FUTURA. WHAT WILL BECOME OF US, OF OTHERS, OF THE PLANET

6 September 2021

The summer continues at the Museo Novecento with the FUTURA series of meetings. What will become of us, of the others, of the planet, a series of lectures in the cloister of the ex Leopoldine.

The cycle of meetings entitled FUTURA. What will become of us, of others, of the planet, by the Director Sergio Risaliti was born with the intention of asking artists, architects, writers, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, exponents of the religious world and spiritual research, economists and entrepreneurs what will be the choices to be made to face the future and if possible to remedy the mistakes of the past. What change will be possible, what responsibility we will have in front of mother earth and peoples. Can we talk about a new humanism? What will its new paradigm be? Will we still be able to think of man at the center of the universe? What will be the role of women in managing geopolitics and change? What will be the fate of the multitudes and the poor of the earth? What place will the desire for beauty have? What will be the instruments of justice and equality in the face of the domination of technology and the demand for power increasingly driven by exploitation and profit? What will happen to bodies and souls in the last frontier of virtual evolution? What will happen to transcendence and where will knowledge flow beyond the experience of reality? What will we do with waste and how long can we abuse resources? What fate awaits the ecosystem, the future of the natural environment? And on the local level, how will we manage the heritage, what will cities look like, what role will the architect play in the reconstruction of social relations, daily life and the distribution of services and leisure time? These are some of the conceptual junctions on which the fate of the planet and its inhabitants will depend, that of Italy and Florence, in a world that is emerging from the pandemic crisis.

“The time of the pandemic, a time of anguish and suffering, of illness and convalescence, is not over yet. However, we are living in a time of hope and rebirth ”- comments Sergio Risaliti, Director of the Museo Novecento. – “The global health and economic crisis has highlighted the flaws of globalization, then there was talk of change, of the need to review the models of development and exploitation, those of coexistence and relationships, mobility and mass tourism , the social and health organization of our cities. Thinking about the future means rethinking the past; imagining the future means imagining the past differently.”

Futura is proposed as a cycle of meetings and a laboratory of neo-humanistic thought that has a beginning and does not foresee an end. As Gilles Deleuze wrote, there is no way to take stock, instead you need to draw lines, experiment with trajectories.

⇒ Friday, September 10 at 6.30 pm, Presentation of the book Pensare Oltre by Marco Senaldi. How can philosophical reflection help us today as we live with the pandemic? If philosophical thought is of any use, it is to allow us to see what in the first place remains hidden under the very contents of the debate: virtuality, school, environment, vaccines, time, space, are all themes that the pandemic forces us to rethink. A journey that, through concrete examples, helps us understand the moment we are going through. Faced with the current pandemic scenario, a useful tool for addressing the questions we are asking ourselves can be philosophy. The latter’s task does not consist in imagining future panoramas, devising utopias or, on the contrary, invoking a realistic sense of responsibility: but in making us aware of the obstacle that we cannot see, and in making us understand that, just like a window, it could also be opening up a possibility. In fact, the repeated lockdowns and the sense of isolation that many people have experienced on their skin have radically changed our idea of ​​the world, of ourselves and of the future that awaits us. And philosophy understood as a critical reflection on today, an alternative and controversial point of view with reality, can certainly help us to live better and more aware. Marco Senaldi, in an accessible, witty and original way, takes us on a fascinating journey, full of concrete examples and unsettling and provocative reflections, to wisely decipher the time in which we live.

Marco Senaldi is a philosopher, curator and contemporary art theorist who has taught aesthetics and contemporary art in various academic institutions including the University of Milan Bicocca, IULM of Milan and the Brera Academy.

⇒ Wednesday, September 15 at 9.00 pm, Mario Botta. Architecture and Memory, A reflection on the problems and contradictions of living in a globalized society. The reflection focuses on the problems of living in today’s highly globalized society. The economic and social contradictions and discrepancies of the twentieth and twenty-first century will be analyzed by the critical eye of architecture, enhancing its problems and possible strategies.

