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”).
As a consequences of the recently introduced strict laws concerning the public institution’s websites accessibility in Italy, the ‘Multimedia Art’ department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara has started a new course for teaching how to restore a website. The basic idea of this didactic path is that the restauration of a website can be interpreted as a technique to make it accessible and usable by anyone. The professor Enrico Bisenzi uses some theory and many practical exercises, in order to teach how to analyze a website and then elaborate interpretative hypothesis that would then build a track to follow on the consequent restauration activity. However, the disabled persons’ needs are not the only one to consider in the website restauration. In this innovative course a good amount of attention is also paid to the search engine mechanisms (that currently are amongst the most significative cultural objects) and to the mobile devices. Actually considering a website that could efficiently talk with Google and an iPod means thinking about a communication tool that owns the basic grammar of the contemporaneity.