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  • Insights from BILL FONTANA's workshop #1

    The workshop experience was great. Fontana behaved like a Renaissance workshop master: few words, a lot of practice. All participants had the unique opportunity to work alongside him in recording sessions: setting devices, listening on real time and discussing on site all together. Using the tools he offered and following the techniques he suggested, everyone could discover the sonic universe hidden below the water surface. This workshop offered the exceptional possibility to understand, from...

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  • ACOUSTIC PHENOMENOLOGY - Bill Fontana

    ACOUSTIC PHENOMENOLOGY The Hidden Architecture of the Sounds of Venice workshop by Bill Fontana 'It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.' Italo Calvino — Invisible Cities The two day long workshop led by Bill Fontana, one of the world's leading artists known for his pioneering work with sound, is the conclusion of PRIMAL SONIC VISIONS, Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Promoted by IRENA (The International...

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  • Will robots replace artists?

    Our series of talks with Federico Faggin goes on with another crucial question. Are robots capable of producing art? As you previously explained, consciousness is the main property that distinguishes humans from robots. Within an imaginary competition between humans and robots, would consciousness be considered as an empowering tool for human beings or should it be seen as an element that increases their vulnerability against the “Artificial Intelligences”? It depends on how the game is set up...

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  • When a robot received Saudi Arabian citizenship

    There is a humanoid robot called Sophia which just got Saudi Arabian citizenship. Do you think it’s scary that, in the future, humans will accept robots as individuals in their communities? "To be fair, there is not much to expect from Saudi Arabia, a country which has human rights issues itself. Furthermore, Sophia is a mere classical PR stunt -he stresses- its movements are highly mechanical and robots can actually do so much better. He incites us not to project an image of consciousness on a...

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  • Talking about Qualia with Federico Faggin

    How, in your opinion, the scientific attitude on the one hand and the artistic experience on the other, relate to the 'qualia', i.e. the perceptions and sensations through which conscious beings capture the quantum world? And which discipline, either art or science, is better able to communicate the qualia, i.e. to transfer sensations to the body so that they can be turned into decisions first and actions afterwards? “Qualia are fundamental to human existence: without qualia, we wouldn’t even...

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