Silvio Lorusso

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Proper Bio

Silvio Lorusso is an Italian artist, designer, and researcher interested in the complicated relationship between technology and society. He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies – Iuav University of Venice. He regularly collaborates with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. He took part in exhibitions and events such as Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Impakt (Utrecht, Netherlands), Off the Press (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Adhocracy (Athens, Greece). His writing has appeared in Prismo, 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).

Silvio Lorusso - Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo

Photo: Fulvio Orsenigo


Talks, Lectures, and Workshops

Residencies, Grants, and Awards



  • Interview by Nicolas Nova in Dadabot, 2015
  • “Kickended: the enthralling world of crowdfunding flops”, interview by Nell Frizzell in The Guardian, 2014
  • Interview by Sara Teleman in Tecknaren, 2014
  • The Art of Hybrid Publishing”, interview by the Hybrid Publishing Lab, 2014
  • “Ashes of the Web”, interview by Filippo Lorenzin in Digitcult, 2013


  • 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

Selected Press

  • 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