Latin America is a diverse geographical and cultural region embracing countries that stretch from the southern border of the United States to the southernmost tip of South America, including the Caribbean, and populated by a wealth of extremely productive new media specialists with significant local and global exposure. Yet, scarce are academic English language anthologies composed of theoretical writings that survey the status of art, technology, and design practices in and by that constituency.
With this in mind, Media-N’s mission has been to support a provocative theme that might begin to fill the gap. Mestizo Technology: Art, Design, and Technoscience in Latin America is the title proposed by Guest Editors Paula Gaetano Adi and Gustavo Crembil with the intention of employing a lens merging notions of mestizaje and new technologies to scan the development of new media practices distinctive to Latin America; to survey how influences from the Global North have been appropriated and adapted to particular needs, resources and interests of Latin American thinkers and makers; and to also challenge traditional dichotomies afflicting perceptions about productions emerging from the Global South: western/indigenous; modern/traditional; craft/technology; and big science/small science.
It has been extremely gratifying to work on this edition and I extend my appreciation to the Guest Editors for their vision, to the authors and artists for the essays and media that populate these pages; to Media-N’s Associate Editors Meredith Hoy and Francesca Franco for their role as supporting Editors for this issue; to the RISD Writing Center and RISD Graduate Studies for their invaluable backing throughout the editing process, specifically copyeditor Maia Chao. The combined collaboration of this team has been instrumental in the making of this rich addition to Media-N’s series of yearly thematic journal editions.
Further, Media-N enhances this issue with timely Reviews and Reports. Edited by Francesca Franco, this section of the journal presents reviews of events taking place in Italy, Australia, the USA, and online. Interviews with prominent international figures about their work in new media round up the Reports section.
Jon Blackwood reviews the book REWINDItalia and remarks on the editors’ novel approach to the currency, history, and growth of video in Italy. This is followed by Jiayi Young’s discussion on the growth in collaborative practices that integrate artistic aesthetics and processes with that of biological and physical sciences, and technology. In the next article, Paul Hertz deliberates on the development of new forms of art, authorship, distribution, and political action focused on media technology, and offers an overview of topics debated during the 2015 online symposium “Networked Practice, an International Online Symposium on Innovation in Networked Research, Artistic Production, and Teaching in the Arts.” Further, Sharon Greenfield and Franziska Weidle review the Mobile Innovation Network Australasia (MINA) Symposium that took place at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2015. The event included a conference and multiple screening events that offered a platform for recent international smartphone, mobile, and pocket films. The edition ends with three conversations. Abigail Susik offers an interview with Montreal-based electronic artist Pascal Dufaux about his series of Vision Machines; Laura Leuzzi and Elaine Shemilt publish a conversation with Federica Marangoni, an Italian pioneer in video, performance, and installation; and Dejan Lukic talks to curator Seol Park about Augmented Reality’s potential for content development around the event #AUGMENTED, a 2015 outdoor experience in Miami Beach showcasing large-scale digital art installations.
This edition also marks the culmination of a vigorous six-year journey where I have had the pleasure to contribute to the exponential growth of the New Media Caucus as Officer of the organization’s Executive Board, and to shape the direction of its academic publication as Editor-in-Chief of Media-N Journal. I would like to highlight that a team of volunteers makes Media-N editions possible in a yearlong venture of dedicated work to produce publications that have focused on cutting-edge themes of relevance to the profession in fast track web and print on demand publishing platforms. Upon concluding my second term as Editor-in-Chief of Media-N, I think it is timely to extend my heartfelt thanks to the NMC board, to Media-N’s editorial board and managing editors, to our copyeditors and proofreaders, to our web and print design directors, and to the various guest editors and authors for their efforts, the sharing of expertise, and their commitment to quality throughout the last six years. For me, it has been an invigorating project, one that an exceptional Media-N team will sustain and build upon in the years to come.
V.12 N.01 acknowledgements
Editor-in-Chief for the current edition: Pat Badani (Argentina, Canada, USA), artist, scholar. Guest Editor Artelogie Vol 11, L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, EHESS / Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS, France
Deputy Executive Editor & Reviews and Reports Editor: Francesca Franco, Research Fellow, De Montfort University, UK
Supporting Associate Editors: Meredith Hoy, Asst Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University and Francesca Franco.
Guest Editors: Paula Gaetano Adi, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, and Gustavo Crembil, Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Translators: Gustavo Crembil and Pat Badani
Copyeditors for the current edition: Maia Chao, RISD Writing Center and RISD Graduate Studies Program
Proofreaders for the current edition: Maia Chao
Media-N Print Design Director: Veronica Borsani, independent graphic designer, Argentina
Media-N Web Design Manager: Stacey Stormes, independent artist and educator, USA