Francesca Franco is a Venetian-born art historian based in the UK whose research focuses on the history of art and technology. After studying Art History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice she went on to study at Birkbeck University of London where she gained an MA in Digital Art History and a PhD in the History of Art. Inspired by her passion for art and the creative aspect of writing Francesca has published extensively on the history of early computer art and its pioneers and writes reviews on art shows and books for specialised journals. In addition to English and Italian her texts have been translated into various languages, including Russian and Romanian. Alongside of her writing she is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has delivered keynotes and given talks at various universities around the world.
Presently Francesca is Curator-in-Residence at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Venice where she is curating Algorithmic Signs, an exhibition of early computational art held at the Bevilacqua's historical gallery in St. Mark's square (19 Oct–3 Dec 2017). She is Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University Leicester where she is researching the archive of computational art held at the Victoria and Albert Museum London. She is also Executive Editor and Vice Chair of Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus. Her first solo authored book, Generative Systems Art - The Work of Ernest Edmonds has been published by Routledge in 2017. Her second monograph, The Algorithmic Dimension - Five Artists in Conversation, will be published by Springer in 2018.
The central theme of Francesca’s research is the history of art and technology and the pioneers of computer art. Increasingly it concerns issues of generative and interactive art and the connections between Constructivism and Systems art in early computational art. A major focus has been the history of the Venice Biennale culminating in a series of publications in books, academic journals and art magazines. Francesca has reviewed every Venice Biennale since 2007 which reflects her constant affection for this major event in the city of her birth.