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Thursday, 24 October 2019
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Opening Plenary
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21
Auditorium Hall*

*Please note, only participants that pre-registered for the plenary and the opening reception will be admitted. Due to official regulations the maximum number of people inside the Auditorium Hall and the rooms used for the opening reception is maximized. We are not allowed to exceed that maximum number of people.

Thomas Misa (President of SHOT)
Fiorenzo Marco Galli (General Director Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci)

Exploring the Interface between Technology Art, and Design

W. Patrick McCray (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Originally trained as an engineer (Ph.D., 1996), W. Patrick McCray joined the History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003. He is the author or editor of five books, including The Visioneers: How an Elite Group of Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future which won the Watson Davis Prize from the History of Science Society as the “best book written for a general audience.” His new book – tentatively titled “Making Art Work” and due out in 2020 with The MIT Press – looks at the collaborations between artists, engineers, and scientists from the 1950s to the present and explores how new creative cultures were built and maintained. McCray has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the California Institute of Technology, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Physical Society (APS).


Fabio Novembre (Architect and designer, Milano)
Fabio Novembre was born in Lecce in 1966 and graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1992. One year later he moved to New York where he studied cinema. Novembre’s studio, which he opened in 1994 in Milan became immediately an international reference for architecture and design, thanks to the strong expressiveness and iconicity of the sign.

Over the years he collaborated with the most important Italian design companies and his work has been recognized and published worldwide for his visionary approach. Since 2019 Fabio Novembre is Artistic Director of Driade (a famous Italian furnishing firm specializing in design products), Scientific Director of Domus Academy (a leading Milanese design school) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Design Museum Triennale di Milano.


Joachim Sauter (Media artist and designer, ART+COM Studios, Berlin)
After graduating from Berlins Akademy of Fine Arts Joachim Sauter had been working as a digital media artist and designer for over three decades. In 1988 he founded ART+COM studios together with other artists, designers, scientists, hackers and technicians. At present he leads the interdisciplinary group’s innovative experiments, using new technologies to convey complex topics while exploring their potential for spatial communication and art.

In the course of his work he was invited to participate in many exhibitions, among them the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Venice Biennial; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum for Contemporary Art, Sidney, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Kunsthalle Wien; ICC, Tokyo; Getty Center, Los Angeles; MAXXI, Rome. Since 1991 he is full professor for “New Media Art and Design” at the University of the Arts Berlin and since 2001 adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.


Franziska Nori (Director Frankfurter Kunstverein)
Franziska Nori (born in Rome in 1968) is director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein since 2014. She was founding director of the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from 2007 to 2014, headed the department for digital art and culture at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt) from 2000 to 2003, and worked from 1996 to 2006 as a freelance curator for modern and contemporary art at several museums, among them (mention two of them).

Since 2011 Nori is guest professor of museology and curatorial practice in contemporary art at the Marist University Lorenzo de Medici. She has published numerous essays and catalogues on present day art. Her curatorial approach focuses on contemporary art, digital culture and science. The most recent exhibitions she curated are “Perception is Reality: On the Construction of Reality and Virtual Worlds” (2017) and “I am here to Learn: On Machine Interpretation of the World”.

Simona Maschi (Director Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design)
Simona Maschi studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan where she completed both her PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication (2002), and her MA in Architecture (1996). Simona is co-founder and director of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design where she heads a team that encompasses a world class consultancy, education program and a research lab.

She has over 15 years teaching experience at various institutions including Denmark’s Design School (DKDS), the IT University in Copenhagen and the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy. Simona is an expert in service design, scenario design and design methods and is passionate about design solutions that create a positive impact on the world. Recent projects have explored topics such as private and public transportation, health and wellbeing, sustainable housing, and smart cities. She was a member of the jury for the IXDA Interaction Awards 2014 and of a board of experts implementing new design strategies at the University of Macau in China.