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BREATH | Part of the "Four Conversations on a Changing World Between Canada and Italy" Series

Data:

07/10/2020


BREATH | Part of the

BREATH | RESPIRO
Wednesday, October 7 | 12:30pm EDT

Breathing is necessary to life - we all learned that one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is shortness of breath. It's a process common to the earth, the forest, the human beings. We depend on nature for this primary function - plants are providing us the air to breathe through photosynthesis. Our mind is related to it, as the ancient greek "psyché" (ψυχὴ) means breath, soul and life. Professor of General Arboriculture and Arboreal Plantations, Director of the University Museums including the Botanical Gardens in Palermo, Paolo Inglese and multidisciplinary artist, architectural designer and researcher Philip Beesley in conversation with moderator Francesca Molteni.

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GUESTS

PHILIP BEESLEY | Artist, Architectural Designer and Researcher

2020 10 07 beesley philip 3 websitePhilip Beesley is a multidisciplinary artist, architectural designer and researcher known for his pioneering contributions to the rapidly emerging field of responsive interactive architecture. His installations appear to live, breathe, and respond to visitors, and have been presented around the world, including Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Washington, DC. He represented Canada at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and will present a new work at the 2021 Biennale.  Beesley is also a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the European Graduate School, and he directs Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG), an international collaborative network of scientists, engineers and artists. The LASG’s diverse array of projects includes haute couture collections and complex electronic systems that can sense, react and learn. The experimental architecture of Beesley and the LASG explores the subtle phenomena and constantly changing boundaries at the outer edges of current technology.

PAOLO INGLESE | Professor of General Arboriculture and Arbor Cultivation, University of Palermo

2020 10 07 inglese paolo 3 websiteSicilian, lover of mountains, father of two children, Paolo Inglese studied in Palermo and Florence. Since 2000, he is Professor of General Arboriculture and Arbor Cultivation at the University of Palermo. Academic of the Accademia dei Gergofili, the Accademia di Agricoltura (Academy of Agriculture) and the Accademia Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio (The Italian Olive Academy), he studies regulatory mechanisms, the quality of the fruit and is, since the beginning of his scientific activities, a passionate scholar of the cactus pear (prickly pear), iconic species of the Columbian interchange, which brought him to a collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as an international expert for the betterment of agricultural conditions in the semi-arid areas of Africa, South America and the Near East. The international scope of his studies and research has brought him to know extraordinary places and people; in the American universities – UCLA, UC Davis, Duke, Cornell – but also in the more active centres of applied research in Ethiopia, Algeria, Morocco, Israel, Tunisia, South Africa, Jordan and South America. For some years now, he manages the University of Palermo’s network of museums, which includes the Botanical Garden, with the aim of increasing the public’s enjoyment of it and of consolidating its scientific and museal role in cultural dissemination on an international scale. He is the author of hundreds of scientific publication and author and editor of didactic, scientific and divulging books.

SERIES CO-CURATOR / MODERATOR

FRANCESCA MOLTENI

molteni francesca 1Francesca Molteni graduated in Philosophy in Milan, studied Film Production at New York University. Since 2002, she produces and directs films and documentaries, and curates design exhibitions. In 2009, she founded MUSE Factory of Projects, a production company based in Milan. Latest films include, ‘Superdesign. Italian Radical Design 1965-75’ (2017), ‘The Power of the Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop’ (2018), and ‘NEWMUSEUM(S). Stories of Company Archives and Museums’ (2019). She is the author of the book Oggetti d’impresa [Objects of Enterprise], Carocci 2016.

Alessandro Ruggera
Director, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

alex 3 finSoon after the outbreak first hit China, Italy and the world, it became clear that it was not to be a temporary, superficial disruption. The drastic measures of containment and the strict lockdown imposed by the authorities in order to limit the spread of the virus, as well as the constant exposure to the threat of an invisible danger, have forced us all to abruptly and radically modify our social and daily life habits. Social relationships, work environments, use of public spaces, all the different aspects of our life have suddenly changed in a way that would have once seemed unconceivable. A moment of serious reflection and thought is necessary in order to start drafting a new theoretical framework to respond to the transformations.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto has called upon eight thinkers, each in different fields, to reflect upon the changes and transformations imposed on our lives by the effects of the pandemic.

Together with curators Sascha Hastings and Francesca Molteni, we have chosen to focus on four key concepts: Void / Body / Breath / Care. The Italian and Canadian thinkers will each discuss the transformation from their own perspective as it relates to their individual field of expertise. Using these four concepts as metaphorical cardinal directions, our hope is that the outcome of the discussions will give us a sense of direction as we navigate through this collective experience.

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UPCOMING AND FINAL CONVERSATION IN THE SERIES

CARE | CURA
Wednesday, October 14 | 12:30pm EDT
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Informazioni

Data: Mer 7 Ott 2020

Orario: Dalle 12:30 alle 13:30

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Ingresso : Libero


Luogo:

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