Silvio Lorusso – Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

name: Silvio Lorusso
born: 28/05/1985
tel: +31639483703
skype: silvio.lorusso


Silvio Lorusso’s work focuses on the cultures and rhetorical regimes embedded in techno-social systems. He deals with the narratives and counternarratives that define platforms, devices and interfaces. By doing so, he engages with the tensions surrounding notions of labour, productivity, autonomy, self-design, entrepreneurialism, precarity and failure. Lorusso’s practice combines various media such as video, website, artist’s book, installation, lecture. This activity is further stimulated by writing essays, curating exhibitions and organizing public programs. In 2018 he published his first book entitled ENTREPRECARIAT: Everyone Is an Entrepreneur. Nobody Is Safe. (Onomatopee, English; Krisis, Italian).

Silvio Lorusso is Affiliated Researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures of Amsterdam, Creative Coding Tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag and Tutor at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute. He is a member of Varia, the Center for Everyday Technology, as well as part of the editorial board of Italian graphic design magazine Progetto Grafico. His work has been presented at, among other venues, MaXXI, Rome; Transmediale, Berlin; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien; NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf. He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies of the Iuav University of Venice. His writing has appeared in several magazines and publications, including Volume, Real Life Magazine, Minima&Moralia, Not, Modes of Criticism, Printed Web 3, Metropolis M, Ludica, Digicult. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive ( He lives in Rotterdam.

Short Version

Silvio Lorusso is a writer, artist and designer living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2018 he published his first book entitled ENTREPRECARIAT: Everyone Is an Entrepreneur. Nobody Is Safe. He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the Iuav University of Venice.

Photos: portrait by Tjaša Kalkan, portrait by Fulvio Orsenigo, portrait by Tanja Kanazir.


  • 2020 – present
    • Tutor at the Sandberg Institute, Design Department MA, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2018 – present
    • Creative Coding Tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, Graphic Design Department BA, The Hague (NL)
  • 2018
    • Guest Lecturer at Piet Zwart Institute, Master in Experimental Publishing, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2016
    • Graphic Design Tutor at CFP Bauer, Milano (IT)

Certification: Basic Qualification in Didactic Skills (BDB), Part A (BKE+)

Guest at Royal College of Art, London (UK); Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (NL); Deasign Academy Eindhoven (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).



Curated Publications

Curated Events and Exhibitions

  • 2019
    • Gallery.Delivery Milan: Weird Domesticity (with Luigi Amato, Enrico Boccioletti, Guendalina Cerruti, Kamilia Kard, Lorem, Rachele Maistrello, Filippo Minelli, Parasite 2.0, Elena Radice, The Cool Couple), Milan, IT
    • Do or Delegate: Entrepreneurial Means and Precarious Ends (with Cory Arcangel, Deconstructeam, Constant Dullaart, Andy Kassier, Alina Lupu, Elisa Giardina Papa, Ottonie von Roeder, Sebastian Schmieg, Stefán Stefánsson, Pilvi Takala, Jeff Thompson), Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
    • Who Does What? exhibition and symposium (with Florian Alexander-Schmidt, Anxious to Make, Deconstructeam, Constant Dullaart, Maria Eichhorn, Sam Kidel, Alina Lupu, François Girard-Meunier, Elisa Giardina Papa, Ottonie Roeder, Sebastian Schmieg, Jeff Thompson), Drugo More, Rijeka, HR
  • 2018
    • Life Hacks: Mind (with Marguerite van den Berg, Geert Lovink, XPUB), Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
    • Life Hacks: Time (with Michele Galluzzo, Rik Laging, Luis Rodil-Fernandez, Hans Lammerant, Mia Melvaer, Martino Morandi, XPUB), Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
    • Life Hacks: Space (with François Girard-Meunier, WORKNOT!, Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends, Niek Hilkmann, XPUB), varia, Rotterdam, NL
    • It Is As If We Were Doing Work (with Lídia Pereira, Alina Lupu, Gui Machiavelli), varia, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2014
  • 2012
    • 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 (NL)

Selected Talks, Presentations, Lectures



As varia

Residencies, Commissions, Grants, Awards, Acquisitions

  • 2019
    • KABK Research Grant 2020
    • Five Years of Captured Captchas, made with Sebastian Schmieg, was acquired by Fotomuseum Winterthur
  • 2017
    • 56 Broken Kindle Screens, made with Sebastian Schmieg, and Blank on Demand, made with Giulia Ciliberto were acquired by the MoMA Library as part of Paul Soulellis’ Library of The Printed Web
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
    • OFFSET, residency in Ravenna, IT

Thesis Supervision



    • Networked Media, Piet Zwart Institute (study period), Rotterdam, NL
    • Visual and Multimedia Communication MA, Iuav University of Venice, IT
    • METU, Middle East Technical University of Ankara (exchange), TR
    • Industrial Design BA at Politecnico di Bari, IT

Academic Projects

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

Board Activities

  • 2020
    • External Examiner, Master in Situated Design, AKV|St. Joost (graduation)
  • 2019
    • External Jury Member, Design department of the Sandberg Instituut (graduation)
    • External Examiner, Master in Graphic Design, AKV|St. Joost (graduation)
  • 2018
    • Judge, HP Research Award, Willem De Kooning Academy

Selected Reviews

Selected Press

  • Libération: «Algotaylorism», plus Web la vie
  • Widewalls: Order an Art Exhibition Online and Have it Delivered to Your Home!
  • Revue Esprit: De la classe virtuelle aux ouvriers du clic by Antonio Casilli
  • European Photography: The European Photography List of 40 Books
  • Frieze: What Role Do Photographers Play in an Increasingly Automated Image Culture?
  • Leuzerner Zeitung: Wenn die Flügel erlahmen
  • Kunstforum 243 (Austria): Totgesagte leben länger
  • El Diario: Las vergüenzas de internet, a la venta: el mercadillo negro de la Red llega a España
  • Abitare: Natura e artificio al Maxxi by Francesca Oddo
  • We Make Money Not Art: DADABOT. The role of algorithms in cultural production
  • Corriere della Sera – La Lettura: Crac & Successi – I conti (da rifare) di Kickstarter
  • 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
  • Le idee peggiori di Kickstarter: nemmeno un dollaro raccolto
  • 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