Mario Botta (1943) is a world-famous Swiss architect. Among his main works we can mention: the MOMA museum of modern art in San Francisco, the cathedral of the resurrection in Evry, the Jean Tinguely museum in Basel, the Cymbalista synagogue and center of Jewish heritage in Tel Aviv. Over the years he has also carried out an intense didactic activity with conferences, seminars and courses in Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America. Honorary member of many cultural institutions, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in various universities in Argentina, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Brazil and Switzerland.

⇒ Thursday, September 16 at 6.30 pm, Antonio Natali, Fetishes and poetry, Towards a new cultural disposition to art and life. The conference revolves around the conflict – apparently incurable in our confused season – between poetry, the true substance of every work of art, and fetish, that is, the result of an idolatrous approach to masterpieces. The conviction on which these thoughts rest is that only the primacy of poetry and the decline of the fetish can arouse more mature consciences. Hence a new cultural and ideological disposition with respect to any life event follows.

Antonio Natali was director of the Uffizi Gallery from June 2006 to November 2015. In the same 2006, in a competition at the Milan Polytechnic, he was eligible as full professor of the History of Modern Art. From 2000 to 2010 he taught Museology at the University of Perugia. He studies above all subjects of Tuscan sculpture and painting of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with frequent forays into the contemporary.
In Florence he is part of the Board of Directors of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.

⇒ Monday, September 20 at 6.30 pm, Sergio Givone, Utopian future, dystopian future or no future? The speech investigates the perception of the future, an eternal question of thought. Are utopia and dystopia sufficient parameters to describe the future? With what and what certainty can we search for the projections and spectra that the human mind imprints on an uncontrollable and unmeasurable time? What if there is no future?

Sergio Givone (1944) is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics at the University of Florence. He has taught at the Universities of Perugia and Turin. He is the author of numerous publications, including: History of Nothing, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 1995; Metaphysics of the plague, Turin, Einaudi, 2012, Farewell light. Dialogues of wounded love, Florence, Olschki, 2016. Three novels have also been published by Einaudi, the last of which No more time, 2008. His most recent book is Between earth and sky. The true story of the Brunelleschi’s dome, Milan, Solferino, 2020.

⇒ Wednesday, September 22 at 6.00 pm, Tribute to Ofelia. The event, introduced by Sergio Risaliti, the Artistic Director of the Museo Novecento, and Lucia Mannini, curator, is divided into two distinct parts that orbit around the paradigmatic figure of Ophelia, recently enhanced by the Arturo Martini and Florence exhibition. The first part of the meeting is entrusted to the musicologist Eleonora Negri, who will analyze the figure of the composer Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (Florence, April 3, 1895 – Los Angeles, March 16, 1968), owner of the touching Martini terraccota Ofelia and composer of Shakespeare’s Song. The words of the musicologist will alternate with the music performed by the guitarist Eugenio della Chiara, who will play Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu, Sardana Chigiana; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tonadilla on the name of Andrés Segovia, n. 5 from the “Greeting cards” Op. 170; Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu, Preámbulo y Sardana; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tarantella, Op.87a. Following This is my body (another Ophelia) by Giada Vailati and Francesco Sacco. The performance stems from a research path around the character of Ophelia, whose life and death tell a particular relationship with the possession of the body, destined for sacrifice for the atonement of the sins of others.

⇒Thursday, September 23 at 9.30 pm, Lo tremare de li occhi miei, Verses of love by Dante, Michelangelo and Mandel’štam, theatrical performance by iNuovi. Love has always been the most investigated theme by poets, leading Dante Alighieri to it. Vita Nova, his early work, transports us to the idea of ​​pure sentiment, love for Beatrice, which over time has become an emblem of love par excellence. Alongside this poetic biography that alternates prose and poetry, love will also be investigated through the words of Michelangelo and Osip Mandel’štam, one of the most important poets of Russian literature. Three authors distant from each other, both in time and in language, but united in the search for the deepest facets of the highest of feelings. Flanked by the guitarist Federico Ferrara, seven actors from the iNuovi association will play the words of these three poets, giving life to a score for a song of love, made up of voices and music.

Credits: Mattia Braghero, Beatrice Ceccherini, Anastasia Ciullini, Claudia Ludovica Marino, Luca Pedron, Nadia Saragoni, Sebastiano Spada. Guitar: Federico Ferrara

All events are free. Free admission subject to availability. For info: segreteria.museonovecento@musefirenze.it.