the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Freud thought that dreams protect sleep as they let repressed childhood wishes surface and they partly satisfy them. Today we view dreaming as the mind’s ability to attach personal meaning to experience. “Personal” means that when what we are experiencing seems true and real, it is invariably tinged with emotion. Contemporary psychoanalysis puts emotions back at the center and assumes aesthetic experiences as a model of what is truest in what happens in analysis. W. Bion said: “Get out your colors!” to invite analysts to draw on their own artistic abilities to paint their patients’ emotion and help them live a more authentic existence. Like poetry, dreams reinstate the mind in the body; they do not conceal meaning, they create it. Conversely, art is the artist’s dream of our most secret fears, or, as Rilke said, of the horror we can think of.


Giuseppe Civitarese

is a psychiatrist, holds a Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Relational Sciences. As a psychoanalyst, he belongs to SPI-Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, APA- American Psychological Association, and IPA-International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He lives and works in Pavia. He has written extensively on psychiatry and psychoanalysis in leading Italian and international publications. His books include: L’intima stanza. Teoria e tecnica del campo analitico (Borla, 2008); La violenza delle emozioni. Bion e la psicoanalisi postbioniana (Raffaello Cortina, 2011); Perdere la testa. Abiezione, conflitto estetico e critica psicoanalitica (with Sara Boffito, Francesco Capello, Clinamen, 2012). He has co-authored Sognare l’analisi. Sviluppi clinici del pensiero di Wilfred R. Bion (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007); Psicoanalisi in giallo (Raffaello Cortina, 2011). He has edited
L’ipocondria e il dubbio. L’approccio psicoanalitico (with V. E. Morpurgo, Franco Angeli, 2011).

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


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Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

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Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

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Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

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Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

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Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

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Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

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Event #32

Haim Baharier

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Event #33

Mario Brunello

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Event #34

Telmo Pievani

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Event #35

Andrea Moro

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Event #36

Marco Paolini

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