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Share Festival Autonomous

Share Festival 2014/2015

“Humans are surrounded by a distributed intelligence that tracks, profiles and assists us, seeking to pre-empt, analyze and bring about our dreams and desires and forming a complex, autonomous system.”

Software assistants, drones, cars that drive themselves and bots for high-frequency trading.

As computing becomes more and more distributed, humans are no longer the only agents of analysis and action.

Subjects become profiles, filed and categorised in a vast system designed to extrapolate our actions and convert them into profit variables.

Where does the growth in potential stop and a technological circuit begin, in which our choices are increasingly driven by “emergent” considerations that act autonomously?

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Share Prize 2014

“Now in its tenth year, Piemonte Share is proud to announce a new season of the Share Prize, the international competition designed to discover, promote and support art in the digital age.”

This year’s theme for the prize sums up ten years of hard work and our hope for the future in one word: Autonomous.

How are artists responding to a reality created by humans but only partially controlled by us?

What principles lead people to rely on such systems?

What fields do those who criticize them work in and how do they act effectively?

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A bit of history of the Festival

“Piemonte Share Festival is an annual event held in Torino-Italy, dedicated to contemporary art and culture in all its global dimensions and interconnections with the Internet and new media.”

Share Festival was founded in 2005 by Simona Lodi, artistic director of the event, and by Chiara Garibaldi, who supervises its general organisation.

The festival is organised by the cultural association The Sharing.

Every year an overarching theme, encapsulated in the title of the event, brings the festival alive with exhibitions, video screenings, indepth conferences, symposiums, workshops and performances.

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The aim of the Prize

“The aim of the Share Prize is to discover, promote and support contemporary art in our global and digital age.”

The competition is open to all artists that explore issues concerning our society today, in which globalisation and the pervasive reach of technology and new media have become the object of artistic interest, against a backdrop of continuing, non-stop change.

The Share Prize was launched in 2007 as a cornerstone of the Share Festival, held in Torino-Italy.

The cultural intent of the Share Prize is to make the Share Festival open and accessible to all artists.

A jury of experts is tasked each year with short-listing six finalist works and selecting the winner.

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