The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age is a multi-functional center promoting artistic research with new technologies and critical reflections on the core issues of the information age: it organizes workshops, seminars, conferences and shows, forges partnerships with private and institutional partners, publishes books and networks with similar organizations worldwide.
Founded in 2011, the LINK Center acts locally but thinks European. Nomad without physical premises, the LINK Center is a work in progress. It sets out to introduce the “Media Art Center” model into Italy, but with a new vision based on an innovative organizational strategy and cultural outlook.
The LINK Center aims to spark artistic reflections on the new technologies and their social and cultural consequences. With the awareness that this is a constantly evolving, developing field, the LINK Center does not set any boundaries in terms of technology or media. It also abandons the traditional sector-based approach of cultural institutions, looking to a more multifaceted interpretation of the term art: visual arts, but also architecture, design (in all its aspects), literature and music. Scientific research and technological innovation are among the key conceptual nodes that guide the work of the center.
To develop these activities the LINK Center intends to seek alliances and strategic collaborations with the scientific and technological research field, on a public and private level.
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age intends to complement traditional artistic education, offering students, researchers, artists, teachers and professionals high level training on contemporary arts and their relationship with technological developments, in all possible forms: exhibitions; short, medium and long workshops with internationally renowned experts; conferences, conventions, symposia and study days; artist residency programs.
Exhibitions are a key aspect of the work of the LINK Center. On one hand exhibitions contribute to the educational mission of the LINK Center, opening up to a broader audience to make the results of its research work accessible, while on the other the shows are a platform for visibility, communicating the results of the educational activities of the LINK Center. The exhibitions produced by the LINK Center can be hosted by other centers and exhibition venues in Italy and internationally.
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age organizes short, medium and long workshops with internationally renowned experts, creatives and artists, operating on two levels: on a local level, organizing workshops in Italian aimed at bridging the gaps in local public and private education; on a global level, organizing high level workshops in English which will also be conveyed by means of e-learning tools.
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age is not just about training and communication; it also produces culture and cultural projects. It therefore sets out to: conceive, develop and produce specific communications projects in collaboration with companies wishing to use the language of art and technology for branding purposes; offer its knowledge and tools for the planning of cultural events and projects; support the production of artworks and curatorial projects; produce editorial projects, in conjunction with or separate from the other activities of the LINK Center: books, exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings, guide books and tutorials.
The LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age sets out to play an active role in producing and disseminating culture, including publishing. It embraces the print on demand philosophy, thus keeping production costs to a minimum and circulating its publications on the web. LINK Editions will use the print on demand approach to create an accessible, dynamic series of essays and pamphlets, but also tutorials, study notes and conference proceedings connected to its educational activities. A keen advocate of the idea that information wants to be free, LINK Editions will release its contents free of charge in digital format, and on paper at a price accessible to all.
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