Emilio Vavarella is a third-year PhD candidate in Harvard’s Film and Visual Studies program. His work blends interdisciplinary art practice and theoretical research and is centered around the study of the relationship between humans and technological power.
He holds an M.A. cum laude in Visual Arts from Iuav University of Venice, with study abroad fellowships at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv and Bilgi University of Istanbul and received a B.A. cum laude in Visual, Cultural, and Media Studies from the University of Bologna.
His artworks have been exhibited at many of the most prestigious festivals of media arts, among which: EMAF - European Media Art Festival; JMAF - Japan Media Arts Festival; Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media; BVAM - Media Art Biennale; and NYEAF New York Electronic Arts Festival. Esteemed venues that have exhibited Emilio’s work include: Museo de Arte de Caldas; Villa Manin; Museo Nacional Bellas Artes in Santiago; National Art Center of Tokyo; Eyebeam Art and Technology Center; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Fondazione Studio Marangoni and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. In 2015 his installation MEMORYSCAPES was awarded the prestigious First Prize for Emerging Art of the Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Art.
Emilio has been invited to present his work at: ISEA - International Symposium on Electronic Arts; Goldsmiths University of London; the University of East London; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and SIGGRAPH. His academic writings have been published in major peer-reviewed journals such as Leonardo - The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press), Digital Creativity (Routledge), and CITAR Journal – Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. His writings have also appeared in the book Behind the Smart World: Saving, Deleting and Resurfacing Data produced by the AMRO Research. Additionally, he has produced artists books in limited editions, most notably fragments (2015), and the MNEMODRONE Series (2014-ongoing).
His work has been recently discussed in Artforum and Neural, in books such as The New Aesthetic and Art: Constellations of the Postdigital (Institute of Network Culture), and in peer-reviewed journals such as Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Visual Culture, Studi Culturali and Visual Communication Quarterly. Additionally, Vavarella's work has been frequently covered by global media outlets such as Wired (American, Italian, and Japanese editions), Le Monde, LaRepubblica, and Folha De S.Paulo.