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"The Banquet of (Cultural) Commons", Raúl de Arriba, María Vidagañ

This piece is a short video-art

Duration: 6 min 19 sec

Funding: EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme "Sklodowka-Curie grant agreement '734855, University of Valencia, Spain

Cultural Commons are cultural resources shared by a community that, like other situations of collective action, also reproduce social dilemmas. In these cases, as indicated by Olson, rational, self-interested individuals could not act to achieve their common or group interests. In that sense, the tragedy of Cultural Commons would mean its disappearance due to free riding behavior.

However, many cultural commons are maintained over time because reciprocity, reputation, and trust can overcome self-interested behavior. The inhabitants of Villastrada (Italy) have achieved it for decades. Every summer, they work voluntarily to organize the festivities of this small village.

Raúl de Arriba is PhD in Economics and associate professor in Economic Policy at the University of Valencia (Spain) since 2000. He has written about international economic policy, pluralism and creativity in teaching economics and art and economics. He has been visiting researcher in École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France) and Research Center in Political Science and International Relations (Portugal), among others.

María Vidagañ is PhD in Art Education and lecturer of the Department of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression of the Jaume I University of Castellón (Spain). She has done research work on artistic education, audiovisual creation, research based on the arts and has some publications and communications on this subject. Her current lines of research are art education, audiovisual creation and art-based research.



Day/Time: to be announced in addition

Duration: 45 min

SOUNDMAPPING THE GENES is an artistic project using real biological data in the creative and performing act. A complete genetic code is used in the music to control parameters such as: pitch, modulation speed and depth, delaytime, stereo pans, etc.

Therefore this project is very much in the spirit of this conference, as SOUNDMAPPING THE GENES is a real demonstration of how art meets science-litterally seen.

Fredrik Soegaard - Danish guitarist Fredrik Søegaard was born on 1951: improvisor, composer, teacher, working with improvisations in complex structures like Mandelbrot fractal algorithms or DNA coding sequences, his trademark is unquestionably the use of ground breaking scientific structures.

He has developed his sonic researches through his own groups, occasional collaborations with various musicians/ensembles of mixed genres.

Workshop Sessions I - “MONDES MULTIPLES", Don Foresta



Day/Time: to be announced in addition

Duration: 45 min

Don Foresta is a research artist and theoretician in art using new technologies as creative tools.  He is a specialist in art and science whose principal work in the field, “Mondes Multiples" was published in French in 1991.  A second edition in English is currently being prepared.  He is now a Visiting Research Associate at the London School of Economics and professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts - Paris/Cergy.

He has been working for over 25 years developing the network as an artistic tool and is presently coordinating a permanent high band-width network, MARCEL, for artistic, educational and cultural experimentation.  He began the network while invited artist/professor at the National Studio of Contemporary Art, Le Fresnoy, Lille, France and completed it under a UK Arts & Humanities Research Council fellowship at the Wimbledon School of Art in London.  MARCEL now has 120 confirmed members in 22 countries, 30 of whom are connected permanently over a multicasting platform.  
His first on-line exchange in 1981 was between the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT where he was a fellow and the American Center in Paris where he was director of the Media Art program.  He was a commissioner to the 42nd Venice Biennial in 1986 where he built one of the first computer networks between artists, an effort he has expanded as the technology has grown.

Foresta is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and holds a doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in Information Science.  He has both US and French nationalities and was named “Chevalier” of the Order of Arts and Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.


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