salvatore iaconesi

salvatore is

[rome, italy]

founder at art is open source

intro’d to Salvatore and Oriana via Kevin suggesting the new future education lab opening google hangout (which on first take disinterested me as i found much of it depressing)

very resonating with web in house ness


Salvatore working at and giving a series at yale oct 9, 14, & 16 (2014) on his human ecosystems:


Education is a Commons – Initial Hangout

7:45 – strange nows – to understand how things may change – Salvatore, we don’t expect future vision, we expect many futures

9 min – we try to materialize one or more of these possible futures – so that they become practical/real – then people express whether they like it – participatory performances.. so not just what is technically/intellectually possible – real objective is – what do we prefer – via feedback loops – agile – constantly reinvent the future – this is what we are wanting to do as well – for the ed system

11:30 – experimenting as we design – the future we would prefer.. not only designing – but putting things into place. design and usage – each one informs the other

12 – for ed – at center – knowledge commons, around knowledge commons an organizational model develops – wirearchy (Jon Husband), currency – k coins

14 min – people assign you k coins

14:30 – this ecosystem is based on large knowledge common, operates as a wirearchy – organizational model, regulated through a mutualistic currency – k coins, that’s the thing we are designing and also the way we are working

only thing we haven’t started yet are the k coins

22 min – Jon on history of education – leading up to purpose – (23 min) – to acquire a credential – and then he said – arguably, particular spaces and people are less and less necessary for that… ie: commons – what’s left to deal with is how to credential… and i’m guessing that’s what k coins intend to do

25 min – extremely boring after you know it – knowledge is structured vertically

26 min – Jon added this link:

This is all occurring at a time when it also seems people everywhere are seeing and feeling the loss of parts of their lives to the ‘enclosure’ of privatization and the diminishment of the commons (the public spaces where certain types of common services and goods are made available to the public).

Co-creating in a wide range of forms, processes and purpose may become an effective and important antidote to the spreading enclosure of human creative activity.

But .. the dominant models of governance, commercial ownership and the use and re-use of that which is co-created by people are going to have to undergo much more deep change in order to disrupt the existing paradigm of proprietary commercial creation and the model of socio-economic power that this paradigm enables and carries today.

wirearchy – 4 elements: knowledge, trust, credibility, focus on results

29 min – Layne – (works at p2pfoundation, via s korea) -teacher from teaching to facilitator of learning, ie:  energy development – need spaces for collaboration like living bridges planet, etc….. internet of communications, then internet of things, then internet of energy, then internet of logistics

33 min – Ajay india – edu journeys

35 min – Penny scotland – ethnography – new models of creativity – how people interact and make knowledge together.. looking at how space is part of this .. creative land.. ie: tribes in aboriginal culture… interaction between human and unhuman..  creativity as a commons… and what is actually commoning – collaborative ethnography – so open

38 min – Naveed pakistan, pharmaceutical co

40 min – Salvatore – protocol, recipe, reputation

laboratories escaping physical space and becoming protocols – open source/knowledge/practice – people can participate, schools become ubiquitous and become more a form of protocol

reputation – something you don’t produce, something assigned to you. i recognize you as being contributive/participative to the system so i assign you some reputation

currency, credential.. reputation ness

recipe – two things: knowledge (goes back into commons) and products. new role – creators of recipes ie: i can enter this ecosystem and say – in order to do this… you need to do this – ie: take this course… i make my own recipe of ie: the perfect communication designer..

45 min – currently recipes done by minister of ed, so enormous shift of who defines recipes… so here enters the reputation… so recipe pays more attention to participants defintion than minister of ed definition..

Oriana – 4th thing – shift roles – prof as student, student as prof

49 min – Don hong kong – prof of school of creative media at univ of hong kong – my area is digital media. area of interest – benefit that digital media has contributed to ed.. my conclusion is that there is a potential for enhancement.. but the reverse is happening. my students – seem to be more interest in communicating between each other – social life – ie: what film did you see – rather than using tech for ed purposes. my conclusion is that tech is not helping but rather harming ed.. primarily used to promote consumption/consumerism. ie: google facebook – really advertising companies.

