City of the future: meet the Jury Panel for the S+T+ARTS Open Call

City of the future: an opportunity for European Artists

On the 1st October we launched  “City of the future – S+T+ARTS Open Call for Artists” , a project aimed at the exploration of  the intersection between Science, Technology and the Arts, supported by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and the European Commission within  S+T+ARTS programme.

The Open Call is addressed both to single artist and collectives based in Europe; a prize of 17,000 euros and a three-months residency in collaboration with a tech partner (a company or research centre) and a cultural partner (producers, curators and independent organisations based in Turin) will be awarded to the winners.

The Jury Panel

The three winning project will be selected by an independent committee of Italian and European professionals. We are happy to work with them on this project and today we officially introduce them:

Ilaria Bonacossa

Director of Artissima since 2017, Ilaria Bonacossa is curator and art critic. Graduated in History of Contemporary Art at the State University of Milan, after a master’s in curatorial studies at Bard College, United States, she collaborates in New York with the Whitney Museum. Curator for seven years at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation (Turin), from 2012 to 2017 she was Artistic Director of  Villa Croce Museum (Genoa) and since 2014 she has been curator of the permanent contemporary art installations of Antinori Art Projects. In 2013 he curated Katrin Sigurdardottir’s project at the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

She was a member of the Technical Committee for acquisitions of the FRAC Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur museum in Marseille, a member of the Scientific Committee of the PAC in Milan and director for Italy of the international Artist Pension Trust program. In 2007 she was a member of the Jury for the Golden Lion of the 52nd Venice Biennale of Art. Since 2016 he has been the artistic director of the La Raia Foundation. Since 2017 he has been a member of the selection committee of the Prince Pierre Prize, Monaco.

Mariona Ciller

Graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with a double major in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication and Art History disciplines. Master of Science (M.Sc), Mass Media & Management Studies, and Assistant Professor at the same university teaching classes on free software tools and open culture. Posteriorly graduated from the Fab Academy (CBA/MIT) with a diploma in Digital Fabrication and Electronics. Her thesis “The Free Culture Project”, which fuses the potential of technology with the transforming power of education is a turning point in her career towards territories of the reinvention of the world of teaching and learning hand in hand with emerging technologies.

In 2015, co-founded SokoTech, a digital social innovation laboratory, bringing together an intersectoral team of experts in the conception and production of projects on the humanities, science, and technology frontier. Postgraduate in Design Research & Management of Educational Evaluation and Research by the Higher Institute of Education and Sciences of Lisbon (ISEC); Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Computer Sciences & Human-Computer Interaction in Digital Making at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Lorenzo Germak

Architect, 45 years old, founder of Paratissima in 2005 and CEO of PRS Srl – Paratissima Produzioni & Servizi – Social Enterprise since 2017, a company that creates events and services in the field of contemporary art, creativity and design. He also carries out his professional activity as a consultant and project manager in the fields of cultural and sports marketing, territorial development and real estate management aimed at socio-cultural projects.

Federica Patti

Federica Patti (b. 1983) is an independent curator based in Bologna. Her research focuses on contemporary experimental art movements, with a particular interest in multimedia, liminal practices, emerging artists as well as interactive and participatory projects. She actively collaborates with several institutions, galleries and festivals such as CUBO – Centro Unipol Bologna, and Romaeuropa Festival on the development and realisation of projects devoted to this research curating exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops.

She co-founded ROBOT, an international festival dedicated to digital arts and electronic music, running the call4roBOt open call, special projects and AV section. In 2016 she joined IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). Since 2013 she is a frequent contributor for Artribune magazine, and Digicult.

In 2010 she graduated at the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum with a master thesis on interactivity in contemporary art. She worked as project manager for Ælia Media by Pablo Helguera in 2011 and joined the curatoral collective LaRete Art Projects. In 2012 she also worked as a production manager and contributed to the catalogue for the video show The Eye of the Collector at Arte Fiera Art First in Bologna. Together with Julia Draganović, she curated the exhibition and crowdfunding campaign Funding for Isola as the fourth chapter of LaRete Art Projects’ long-term project Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration in Milan.

In 2014 she co-curated TALK | SHOW, a cycle of talks at Galleria civica di Modena devoted to key themes of artistic practices today: space. The same year she also curated the first international artist in residence project for digital art in Bologna with Icaro Zorbar (CO) which included a workshop, performance and exhibition at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. Thanks to the Movin’Up grant, in November-December 2014 she was a curator-in-residence at IDARTES, Bogotà (CO) in order to develop the exchange project inside the UNESCO cities of music network and with the same aim, she participated to the ICI’s Second Curatorial Intensive program in Bogotà (CO) in 2015.

Valentina Tanni

Valentina Tanni is an art historian, curator and lecturer. Her research focuses on the relationship between art and technology, with a particular focus on internet culture. She is adjunct professor of Digital Art at Politecnico University in Milan and lecturer of the course Culture Digitali (Digital Cultures) at NABA. Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. She is also currently part of Artribune’s editorial team as a writer, managing editor and social media consultant.

Jasmina Tesanovic

Jasmina Tesanovic is a Feminist and political activist (Women in Black; CodePink) and a writer (15 books), journalist, musician, translator and film director. In 1978 she promoted the first feminist conference in Eastern Europe, “Drug-ca Zena” (Belgrade). With Slavica Stojanovic she designs and creates the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans, “Feminist 94”. She is the author of “Diary of a Political Idiot”, translated in 12 languages: a real time war diary written during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo. Since then she has been publishing her works on blogs and other media, always connected to the Internet.
One of the founders of Casa Jasmina, smart home of the future in Turin, author of the manifesto and movement Internet of Women Things. She writes in three languages and lives between Turin, Belgrade, Austin and Ibiza.

Giulia Tomasello

Giulia Tomasello is a designer committed to female’s healthcare and its innovation, combining biotechnology and interactive wearables. Winner of Re-FREAM, STARTS Prize and WORTH Partnership, awarded from EU Horizon 2020, for her projects Alma, Future Flora and Rethinking the Bra. Giulia offers a new deeper knowledge of female’s wellbeing, developing innovative tools in the intersection between medical and social sciences.

Coded Bodies is her teaching platform designed to learn basics of soft wearables and an exploration of biological textiles. Tomasello is currently a visiting lecturer at Politecnico di Milano. The last prize she won is the World Omoshiroi Japanese Award, achieved this year for her multidisciplinary work. 

Interested in applying to the Open Call?

Then check all the details for submitting your projects. The deadline is 30 November 2020. For any doubt or further information write us at