GUEST CURATOR - Georgia Taglietti                                        

Georgia Taglietti

Aug. 23 – 27, 2021

Georgia Taglietti is a visionary proponent of contemporary art, music, and digital culture. For over 25 years she worked as the Director of Communication for Sónar Festival – one of the world’s first and foremost conferences on “Advanced Music and Multimedia Art.” However, her job title doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what she does and what her work means to so many with whom she has collaborated. Georgia lives for the crossroads, the moments of synthesis where music, technology, art, and design merge to create our contemporary culture and shift our collective consciousness. She does not, however, wait idly at the corner, she builds the bridges herself. Georgia brings together legendary creative minds, advocates for young talents, teaches students at various universities, and mentors the next generation on strategic ways of creating and supporting new music, technology, and art. We are honored and eager to share her view of today’s news and the media landscape.

“From health to crypto, from microbiome to creators… the future is our present.”
- Georgia Taglietti

Georgia is a corporate strategist and branding and communication consultant. She worked for Sónar festival since its inception, as Director of Communication and PR, among other roles, developing and implementing the brand message in all communication channels, especially on social media and internationally, as well as developing the PR and marketing strategy. Georgia currently collaborates as a guest lecturer and speaker at various European events and universities, and teaches master classes in numerous master's degrees at various educational centres. Another one of her main activities is mentoring startups and companies focused on the circular and/or cultural economy, with a particular focus on sustainability and non-profit activities. Georgia is also responsible for the management of artist Laurent Garnier and sits on the board of the international platform for women in music


“I lost my mum to mouth cancer when she was 87. She had a long and full life, with many tragedies and many glorious days. I worked on the festival until the last day and once the festival finished I moved to Italy to take care of her for her last days on Earth. We spent three weeks of ups and downs from hospital to the care home she was living (a small intimate facilities where she was quietly ending her life) and when she was reaching the end and much in pain we finally got our spot in the palliative care Domus Salutis in Brescia, Italy. Landing there after the stress of hospital wards and more was literally landing in heaven. She was taken off all her meds except the palliative one, and her face started to be luminous and in peace. I feel so grateful to the team and the outstanding doctor who shared with us the last days of her life. Palliative care should be accessible to anyone and most of all we should thank everyday the carers who live through very stressful situations with a smile and a hug both for the patient and the family.⁠“

What I’ve Learned Over a Lifetime of Caring for the Dying
Published by the NY Times
Written by Dr. Lynn Hallarman
Aug. 11, 2021

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“In a world were our health debate is at present constantly on the cover of all tabloids all over the world, we seem to forget that there are also other investigations going on which are working on understanding the food science and our body functions in many different levels. One of which I am mostly interested in is the research on how the “gut microbiome” can affect our physical and mental health from birth. Having a friend which is been diagnosed with Crohn disease, having experienced a very weird (not proved) severe allergy to Gluten (though it is not celiac) later in my life… and with still a lot of questions in my mind on stress levels, immunology and mental health I leaned more and more into this type of research and found also “Psychoneuroimmunology” which is worth checking if you do not know what is about. Is the gut’s health more important than our brain, and are they both linked?⁠”

Unlocking the ‘gut microbiome’ – and its massive significance to  our health
Published by The Guardian
Written by Rebecca Seal
July 11, 2021

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“From the title, this article is quite misleading. I do not agree necessarily on the choice (clickbait, Richard?) of words for such an important interview and presentation of possibly the most important neuroscientist in this century. How I started getting curious on Karl Deisseroth? Reading another article which I religiously saved in my Flipboard magazine, the Health one, about Non-Syndromic Retinitis Pigmentosa and the PIONEER study (Google it as it is worth checking), I connected that Karl was the man behind Optogenetics. “… Optogenetics is now its own field, its techniques and principles used in hundreds of laboratories across the world to advance understanding of the circuits of the brain and the consequences of conditions such as schizophrenia, autism and dementia…Last month, the Swiss neurologist Botond Roska published a study that showed how he had used optogenetic principles on a human retina to partially restore the sight of a blind person.” All thank to cells from light-sensitive algae and Karl Deisseroth studies and investigations. Worth understanding the value of science, medical sciences. Now and forever.⁠”

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth: ‘Coronavirus has changed us all’
Published by The Guardian
Written by Richard Godwin
June 12, 2021

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“Is crypto the new Gold? How non sustainable is crypto? Is Crypto fake money? Is NFT a dirty word? Ha ha ha⁠
Amy Francombe writes this great piece about the value of blockchain and “de-crypts” some biased take on the cyber money and ownership issues.⁠
Diversity, intersectionalism, equality seems impossible in a cyberspace which represents only a tiny part of the world. What about the unconnected? What about the ones which do not have access to those languages, codes, alternate worlds? “We’ve got to start looking at how we pre-distribute wealth and resources, rather than redistribute it, and crypto could be a space to do that” – Diana Sinclair, Herstory DAO founder”⁠
Crypto can do good, just it depends on who trades it and for which purpose. Like any other thing in life. Live ethically.⁠“

New kid on the blockchain: the young people using crypto for good
Published by Dazed
Written by Amy Francombe
Illustration by Callum Abbott
July 22, 2021

