Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
vavarella [at] g.harvard.edu
Emilio Vavarella is an artist and second-year PhD student in Harvard’s Film and Visual Studies program.
He holds an M.A. cum laude in Visual Arts from Iuav University of Venice, with study abroad fellowships at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Tel Aviv and Istanbul Bilgi University, and received a B.A. cum laude in Visual, Cultural, and Media Studies (DAMS) from the University of Bologna. His work merges interdisciplinary art practice and theoretical research and is centered around the study of the relationship between humans and technological power. His art practice presents a combination of using new technologies with alternative (non-productive, poetic, dysfunctional) goals in mind, imagining technology’s future effects through the use of speculative fiction, and decontextualizing and misusing technology to reveal its hidden mechanisms.
Emilio has been invited to present his research at: ISEA – International Symposium on Electronic Arts (2016 and 2015); the School of the Art Institute of Chicago – IEEE VISAP (2015); Koç University – Expressive2015, the AMRO Research Lab in Linz (2015) and at SIGGRAPH, the leading conference devoted to computer graphics and interactive techniques (2014). In 2015 his installation MEMORYSCAPES was awarded the prestigious First Prize for Emerging Art of the Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Art.
His artworks have been exhibited at many of the most prestigious festivals of media arts: Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival of Expanded Media (2017 and 2016); Media Art Biennale (2015); NYEAF – New York Electronic Arts Festival (2015); EMAF – European Media Art Festival (2014), JMAF – Japan Media Arts Festival (2014); CultureHub Media Art Festival (2014) and GLITCH Festival (2013). Esteemed venues that have exhibited Emilio’s work include: Villa Manin (2016); Museo Nacional Bellas Artes in Santiago (2015); National Art Center of Tokyo (2014); Jarach Gallery (2014); Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (2013); Boston Cyberarts Gallery (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (2013); the Mole Vanvitelliana for the Biennial of the Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (2013); Fondazione Studio Marangoni (2013); and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (2012).
Emilio’s academic writings and artworks have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Leonardo – The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press), Digital Creativity (Routledge), Visual Communication Quarterly (Taylor & Francis), and CITARJornal – Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. His writings have appeared in the book Behind the Smart World: Saving, Deleting and Resurfacing Data produced by the AMRO Research Lab, and in Mnemoscape Magazine. His contribution for the first curatorial program of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation – “A Glitched Definition of Glitch” – was included in the exhibition catalogue A Linking Book (2013). Emilio has also produced artists’ books in limited editions, most notably fragments (2015), and the MNEMODRONE Series (2014-ongoing). Recently, his work has been discussed in The New Aesthetic and Art: Constellations of the Postdigital (2016) published by the Institute of Network Cultures and has been covered by global media outlets such as Wired (American, Italian, and Japanese editions), The Huffington Post, and LaRepubblica, among others.
External Link: http://emiliovavarella.com