54 min – Salvatore – where tech is taking us.. almost enforcement of consumerism. our every access to knowledge is used to buy/sell something. i share/fear this happening. but as always happens.. things infiltrate these scenarios.

italy experiment – creating quite some noise – take a book – ie: rewrite a book on twitter. what happened –

1. people started impersonating the characters.. brought on entirely new vision/interpretation and need for interpretation of the book. people started impersonating the characters – so they had to do more than read the book and make a short essay – they had to deeply understand characters – talk/express like them.

2. international experts of novel started to join in convo – what was a class of high school students – became open/ubiquitous  – so messy

3. story enhanced/expanded.. started making private messages to character..

4. became model of sustainability for school – they relied on businesses – publishing companies finance concept.. now 1 book each month in this way

so our idea – is that this is an opportunity – but must be sought after – participated in. this is happening in strange ways.. and awful ways.. but the idea is that we really can infiltrate these dynamics and pull something out of it

1:02 – Jon – useful to remember – we’re only 15-20 yrs into all this.. the first massive wave – 2006-2007. summit mcgill – the participatory condition (negropante). what existing ed system provides is credentials.

1:04 – Jon ref to Jane Jacobs – dark age ahead – about  rise of credentialism in our society today – absolutely necessary to create curiosity in people

or what if we create/free up spaces of permission with nothing to prove – and then allow for (or help bring back out) natural curiosity. then listen to that. a people experiment ness. a qr film ness.

1:07 – Don – concerns about digital tech – i don’t think this tech is contributing to ed as much as it can be.. and.. the digital tech seems to be reducing people’s ability for interpersonal communication. a lot of younger people seem to have lost the ability for f-to-f connection. Turkle’s alone together supports this.. that even though we are physically together we are further apart

interesting. depressing. is this true. or are we missing something bigger/better – because it (what our souls crave) is actually smaller24/7 ish. perhaps the always-on-call/connected ness is more like breathing, more natural, truly ubiquitous. perhaps it’s us who have compartmentalized so much – that we can’t see authentic connection. ie: how much of the time in the classroom was real in the first place. and if we do think it was so real/better before – why would anyone be seeking some other connection – while in that space. [thinking of suffocating ness.]

young people cannot actually speak to each other over the phone.


our mediated world has become more real to most people than our meeting in the flesh.

sounds like the irl to adults.. and away from keyboard to youth – ness

1:10 – mediated and present shock suggested – not mature yet..

or is it that those our thinking what mature is – is irrelevant/wrong/? – is it more that we’re not listening – not allowing ourselves to be taken back to natural yet

1:12 – wanting to continue – those listening don’t – (showing difference of those actually participating.. no?)  – guides can help people to mature – (Layne) –

1:13 – Don – we can use it that way – but business has a different goal – than improvement of society et al. ie: facebooks goal is to make profit – not to improve communication between people. same with education… goal is to make profit. business goal to make profit.

1:15 – Salvatore on ubiquitous as ubiquitous – affecting the world.. ie: not just ubiquitous tech – don’t start from tech – start from human beings – may sound simple – and it is ie: not ubiquitous class/tech.. we mean ubiquitous as ubiquitous  (irl ness again)

1:19 – Salvatore – build fablab and go into city.. then how to share so others across world benefit.. this course may be more fluid than talking about tech and companies..  might be more useful to focus on possibilities.. ie: fb does take our info to sell things – this is just one scenario.. things can co exist in ecosystems..  we know there are things that are wrong or actually not optimal.. we can be more constructive..

1:22 – Penny – adaptability to platforms according to availability – ie: knowledge sharing in other parts of the world.. voice of the farmers…. knowledge sharing platform. ability for farmers to share their own experiences.

1:25 – Jon – people with ba’s a minority. with knowledge commons – widens # of people – dumbing down? practical learning in application different than education? Matt Taibbi reference. i’m not that optimistic about where everything is going. it’s going to be tough. there are a lot of obstacles in the way. [find on his page – quote from interview: changing a mental model – really hard – but once you really get it – can change almost instantly]

1:31 – from our pov this is a revolutionary process – because it’s not based on conflict.. but on possibility.. not dualistic..

99 and 1 ness

1:33 – Alice – we dreamed how we wanted school to be and now we are making it come true

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Education is a Commons – Final Hangout

Michel  – 42 min in Michel saying p2p is too slow] in final hangout

Philippe  – 1 hr – no prep/plan – but then – what did we learn from las 2 steps – don’t need 4th and 5th steps, youth today don’t need to talk: commons – they just seem immersed in it naturally

1:21 – Lief bringing up

we need a political infrastructure (commons?) as well as we have an internet infrastructure

1:24 – bonnitta – what do young people need? navigation tools.. but listen to them

1:28 – knowledge is not a matter of census – Salvatore

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then intro’d to art is open source when Michel tweeted this project/write up:

(huge resonation.. adding my end of dialogue embedded in their post below..

Much has happened since those times, including the fundamental intuitions and practices coming from Lévi-StraussMalinowski, to BatesonMeadCliffordGeertz,Bhabha and the many more with which ethnography has understood many lessons, including the ones of self-representation, the importance of performance (of all parties involved, and with all parties involved being able to choose the rules of the game, not having to adapt to a scheme decided by the ethnographer, in polyphonic ways, with a number of different voices, evenly distributed between the ethnographers and the people, from their own point of view).

This is a radical approach in which the logics of consensus are replaced by the ones of ecosystemic co-existence.

P2P Ethnography, as Ethnography, can be defined as a qualitative research design aimed at exploring cultural phenomena. Different from Ethnography, its aim is not to produce field studies or case reports, but to establish continuously available, accessible, participatory, performative and collaborative processes which allow gaining understandings about the knowledge and the systems of meanings in the lives of a social group, and its interactions with other ones.

not a report/presentation.. but an ongoing conversation – GB Shaw ness

P2P Ethnography represents a participatory, performative approach, in which research and understanding require gaining awareness of one’s position within the relational ecosystem (from cultural, emotional, aesthetic, perceptive, cognitive points of view) of the observed social group, and to establish or modify relations and interconnections both within the group, outside of it, and in-between, in fluid, dynamic, possibilistic ways.

P2P Ethnography requires the definition of the concept of Ubiquitous Commons:the availability and accessibility of shared, usable Knowledge, Information and Data Commons which are ubiquitous both in their spatial dissemination and in their capacity to co-exist throughout cultures, divides, media. A protocol for a new definition of Public Space in the Age of Communication, Information and Knowledge.

ie: commons – messy without abundance brought by net

This can be done in multiple ways, which can be combined together: they can be collected from social networks, harvested through interactive systems or opportunities for performance and self-expression and representation, or they can even be the object of education processes through which people understand how to create their own forms of expression and representation in ways which are suitable for inclusion in the Human Ecosystem.
whoa. .. even be…?
aren’t they it in total…?
that was the depression ness from their ed hangout

What knowledge do I produce? Do I plan to share it, transmit it or make it available/accessible/usable in some way? Using which tools, technologies, media? Dedicated to whom? Interoperable with what? Within which knowledge ecosystems?

This can be among the most surprising models to try to understand. Mostly because the desire and attitude towards producing knowledge is not often matched by the awareness about the efforts which are needed to make that same knowledge available, accessible, usable and interoperable with other sources. This is often one of the largest problems with innovation processes.

open ness – as largest problem

none of us if one of us

The first stage is mostly dedicated to describing a methodology to enable capturing the expressions coming from multiple points of view, and to map this methodology onto a protocol, so that the harvesting process can be performed through social networks, interviews, surveys, but also and most important through self-expressive and self-representational processes, in which individuals and organizations establish their own form for expression and representation (and the rules-of-the-game that go with it) and they use them to produce their own representation, in ways that are interoperable with the rest of the observed ecosystem.

networked individualism ness

individuals and organizations establish their own form for expression and representation (and the rules-of-the-game that go with it) and they use them to produce their own representation, in ways that are interoperable with the rest of the observed ecosystem.
app ness..
re. wire

This stage, the second, aims at creating readability in the ecosystem.

