On the Potential for Change. The Play of Forces in the Work of Mario de Vega
In: Energies in the Arts
Edited by Douglas Kahn
Cambridge, MIT Press (forthcoming, 2018)

Publication following the conference Energy in the Arts, which was co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design to coincide with the exhibition Energies: Haines & Hinterding at the MCA in 2015.
The Energies in the Arts conference examined the dynamic relationship between art and energy. Bringing together scholars and artists, it aimed to uncover the seemingly elusive properties and potentials of all kinds of energy – both real and imagined – to investigate how they have been understood and used in the arts and related areas of music, literature and philosophy; how various energies configure and influence one another; and how artworks and theories might be better understood through them.



Ecologies of Transmission: Artistic Explorations of the Taboos and Secrets in Today’s Lived Electromagnetism
In: TABOO ‒ TRANSGRESSION ‒ TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science: Proceedings of Interdisciplinary Conference, 2016
pp. 551-568
Editors: Dalila Honorato, Andreas Giannakoulopoulos
Published by Ionian University | Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Corfu 2017

"Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science" started as a wish to explore three different levels of conception and perception of the aesthetics and ethics in the field of art & science. During its maturing process the project developed towards the exploration of the line where art and science meet and therefore also the border where they divide. The three "T" initials condensate three ideas. First the forbidden, a convention that is so deeply rooted that few seem to be willing to break it. Second the defiance, the challenge to the convention itself either through the resistance to execute an order or through the direct action against the status quo. Third, the sublimation, the transition to an alternative state that overcomes the expected intermediary stages in linear conceptualization, here connected with the expansion of limits.


Sentimental Machines
By Daniela Silvestrin & Christian Rauch
Essay for: SOFA Magazine #2, Cyberlove (March 2017)

Now that we’ve moved into The Internet as a destination and in that space, are inhabiting the externalization of the human brain in our daily digital lives, we may finally be interfacing with the old adage: the brain is the biggest (and best?) sexual organ.
Following the prophecies of Generation Z, who in SOFA issue 1, showed how digital existence is a powerful extension of life, governing everything from identity and personal relationships to the axes of economic, political and social power, SOFA issue 2 will take a more profound look at what digital life means for all of us as we follow the Gen Z pilgrims into cyberspace. In the bedroom, the boardroom and the political alleys, SOFA II will uncover what’s brand new in technologically fuelled experience, and through confessions, inquiries, artistic responses, fashion prophecies and passionate dispatches, find out how sexy our brains—and our digital lives—really are, and where all this is heading.
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Susanna Hertrich – Körperfiktionen und Sinnes-Apparate
Essay für: DIALOGE 05. Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Kunst - Magazin zur Ausstellung des Hessischen Landesmuseums Darmstadt und der Schader-Stiftung
Zur Ausstellung "Human Upgrade: Susanna Hertrich & Hannes Wiedemann", Galerie der Schader-Stiftung, 14.10.2016 - 05.03.2017

Die direkte körperliche Verbindung von Mensch und Technik, welche die Phantasie des Menschen seit Jahrhunderten anregt, hat sich im 21. Jahrhundert real konkretisiert. Nicht nur die Ergänzung durch prothesenhafte Gebilde wurde verfeinert, sondern technische Apparaturen sind ein interner Teil des Körpers geworden. Diese Verbindung wirft Fragen ethischer sowie politischer und soziologischer Natur auf, rührt doch der Mensch damit an sein Selbstverständnis als autonomes Wesen.
Die Schader-Stiftung und das Hessische Landesmuseum Darmstadt gemeinsam konzipierte Ausstellungen. Die auf eine Verbindung von Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Praxis zielenden Forschungsfelder der Schader-Stiftung stehen im Dialog mit der Kunst der Gegenwart.
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The Thrill of Riding the Wave
In: LIMEN. Ecologies of Transmission
Editors: Mario de Vega, Victor Mazon Gardoqui, Daniela Silvestrin
Mexico City & Berlin, published by 17, and ñ, 2016

LIMEN takes the spectrum of human-made radio waves and the seeming stability of our contemporary societies dependent on instant communication as an area of exploration and exposes the zones of manufactured ignorance in techno-scientific developments.
Building a dialogue with the artistic research by Mario de Vega and Victor Mazon that explores and critically addresses this sphere otherwise not accessible to human senses, the publication brings together a series of contributions and collaborations that address different aspects of the proliferation of electromagnetic signals produced by wireless telecommunication and other devices based on microwave technologies. The focus thereby lies on the discussion of their impact on human interaction as well as their implications for social and emotional exchange, their interaction with living systems within different ecologies, and biopolitical implications of governmental control over their use.
A limited edition of this publication includes an electronic device integrated into a special book cover, capable of intercepting high frequency radio-wave activity produced by wireless ICT appliances, translating it into an audio signal perceivable by humans. This outcome is based on the application of inverse engineering methodologies that log the frequency range of electric signals emitted by security cameras, mobile phones, cordless phones, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other devices based on microwave and radar technology.



Futures in Excess
PostScriptUM #17, Ljubljana 2014
Series edited by Janez Janša

“Historians divide geological eras into different “ages”, and we can say that ours is the Plastic Age. This human-generated organic material is now part of the natural world, as the Great Pacific Plastic Patch shows. For Daniela Silvestrin, a cultural manager and curator specialized in bioart, this is where the artistic speculation of artist Pinar Yolas starts. (…)”
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An Ecosystem of Excess - Interview with Pinar Yoldas
published: September 2013
In: uncertain space - Media Art all over?, transmediale Magazine no. 1, 2013
p. 30-31

Daniela Silvestrin talkes to Pinar Yoldas, selected artist in the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research 2013. The program is offered by transmediale in cooperation with the Flusser Archive at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin. (…)
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