, I will talk about the relationship between art and technology which is today a central theme in the contemporary art debate. A brief terminological analysis shows us how technology-based terms, such as “artificial intelligence”, posthumanism, machine learning, blockchain, etc. are increasingly present and pervasive. This is also shown today by the increasing interest in arts by companies in the technology sector. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Adobe, among others, are all creating new artists’ residency allowing artists to work into the companies. A new market is growing that cultural institution should involve. The practice of artists is never related only with mere experimentation of technology. It is important to mix arts and innovation, artists and companies, orienting ethically the deterministic idea of technology development, reflecting through the experimentation of our contemporary era.