While stories and histories can be very readable, micro-histories are not. Micro histories are polyphonic and even dissonant. They include conflict (and, in fact, it is one of their fundamental characteristics) and do not focus on the dynamics of consensus (even multiple simultaneous consensus) but, rather, on the ones of co-existence and diasporas.

stigmergy ness – Cage ness

change in votingnaked streets – supposed tos – et al

From the simultaneous co-existence of strategies and tactics (from De Certeau’s framework) derives the possibility that each time, space, context, scenario or situation can (and does) have multiple meanings, according to which set of eyes you look through, different perceived softwares and hardwares: everyone potentially and continuously re-programs everything else.

see with heart.. ongoingly

This is the Third Space, described in anthropologic terms by Homi K. Bhabha, and in sociological terms by Edward Soja. Sociocultural approaches are concerned with the “… constitutive role of culture in mind, i.e., on how mind develops by incorporating the community’s shared artifacts accumulated over generations”. Bhabha applies socioculturalism directly to the postcolonial condition, where there are, “… unequal and uneven forces of cultural representation”. It is a transgressive space forself-expressionand self-representation. Third Space Theory suggests that policies of remediation based in models of the Other are likely to be inadequate: an inclusive space/time/context is needed.

As in the third space, strategies and tactics co-exist in the Third Infoscape, meaning the more structured, administrative, statistical data (the ones coming from administrations, organizations and bureaucracies, for example), and the more emergent ones relative to people’s expressions, emotions, and points of view. They can co-exist thanks to recipes, assemblages of ingredients and procedures through which individuals (be them persons or organizations) can describe their point of view onto the world. Recipes are the base onto which the different economies of the Third Infoscape are founded: reputation, attention and networked economies which are mutualistic, meaning that recipes are in a constant peer-to-peer evaluation process through which other subjects of the ecosystem describe their perceived importance for the well-being of the ecosystem itself.

Digital Urban Acupuncture is Urban Acupuncture in the age of ubiquitous media.

For example, this is among the things we experienced while participating to XY Lab. While the importance of storytelling was very clear (the need to tell the story of what happened in the laboratory), the notion of the fundamental importance of how to share the knowledge that was generated from the lab was not clear at all, at direct (what knowledge was produced in the various projects which took place in the lab?) and meta(what knowledge was generated in creating the lab?) levels.

The social articulation of difference, from the minority perspective, is a complex, on-going negotiation that seeks to authorize cultural hybridities that emerge in moments of historical transformation.

What Open Data movements still have not managed to do is to work on the dimensions which are ecosystemic and based on desire.

a diff experiment

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above post led to this:

human ecosystems:

[huge connect with detroit and museums webs/alive and be you house and app – see link to above..]

tactics (bottom up, not legible, necessary as micro history – every day life – vs macro history)

strategies (top down, legible – but not getting at it)

7:53 – ie: two entirely different cities in the same space from language alone


Unseen is curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet

The quest to see lies at the heart of human urgency. To breach the barrier between the visible and the invisible is compelling, emotional, informative and even magical. This process of discovery has always driven thinkers and image makers: artists, scientists and philosophers, from astronomers to nanotechnologists, from documentarians and data analysts to planners and prognosticators. As the unseen becomes seeable and seen, a pivot occurs, revealing and demanding irreversible change. No one who has seen is ever the same.

there is never nothing going on.. quiet enough to see it ness

The invisible may be unseen for many reasons. It may be purposely covert for socio-political or military reasons, or to hide corruption or actions contrary to the public good. It may be inadvertently unseen because of the limits of technology or its applications, or the limits of human perception or comprehension. It may be willfully unseen from lack of curiosity, imagination, salience, awareness, or limitations of perceptual processes.



find/follow Salvatore:

link twitter 

“[My cures] were created by people’s desire to be a part of a society whose well-being depends on the well-being of all of its members,” says Iaconesi. “I will only stress a single point: Who cares about all of the openness if it’s not matched by radical anthropological and cultural change?”

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I constantly valued the possibility to interweave all these different perspectives on the world, creating scenarios in which technologies emerged to answer important societal challenges, promoting culture, freedom and possibilistic scenarios.
I have lived and worked in meny places, such as Italy, Brazil, Spain, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Japan, India, Finland, the United Kingdom, Tunisia, Albania.
I currently teach Digital Design in several universities and lead Art is Open Source, an informal, dynamic network of artists, designers, engineers, architects, makers and hackers, pushing forward the possibilities to reinvent our reality, to promote a more positive, aware, active and collaborative planet.

real time cities:

our google sketch up vision – wish this was a ness


oct 2014 – interview about new haven et al:

In part of the museum, there is a planetarium. The people are represented as stars, and constellations illustrate the relationships among them. When you ask the visualization certain questions, parts of this solar system lights up. By seeing this visual map of your city, you find communities, and you can find where you fit in your community and where people are concentrated who care about the same civic issues as you do.

connected to Ben?


city ness

money ness

re wire

a people experiment


tedmed 2013 – What happened when I open-sourced my brain cancer


via Kevin:

Salvatore Iaconesi on the Open Source School

How do you envision an “open source school”?

