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Rita Levi Montalcini

Italian Neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini , born in Torino in 1909 died today. Montalcini had lived 30 years in US and in 1986 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Montalcini has lived through anti-Semitic discrimination and Nazi invasion. One of the big women in science and role model for Italian (and not only) women. A big proudness for all Italians.

“Do not think of your self think of the others!”
Dico ai giovani: non pensate a voi stessi, pensate agli altri. Pensate al futuro che vi aspetta, pensate a quello che potete fare, e non temete niente. Non temete le difficoltà: io ne ho passate molte, e le ho attraversate senza paura, con totale indifferenza alla mia persona.

facebook stop

I decided not to use facebook for one month the 11/11/2012. What did I miss? This is impossible to say, since I do not know what I did miss. Was it difficult? Yes, it was a bit difficult, I had to unistall facebook from my android as the telephone was trying to show me my facebook friends and their updates even after I had logged out.
When there was flood in Tuscany, I was not following up and I used the phone to send a couple of SMS’s to friends I had not contacted by phone for ages. I must admit that during the flood time I felt a relief for not following up as – when you are on facebook – you are in several places at the same time and you are empatically involved with more than you can tackle.

If my facebook friends miss me, I cannot tell. I cannot even tell if I will log in facebook again the 11/12. Probably it is not an important choice. I am a bit proud I managed to keep my promise. I try to convince my children to make similar promises related to videogames and alike.

meta.morf a matter of feelings

Meta.Morf a matter of feelings. Yes a lot of feelings. 10 years have passed since the first time I participated to a Match Making festival. A lot of work, a lot of people involved, one artist, curator, person who started everything – Espen Gangvik, many people who believed in him and in this idea that art and technology can meet. That the match has to be made, even if it is very difficult, even if sometimes it seems we do not understand each others. So congratulations and thanks Espen for all these years with technology art in Trondheim. Thanks to TSSK for a nice and professional guided tour today.


From software to art: a personal journey

Abstract for Keynote at O Simpósio Brasileiro de Fatores Humanos em Sistemas Computacionais (Human Factors in Computing Systems) 5-9 November 2012

Is it ok? I need feedback please!

Computer based art has existed since the 60’s with artists like Michael Noll and Frieder Nake. The first computer art exhibition was held in 1965 in New York. The CEP, standing for “Pisan Electronic Computer” had been inaugurated in 1961 and was the first computer designed in Italy. I was born in Pisa in 1965 and I started to study computer science in early 80’s when software still was a phenomenon for computer specialists.

During the 90’s, when I was a PhD student at Politecnico di Torino, studying problems of software engineering process support, the world experienced the advent and the evolution of the personal computer, the web, software tools like Adobe Photoshop, and electronics tools such as cameras and mobile telephones. Software governing multimedia, the web, search engines, mobile computing, games, and social media, was penetrating the life of citizens and was changing the way people work, experience culture, communicate with each other, and learn.

At the beginning of the new millennium, the world was assisting to an explosion of both production and sharing of digital content, by engineers, artists and also common people. I became professor in software engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in early 2000 and I established an interdisciplinary project course and a research project about art and software.

As a software engineering scholar, the concrete goal is that of producing new knowledge about software engineering technology that support artistic projects for which software plays an important role. How can we characterize the development process of software dependent artwork and projects in terms of software development, maintenance, upgrade and usability of the artwork? How can we gain an increased understanding about software by borrowing concepts from the arts? These are the main questions that guide our research. These queries are dealt with systematic literature reviews and case studies.

As a teacher and project facilitator, I am motivated by the inner joy of creation with software and I am fascinated by the idea of open source art as the new frontier of artistic creation. In my talk, I will provide examples of participation to art projects with focus on Open Source Software, documented by pictures and videos.

As a disseminator of software issues to the broad audience, my agenda for participating in software intensive art projects, is to increase interest in software by exposing it to a broad audience, to make software visible in the public space and raise public engagement about software and its potential to be used in creative activities.

The main contributions of this piece of work are the conceptualization of themes at the intersection of software and art and identification of the issues that contribute to the success or failure of a software dependent art project. Moreover, we make proposals on how the software discipline can be improved by borrowing concepts from art. Increased knowledge about the intersection of software and art benefits cultural industries, which produce media for publishing enterprises, museums, and entertainment with better technology platforms for cultural and entertainment industries and better conceptual models for decision makers.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people

I was helping my son with Religion and Ethics home work yesterday and I read this sentence in his book.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

I suddenly remember that I read it when I was a teen ager and I read about Martin Luther King at school. I remember how many times I have spoken to defend what I believe is good and go against what is bad. Unfortunately, with the years, I have started to talk less. Talking less is good for your career and networking but it can be bad for your heart.

about the use of English, Norwegian Bokmål

Here my comment and a more general discussion about the use of English, Norwegian Bokmål, and nynorsk at NTNU. I hope the opinion of Marianne Eriksen whom I do not know and I thank for debating with me is not shared by several NTNU persons. Otherwise, there is little hope for NTNU to succeed in International competition and for Norwegian people to integrate in the International world.