the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

An event designed to address the theme of creativity in Eastern writing and art, and its relationship with Western culture. Gian Carlo Calza will deal with three aspects of oriental aesthetics that are often taken separately in the West: meditation, writing and painting. Especially in East Asia, these three dimensions jointly represent a unified way to knowledge, as recently confirmed by some of the latest neuroscience research. In his talk, Calza will identify the higher sources of creativity in Asia and in the West starting from the debate on elite and mass culture to arrive at the analysis of the eccentric and the extraordinary.


Gian Carlo Calza

teaches History of East Asian Art at Venice’s Ca’ Foscari university, where he is a member of the steering board. He directs the International Hokusai Research Center, with seats in Venice and in Milan. He has promoted and coordinated a number of international conferences on related topics, and has been the scientific consultant to some of the most important Oriental art exhibitions in Italy, including Design Giapponese. Una storia dal 1950, set up in 1995 at Milan’s Triennale. Among Calza’s critical essays on the classical and modern art of East Asia are: Cina (Einaudi, 2002); Hiroshige. Il maestro della natura (Skira, 2009); Il canto del guanciale e altre storie (Phaidon, 2010); Hokusai. Il vecchio pazzo per la pittura (edited in 1999), Gengji. Il principe splendente (2008), Utamaro e il quartiere del piacere (2009), all three published by Electa.

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Evento n.1

Chiara Saraceno

Too much inequality hinders everyone’s well-being

Evento n.2

Giuseppe Penone, Sergio Risaliti

Flowing in time like a river pebble

Evento n.3

Kinds of lies

Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Can artificial life exist?

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The friar

Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

How to write a screenplay

Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

Mythological forms of memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

As you have seen it on tv

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The knight

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