The futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard; writers and essayists Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling; Pope Francis’s head of communications Lucio Adrián Ruiz; actor Elio Germano; dark web expert Carola Frediani; the oldest influencer in Italy Licia Fertz (89 years old and 65,000 followers on Instagram); comic strip artist and illustrator Makkox; chef Antonello Colonna; comedians and videomakers The Jackal; and the conductor of La Fura dels Baus, Pep Gatell: these are just a few of the influential figures at the 2019 edition of Internet Festival-Forme di Futuro, the event that has been analyzing the evolution of digital ecosystems for the last nine years.
The #regoledelgioco (rules of the game) are the theme of #IF2019 from 10 to 13 October. The aim is to explore the effects of digital innovation in citizenship, democracy, information, research, entertainment and sport, entrepreneurship, privacy and business, with a focus on the lack of rules or excessive regulation. When required, the rules should be shared and never restrictive. This theme is fitting for the fifteenth anniversary since the switch-on of the first IT study cycle in Italy, in accordance with the University of Pisa.
13 themed areas comprise this year’s festival to explore the relationship between the web and contemporary society through different languages: cinema, virtual reality, TV, books, sport, art, gaming and food. The festival takes place in 13 locations all over the city: Camera di Commercio (cupola geodetica), Centro Congressi Le Benedettine, Cinema Arsenale, Cittadella Galileiana, Gipsoteca di Arte Antica, Logge dei Banchi, Lumière, Manifatture Digitali Cinema, Mixart, Museo delle Navi Antiche di Pisa, Officine Garibaldi, Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Check out Digital fair play, with a focus on cybersecurity, laws and rights that digital innovation violates, sport and technology aimed at minimizing human error, with guests from the worlds of football, tennis and basketball. In ECOmmunity there will be discussions about the opportunities that the internet offers to bring humans closer to nature. And in La posta in gioco we analyze themes from the circular economy, the driving force that safeguards jobs and the ecosystem, as well as enterprise 4.0, which centres on innovation in the production process, and 5G with repercussions not only for the economy but also in society and the environment. Examples and case histories highlights what currently exists in Tuscany, in the leather district around Santa Croce, San Miniato and Pontedera and nationwide.
Plus, attention will be paid to themes of information, the internet and satire by Officine del .it, curated by Registro .it, in partnership with the editors of Il Post di Luca Sofri,and in Tech vs. Human regarding active democracy in the age of fake news and fact checking.
The Regione Toscana will provide details about the awareness-raising campaign Plastic Free against the indiscriminate use of plastic. The Cittadella Galileiana will host artists’ residencies from 5 October, featuring No Curves, the master of Tape Art, the art of “painting” with sticky tape. Before and after the festival, he will create mega-portraits of Steve Jobs, Samantha Cristoforetti and Adriano Olivetti, which will be given to the City of Pisa.
Installations include Emergency’s Escape Room, in which the public will be called upon to help virtually victims of an explosion in Afghanistan; The Sound of Crowd, a multimedia structure that turns faces into visual and sound art; the 18 x 4 metre Legambiente bubble that recreates the effect of global warming; and (Algo)ritmi di danza, a digital and interactive work of art.
Don’t miss the digital aperitivos and the exhibition-journey back in time “Hello World!”, which retraces in an innovative way three centuries of the history of calculation instruments. Equally enjoyable are the encounters with social media phenomena such as Yuri “Gordon” Sterrone, the Italian youtuber with the most views, and Valeria Vedovatti, 16, who has written a diary post on her channel every day since 2017.
Music takes centre stage at #IF2019. Tin Men & the Telephone will play their blend of acoustic jazz, electronic tunes and visual art, presenting their new album “World Domination volume 1: Furie” (Lumière, Friday 11, 9:30 pm, free). On Saturday 12, Tony Allen, an icon on the modern African music scene, will perform his most recent project “The Source” (Lumière, Saturday 12, 9:30 pm, tickets available from ticketone).
Inside a geodetic dome, the Chamber of Commerce of Pisa will explain and activate digital tools for citizens and businesses, while on 11 October a facilitator will help a group of businesspeople to face the challenges of digital transformation using LEGO® Serious play®. The T-Tour alle ex Benedettine return, offering training for youngsters (4 years and up).