Demistificare l’Intelligenza Artificiale

Jonas Lund, The Future of Something, 2023. Still da video. 13’ 41’’. Courtesy l’artista.

“Ora che le abbiamo dato un nuovo nome, sosterremo ancora l’idea che SALAMI svilupperà una qualche forma di coscienza?” SALAMI è l’arguto acronimo di “Systematic Approaches to Learning Algorithms and Machine Inferences” [Approcci sistematici agli algoritmi di apprendimento e alle inferenze automatiche], una definizione proposta dall’informatico e politico italiano Stefano Quintarelli nel 2019 come un modo più obiettivo e onesto di riferirci a tutto ciò che attualmente chiamiamo Intelligenza Artificiale (IA). Quintarelli è convinto che il primo bias dell’IA sia il suo nome, che implicitamente suggerisce la possibilità che le macchine sviluppino una qualche forma di coscienza, emozioni e personalità, arrivando a superare i limiti dell’umano. Rinunciare al nome che gli diede nel 1956 il matematico americano Marvin Minsky sarebbe dunque il primo passo verso una necessaria demistificazione dell’Intelligenza Artificiale.

Go on reading on Flash Art Italia: Domenico Quaranta, ”Demistificare l’Intelligenza Artificiale”, in Flash Art, Issue 361, Estate 2023, pp. 87-96 and online.

Salto nel vuoto: catalogo e installation view

Exhibitions, Texts

Si apre l’ultimo mese della mostra “Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia”, che ho curato con Lorenzo Giusti per la GAMeC di Bergamo, e che ha già attratto in città migliaia di visitatori. La mostra è accompagnata da un ricco catalogo, pubblicato solo in lingua italiana in collaborazione con Officina Libraria, che affianca ai testi curatoriali e alle schede delle opere una selezione di testi tradotti in italiano per l’occasione.

Lorenzo Giusti, Domenico Quaranta (a cura di), Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia. Catalogo della mostra, GAMeC, Bergamo e Officina Libraria, 2023. 469 pp., 156 ill. a colori, ISBN: 9788833672359, € 40,00

The Byzantine Generals Problem – Essay

Exhibitions, Texts
the byzantine generals problem

For the online exhibition The Byzantine Generals Problem, which is still available online at Distant.Gallery, Aksioma produced an exhibition booklet which still sums up very well what I believe art on the blockchain is and shoud be. Check it out at the link below!

Domenico Quaranta, The Byzantine Generals Problem, exhibition booklet, Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2022

Notes for a Post-Human Human Vision

Exhibitions, Texts
Jonas Lund, Smart Cut, 2021

Back in December 2021, I curated an online exhibition aiming “to stimulate a conversation with contemporary artists about the future of human visual culture, and to investigate how they are working, in different ways, on the development of a visual language capable to resist the machine gaze and its implications, and to improve human visual communication—a post-AI, posthuman human vision.” It was fun, and 15 months later it’s nice to see that some works produced in response to the show are still blossoming and spawning new shoots (some of them are also still available for relatively cheap collecting on Feral File).

Apart from this, I just realized that two texts produced for this show were never properly posted on this blog. I do it now, in a moment in which some concerns raised at the time might resonate in a very different way. The first is my exhibition essay, the second is a long interview with scholar Antonio Somaini, focused on “The Meaning of “Vision” and “Image” in the Age of AI”.

Identity as Performance. Art in the Metaverse

Kamilia Kard, Toxic Garden, 2022-ongoing

I wrote a short history of the Italian presence in the metaverse, from Active Worlds to Roblox, for the fourth issue of the magazine Quaderni della Quadriennale. The magazine is available in print, but the featured articles are also made available online, in Italian and English. Enjoy!

Domenico Quaranta, “Identità come performance. L’arte nel metaverso”, in Quaderni d’arte italiana, Issue 4 (Identity), Treccani – La Quadriennale di Roma, 2023 (English version)

Theo Triantafyllidis: Live Simulation


A while ago, I wrote an essay on Theo Triantafyllidis‘ live simulation works, commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection and Fabbula for the catalogue of the amazing exhibition Among the Machines, curated by Paul Luckraft and Julia Greenway. The book – featuring a great array of artists and essays – is now available in print, but my text can be also freely accessed in digital form on Fabbula’s website. Check it out!

