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Maker Art: a brand new session and Call

One of the many new features of #MFR19 is “Maker Art” an innovative project of synergistic pathways between international makers and artists 


Art and Technology with Joaquin Fargas


Maker Art is one of the main new features of the upcoming Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition” scheduled to take place in the Rome from 18 to 20 October 2019.

In fact, Maker Art is a session  that aims to investigate the relationship between contemporary art and new technologies, through the creation of synergistic and integrated pathways between selected international makers and artists and it is as well as a “Call” .



The aim is to create a genuine exhibition of interactive installations within the event that is able to interact with visitors by offering many different ways of interpreting the culture of technological innovation.


Sneak Peek 

In addition to large installations of artificial intelligence, robotics, sound art, video art…the section will also include “pop up art”, referred to as happenings, that can continuously “jolt” the viewer in its path.



For the first time in Italy, artists will have the opportunity to collaborate with companies in the technology sector, by forging a real connection between art, science and technological innovation.


Who will be exhibiting?

There will be artists of international fame such as:

Bill Vorn, Canadian, a leading authority in Robotic Art with his “Copacabana”, a robotic dance performance;

Patrick Tresset, a London based artist who uses small robotic arms to make different portraits of the audience;

Mattia Casalegno, video artist from Naples by birth but long-term New Yorker, who is the curator of a non-profit exhibition space called Room Service, dedicated to site-specific projects and new media

Cod.Act, an internationally renowned French collective who will bring their πTon, a gigantic sound spiral; 

Joaquin Fargas, an internationally renowned Argentinian who integrates art, science and technology in his varied and artistic production.+His work is based both on proposals of utopian concepts and on feasible projects on universal themes such as human life, environmental protection, social relations, stimulating with his artistic creations questions and reflections that concern all of us and the world around us.


The Robotic Artist Patrick Tresset


What  will make this session special?

It will be possible to “experience” all this and more at the next Maker Faire Rome.  


Who is helping to make this happen?

The Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition enjoys the valuable collaboration of institutional partners such as the ICE  – Italian Trade Agency, an Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies. In particular, the Agency’s support is part of a broader support offered by the Ministry of Economic Development for initiatives that promote competitiveness and innovation.

Moreover on the broad educational front, Maker Faire has also been able to count on the consolidated multi-annual collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (Miur) to conduct a Call for Schools and Universities and the Educational Day, that is attended by thousands of students accompanied by their teachers.

Among the institutional partners, this year also includes Regione Lazio that, together with Maker Faire Rome, will activate a series of courses aimed at helping companies improve their production processes thanks to the support of 4.0 technologies.

Furthermore the Region will also provide its own exhibition space within the Fair to showcase the best innovation made il Lazio territory.


πTon by Cod.Act


Why Maker Art?

Maker Faire Rome – explains Lorenzo Tagliavanti, President of the Rome Chamber of Commerce – is a consolidated platform, it is the place where Science meets innovation, from the ground up, by also offering training, networking and business and is, therefore, an accelerator of the innovation process for the whole of Europe. Becouse of the event is also evolving thanks to co-creation effort , we are carrying out new projects”.

And there’s more. “The new feature, Maker Art is a testament to how contemporary art is increasingly meeting science and technology by experimenting with new forms and contents and it is no coincidence – concludes Tagliavanti – that we are seeing a larger number of European calls for proposals that promote innovation for industries and SMEs by utilising the arts“.


Who supported and supports Maker Faire Rome?

Over the years, many institutional partners have supported and continue to sustain the event through sponsorships and various collaborations,

  • European Commission,
  • Prime Minister’s Office, Italian Ministry of Economic Development,
  • Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research,
  • the Ministry of the Environment
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Veneto
  • American Embassy
  • Italia Lavoro
  • the Agency for Digital Italy, Unioncamere 
  • Roma Capitale


Inferno, Bill Vorn (Robotic Art)