Digital Mediterranean and New Media Dialogue


Session Title:

  • Collaborations across Borders: Physical and Disciplinary

Presentation Title:

  • Digital Mediterranean and New Media Dialogue




  • In the contemporary global framework, the convergence between art, creativity and new media offer a different way to think about the community, with its local connections and intercultural relations. In the specific Mediterranean context is developing a renewed awareness around concepts like “mobility”, “representation”, “mutual understanding”, “connection”, “dialogue”, “exchange”, “network”, “flux”, that are inspiring an increasingly production of ideas, artworks, seminars, researches and new forms of encounter.

    Is it possible to realize a new social and cultural Mediterranean dialogue through media technologies? How does it change the mutual understanding and knowledge through the new media dialogue? Is it Information and Communication Technology (ICT) a new stand and tool for intercultural education and comprehension? How does it change the practice of conversation, exchange and dialogue in the social digital era? How do art and creativity operate, interact and influence in the “Digital Mediterranean”?

    Intercultural communication is extending and developing itself through multiple mechanisms: we seek, we find ourselves and we interact more and more through technology tools and social networks that act as platforms for gathering, dissemination and knowledge. Online participation experiences, festivals, exhibitions and virtual galleries; research and dissemination of free information, platforms of social and political criticism, etc., are just some of the stages where art, creativity and new information and communication technology meet and converge. The Internet becomes the continent where multiple cultures, one humanity coexist (Bauman, 2008), where the in between element of the border disappears.

    There are several projects – between real presence and virtual communication, between “relational aesthetics” and the tools of Web 2.0 – with the ambition of finding different ways to create interconnection points where Mediterranean cultures and people can meet and shared their visions, creative expressions and thoughts.

    A new media landscape – transformed also by art and creativity – is defining and challenging the social relationships and interactions within the Mediterranean area.

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