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2016 Programme

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

«In 1990, after a conference at the Normale University of Pisa, all the students disappeared. Where to? They were crammed in a room watching The Simpsons. That day was when I knew a new continent had been born. From the dismal ashes of soap-operas, a new expressive genre had emerged, which would be capable of reaching an unimaginable audience». This is how Valerio Magrelli recalls the arrival in Italy of the first T.V. series of which he himself is a surprising fan. He will discuss this at the festival with Andrea Gentile, who has studied the hidden scientific aspect of our favorite shows: «Science surrounds us, even when we’re watching television: professors fabricating drugs, robots who look just like humans, parallel universes… These stories come from theories in chemistry, biology and physics. But how accurate is T.V. show science? And more importantly: does it matter that it be?».


Andrea Gentile
Andrea Gentile

is a journalist focusing on science, culture and current events for the magazine Wired Italia. After a degree in Computational neuroscience and a Master’s in Science communication, he worked as a member of the editorial staff of Galileo and Rai Radio3 Scienza. He has published La scienza sotto l’ombrellone (2014) and La scienza delle serie tv (2016) with the publishing house Codice Edizioni.

Valerio Magrelli
Valerio Magrelli

(Roma, 1957), a writer and poet, has published six poetry collections (of which the most recent is Il sangue amaro, Einaudi, 2014) and four books in prose (including Geologia di un padre, Einaudi, 2013). A tenured professor of French literature at the University of Cassino, as well as a translator, he directed the series «La Fenice», Guanda, and the trilingual series «Scrittori tradotti da scrittori», Einaudi (National prize for translation, 1996). He is a collaborator for Repubblica.

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Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

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Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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