the first European festival on creativity

2014 Programme

Event #7

Sofia Bignamini

The Explosion of the Mutants

In recent times we have witnessed the rise of increasing attention towards preadolescence, a period corresponding to the middle school years, characterized by the physical and psychological changes that come with puberty. On the population of this age, inhabiting one of the most delicate ‘middle earths’ of the cycle of life, the current narcissistic culture seems to have produced effects that are often explosive and always devoid of the capacity for interpretation and intervention. The concrete and often incoherent languages with which preadolescents express themselves are currently taking on particularly dramatic forms: these youngsters stop studying, they become troubled students, or else they isolate themselves in books, devoured by their performance anxieties; they often either adorn their body or resort to self-harm. Sofia Bignamini tries to decrypt the mysterious codes steeped in creativity of today’s pre-adolescents, immersing us in their worlds to try to offer adults an opportunity to understand and a language with which to communicate.


Sofia Bignamini

psychotherapist, works with preadolescents and parents at the Istituto Minotauro in Milan. She teaches at the Scuola di formazione in Psicoterapia dell’adolescente e del giovane adulto ARPAd-Minotauro in Milan, as well as at the Scuola di specializzazione in Psicoterapia con l’adolescente e il giovane Sipre in Parma. Her publications include: “Incontrare i preadolescenti: specificità di setting e linguaggi”, in G. Pietropolli Charmet, S. Bignamini, D. Comazzi, Psicoterapia evolutiva dell’adolescente (Franco Angeli, 2010).

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Event #1

Mario Calabresi

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Event #2

Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

Event #3

Roberto Esposito

Growing Up Is Hard

Event #4

Philippe Petit

Creativity: the Perfect Crime

Event #5

Emanuela Grimalda

Le difettose (The Flawed)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

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Event #7

Sofia Bignamini

The Explosion of the Mutants

Event #8

Davide Comazzi, Antonio Piotti, Laura Turuani

Other Mothers, Other Fathers, New Adolescents

Event #9

Peter Cameron, Marco Missiroli

One Day this Creativity Will Come In Handy

Event #10

Mauro Ceruti

Europe Risks a New Self-Destruction

Event #11

Massimo Recalcati

Can One Forgive in Love?

Event #12

Giorgio Diritti

The Discovery of the Birth of a Film

Event #13

Matteo Lancini


Event #14

David McCullough jr.

Kids, You Are Not Special!

Event #15

Silvia Vegetti Finzi

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Event #16

Katia Provantini

Surviving Middle School

Event #18

Oscar Farinetti

Lots Can Still Be Done, This Is Why the Future Is Marvellous

Event #19

Paola Mastrocola

The Death of Study

Event #20

Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris, Marcello Massimini

The Secret of the Consciousness and its Measurement

Event #21

Christian Raimo, Michele Serra

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Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War II

Event #24

Fabio Geda

Absolute beginners

Event #26

Anita Nair

New Identity of the Indian Woman

Event #27

Andrea Boeri, Luca Molinari

A Dialogue on the Spaces (and the Things) We Inhabit

Event #28

Luigi Zoja

Generational Crisis, Male Crisis, Italian Crisis

Event #29

Stefano Arienti, Franco Farinelli

Journey and Adventures in Knowledge

Event #30

Errico Buonanno, Chiara Valerio

My Children, Imaginary Marxists

Event #31

Cesare Moreno

School Drops-Out and Their Antagonists

Event #32

Alfio Maggiolini

From Being Kids “Against” to Being Responsible Ones

Event #33

Chiara Saraceno

Inheritance, Tradition, Generational Changes

Event #34

Beppe Severgnini

Creating Doesn’t Mean Improvising

Event #35

Elena Riva

The Myth of Perfection in Contemporary Femininity

Event #36

Marco Belpoliti

Matteo and His Seven Shirts

Event #37

Salut Salon

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Event #38

Amedeo Balbi, Antonio Pascale

Matter and Freedom: A Dialogue on Free Will

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

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Evento #25

Daniele Novara

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