Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
Varese also has its own well-nourished group of archeology enthusiasts, computer science, and this year an event dedicated to them: on April 27, in the frame of the park of Villa Toeplitz and is held at the Samuel (Electronic Museum), the first edition of " Varese Retrocomputing ". The event will be divided and on a whole afternoon, with the participation of experts and collectors of retrocomputing, who presented the computers that have made the history of computing, displaying them all in operation. The philosophy that underlies the phenomenon retrocomputing and that to understand the present and the future of modern, fast phase of technological evolution that we are living must necessarily know the past, at a time in which an excessive standardization is likely to reset quell'inventiva and the desire to innovate and surprise that characterized the golden era of the history of computing. During the day, visitors were able to discover innovative computer that disappeared almost immediately from the market or take a dip in the past rediscovering those systems, Commodore and Sinclair on all with whom generations have discovered the computer. Those who missed the show can still visit the Museum of Electronic Varese, where next to the collection of the equipment used for the construction of Video-collection Giaccari, and was placed part of the collection of retrocomputing Bruno Grampa, curator of the event. Another allegation must for fans of the history of computing is not to be missed in an interview: on the site of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and on-line an ' interview with Bob Lucky , a legendary character who started his career as an electrical engineer in the early '60s at Bell Labs, assisting and participating actively in the birth of computing as we know it today. The interview covers the stages of digital history, from the first transmissions with the T1 carrier, the advent of the ARPANET and the Internet, up to the failures of our day, ISDN and video of all, and then projected in future technologies. Ilaria Roncaglia