[NetBehaviour] Digimag Journal - Issue 76 - Call for Papers

Marco Mancuso mk.digicult at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 17:53:30 CEST 2017

Digimag Journal | Issue 76 | Summer 2017
Smart Machines for Enhanced Arts

Call for papers | deadline: 1 September 2017

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) might be considered
by many as synonyms, also because they are the buzzwords of this decade.
But actually they are not. They both question though, the ability of the
machines to perform and complete tasks in a “smart” way, challenging human
intelligence and specificity.

With machines becoming more and more intelligent, Machine Learning is
nowadays not only an interesting and challenging topic, but also a crucial
discipline. If initially computing was just a matter of calculations, now
it has moved beyond simple “processing” and implies also “learning”. In the
age of Big Data and IoT, machines are asked to go beyond pure programming
and algorithms procedures, introducing also predictions of data, OCR and
semantic analysis, learning from past experiences and adapting to external
inputs, reaching out the domain of human productions and processes.

As Gene Kogan and Francis Tseng write in their in-development book “Machine
Learning for Artists”, we can “pose today to machines a single abstract
problem: determine the relationship between our observations or data, and
our desired task. This can take the form of a function or model which takes
in our observations, and calculates a decision from them. The model is
determined from experience, by giving it a set of known pairs of
observations and decisions. Once we have the model, we can make predicted

So, the subject of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods
more in general, are going thusly much further the technology or science
fields, impacting also arts, product design, experimental fashion and
creativity in general. As ML features can fit with digital arts practices,
we're lead to explore the way some AI techniques can be used to enhance
human performative gestures and creativity models.

How biological systems and machine intelligence can collaborate to create
art, and which is the cultural outcome for our society? Which is the new
role of creativity in this scenario? How the contemporary will face a
future generation of automated artificial artists/designers, able to learn
from the creatives themselves, or to have a direct impact on human
creativity? Will the anthropocentric vision of the creative process behind
the artistic creation, affected by new intelligent Neural Networks?

We look forward to hearing from you!
Silvia Bertolotti and Marco Mancuso


Technical Details

With this call Digicult aims at researching contributions on the mentioned
topic, especially from individuals active in the artistic and academic
fields (curators, critics, hackers, fabbers, creative producers, lab
managers, activists, designers, theorists, independent and academic
writers, scholars, artists, etc.)

An abstract of 200 words and a full text of max 5000 words, as well as
books, events reviews and interviews (1000 to 2000 words)  should be sent
to: journal at digicult.it

1. Deadline for submission of full article for consideration: 1 September
2. File as .doc / .docx / .odt / .txt (no Pdf are allowed)
3. 5 to 10 images at 300 dpi resolution (print resolution) as Zip file
4. correct captions for images
5. please follow the guidelines (



Established in 2005 Digicult is one of the main international platforms
investigating the impact of digital technologies and applied sciences on
art, design and contemporary culture. Digicult is an independent editorial
project that reaches more than 100,000 online users on a monthly basis.
Based on an wide Network of professionals, cultural operators and
institutions Digicult daily publishes news, calls, interviews, reviews,
essays and publishes books and the Digimag Journal through its digital
publishing house Digicult Editions. Digicult curates exhibitions,
workshops, publications, round tables and meetings, as well as developing
tools for digital publishing and online communication media strategies
through the Digicult Agency. Digicult partnered with some of the main
international institutions and festivals; it is founded and directed by
Marco Mancuso and is part of The Leonardo Affiliate

Digimag Journal

Digimag Journal is an interdisciplinary online publication seeking
high-standard articles and reviews that focus on the impact of the last
technological and scientific developments on art, design, communication and
creativity. Following the former Digimag Magazine, it is based on
international call for papers on given subjects and provides readers with
comprehensive accounts of the latest advancements in the international
digital art and culture scene. It is published by Digicult Editions, for
free as Pdf, Epub, Mobi and in print on demand.

Digicult Editions

Digicult Editions is the publishing initiative of the Digicult project,
whose goal is to be active in the publication of the Digimag Journal, but
also critical and theoretical books and essays commissioned to
international authors, university thesis of special interest, publications
edited in collaboration with other national and international publishers,
conference proceedings and classes materials connected to educational
activities, as well as peer-reviewed publications with institutional
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