the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

After his past talks on music and on books, Luca Scarlini makes his comeback in Sarzana with a lecture on the world of images and the power they have on people. Pictures, movies, paintings—be they famous or obscure—will accompany him in this investigation of the ways in which power has used images to its advantage, or censured them out of fear. Scarlini will discuss a broad range of episodes, from the iconoclasm in Constantinople under Leon II to Hitler’s regime to that of Cambodia’s Pol Pot, the head of the Khmer Rouge to tried to erase all images from previous eras. He will also comment on some of the allegedly miraculous images that some devote themselves to for help and rescue: a practice which is a sold as the world and has always been connected, for Christians, to the devotion to Saint Luke, the mystical painter of the divine.


Luca Scarlini

the playwright and essayist, and enjoys telling stories on stage, often together with singers, actors and other artists. Scarlini teaches at Milan’s European Design Institute and elsewhere in Italy and abroad. He has taken part in many festivals in Italy and in other countries. He regularly contributes to Channel 3 of Italian public radio, to Alias and L’indice dei Libri del mese. His books include La musa inquietante. Il computer e l’immaginario contemporaneo (Cortina, 2001); Equivoci e miraggi. Pratiche d’autobiografia oggi (Rizzoli, 2003); D’Annunzio a Little Italy. Le avventure del Vate nel mondo dell’emigrazione (Donzelli, 2008); Lustrini per il regno dei cieli. Ritratti di evirati cantori (Bollati Boringhieri, 2008); Sacre sfilate. Alta moda in Vaticano, da Pio X a Benedetto XVI (Guanda, 2010); Ladri di immagini (Edizioni Ambiente, 2010); Un paese in ginocchio (Guanda, 2011); Ritratti dimenticati. Profili di scrittori e artisti a Firenze dal mondo (Mauro Pagliai Editore, 2011); Il Natale dei Magi (Einaudi, 2011); La sindrome di Michael Jackson (Bompiani, 2011); Il Caravaggio rubato. Mito e cronaca di un furto (Sellerio, 2012).

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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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