Well, now you are going to hate me, but it doesn’t matter. In my opinion an “open source school” does not exist. According to what I’ve said above, an “open source school” should coincide with the whole world.

spot on.. rev of everyday life.. – a nother way

This is, in my opinion, one of the more perceptive interventions that a school should implement.”

? a school should implement..?


financialization of life


My critique is not technical, but psychological.

..— technologies like the Blockchain are a disaster.


On the one hand, they are a very powerful agent towards the transactionalization of life, that is of the fact that all the elements of our lives are progressively turning into transactions.

Which overlaps with the fact that they become “financialized”. Everything, including our relations and emotions, progressively becomes transactionalized/financialized, and the Blockchain represent an apex of this tendency.


From another point of view, these systems are progressively being associated to identity systems, meaning that all the advantages and freedoms deriving from the fact that digital identity is anything but univocal and fixed are progressively being lost.


These are all processes which separate people from each other

so what if we used the capacity of a blockchain for connecting us (via daily curiosities).. not measuring us/transactions..

ie: hlb via 2 convos 

We need a change in sensibility and imagination, not disruptive services.

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

a change in imagination.. as the day..


Salvatore Iaconesi (@xdxd_vs_xdxd) tweeted at 10:21 PM on Thu, Sep 21, 2017:
#Italy’s new #rurality @RuralHub @mantralex


Alessandra Del Nero (@aledelnoir) tweeted at 2:47 PM – 22 Mar 2018 :

*Gold* Salvatore Iaconesi scrive “Righe su un Database” by @xdxd_vs_xdxd (

The result is that basically nothing has more importance and meaning. Closed in our bubbles, we gradually lose the possibility of understanding what is real and what is fake. Not the ability or the sensitivity to understand it, but the possibility

It is the cult of the self , which is destroying our societies.

i’m thinking.. we were already not ourselves.. we had already lost the possibility of understanding what is real.. because all our observations were of ie: a great whale at sea world..

It seems more like a customer satisfaction system than an election.

perhaps that’s because both market and politics are so intertwined and so not us

What is certain is that if we do not change *languages, aesthetics, intonations and **sensitivities, we will not be able to change anything.


**not yet scrambled


Salvatore Iaconesi (@xdxd_vs_xdxd) tweeted at 5:35 AM – 5 May 2018 :

una #scuola #commovente: una scuola che usa #IntelligenzaArtificiale e #bigdata per esplorare la condizione esistenziale degli esseri umani #ia #ai #dati #quartiere #SanLorenzo (

a #commovement school: a school that uses #Artificial Intelligence and #bigdata to explore the existential condition of human beings

begs that #bigdata is self-talk as data

as it could be..


the transformation of #school in #padova #padua

Original Tweet:

Among the things which we will discuss are:

  • What are the new skills and competences?  Maybe coding is not as useful, in the upcoming scenario, as learning how to sleep, rest and to take time off?
  • Models of attention. Technology is a continuous stimulus/satisfaction cycles which modify the nature of our attention span. How do knowledge and relation transform in this scenario?
  • Surface knowledge. With the hyperlink we have become “surfers”, and it has become difficult to go deep (in subjects, discussions, knowledge). Surface knowledge is ok, but it only works in a collaborative society, where one person’s surface can be another person’s depth. But school is completely built for competition, not collaboration.
  • Human Centered? No. We must start to consider humanity not at the center, but in complex relation with the ecosystem, with technologies, environment, new subjectivities (legal, technological). When we found out that Earth was not at the center, we discovered the Universe.
  • The new school which we are bringing up, and why we are doing it.

her site:

