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Panel I  |  12:00 - 13:15

DIGI-Sense – how the body understands, feels and goes through processes of sensemaking with digital tools

Claudia Schnugg & Daniela Brill (AT)

To understand and be able to use digital technologies and tools, we need to make sense of them. Usually, the sensemaking process (in the tradition proposed by Karl E. Weick) is studied as a process happening mainly cognitively, only giving a minor part to the body. In the  DIGI-Sense (Digital Sensemaking) project, we suggest bringing the body into the foreground to understand sensemaking, also and especially in digital environments. The project invites performance artists and dancers to explore how the body perceives, translates, transforms and goes through the process of sensemaking with technological tools and in digital environments. How do our senses, our muscles, the way our limbs move, the velocity of our movements, among others, support the sensemaking processes we go through in moments, for example of digitization of information?

Claudia Schnugg is Principal Investigator of the Digital Sensemaking (DIGI-SENSE) project at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, which is realized at the Communications Engineering Institute. She holds a PhD in social and economic sciences with an additional focus on cultural sciences. Her research focuses on art, aesthetics and artistic initiatives in interdisciplinary and social settings, such as change processes, digitalization and knowledge management, and explores implications and organization of art-science collaboration. As curator and consultant she is working internationally with industrial, scientific and artistic organizations to realize art-sci-tech projects.

Daniela Brill has a Master’s degree in Art & Science from the University of Applied ArtsVienna.  Daniela works in collaboration with scientific institutions and networks such as Art at CMS at CERN, the ORIGIN network of high energy physics, and with artistic institutions such as the ArtSci Center + Lab UCLA. Brill is the creator and co-organizer of Suratómica, a collaborative network of Art and Science based in Bogotá, Colombia. Daniela’s artistic and theoretical work focuses on the idea of in-disciplinarity and the wish to eliminate certain frontiers and boundaries aiming to find a space of queerness at many levels for creative processes and for the formation of new knowledge, researching mainly the areas of aesthetics and complexity.

12:40 - 13:15

.NewArt { foundation;}. Exploring a new cybernetic human through art.

Vicente Matallana (ES)

The .NewArt { foundation;} is based in Reus, Catalonia. Its ambition is to help the artistic community develop new technological, scientific, conceptual, and social practices. The foundation disseminates art at the intersection and transgression of science and technology, as a strategy for social development and empowerment. It acts not just as a witness, but as an active agent.

One of its main challenges consists in the development, conservation, and preservation of an artistic legacy linked to science and technology, within the framework of the .NewArt { collection;}. A corpus of over 100 pieces that eclectically cover everything that has happened and is happening in this new means of expression.This project will be brought further by the creation of a new Art Center in the city of Reus.

Guided by Vicente Matallana, director of the .NewArt {foundation;} & {collection;}, we will visit key works from the collection that explore the concept of a cybernetic human. A journey that will begin with the 1972 artwork "Mano Térmica de Artista" by Luís Lugán, considered the first robotic artwork created in Spain, and will extend to the latest productions and additions to the Collection.

Vicente Matallana is the director of the .NewArt { foundation;} & { collection;}, as well as the founder and director of LaAgencia, an independent new media art company created in 1998 in Madrid. LaAgencia is engaged in programs and projects focused on electronic art as an alternative paradigm of research and knowledge. With Joasia Krysa, he has been the co-director of the Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus. He is member of the advisory board of Kurator, and project director of ArtFutura, the veteran digital art festival in Spain. He is member of the steering committee of the HacTe, Barcelona’s new hub for Art, Science, and Technology.


Coffee break | 13:15 - 13:45


Panel II  |  13:45 - 15:00

13:45 - 14:20

Beyond the Screen: Exploring Proprioception and Kinesthesia in the Digital Age, a digital creator perspective on what’s next

Tammy Lovin (RO)

An eye-opening exploration of the convergence of cutting-edge technologies such as AR, XR, programmable art, and AI with the human senses of proprioception and kinesthesia, in the context of our rapidly evolving growingly digital world. As we embrace virtual and augmented reality within fashion & make-up , sports, socializing and work, arts, traveling, gaming, and immersive experiences of all sorts, we must consider how these technologies influence our perception of self and alter our fundamental connection to the physical realm.

Join renowned digital artist and emerging tech specialist Tammy Lovin, as they delve into the intriguing questions of whether being neurodivergent is a natural consequence of digital evolution and how these transformative experiences are shaping our minds today and redefining the essence of human existence in the near future.

Discover the potential implications and possibilities for personal growth, creativity, and the way we interact with the world around us. This talk will inspire you to reimagine the boundaries of human experience and ponder the profound impact of digital innovations on our boundaries between the virtual and the tangible. Prepare to be inspired and challenge your perceptions in this not-to-be-missed talk on the future of art and human experience.

Tammy Lovin is an internationally acclaimed digital artist that specializes in creating art experiences using a variety of emerging tech tools such as AR, XR , programmable art or A.I. Her work thrives on the blockchain or in the Metaverse, and it can range from whimsical colorful art compositions, digital fashion , VR performances or VR sculptures that can also be experimented as AR filters. The themes of her eye-candy artworks often address complex human experiences and deep inner thoughts.

Her artworks have been displayed IRL in consecutive years at the Miami Bitcoin Conference, Beijing and Los Angeles Art and Tech events, and in Times Square NYC during NFT NYC, as well as in art galleries and private collections, being an iconic presence among connoisseurs or on social media where she continues her ascension while educating her audience on web3 related content.

14:30 - 15:00

White Contamination

Florian Ruiz (FR)

A personal insight on the amazing photography project, White contamination, for which the artist was awarded the first place at Sony World Photography Awards, Creative.

In the snowy landscapes of the heights of Fukushima, Florian has captured the invisible pain of radiation. Inspired by the Japanese engravings, he hoped to capture the ever-shifting perceptions of nature, where radiation accumulates the most.

With a geiger counter, he measured the radioactive contamination’s presence in becquerels (Bq), a unit that expresses atom disintegration and its mutations number per second. By a digital process, he intended to show the atom’s alteration in his pictures. The transparency effects, the broken perspectives give rise to a shape that is in motion, an impermanent world as in traditional Japanese engravings.

Then, he created a vibration, a departure from the reality of the subject that reveals the presence of radiation in the image. The process reinvents and twists the very landscape, leading to a sort of vertigo or malaise, a threatening danger hidden behind the purity of the white of the landscapes.

Part of the images from this series were integrated within the interactive installation Walk, that can be visited within this edition of NOVA, between 26 and 29th September at Teatrelli.

Florian Ruiz is an artist well-known for his unique way to capture the atmosphere of abandoned or harmed places through human action. Always involved in sensitive projects that express important social realities through image, FLorian lives between France and Tokyo and is represented by Galerie Sit Down in Paris. His works have received numerous relevant awards and were exhibited in Japan, Holland, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Slovakia.


Details and full program of the 4th edition of NOVA can be found on the festival’s page, novanova.ro.


NOVA is a project of Present Continuous Association, presented by UniCredit Bank

Partners: French Institute Romania, Goethe Institut, Embassy of Spain in Romania, The Italian Culture Institute, The National Theatre and Cinema Art University „I.L. Caragiale” Bucharest, CINETic/The International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies, Champalimaud Foundation / Centre for the Unknown (PT), .NewArt { foundation;} (ES), Linz Institute of Technology (AT), Research Center for Neuro Performance Enhancement Veruvis, The National Dance Center Bucharest, CREART/Teatrelli, Galateca Gallery, AREAL Space for Choreographic Development, Ibis Bucharest Politehnica

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