Hi, i’m Giacomo and

I’m an information designer with a strong fascination for

critical cartography

and

internet geographies

. I’m particularly interested in questioning the ethics of

machine learning systems

and to build my own

datasets

. I occasionally develop my own tools to do some

graphic design

, or to gather information from the

internet

. Apart from that, i photograph weird food and i share music with my brother on a weekly basis. If you are interested in this random nonsense, feel free to write me digitally or physically.




Last update:
31/03/2019

Atlas of Perpetual Slavery ↓

This book wants to bring insights to the Caporalato system and an overview to both the main agricultural activities in Italy and to how this topic is being discussed. Caporalato, a seasonal and regional system targeted towards hiring farm labour at very low wages, is active all year around, but very hard to track and to prevent it. Based on migrant interviews, satellite imagery analysis and twitter datas, a structure similar to an atlas makes this book act like a sort of manifesto suggesting possible ways to study the topic.

The liberation of Sabratha ↓

In summer 2017 the flow of migrants to Italy suddenly dropped by 87%, while at the same time different news sources started speaking about a dodgy deal between Italy and a militia situated in Sabratha, North of Libya. Triggered by a Facebook post depicting a militian with Italian supplies, this website reconstructs, through social media feeds, the clashes and conflicts that took place in Sabratha during the end of September. Furthermore, cartography is used to highlight all fightings between multiple parties contesting the ownership of migrants.

Bologna's Atlas of Civic Movements ↓

In contemporary society, the atlas is no longer just a container of maps, views and static illustrations. Its definition has expanded with the evolution of information design and, consequently, we should not currently talk of atlases in the traditional sense, but from the means of distributing analytical information. Very often it happens that when a book is published, the arguments in it are already exceeded, so we should try to contextualize and select more thoroughly the contents. Designing maps and atlases in the twenty-first century therefore means to completely rethink the process. Therefore the purpose of this thesis is to analyse the evolution of this sector considering the positive and negative aspects, potentialities and problems. Since, with the presence of digital tools and satellites, printed maps began to appear inappropriate to the evolution of the field, we started just to focus on their aesthetic, without necessarily seriously reflecting on what is happening. Here, i want to think about how the designer will have a significant role in the development of new atlases, creating for the reader different reading points. I also want to stress the importance, for designers themselves , to be more even able to code, to optimise their ways of researching and designing, which are essential aspects for the creation of future atlases.

Garbage In, Garbage Out ↓

✴This website ✴ investigates the socio-cultural biases present in machine learning algorithms and the representation of the World that is currently taught to Artificial Intelligence.

Who taught Tay? ↓

Tay, the chatbot created by Microsoft and released via Twitter in 2016, is an example of the misuse of machine learning systems. The chatbot, which learned by conversing with other Twitter accounts, started to post offensive tweets and within a day was deleted.
Who then taught Tay? How many users were participating, and from which part of the World? By finding a text file on Reddit containing a list of tweets of users who engaged with Tay, it was possible to recreate a map based on the geographies of these teachers. All of it has been achieved by retrieving, for each users the personal location that they shared on Twitter.
This interactive map is part of a larger research aimed at mapping the geographies of machine learning datasets.

Are From Earth ↓

The disproportionate and naive use of Machine learning Algorithms risks to emphasise stereotypes present in data. Whenever data reflects biases of the broader society, the learning algorithm captures and learns from these stereotypes. This is a matter of concern with Text Embeddings, a popular and worldwide used framework to represent text as vectors. Embeddings trained on Wikipedia, mainly used in softwares such as Google Home and Google Translate, or even in social media like Facebook and Instagram showcase sexism to a disturbing extent. Having vectors it’s then possible to calculate distances, therefore it appears that a word such as “Nurse” will be much more closer to “She” compared to “He”. On this website we visualize by a given input sentence the distinctions that this algorithm (Word2Vec) makes. Through a lexical analysis it’s possible to compare the subject of the written text with what is attached to it. It will therefore be possible not only to distinguish sexism but also racism (i.e. comparing names from different nationalities to the same profession).

I'm in love with the coco ↓

Who socially, culturally and geographically is teaching Artificial Intelligence?
This research tries to unveil the traces that COCO, a dataset created by Microsoft with the goal of teaching the world to computers, carry.
Starting from harmless pictures uploaded online, focusing on all the individual involved in fetching these data and describing them; this database is the raw research of a work in progress aimed at revealing how these poorly edited contents are part of disproportionate amounts of human labor, unbalanced geographies, and military applications.

Are From Earth - database ↓

An implementation of the previous website (Are from Earth), where the current platforms analyses text and generate a newer text embedding that can be used to train machine learning systems. While doing so, the database groups the texts updated by its users, to visualise whether the algorithm emphasise stereotypes.

Bologna Children's Book Fair - Database ↓

Using artificial intelligence to define new relationships between illustrators drawing styles. This interactive visualization displays the last 10 years of selected works from the Bologna Children's Book Fair organized using machine learning. To do so, a database with different types of drawing style has been created to specifically teach a machine learning algorithm to distinguish between different types of strokes and textures, gouaches and collages.

Emilia Paranoica ↓

By using machine learning, ✴this✴ website collects, on a monthly basis, random images of Bologna (Italy) retrieved from Google Street View. It then displays all the pictures it finds containing graffiti. With the goal of redefining a city's cartography by the often political, often random content of these hidden artefacts, maps will be used to highlite different clusters of reoccurent themes.

Fantatlas ↓

Archiving fanta cans. Because why not?

Academy of Fine Arts Bologna ↓

This ongoing project (2017 - 2019) focuses on the use of a specific application to draw multiples types of patterns. The countless variations that the tool can produce represent what the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna constitutes: creativity, multidisciplinarity and mutual inspiration between students and teachers. Specifically, this project wanted to communicate my experience and memories as a student. It aimed to evoke the places where I first met my classmates, the entrance, the corridors, the inner courtyard, as well as the discussions outside the classrooms, the collaborations during the workshops, the continuous exchange of ideas, all represented as a wide system of interdisciplinary interactions.

World White Faces ↓

On a daily basis, ✴a script✴ collects images containing faces from Google News and displays them in a webpage.

Geocities ↓

Fascinated by Geocities, the underconstruction website and by the work of the Internet Archive, ✴here✴ there is a collection of the best gifs of the old internet.

A newsletter of perfectly legal movies ↓

Redesigning the way we approach torrent websites. Made with my anonimous brother, this weekly newsletter merges the last movies released online with their plot from Imdb and trailer from Youtube.