the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program


Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?


Call it an “archival drive”, call it “archive mania”: the individual and collective need to accumulate, collect, classify things in an order, with the goal of preserving and handing down memories and knowledge or to make room for new ideas is more alive than ever, especially among artists. These avid creators and consumers of images were among the first to understand that new archival technologies would create endless possibilities and raise dizzying doubts regarding our ability to remember. In contemporary art, this drive represents not so much a theme or a metaphor as a new genre that helps rethink traditional forms of cataloging: map-atlas, cyberspace, index-list, Wunderkammer, database. This is shown by a few great exhibitions, such as Atlas at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum (2011), dOCUMENTA in Kassel (2012), and this years’ Venice Biennale (duration: approx. 120’).


Cristina Baldacci

is an art historian and contemporary art critic. She works with the University of Milan and the IUAV university in Venice, where she obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation on archives as a form and a strategy of art. She has taught at the Catholic University and the Polytechnic of Milan. She is a frequent contributor to Art e Dossier. She has co-edited the books Quando è scultura (et al., 2010) and Arte del corpo (Giunti, 2012). Her interview with the artistic director of the 55th Venice Biennale is about to be published by Skira.

Andrea Pinotti

is Associate Professor of Aesthetics at Milan University and directs the 2010-2016 program Monument Nonument for Paris’ Collège International de Philosophie. He is an expert of image theories and of the relation between aesthetics and the history of visual arts, particularly in the German speaking world. His recent books include: Estetica della pittura (Il Mulino, 2007); Il rovescio dell’immagine (Tre Lune Edizioni, 2010); Empatia (Laterza, 2011).

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Paolo Giordano

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Alessandra Lemma

The body as a canvas: depicting/defacing the body


Piergiorgio Odifreddi

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Ramin Bahrami

Italian Journey. Grand Tour with Bach and Scarlatti


Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: the Terror of the Year 1000


Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?


Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle


Carlo Freccero

Has TV killed creativity and culture?


Nicla Vassallo

Woman is an invention


Massimo Montanari

Speaking of food in times of crisis


Chandra Livia Candiani

Apprentices of the moon in the meditation room


Emanuele Trevi

On the other side of things: The Initiation Journey


Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth


Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

To inherit or to be creative? Art in the time of disoriented generations


Gabriella Caramore

Imperfect knowledge


Ilvo Diamanti

The future? It is past


Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The ius primae noctis


Luca Barcellona

Calligraphy: creativity in writing


Silvio Garattini

Brain aging: a 3rd millennium epidemic


Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony


Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity


Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?


Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonio Marras

Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day without a line


Edoardo Boncinelli

What will change our future. The secret brain


Virgilio Sieni

Before other people’s eyes


Alessandro Bergonzoni

Stop the geniuscide!


Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The flat Earth

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