Unleashing Screensaver: May 22nd

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Mary Meixner No Comments

Marco Cadioli, artist and teacher, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Scuola di Nuove Tecnologie dell’arte, Milano.

The course deals with artistic practices which focus on the digital age and Internet culture. Students are encouraged to create their own personal artworks in the context of digital media practices, finding inspiration from the analysis of numerous artworks in the field of digital and net art, while supporting the lecture with theoretical debates.


Catch me

Artists: Marta Cassibba, Eugenio Cinalli, Jacopo De Giuseppe, Irene De Luca, Francesca Gariboldi, Marta Gerace, Giada Lanzotti, Elena Maradei


The project is focused on the screensaver’s poetry, whose main feature is to disappear when there is interaction with it.

Classical myths often place us in front of something that should not be looked at, touched, listened to or opened, otherwise the result will be its disappearance, or ours.

Taking into consideration the myth of “Orpheus and Eurydice”, we find an Orfeo that, since he’s afraid of not being able to bring Euridice back from the dead, breaks the pact stipulated with the goddess Persephone, turning his back to check if his lover was following him through their escape from Hades. That’s when he loses her forever.

Mermaids are also creatures that deal with humans in this manner, forcing mariners to their end if they are not strong enough to resist the temptation of listening to their chant.

We’re trying to recreate the action of “turning back, losing everything you’ve achieved” with images on the screen that are lost once someone interacts with them and, opposite to that, we’re testing the strength of the viewer to resist the mermaid’s chant and becoming “lost at sea” through his/her ability to interact providently with the screensaver, making the “treat” disappear.

These concepts have been represented through different routes, varying from generative aesthetics, 2D programmed animation and the more classical approach that is the video. With this behavior we are creating a system in which the viewer will be drawn to, although he won’t be able to find resolution. 

clipboard01 Giada Lanzotti: Don’t press to start (provocatory image)



Marta Cassibba, Jacopo De Giuseppe, Francesca Gariboldi, Marta Gerace, Giada Lanzotti, Elena Maradei: .Orpheus_Eurydice. (video)


Eugenio Cinalli: CatchMe.exe (VVVV program, 2017-18)

Special thanks go to AmaLee for the english cover of “Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Hitori Omou)” from Fire Emblem Fates
Vocals & Lyrics: AmaLee (http://www.youtube.com/leeandlie)
Music: Mike Reed IX (http://www.youtube.com/mikereedix)
Mix: Shawn Christmas & Freddy



Irene De Luca: .. … . .. … .  (a VVVV program, 2017-18)

Part of Unleashing Screensaver & Unleashing exhibitions
Apr 1 – May 31, 2018
concept & coordination: (c) merry
supported by PAF & Teachers College, Columbia University and City of Brno


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