Clusterduck
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Clusterduck is an interdisciplinary collective working at the crossroads of research, design and filmmaking, focusing on the processes and actors behind the creation of Internet related content. Clusterduck is a germinal collective intelligence born out of the hybridization of online and real-life interactions. Clusterduck is an attempt to mess with social engineering by means of symbolic manipulation. Clusterduck is a bunch of badass internectuals who like to waste time online. Clusterduck is the weird kid staring at you from across the virtual schoolyard. Clusterduck is the incidental manifestation of these messed up times. Clusterduck is contemplating the depths of Internet. Clusterduck is working on artistic curation, visual design, filmmaking, networking and research, and openly looking for collaborators. Clusterduck is working on various projects in different fields.

Our main goal at the moment is the development of a long-feature documentary about digital art and pattern recognition. We are also in the process of building an online, open-access archive of past and present forms of digital art. Next to this, we are constantly involved in various projects in the fields of publishing, research, activism and design, reflecting the heterogeneous skills and interests of our founding members. We are currently looking for collaborators in the fields of data analysis, data visualization and machine learning, but please feel free to contact us for other proposals, suggestions or simply for giving us feedback on our work!

Franziska Von Guten

Franziska Von Guten
Badass Internectual and clusterfounder
Franziska is working on a comprehensive archive of digital and new media art. The focus of Franziska’s curation work are avant-garde currents inside online underground groups. She is also leading the development of the collective’s visual identity and design, and tirelessly helping the growth of the nascent Clusternetwork. Outside Clusterduck, Franziska works as Junior Art Director for the Vice motion design team of Snapchat Germany. She curated the Instagram-based art community Post.Vision together with Nicole Ruggiero. She is a meme-maker and the admin of "just fresh dank memes".

Silvia Dal Dosso

Silvia Dal Dosso
Ducking director and clusterfounder
Silvia is assisting the many outputs of the group, creating ideas, designs, concepts, MS Paint drawings, theories, video reportages, stickers, main and side quests, secret OPs and this website. She enjoys converting her web explorations and machine interactions into the standard interface design characterizing Clusterduck's visual identity. Atm her main focus concerns the genealogy of meme characters and meme formats. She is also directing a transmedia project about digital content creators, machine learning and trend forecasting, that will incorporate the internal curatorial research of the group. Outside Clusterduck, Silvia is working as creative director for big digital brands, art and music projects.

Aria Mag

Aria Mag
Analytical Engine and clusterfounder
Aria is managing the collective’s various production efforts, selecting and processing information flows, coordinating the collective’s public relations, co-curating the group's artistic activity and the production of filmic projects. Outside Clusterduck, she's a cyborg shaped by the teachings of Antonio Caronia and Paolo Rosa among others, an hacktivist of online and offline social movements, a videom(h)acker whose work has been featured at Triennale di Milano, Fabbrica del Vapore, Blaak 10, Willem De Kooning Academy, Centro Pecci, and displayed on La Repubblica, Rai, Corriere and Digicult.

Noel Nicolaus

Noel Nicolaus
Participant Observer and clusterfounder
Noel is assisting the general communication strategy of the collective, contributing to its conceptual framework and theoretical research efforts. He is also involved in social media management and curation, as well as in the organization of events and interdisciplinary project management. Outside Clusterduck, he has been researching in the fields of citizenship and critical urban studies. He is currently working as social media manager and editor. In his spare time, he loves to ponder upon the ironies of history and being a flâneur.

Tommaso Cappelletti

Tommaso Cappelletti
Hoefessional pro and clusterfounder
Tomato, native alien of the digital and pop cultural landscape, contributes to the creation and implementation of the visual identity of the collective. He co-manages social media outputs and guerrilla marketing operations. Outside Clusterduck, Tommaso is a Digital Designer and Art Director. He co-founed Nefula, the first Italian studio practicing the Near Future Design methodology. He works in digital design, filmmaking and post-production across Italy, Germany and America.

Pietro Parisi

Pietro Parisi
aka Superinterneto
Pietro is involved as developer and UX-designer, building Web-GL animations for clusterduck.space, iamthefamous.me, delicios and many other future projects. Outside Clusterduck, Pietro is a game and web developer. After his MA degree at HKU in the Netherlands, he went on to create Superinternet.space, a multi-user 3D drawing platform built with Javascript. He also created Drillo, Fareste, Finger Fu, and many other games, mainly with Unity and Pico-8, and developed a series of abstract interactive animations for the visuals of the Lesbianitj Tour by Italian music and art collective Pop X.

Gregorio Magini

Gregorio Magini
Cognitive Worker
Greg built this site and generally helps the cluster with his technical expertise in web design and development. Apart from coding, he loves to write fiction. He created a method for collaborative writing, "Collective Industrial Writing", which he used to mass-produce In territorio nemico (minimum fax 2013), an historical novel with 115 authors.

Jules Durand

Jules Durand
The Meme Connoisseur
Jules is an artist and designer involved in the making of the Meme Manifesto, as well as a visual and theoretical expert in memetic studies. Outside Clusterduck, Jules is studying graphic design and typography at ESAAB (NEVERS). The focus of Jules’s graphic work is the interaction between digital and printed matter, approaching digital culture from a specific point of view. He sees memes as cultural transmission vectors.

Emma Magrini

Emma Magrini
The Graphic Lolipop
Born in 1991, Italian, but never felt so. Passionate in sports, inner worlds, friendship, continuously nurturing and destroying relationships, addicted to love. Aiming to become a superheroine-warrior, "Heart Girl". Constantly dealing with things that are true and false, finding pleasure in giving and sharing — to carry out a first-of-all-personal-political evolution. Graphic Designer since 2013, loves cinema and all things moving.

Eugenio Pizzorno

Eugenio Pizzorno
Transmedia Producer
Guerrilla videographer and clusterfounder, Eugenio aka Fubar Kool-Aid acted as a socratic provocateur in the early stages of the collective's formation and worked on the development of Clusterduck's documentary film project. He mostly works as a digital pimp and a 360° videographer, across all stages of production, shooting and cutting almost anything you can think of. His main area of focus is urban anthropology. Two of his greatest passions are etymologies and robotic insects.

Doreen A. Rios

Doreen A. Rios
Sass Provider at Antimateria
Doreen has contributed to Clusterduck's artistic research and sustained the production of filmic material. She graduated from a MA in Contemporary Curation at Winchester School of Arts, University of Southampton, specialising in digital cultures and from a BA in Architecture at Tecnológico de Monterrey, specialising in visual representation. Her work focuses on the research and curation of digital art and post-digital practices. She’s also the founder of [ANTI]MATERIA, a platform that aims to facilitate international exchange between art professionals, researchers and theorists interested in digital practices.

Chaglar Cha

Chaglar Cha
AI Enslaver and Crypto Anarchist
Technical consultant of cyber projects and navigator through the dirty parts of the web. You can find him mining datasets, hunting Nazis on the web and building models to mimic human behaviour. At daytime he's a physicist, PhD researcher in computational neuroscience, and data scientist. At night he's drowning in the crypto space, seriously obsessed with the question of how much digital freedom our world can handle - whether it's about piracy, private communication or the sheer will to power.

Giacomo Equizi

Giacomo Equizi
The Smiling Visualizer
Giacomo is a baker @webcamcookies, cooperating with Tommaso and assisting the product design of the collective. Outside Clusterduck Giacomo works as freelance graphic and comunication designer in different fields. He co-founded Nefula, investigating future scenarios and transmedia narratives. With Jonathan he designs graphics for various electronic music events and artists. He is also member of the music collective Intro-spettiva. If you don't find him in front of his computer he is probably travelling somewhere on his bike.

Martin Wawrzyczek

Martin Wawrzyczek
The Post-Curatorial Pseudonista
Martin selectively develops collaborative relationships across the cultural, non-profit and commercial sectors. Outside Clusterduck, Martin is a multi-disciplinary creative at the intersection of digital visualization and production of site-specific, trans-medial experiences - inherently conceiving related opportunities realized from within the cluster. Martin's experience dates back to producing experimental projects prior to the emergence of YouTube.