Guest Talk – Mattia Casalegno

This week’s colloquium will feature independent artist Mattia Casalegno, whose lecture is entitled “An Augmented-Reality Project: The Aerobanquets RMX”.

Date: 17 Apr 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Mattia Poster

Topic: An Augmented-Reality Project: The Aerobanquets RMX

Mattia Casalegno presents his last Augmented-Reality project produced by the Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. Mattia Casalegno will discuss his research and production fellowship project recently concluded at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai. Titled The Aerobanquets RMX, the project culminated in a series of public events consisting of immersive, Augmented-Reality dinners inspired by the 1932’s ‘Futurist Cookbook’, by late Italian artist Filippo Marinetti.

Part manifesto, part artistic joke, the Futurist Cookbook is a collection of recipes, experiments, declamations and allegorical tales: here are recipes for ice cream on the moon; candied atmospheric electricities; nocturnal love feasts; sculpted meats. Casalegno will discuss how the Futurist approach to a total work of art inspired him to take on the experiment of blending culinary experiences with VR/AR technologies. He will also discuss the theoretical context and the technical challenges of the project, which was developed with technologies from Optitrack, LeapMotion, and Unity.

About the Speaker:
Mattia Casalegno is an Italian visual artist and teacher based in New York City. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions including Mutek Festival in Canada, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, MADRE and MACRO in Italy, Cimatics festival and Nuit Blanche in Belgium, Optronica in UK, Le Cube in France, OFFF in Spain, AVIT in Germany, Wright Gallery, AxS Festival and LACMA in US.

His work is being featured in publications and catalogues such as “A Touch of Code” (Gestalten), “New Media Design” (Sometti), “Deleuze and Audiovisual Art” (Manchester Metropolitan University), and media outlets as Artforum, Art Tribune, Hyperallergic, Creative Applications, We Make Money Not Art, Art F City. Nominated to the New Technological Art Awards in 2014 and artist in residence at Eyebeam in 2015. He received various grants and fellowships from, among others the CCI – Center for Cultural Innovation, GAI – Young Italian Artists Network, NASCA/NYFA and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

He is currently faculty at the Department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, and the Computation, Technology and Culture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in the US.

To find out more about Mattia Casalegno, you can check out the speaker’s pages.


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