the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

What does “measuring” mean? The etymology says that “dimension” comes from the Latin mensurare, “to measure”, but to day we wish we could say “trimension”. For those who wear 3-D glasses they should be three, but for a mathematician or a physicist of a few years back, there were n dimensions or only four. So the question remains: how many dimensions are there, and how to use them? There are large-sized objects and small- sized objects and we think we can “measure” everything—but is that true? It seems clear—and it is not at all—that one can “measure a painting” by Monet or Raphael, but try to measure Canova’s sculpture of Paolina Borghese, or the duration of one of Bach’s English Suites! A meeting between art, science and neuroscience on the fascinating topic of dimensions and measurements in art.


Ruggero Pierantoni

is a biophysicis. He has worked at Italy’s CNR-National Research Center where he has studied the ultrastructure of neural synapses and the development of sense systems. He has taught at Florida State University, the California Institute of Technology, the Virginia Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Institut, the School of Medicine of the University of Calgary, the Carleton University in Ottawa. He is currently teaching at the Architecture Dept. of the University of Genoa. His books include: La trottola di Prometeo. Introduzione alla percezione acustica e visiva (Laterza,1996); Verità a bassissima definizione (Einaudi,1999); Vortici, atomi e sirene. Immagini e forme del pensiero esatto (Electa Mondadori, 2003). Bollati Boringhieri have published: Riconoscere e comunicare (1977), L’occhio e l’idea. Fisiologia e storia della visione (1981), Forma fluens. Il movimento e la sua rappresentazione nella scienza, nell’arte e nella tecnica (1986), Monologo sulle stelle (1994), Salto di scala. Grandezze, misure, biografie delle immagini (September 2012).

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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