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“I had the pleasure to meet Kate Crawford at Sónar+D in Barcelona a while ago. I was really impressed not only for her witty mind but also by her warm character. So when I read the title of this article I thought: this is exactly how I remember her. I could not agree more. Debunking the myth of AI as an abstract superior concept mere mortals can’t really understand is not only realistic and necessary, but should be mandatory. All of us, we fear the unknown. But what if the unknown is the solution to be better humans, as soon as we understand its process? Also what Kate Crawford highlights is the bare backstage of building AI. Which is extremely similar to the industrial process of general products and consuming goods: “…We’ve got a long way to go before this is green technology. Also, systems might seem automated but when we pull away the curtain we see large amounts of low paid labour, everything from crowd work categorising data to the never-ending toil of shuffling Amazon boxes. AI is neither artificial nor intelligent. It is made from natural resources and it is people who are performing the tasks to make the systems appear autonomous.” Later in the article you will find also more references to the biased and non democratic principles which rules AI as much as the crypto world described in the previous post.⁠

Microsoft’s Kate Crawford: ‘AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’
Published by The Guardian
Written by Zoë Corbyn
Photograph by Stephen Oxenbury 
June 6, 2021

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“Quoting the author: ‘The Attention Economy monetizes an audience they speak at while the Creator Economy turns that audience into a real asset: a community they engage with. The audience itself is a liability dressed up as an asset in that it costs more to acquire than the value that you capture from it*.’ There are far too many discussions about how to define the Creator Economy, and less discussions about making it sustainable and definitively groundbreaking. The “Economy” definition “per se” could be even more controversial, as the real shift, the real revolution, would be the day we could stop using the word “asset” and define the concept of “profit making”. What needs to change is how we exchange and perform goods, tasks and revenues. What is also urgent is to re-define the way we think about metrics in a Creator Economy, as if we apply the old numbers we won’t create a new era where the ownership should be far more important than the profit making and likes.”

From The Attention Economoy To The Creator Economy: A Paradigm Shift
Published by Forbes
Written by Clara Lindh Bergendorff
Image from SuperStock. Painting by Michelangelo “di Lodovico Buonarroti Simini”
May 12, 2021

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““Colony collapse disorder”. It is not a new human illness, nor a mental health issue. It actually is how the disappearance of bees is called. The fantastic editorial platform “Atlas of the Future” - kicked off by chief editor since not long ago- @lisagoldapple, published this #MustRead article on a “massive citizen science experiment” (oh I wish there would be more projects like this one, and not only for the hives) using technology, data, geo-localization and more for a good cause. The reason I picked up this piece is not only to share climate change and agriculture damage news, but also to stress the importance of the correct use of our technological advances. While the world discusses much about privacy and fake news (mostly the readers), parallel communities apply the new tools, investigation, and creative wit to actually impact for change, or for good. Technology is a resource, not an end in itself.⁠“

Join the hive, save the bees
Published by Atlas of the Future
Written by Lisa Goldapple
Image source OS Beehives
Feb. 22, 2021 

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“When we drop the “globalisation” vocabulary, most of the times we certainly know very little about Africa and its complexities. This is why articles like this one are needed in order to offer visibility to the challenges and the local perspectives, as well as inspiration for people all over the world. I admit also that it is the first time I heard and read the word “Tech-preneurs” which (Google Dixit) is “a subset of entrepreneurs and can be defined as those who manage to harvest technology and convert every seemingly minor opportunity into a successful commercial reality. Techpreneurs successfully leverage high-end technology and advanced business practices to reinvent and reshape the society around them”. And wish to dig deeper on the concept. The truth is that “technology is more accessible than ever before, but in Sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute just 30 per cent of the tech industry’s professionals”. Meet 6 women changing the numbers and changing the world around them:
Odunayo Eweniyi, Yewande Akomolafe-Kalu, Damilola Odufuwa, Eloho Omame, Oluwaseun Runsewe, Adia Sowho“

6 Women On Being At The Forefront Of West Africa’s Tech Boom
Published by Vogue UK
Written by Vincent Desmond
May 11, 2021

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“Along the lines of the last post, and taking the discussion further about the non-globalisation of culture, here is a wonderful piece about Kuniko Tsurita, and female Manga artists in 70’s Japan. Re-writing history through the eyes of intersectionalism and non androgenic culture is one of the mandatory tasks for educators and historians around the world. We need to re-surface, and most of the time, discover, the women and LGBT+ communities in the arts who have been buried and silenced, and who have, despite their cultural rejection, created, denounced, revolted against censorship. Through the words of Gabrielle Bellot, and with so many beautiful artistic references of some of my also revered artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, I have discovered an artist, an icon, in a far away land called Japan, still a very opaque country when we discuss female power. And as my last words in this last post: thank you Max for trusting me on this curation. Pls never go to bed without learning something new about the world and about us, humans. Thanks for reading.⁠”

The Groundbreaking Female Artist Who Shaped Manga History
Published by The Atlantic
Written by Gabrielle Bellot
Aug. 5, 2020

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Bonus article from Georgia Taglietti

A love heart made out of sheep: Australian farmer pays tribute to his aunt
Published by Guardian
Written by Royce Kurmelovs
Aug. 25, 2021

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