Dr. Anna Cecilia Russo

PhD and Researcher in Design Aesthetics and Communications, mainly focusing on Full Body Thinking and Body/Mind Comfort theories in relation to emerging technologies and smart materials. She holds a Ph.D in Communications Studies [Science de l’Information et de la Communication – with a Thesis in Design Aesthetics] from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and she is a member of APPLA Research Center in Paris (Centre d’Approches Pragmatiques en Philosophie du Langage et de la Communication, directed by Dr. Prof. Marie-Dominique Popelard).

She previously accomplished an MA Master of Arts in Communications at IMI Brussels and she majored in Art History, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. Since 1999 she has been involved internationally in several editorial and curatorial projects, based on design and art intersections, site specific installations, unconventional materials and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art and experimental design: from one-off wearable/jewelry to furniture . She has a strong background in Media and News Editing, as former Design Editor and Scout at CondéNast Italy (2005-2014), where she covered design news, outlining trends, and launching new talents, as well as interviewing renowned professionals. She also freelanced for other publishers, and her full list of lifestyle publications ranks hundreds of voices, including articles reedited for twin magazines in Spain and Asia/Pacific formats. While accomplishing her Doctorate, she embarked on a new parallel career path in Education, starting teaching and collaborating with course planning activities at the Master Degree Program of École Boulle in Paris, at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano, and at IES Abroad, US University in Milan. She is currently one of the official speakers/tutors (English and French) at Design for Enterprises, a free range of courses provided by EU Commission throughout the 29 Member States and associated countries. Since January 2017 she has been part of the Editorial Board of peer reviewed Journal PAD – Pages on Art and Design. Besides long study and research residencies in France, in 2014 she was Research Fellow at Vilém Flusser Archiv – Universität der Kunste – in Berlin. Though currently based in Milan, she also lived 4 years in Brussels, Belgium, and one year between California (San Diego) and NYC.

Selected Publications:

The Emotional Side of Smartness: Intelligent Materials and Everyday Aesthetics. In: Karwowski W., Ahram T. (eds) Intelligent Human Systems Integration. IHSI 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 722. Springer, Cham

Next Smart Design: Inclusion, Emotions, Interaction in the Concept of Baby Soothing, Caring and Monitoring Smart Solutions. In: Karwowski W., Ahram T. (eds) Intelligent Human Systems Integration. IHSI 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 722. Springer, Cham (with Professor Marinella Ferrara)

Smart Solutions, « Smart Aesthetics »? in The Design Journal, issue sup1 – Proceedings of European Design Academy 2017 EAD 12 (co-author: Prof. Marinella Ferrara), 2017

Re-prendre le pli, in La reprise en actes, Aesthetica collection, PUR Presses Universitarires de Rennes, France, 2017.

The Italian Approach to Materials between tangible and intangible meanings, in Cuadernos del Centro de Estudio de Diseño y Comunicación, n° 70, ISSN: 1668-0227, Buenos Aires, Argentina (co-author: Professor Marinella Ferrara), 2017

Le corps et la chaise, une relation de complicité et de complémentarité – Proceedings of the International Conference « Poétiques et Politiques du corps dans la contemporanéité », sponsored by Centro de Estudos Galegos de Paris in partnership with Université Sprbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3 (on going)

Wearable Architecture , in Craft Arts Magazine Australia, issue n° 94, 2015

Ways of Jewels Making , in Stefania Lucchetta 2003-2013, Antiga Edizioni, Treviso, Italy, 2013

Editorial coordination of “Mauro Staccioli 1972-2006” curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, published by Silvana Editoriale, Milano, 2006.