the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

What does it mean to be an artist today? How does the art system function and what connection does it have with the artist? By telling about their work with the help of images, Masbedo analyze the artist’s difficult role. “Many stereotypes cast artists as people existing without the reality principle. By sacred parasite, instead, we mean an active and creative being who inhabits a complex system where daily life often conflicts with the natural flow of things and becomes a constraint on imagination and passion. Artists are parasites as they need to feed off reality in order to survive. Their mission is sacred for they sublimates life in poetry and try to turn poetry into a weapon of resistance to reality”. A testimony on art languages, video-art, the art market and system (duration: approx. 2 hours).



are Nicolò Massazza (Milan 1973) and Iacopo Bedogni (Sarzana 1970), two video artists and performers whose work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries in the past 10 years, including Rome’s MAXXI, Barcelona’s Centro de Cultura Contemporanea, Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle, Turin’s GAM and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 2010 they won the Cairo Award and presented their short Distante un padre at the UN World Forum at Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Contemporary Art. they were selected for the Italian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. They have participated in a number of festivals, and in 2006 they were the only video artists selected to exhibit in Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival. They collaborate with the French writer Michel Houellebecq since 2002. Their works were acquired by some of Europe’s most important private and public collections.

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


The artist as sacred parasite

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

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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