Silvio Lorusso is an Italian artist, designer and researcher. His ongoing PhD research in Design Sciences at Iuav University of Venice is focused on experimental publishing informed by digital technology. He regularly collaborates with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. After receiving his MA in Visual and Multimedia Communications in 2011, he spent a period of study at the Networked Media course of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. From 2012 to 2014, he was a member of the Digital Publishing Toolkit Consortium. He took part in exhibitions and events such as Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Impakt (Utrecht, Netherlands), Off the Press (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Fahrenheit39 (Ravenna, Italy). His writing has appeared in Metropolis M, Progetto Grafico, and Doppiozero. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive (p-dpa.net).

Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

Based in Milan, Italy.
Mail: s [at] silviolorusso [dot] com

Exhibitions, Talks and Events

Texts and Images

  • “Siamo uomini o algoritmi?”, Doppiozero, March 2015
  • From Print to Ebooks: a Hybrid Publishing Toolkit for the Arts, DPT Collective, 2014
  • “Critical Publishing Il progetto come strumento di indagine degli ecosistemi editoriali nell’era dell’utente emancipato”, Diid 57|14: Design Open Source
  • “Silvio Lorusso”, Interview by Sara Teleman in Tecknaren, 2014
  • ‘Silvio Lorusso on “The Art of Hybrid Publishing”’, Interview by the Hybrid Publishing Lab, 2014
  • “What does learning, and learning design, mean to you?”, with Giulia Ciliberto, About Learning and Design, bu.press, 2014
  • “Off the Press – A Report from the Field of E-Publishing”, Metropolis M, June 2014
  • “From browser’s cache to the human genome. Towards an extended notion of publishing”, Digicult, May 2014
  • “          ”, See Nothing Volume Three, 2014
  • “Collate and the Future of Publishing”, Collate, 2014
  • “Dalla cache al genoma umano – Verso una nozione estesa del pubblicare”, Fahrenheit 39, 2014
  • “Dal white cube all’Apple Store”, Doppiozero, October 2013
  • “56 Broken Kindle Screens”, with Sebastian Schmieg, Krisis | Orientation, 2013
  • “Roberto Casati e il progetto della lettura”, Doppiozero, June 2013
  • “The Book as Directory”, Digital Publishing Toolkit, May 2013
  • “Quando il lettore diventa utente”, Doppiozero, May 2013
  • “Brevi note sulle risposte artistiche ai mutamenti nel campo dell’editoria”, Fahrenheit 39, 2013
  • “Back to Students”, Abitare 529, February 2013
  • “Interstizi”, OFFSET – Visioni e manifesti sulla città di Ravenna, 2012
  • “Carboni e Barilla – Innovazione nella tradizione”, Progetto Grafico 20, 2011


  • Study period at Networked Media course at the Piet Zwart Institute of Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Visual and Multimedia Communication MA at Iuav University of Venice, Italy
  • Exchange at METU, Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey
  • Industrial Design BA at Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Selected Press

  • Guardian | Kickended: the enthralling world of crowdfunding flops
  • Financial Times | Learn from the losers
  • Wired DE | Null Dollar, null Unterstützer, null Erfolg: Auf dem Friedhof der Kickstarter-Projekte
  • DazedDigital | Shed a tear over this archive of failed Kickstarters
  • BuzzFeed | Kickended, The Online Graveyard For $0 Funded Kickstarters
  • Boing Boing | Kickended tracks completely unfunded Kickstarter projects
  • Gawker | The Tragically Boring Kickstarters That Got Zero Dollars From Backers
  • Repubblica.it | Le idee peggiori di Kickstarter: nemmeno un dollaro raccolto
  • Corriere.it | Tutti i progetti di crowdfunding più assurdi
  • Yahoo! Tech | A New Website Highlights Kickstarter Projects That Failed to Attract a Single Backer
  • CNET | Kickended: Where $0 failed Kickstarters go to die
  • Daily Mirror | Here are the Kickstarter projects that got £0 funding
  • CreatorsProject NL | 3 redenen om dit weekend naar Impakt Festival te gaan
  • Artribune 22 | Un quiz con Google Immagini
  • BuzzFeed | Can You Guess The Google Search Term By Its Image Results?
  • Eye Magazine | Content Aware typography makes Adobe’s software ‘fail’ in the most interesting way
  • Rivista Studio | Un concentrato di lettura
  • Dangerous Minds | Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill Feature is Surprisingly Punk
  • Gizmodo | When Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill Screws Up It Makes Art
  • It’s Nice That | Using the Content Aware tool to really mess up famous typography
  • Digitcult | Ashes of the Web: Interview with Silvio Lorusso
  • Newcity Art | Review: Structures for Reading/Center for Book and Paper Arts
  • BuzzFeed | A Celebration Of Pimping Your WinAmp Skin
  • FastCoDesign | See Where Websites Live
  • Gizmodo | Find Out Where That Internet On Your Computer Really Came From
  • Motherboard | A Tour of the Internet from a Thousand Feet Up
  • BuzzFeed | Silvio Lorusso, An Artist Of Delightful Internet Things
  • Boing Boing | 56 Broken Kindle Screens: book and video
  • The Verge | Broken Kindles as art, in book form
  • Wired | Showtime: Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg, ’56 Broken Kindle Screens’
  • Triangulation Blog | 56 Broken Kindle Screens
  • Creative Applications | Kindle as an Art Object
  • Huffington Post | Ending Left Handed Discrimination In Google Chrome With Silvio Lorusso’s Cursor Plug-In
  • Makeuseof | Internet For Left-Handers: Turns Right-Hand Mouse Coursor into Left-Hand Cursor