the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program


Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

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


Between psychoanalysis and ordinary language, Bartezzaghi and Recalcati outline in their dialogue the many interconnections of tradition and innovation, of the misunderstandings of creativity and the miracles of artistic creation. Tradition is nurtured and renewed from generation to generation: continuity takes turns with rupture, as symbolized by J. Pollock’s gesture of using horizontal canvases. But today a desire of innovation at all costs—in society, in politics, in art, in thinking—seems to be burning past experiences that are still alive. Also, the fathers-children relation seems to have come to an end, and we tend to recognize the authority of only a few “grandfathers” or “hallowed masters”. Do we really have to reject the inheritance of our predecessors in order to become independent? Could we not make it genuinely “generative? And if so, how?


Stefano Bartezzaghi

is an expert of linguistic games, puzzles and their history. Since 2000 he writes a column (Lessico e Nuvole) in la Repubblica. His books include: L’elmo di don Chisciotte. Contro la mitologia della creatività (for the series «i Libri del Festival della Mente», Editori Laterza, 2009); Come dire (Mondadori, 2011); L’orizzonte verticale (2007), Scrittori giocatori (2010), Dando buca a Godot (2012) for Einaudi; Il falò delle novità. La creatività ai tempi dei cellulari intelligenti (Utet, 2013).

Massimo Recalcati

Massimo Recalcati, one of the most famous psychoanalysts in Italy, is analyst member of the Italian Lacanian Association of Psychoanalysis and director of IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis). He teaches at the Universities of Pavia and Verona. His numerous publications are translated into several languages. He has published, among others, L'uomo senza inconscio (2010), Non è più come prima (2014), Cosa resta del padre? (2017), Contro il sacrificio (2017) and Ritratti del desiderio (2018), published by Cortina. Il mistero delle cose (2016), Tutti i tabù del mondo (2017), La notte del Getsemani (2019), published by Einaudi. Il complesso di Telemaco (2013), Le mani della madre (2015), Il segreto del figlio (2017), A libro aperto (2018), Mantieni il bacio (2019), published by Feltrinelli.

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