Human Ecosystems Relazioni

HER, Human Ecosystems Relazioni, is a research and service center that deals in transforming buildings, cities, territories, organizations and communities into big data generators, using social networks, sensors, blockchains, ubiquitous interactive systems. HER studies relational ecosystems, flows of knowledge, information, communication and interaction, to enable citizens, professionals, companies, organizations and institutions to build strategies, actions and participatory initiatives


feb 2020 – article

#Comunicazione Ecosistemica #ecologia #media

Original Tweet:

twitter exchange here: tech w/o judgment


via michel fb share – Dispatches from the Quarantine 05: Salvatore Iacones: []

In a peculiar twist of fate, during the pandemic, my brain cancer relapsed. This means being exposed to a double state of suspension: the lack of information, the risk of blockage of surgical interventions,

dang man.. so sorry

In 2020, if there is one thing that this pandemic reveals to us, it is that data and computation correspond to our survival, ability and to the possibility to exist.

or perhaps.. a great opp to re/set our data focus/input.. to ie: self-talk as data

They are an existential issue, and not just a technical one, at least from two points of view: the individual one and the ecosystemic one.

2 convers as infra – self/others .. everyday

As individuals, our culture provides us with a rich set of devices to express and represent us: writing, images, voice, sound, gestures, the body. And now data and the computation, which can tell about movements, emotions, the chemistry of our body, gestures, our psychic states, our artistic expression and much more.

but if it’s the wrong data.. ie: data from whales in sea world..

and if our devices are the deeper cancer.. ie: literacy and numeracy both elements of colonialism.. we need to calculate differently and stop measuring things

A practically boundless wealth, data are also the largest extractive phenomenon on the planet, more than oil: extracted from our behavior and the environment, used to make decisions, sell products and services, predict pandemics and other events. *Very important and useful things, but which describe a substantial inability of our society to create the rituals and practices that could enhance all this potential wealth in the circuits of sensitivity, desire, expression and representation

*are we sure about that?.. ie: curiosity over decision making et al

From the point of view of the ecosystem, the only way to experience the global and ubiquitous complex phenomena that surround us are huge quantities and qualities of data, and their processing. Knowing that summer is warmer in my city tells me nothing about the planet’s climate change. Similar considerations are true for all complex phenomena: migration, finance, pandemic viruses.

what we need is deeper data.. self-talk as data .. from 8b people.. everyday..

and use it (via tech w/o judgment) to augment our interconnectedness

trusting the *dance of us.. rather than trying to decide/predict/ et-al

*in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

In our hyperconnected society, our ability to know, understand, position ourselves and act towards the fundamental challenges of our environment depends on the access to huge quantities and quality of data and computation.

Our very survival, happiness and well-being depend on it, as we see in these days.

yeah.. i think we have that wrong..

i think well being depends on fittingness.. which we’re able to facil today.. but we haven’t yet.. because we haven’t yet trusted enough to let go enough for it (freedom) to be for all of us at once.. for ie: simultaneous spontaneity .. simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync..

Huge quantities and quality of data and computation for which we are not in the least prepared: *we do not have the intimate and social rituals to deal with them; we do not have the emotional dimensions, the sense of beauty, aesthetics and all those things that allow us not only to act / react with great efficiency, but also and above all to relate, to feel empathy, solidarity, friendship.

*we do with the right data.. intimate and social rituals already in/on each heart..

We have no rituals and opportunities (consciously built in society and in the intimate sphere) for self-representation and the relationship through data. Even if they are so powerful and expressive. Even if they mean our survival as individuals and in the ecosystem.

perhaps we try this as ritual (to jump start us back to us): 2 convers as infra

Data today is something that someone else extracts from us and our environment, and then prepares for us, transforming us into spectators and consumers.

not to mention it’s not even legit data.. it’s data from whales in sea world

There is no data-meditation, or computational asceticism. Data has no prayers and totems: only consumption.

With every passing minute, the world is showing us that data is much more than a resource to be used, extracted, consumed. On the contrary, *data can become the new social and ritual objects around which to gather to create new practices, habits, aesthetics and traditions that help us to inhabit this planet: with dignity, solidarity and in the dimension of accessible complexity that is typical of friendship and generosity..t

*perhaps only if we let go of our perceived ideas of what data is legit.. of what data matters to humanity et al

[tweets that match above fb share]

Institute of Network Cultures | Dispatches from the Quarantine 05: Salvatore Iaconesi
(a series, mostly from italian activists) this one by Salvatore Iaconesi is about our inability to deal with big data)
Original Tweet:

the role of data in our society at the time of COVID19 – Google Docs (recommended,by Salvatore Iaconesi)
Original Tweet:

Its first effect has been a double suspension. First for the cancer (you need surgery, there will be consequences), then for the virus.

