TransVision 2010 Presentation by Francesco Monico

TransVision 2010 Presentation by Francesco Monico

Extra Gender Perspective: Beyond Humankind Cultural Narcissism, a draft proposal

Facing an incredible technological acceleration, cultural cybernation’s effects drive humankind in an attempt to define an act to set himself. As a matter of fact, from one side computational acceleration brings primary complex feedback forms, art explored generativity principles, and we are waiting for the singularity. From another side the exploitation, the predation, the irresponsible management of the natural resources drive humankind in a new ecological Pentecost. Today, as said by George Gessert “We need the fellowship of the animals and plants in order to became ourselves”.i

Humankind’s poetical acknowledge was to set himself as narcissistic ‘subject’, this has drove humankind to see image of the self as mere reflection and not to gather the intimate relationship between the self and the Nature. Humankind becomes a being that bargains his identity between his natural dimension and his technological dimension, his tekné; this bargain is a cybernetic process generating a never ending dialectical strain. It’s a new integrated Ego that brings together different confines and psychological edges. Throughout the pragmatical experience of the conceptual Artwork – Is There Love in The Technoetic Narcissus? – produced by the Parco d’Arte Vivente -PAV- di Torino, a new concept of Human Cultural Narcissism is speculated in an enquiry open to various brilliant minds.

i George Gessert in Art Biotech a cura di J. Hauser Edizione Italiana a cura di P. L. Capucci e F. Torriani – pg.65

Prospettive straordinarie di genere: Oltre il Narcisismo Culturale Umano, una proposta preliminare

Da una parte, c’è l’incredibile accelerazione tecnologica data dall’informatica, gli effetti della cibernazione culturale portano l’uomo a tentare di ridefinire questo atto del porre se stesso; infatti da un lato l’accellerazione computazionale ha generato le prime forme di feedback complessi ai nostri output, l’arte ha affrontato e descritto i principi della generatività, e stiamo aspettando la singolarità tecnologica. Dall’altra il consumo delle riserve naturali, la sistematica predazione della natura e la sconsiderata gestione delle energie, hanno portato l’umanità a sviluppare una coscienza ecologica verso la natura. Oggi come dice George Gessert “Abbiamo bisogno della compagnia degli animali e delle piante per diventare noi stessi”i.

L’atto poetico dell’uomo è stato proprio quello di porsi narcisisticamente come ‘soggetto’ di sé stesso, e questo ha portato l’uomo a vedere la propria immagine come mero riflesso e non a cogliere l’intima relazione tra sé e la natura. L’uomo diventa un essere che patteggia la sua identità tra il suo essere naturale e il suo essere tecnologico, la sua tekné; questo patteggiamento non si interrompe, bensì è un processo cibernetico che genera una tensione dialettica senza mai esaurirsi. E’ un nuovo ego integrato che unisce differenti ambiti e tensioni psicologiche. Attraverso l’esperienza dell’Installazione concettuale C’è amore nel Narciso Technoetico? Prodotta dal parco d’Arte Vivente – PAV- di Torino, un nuovo concetto di Narcisismo Culturale Umano, viene speculato in una ricerca aperta a molte brillanti menti del contemporaneo.

i George Gessert in Art Biotech a cura di J. Hauser Edizione Italiana a cura di P. L. Capucci e F. Torriani – pg.65

Francesco Monico Francesco Monico has worked for ten years as a director, screenwriter and program chief in Italian broadcast, sperimental and interactive TV, is both a Technoetic Technoetic researcher and artist, today mainly engaged in directing the Media Design and New Media Art Department he founded at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano – NABA in Milan. He is a professor of Theory and Method of Mass Media at the same institution, as well as director of the PhD program M-Node[1], Planetary Collegium and a Senior Fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology in Toronto. He is an alumnus of Derrick de Kerckhove, and is currently researching under Roy Ascott as part of the PhD CAiiA in the Planetary Collegium. A former member of the Scientific Committee of the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum in Milan, with Giulio Giorello, Emanuele Severino, Enrico Bellone, he is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Milano in Digitale [2], with Antonio Caronia, Paolo Rosa, Pier Luigi Capucci, Franco Torrani.

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