Silvio Lorusso’s interests combine technology, design, education, publishing, entrepreneurship and precarity. He deals with them by means of writing and making. In 2018 he published the book ENTREPRECARIAT: Siamo tutti imprenditori. Nessuno è al sicuro (Krisis).

Silvio is Affiliated Researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures of Amsterdam, Creative Coding Tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag and researcher at Willem De Kooning Academy. He’s also a member of varia and part of the editorial board of Italian graphic design magazine Progetto Grafico. His work was presented at Re:Publica (DE), MaXXI (IT), Transmediale (DE), The Photographers’ Gallery (UK), Drugo More (HR), Kunsthalle Wien (AT), Vögele Kultur Zentrum (CH), NRW-Forum (DE), MoneyLab (NL), Impakt (NL), Sight & Sound (CA), Adhocracy (GR), etc. He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies – Iuav University of Venice. His writing has appeared in several magazine and publications, including Pagina99, Not, Immaterial Labour Union Zine, Prismo, Modes of Criticism, Printed Web 3, Metropolis M, Progetto Grafico, Digicult, Diid, and Doppiozero. His work has been featured in, among others, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Wired. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive (p-dpa.net). He lives in Rotterdam and lectures internationally.

Photo: Tjaša Kalkan


2018 – present: Creative Coding Tutor at Royal Academy of Art, Graphic Design Department, The Hague (NL)
2018: Guest Lecturer at Piet Zwart Instituut, Master in Experimental Publishing, Rotterdam (NL)
2016: Graphic Design Tutor at CFP Bauer, Milano (IT)

Guest speaker at Royal College of Art, London (UK); Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL); Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (NL); Konstfak (SE); AKV|St.Joost, Breda (NL); École de recherche graphique, Bruxelles (BE); Coventry University (UK); Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, Bergamo (IT); Iuav University of Venice (IT).


Texts and Publications

Curated Publications

Curated Events

  • Life Hacks: Mind (with Marguerite van den Berg, Geert Lovink, XPUB), Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL), January, 24 2019
  • Life Hacks: Time (with Michele Galluzzo, Rik Laging, Luis Rodil-Fernandez, Hans Lammerant, Mia Melvaer, Martino Morandi, XPUB), Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL), November, 22 2018
  • Life Hacks: Space (with François Girard-Meunier, WORKNOT!, Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends, Niek Hilkmann, XPUB), varia, Rotterdam (NL), October, 31 2018
  • It Is As If We Were Doing Work (with Lídia Pereira, Alina Lupu, Gui Machiavelli), varia, Rotterdam, NL, March, 10 2018
  • Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts (Manuel Schmalstieg, Six:Thirty, TRAUMAWIEN, The People’s E-Book), Worm, Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 22-23rd, 2014
  • Unlike Art (with Dušan Barok, André Castro, Mirjam Dissel, Eleanor Greenhalgh, Fabien Labeyrie, Jonas Lund, Sebastian Schmieg, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Danny Van Der Kleij, Jasper Van Loenen, Marie Wocher, Dave Young), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2012


Talks and Lectures


Residencies, Commissions, Grants, and Awards

Thesis Supervision



  • Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies – Iuav University of Venice. (Title of dissertation: Extending Horizons: The Praxis of Experimental Publishing in the Age of Digital Networks)
  • 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

Scientific Projects

  • Making Public, RAAK-MKB, 2018-20
  • Digital Publishing Toolkit – Electronic Publishing in the Arts, RAAK-MKB, 2013-15

Selected Press

  • Frieze: “What Role Do Photographers Play in an Increasingly Automated Image Culture?”
  • Leuzerner Zeitung: “Wenn die Flügel erlahmen”
  • Kunstforum 243 (Austria): “Totgesagte leben länger” by Franz Thalmair
  • El Diario: “Las vergüenzas de internet, a la venta: el mercadillo negro de la Red llega a España” by Cristina Sánchez
  • Abitare: “Natura e artificio al Maxxi” by Francesca Oddo
  • We Make Money Not Art: “DADABOT. The role of algorithms in cultural production” by Régine Debatty
  • Corriere della Sera – La Lettura: “Crac & Successi – I conti (da rifare) di Kickstarter” by Pietro Minto
  • Le Temps: «Dadabot», lorsque les algorithmes produisent notre culture
  • Washington Post: Meet the Web site where start-up dreams go to die
  • Wired IT: 5 artisti digitali italiani da tenere d’occhio
  • It’s Nice That: P-DPA is a user generated archive of developments in digital publishing
  • 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
  • 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