Immediately, my life filled with data and data visualizations from both the cancer and the pandemic. Unexpectedly, data and visualizations from the viral pandemic overwhelmed the ones about cancer.

As a spectator, we’re dealt which as children who are inflicted the moral story of data to obtain compliance.

which fed the whales in sea world.. which made all further data non legit.. no?.. and perhaps.. caused all the not-wellnesses.. ie: even cancer

The data-scenario of the COVID19 pandemics in this model would have different rituals and space-time frames. As I exist, I generate data. My data are my opportunity to confront and compare myself with the rest of the ecosystem, to find similarities and differences, and to decide, to be present and to act..t

imagine if data were opps to augment our interconnectedness.. get us back to us.. no judgment.. no comparisons.. not about responding/reacting/defense.. but about ie: curiosity over decision making.. allowing us each to be our fittingness.. in order to let the dance dance

brown belonging lawthe opposite of belonging.. is fitting in.. true belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are.. it requires you to be who you are.. and that’s vulnerable.. –Brené Brown

The coexistence between individuals and the ecosystem does not necessarily have a synthesis: society is not necessarily able to contain the myriads of micro-histories which compose it. For example, this is particularly evident in the clash of interests between the individual and the ecosystem due to privacy and the needs to share data to halt the pandemic

or maybe it can.. we just are too out of sync to see/hear

This is also where we we must search for the new shapes of our new rituals to inhabit the world.

new shape: cure ios city

Data and computation are at the center of this dynamic.

love (trusting that we each are already enough) and connection (to self/each-other/nature) at center

When data starts being considered as an existential component of human beings, a shift can happen towards the emergence of different models.

but only if right/legit data

When data is part of me, it can be interpreted as one of my fundamental rights, not passing through the lens of intellectual property. This is a first powerful shift, because it doesn’t deal with the economics of commercial exploitation, of with consumption, but with our right for existence, expression, freedom and opportunity for well-being, survival and happiness.

In the first scheme data is extracted, separated from me and from my environment, and used in this separation, to prepare content, to capture my attention, to be consumed, to transform me into a spectator.

In the second scheme this separation is not present. Scientists and experts work together with people as partners, using data as way to highlight similarities and differences among them, to trigger understandings, decisions and actions, in society.

actually.. separation still present in 2nd.. ie: invests; stakeholders;..

separation as along as we have any form of measuring/accounting

Understanding the difference between the two models is important to determine the role of data and its representations in our media ecosystem, and to govern the problematic derives of the ways in which data is managed in our society, for example in these days of discussion of contact tracing techniques, to try to limit contagion.

this is a response/defense strategy

we have an incredible opp to (virus) leap.. to let go of always playing defense/catch-up/patch-up

If there is one thing we have learned from covid19 it is that data and computation are a matter of life, existence and survival. We exist with our flesh, blood, data and computation. The technical issues of privacy and control are just too limited: a discussion like this cannot fit into them. We need a larger, existential frame.t

yeah.. larger than computation..

frame: 2 convers as infra


alvatore Iaconesi (@xdxd_vs_xdxd) tweeted at 3:59 AM on Mon, Jul 20, 2020:
Data Meditation
and here
@HumanEcosystems #DataMeditations

new ways in which we can experience our data, or other people’s data, understanding ourselves and our differences better and in more meaningful ways.

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people





Con grande affetto salutiamo Salvatore Iaconesi e ci stringiamo alla moglie Oriana Persico. Insieme abbiamo vissuto mesi intensi di lavoro e custodiamo con orgoglio il loro ultimo progetto: l’Ecosistema Relazionale Digitale della #CollezioneMAXXI, un’eredità viva e generativa.
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With great affection we greet Salvatore Iaconesi and we cling to his wife Oriana Persico. Together we have lived intense months of work and we proudly guard their latest project: the Digital Relational Ecosystem of #CollezioneMAXXI, a living and generative legacy.