Domenico Quaranta, “Theo Triantafyllidis: Live Simulation”, in Paul Luckraft (Ed.), Among the Machines, exhibition catalogue, Zabludowicz Collection, London 2023, ISBN 978-1-907921-40-7.

Art in the Age of Ubiquitous Media


The academic journal VCS – Visual Cultural Studies, published by Mimesis, just came out with a special double issue on Art in the Age of Ubiquitous Media, edited by Sean Cubitt and Valentino Catricalà. It features a gorgeous selection of essays by great authors, including my essay “Crypto Art Does Not Exist. Coming to Terms with an Unfortunate Art Label”. You can find and buy the journal on Mimesis’ website. Don’t be mislead by the deep time of academic journals: it is a text written in January 2022, adapting a chapter of my book Surfing with Satoshi, at the time still unpublished in English. The plus value, here, is reading it in a different context and company, with essays on related topics by Sean Cubitt, Delinda Collier, Andrea Pinotti, Ashley Lee Wong, Roger Malina among others. A short abstract is available after the break.

Domenico Quaranta, “Crypto Art Does Not Exist. Coming to Terms with an Unfortunate Art Label”, in VCS – Visual Cultural Studies, Issue 03/04, June 2022, ISSN 724-2307

“History in the Present Progressive” . Surfing with Satoshi review on Outland


Brian Droitcour, one of my favorite art writers ever, honored me with a review of my book Surfing with Satoshi. Art, Blockchain and NFTs (a few copies are still available here). It’s criticism, so don’t expect only kind words, but some of them really make me proud as they confirm the value and durability of all the work I put in this book (with the priceless support of my publishers, Postmedia Books and Aksioma). A few quotes:

“Quaranta’s account, which addresses the rise of NFTs and the connections between artists’ recent use of blockchains and historical interventions into art markets, sets a high bar for others that will follow.

So far Surfing with Satoshi is the only book of its kind: an attempt by a single author to weave a motley array of histories—of art movements, markets, technologies, and critiques—into a coherent narrative.”

“His book’s greatest strength is the persuasiveness of his links between blockchain-based art and twentieth-century conceptualism. The historical orientation of Surfing with Satoshi is what makes it durable, despite being written in response to—and during—a specific moment.”

Of course, I publicly apologize with artist and theorist Rhea Myers if I inadvertedly misgendered her. Her work, ethos and life embody so much of what this book is taking stance for. A new run of print will come out soon, and these and other mistakes that readers helped me to detect will be amended.

Brian Droitcour, “History in the Present Progressive”, in Outland, July 19, 2022,

“How Can Art Exist on a Distributed Ledger?” in The Book of X


The Book of X. 10 Years of Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, an anthology of texts and images celebrating the 10th anniversary of the international conference xCoAx, is now available for free download and in printed form (free – you pay only the postage. Among many relevant contributions by authors and artists I admire (Philip Galanter, Andreas Broeckmann, Frieder Nake, Amy Alexander, Alessandro Ludovico, Olia Lialina just to name a few), the book includes a short essay in which I try to address how can art exist on a distributed ledger without simply using it as a system for blowing up prices and documenting ownership and provenance. Included are examples of projects focused on artists and art workers rights, on-chain generative works, and artists turning DAOs into an art form. The effort is to “show how art and blockchain should “X”: at the crossroads between these two fields, art shouldn’t just peruse the blockchain as a given, an immutable, existing substrate, but actively, creatively implement, criticize or correct its infrastructure, nurture and manipulate this substrate to make it evolve in ways not yet envisioned.” Have a nice reading!

Domenico Quaranta, “How Can Art Exist on a Distributed Ledger?”, pp. 207 – 219. Published in Miguel Carvalhais, André Rangel, Luísa Ribas, Mario Verdicchio (Eds.), The Book of X. 10 Years of Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, i2ADS: Research Institute in Art, Design and Society, Porto 2022. ISBN: 978-989-9049-25-3 (Paperback), DOI: