about roberta

Roberta Colavecchio is an Italian researcher currently based in Amsterdam. She completed a PhD in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale" with a dissertation entitled “Residual Aesthetics. Political Ecology of Matter and Re-Cycling Technologies within Contemporary Art Landscape”. Her research interests are specifically located in the field of new media theory at the intersection with the transdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies and postcolonial theory. From this double perspective, she addresses contemporary cultural processes by probematizing the themes of difference, migration, mobility, globalization, investigated through technology, contemporary art and aesthetics. She contributes to an Italian quarterly journal of arts and culture, for which she edits the section 'Technoculture'. She is member of the Technocultures Research Unit and the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and collaborates as researcher and curator to the Matri-Archive of the Mediterranean, a digital archive, a website and forthcoming app for mobile devices, collecting female artistic practices in and/or about the Mediterranean area.

the shape of many cities

Each organism in every species is surrounded by its Umwelt, an "island of the senses" that is always a considerable simplification of the information and energy provided by any milieu. The Umwelt of the organism is precisely as complex as the organs of that organism [...] Organisms are sense-bubbles, monads composed of coextensive overlapping beings and fragments of milieus, enclosing and carrying with them elements, one might even understand them as musical counterpoints, that are only given outside, to which the organism is itself a brilliant and inventive response.

(E. Grosz - Chaos, Territory, Art, 2008)

Frosolone. A place where to feel weird | Napoli. A place where to feel at home | Cardiff. A place where to feel young | London. A place where to feel messy | New York. A place where to feel wondering | Amsterdam. A place where to feel inspired

My organism's "islands of the senses".
The Umwelten to (and through) which it has been attempting, and always attempts to respond. Inventively.

Umwelt is the world as seen and experienced from the subjective point of view of a singular form of life. An urban weed, an old recipe, a fisherman, a still-life found in a museum: each of them establishes its own environment. The convivium then as a conversation of different Umwelten. (Maas & Pasquinelli, 2007)

Multiple units of survival: my-organism-in-its-environments.
Encounters. Communal feasts. Convivia.

The emergent shape of many cities: a totality exceeded by its parts. The digital, portioned, networked ecology of dis-connected spaces.

How do we respond to our environments?
What's your response-ability to them?
How do we shape (together with) them?
How do we become with(in) them?

r-evolutionary paths

Evolution comes from Latin verb evòlvere. It literally means: "to unroll, to unfold, to open out". Other meanings, relating to different semantic fields, recall the act of "coming forth gradually into being", "developing", "processing a change". R-evolutions come up as patterns of movements and transitions. Unfoldings. Eternal returns of the nascent estate, which I met, and learned to repeatedly process, on different, yet reverberating, paths:

  • technocultures' entanglements
  • cyberfeminist heteroglossias
  • cultural studies' theoretical practices
  • postcolonial theory
  • new media art
  • visual culture
  • ecosophical transversalities
  • neomaterialist figurations
  • queer viralizing transitions
  • poetry
  • writing
  • "meating" bodies
  • urbanibalism


Papers for Words to Develop Cultural Plans (Diego Cibelli with Angelo Ciniglio & Roberta Colavecchio, 2013)

Dwelling in the surrounding space. Sharing it interculturally. Fostering interdisciplinary exchanges and intraspecies encounters (humans and non-humans aggregates). Performing unpredictable citizenships.



Tarzan's House (Diego Cibelli, 2014)

A profound evolutionary reflection based on the comparison between the dynamics of the animal and the human world in relation to their food and constructed habitats.

Tarzan's House

Tarzan's House

Entangled Relation (Diego Cibelli, 2015)

performing picture book | evolving stories | sprouting images
for resilient eco-logics and practices

futures & futurity

r-evolving projects | synergetic researches | be-coming sprouts

...and on and on and on


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