the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #27

Anna Ottani Cavina, Tullio Pericoli

To think with one’s hand

How does the hand move on paper or on canvas? What are its laws? What questions does it ansie? In a dialogue with A. Ottavi Cavina, Tullio Pericoli tells about his profession of painter and illustrator by starting from the creative gesture. What goes between the mind and the hand? “The paper and the canvas are two surfaces that become spaces as soon as a sign appears, and the sign, as soon as it is drawn on them, turns into a living thing”, says Pericoli. “The artist’s work”, he adds, “resembles the work of someone who finds the right key to a door after many attempts, and opens it, but as soon as he crosses the threshold, he finds another door and yet another one. Gradually he realizes that there are countless doors to be opened. The same happens in painting. The artist’s work is like a naive, childish attempt at discovering what lies past all those doors, but he knows that there will be no end to doors”.


Anna Ottani Cavina
Anna Ottani Cavina

a long-time professor of Art history at the University of Bologna, and a visiting professor at Yale, Brown and Columbia University, is the creator and director of Fondazione Federico Zeri. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe. Her books and exhibition catalogues include: Carlo Saraceni (1968), Il Settecento e l’antico (1982), I paesaggi della ragione (Einaudi, 1994), Felice Giani (1999), Paysages d’Italie (2001), Montagna, arte e scienza (2003), Geometries of Silence (2004), Granet, Roma e Parigi (2009), Federico Zeri, dietro l’immagine (2009), Terre senz’ombra (Adelphi, 2015). The French government has appointed her with the Légion d’honneur (2001) and the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2011).

Tullio Pericoli

is a well-known painter and illustrator. He has held many personal exhibitions in Italian and foreign galleries and museums. His drawings are published on leading Italian and international media. As a scene designer, he has worked with the Opernhaus in Zurich and with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Teatro Studio. His books include: Ritratti arbitrari (Einaudi, 1990); Colti nel segno (Mondadori, 1995); Terre (Rizzoli, 2000). Adelphi has published I ritratti (2002); Otto scrittori (2003); Robinson Crusoe (2007); Piccola Storia dell’arte dell’albero (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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