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Arte ri-programmata

Un manifesto aperto

  • Edited by: Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari, Azalea Seratoni
  • Year: 2015
  • Language: Italian and English
  • Pages: 190
  • Price: 20.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-160-0
  • Size: cm 21 x 21
  • Illustrations: 74 b/w and colour

Re-programmed Art: An Open Manifesto is an action research project that explored the impact of methods and approaches linked to open source hardware and software on the field of art. The aim was to produce a number of physical and technological artefacts whose information and implementation specifications are publicly released under free licenses.
The group of digital artists and designers involved in the project had the task of re-programming a number of works by Gruppo T, the pioneering group at the forefront of the Italian art movement known as Arte Programmata. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, these artists developed a ground-breaking vision of art as reproducible, participatory and interactive, and created prototypes based on the use of algorithms and technology which were designed to be reproduced as series of constantly changing artefacts. The concept of 're-programming' is about more than just reconstructing the original works, understanding what they were made of and how they were made, and the algorithms used to incorporate an element of chance. It means bringing them to life again, reworked using new materials and technology. Pieces by Gruppo T were thus transformed into new, open artworks that can be reproduced, expanded on and completed by other users: a vibrant tribute to an original, innovative movement that occupied the no man's land between art and design.

  • About the author
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After graduating in Communication sciences, Serena Cangiano specialized in technology and communication for cultural heritage at the Università della Svizzera italiana. She has contributed to documentation projects, interactive art archives and user experience design. She is a researcher at supsi in Lugano, where she coordinates the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design and the Summer workshops, a series of courses aimed at teaching the fundamentals of software and hardware programming through design and prototyping activities. She holds a PhD from University IUAV in Venice with a thesis on open source design and development of interactive artefacts. She authored articles and essays for Italian and international magazines and publications on open source technologies and design, new practices and models in design, and training in the field of interaction design.


After studying architecture at iuav in Venice and at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, Davide Fornari completed his PhD studies in Design Science at University IUAV in Venice. Since 2009 he has been a tenured lecturer and researcher at the Laboratory of visual culture, supsi, in Lugano. He coordinates the Master in Interaction Design and imparts classes in History of graphic design and typography to BA students in Visual Communication. He was coeditor with Chiara Casarin of Estetiche del camouflage (et al./Edizioni, 2010) and with Ludovica Scarpa of the Italian edition of Heinrich Wölfflin’s Psychology of Architecture (et al./Edizioni, 2010). He contributed texts and designs to various exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He authored articles for the magazines Alias, Domus and Ottagono, and published essays for Sellerio, Einaudi, and Treccani, among others. He is a member of the permanent observatory of the Association for Industrial Design (ADI), and co-edits the magazine Progetto grafico with Silvia Sfligiotti. He is a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome for the academic year 2014–2015.


Azalea Seratoni is an art historian and curator. Her research interests focus on the disciplinary field concerning the borderline between art and design. After completing her studies at Università degli Studi in Milan, with a dissertation in art history, namely on Bruno Munari’s relationship with Japan, she continued her research on the artist and designer, giving lectures and attending the basic design courses at the Department of Arts and Design of IUAV in Venice, upon invitation of Giovanni Anceschi. As part of the project Basic Design/The Tradition of the New, organized by the post-graduate course of studies in Design Science at IUAV in Venice, she curated the exhibition Bruno Munari: basic designer with the collaboration of Bruno Danese (2006). She has experienced all the activities for a cultural centre focusing on modern and contemporary art (Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta and Edizioni Gabriele Mazzotta). She curated the reedition or re-issue of Gruppo T’s Multiplied Art for Alessi, fifty years after the first edition exhibited at Danese gallery (1960–2010). She was editor and press officer for et al./Edizioni (editorial projects including the new edition of Carla Lonzi’s books). She was the screenwriter for the film on Marisa Merz, Around Marisa. The works, friends and words of Marisa Merz, which was presented at the IV Venice Biennale curated by Massimiliano Gioni, within the program Meetings on Art (2012). Her essays appeared in il verri and Progetto grafico, and she was a lecturer at IUAV in Venice, ISIA in Urbino, and SUPSI in Lugano.

Re-programmed Art: An Open Project
▪ Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari

Open Sourcing Processes in the Making of Art
▪ Costantino Bongiorno, Zoe Romano

Open Sourcing the Imaginations of Artists,
Designers and Makers
▪ Massimo Banzi

Time Has Caught Up with Gruppo T
▪ Azalea Seratoni

Programming the Work of the Public
▪ Federica Martini

The Rules of the Game
A Conversation with Marco Scotini
▪ Azalea Seratoni

How Programmed Art Was Born
▪ Giovanni Anceschi

Problems in Programmed Art
▪ Davide Boriani

On Plastic Kine-visual Research 1964-1965
▪ Gianni Colombo

On the Miriorama Hypotheses
▪ Gabriele Devecchi

Notes with Highlighter
▪ Grazia Varisco

Multiplied Art Returns to the Future
▪ Azalea Seratoni

They Gave Me a Piece of Iron and Taught Me to File
A Conversation with Alberto Alessi
▪ Azalea Seratoni


An Open, Participative Vision of Aesthetic Action
▪ Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari

Bit Shift Study
▪ Thibault Brevet

Between Time and Space
▪ Martin Fröhlich

Magnetic Drawbot
▪ Giorgio Olivero, Fabio Franchino – TODO

Topografia della luce
▪ Yvonne Weber

▪ Giovanni Anceschi, Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari


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