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Connessioni Inventive is an original project dealing with the commission and production of an agenda of digital conversations. These are conceived as moments dedicated to education and in-depth study and are resulted by the collaboration between two Italian institutions of contemporary art and culture, MAN Museo d'Arte della Provincia di Nuoro and Fondazione ICA Milano. The project aims to foster a path for the promotion of humanistic studies through interdisciplinarity by using methods and languages widely accessible.  

Within a peculiar condition of social distance and lack of interpersonal relationships determined by a global upheaval destined to provoke fundamental changes among our lives, MAN and ICA constitute a program of digital lectures in order to offer a contribution of analysis and interpretation entrusted to different influential Italian professionals. 

In Connessioni Inventive, MAN and ICA share a plan of specific commissions and researchers operating in different fields and connected with each other: the ground of inquiry, wide and versatile, will suggest philosophical, social, artistic and economic contents. Following the traditional Latin inspiration of the sapere aude, meaning the bravery of knowing recovered during the XVIII century as a foundational axis of the European modern culture, through Connessioni Inventive the two institutions begin a path aimed to inspire an idea of knowledge as a choice of awareness and self development.    

The project arises as the response of a cultural institution’s necessity to intercept and identify appropriate contents for the époque we are living as well as new and fertile ways of sharing; a need that both MAN and ICA interpret as a long term planning opportunity to part and that can last over the COVID19 age. 

Connessioni Inventive is a project ideated and curated by Luigi Fassi and Alberto Salvadori.


Each appointment will be available in live streaming on the Facebook page of MAN Museo d'Arte Provincia di Nuoro (@museoman) and on the Instagram account of ICA (@ica_milano), each Thursday at 11.30 am. The contributions will be later available on the Youtube channel (Connessioni Inventive) dedicated to build an archive always accessible.

The scheduled appointments are with Alessandro Salice on Thursday 9th April (Professor of Philosophy at the University College Cork in Ireland); Giovanni Leghissa on Thursday 16th April (Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Sciences of Education at the University of Turin); Luca Scarlini on Thursday 23rd April (writer, playwright, narrator and performance artist); Riccardo Venturi on 30th April (contemporary art historian and critic).




Thursday 9th April 11.00 am  

Alessandro Salice

With you, without you: dynamics of loneliness.

Although loneliness is a constitutive part of the human condition, this phenomenon is still quite unknown. During this lecture, Salice suggests that the loneliness is not a simple condition of social isolation. I can feel lonely in your presence, but I can also feel you close although your physical absence. On the one side, the individual who feels lonely also feels unable to share experiences and emotions with other members of a group; on the other side, he thinks of himself as a member of such group. It is such a tension that might be able to generate the feeling of loneliness.    

Alessandro Salice teaches philosophy at the University College Cork in Ireland. He also taught and developed his research activities at the University of Graz, Basel and Wien as well as at the Center for Subjectivity Research of the University of Copenhagen. His main research fields regard the philosophy of the mind and the phenomenology. During the last years, Salice published several essays on specialized magazines concerning mainly the topic of feelings and the social capabilities of the mind.  


Thursday 16th April 11.00 am 

Giovanni Leghissa

The bond and the freedom.

The human action is subjected to several kinds of bonds. The biological one: we are members of an animal species and our emotional and intellectual capabilities are such thanks to the natural selection. The institutional/organizative one: each of us moves within structured spaces, with written and unwritten rules – where the most powerful of such institutional realities is the state. In the end, there is the bond given by moral norms. Which room for manoeuvre thus remains to the single individuals in order to shape our own existence in a free and autonomous way? Such space raises and grows from the listening of desire, from a confrontation with our own impulses – on such a field, in fact, not only the aspiration to enjoyment and happiness sprouts, but, above all, the drive toward freedom strongly emerges.


Giovanni Leghissa is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Science of Education at the University of Turin. He is editor of “aut aut” and director of the online philosophy magazine “Philosophy Kitchen”. Among his publications: Per la critica della ragione europea. Riflessioni sulla spiritualità illuminista (Mimesis, Milan 2019); The Origins of Neoliberalism (Routledge, London 2016, with G. Becchio); Postumani per scelta. Verso un’ecosofia dei collettivi (Mimesis, Milan 2015). 


Thursday 23rd April 11.00 am

Luca Scarlini

The fake appearance: for an aesthetic of counterfeiting

The fake, today more than ever, is a continuous presence of our living: we buy fashion items “as if”, we want to live exclusive experiences which, due to the multiplication of the participants, result more crowded than a grande soirée. In the age of the eternal talk show, and in a moment in which, as Marc Bloch thought us, the fake news are our bread and butter, the lecture proposes a reflection on the topic of the fake as a contemporary aesthetic and etic experience. 

Luca Scarlini works as writer, playwright for theatres and music, narrator and performance artist. He teaches narrative techniques at the Scuola Holden of Turin and he collaborated with several Italian and European theatrical institutions. He is also one of the voices of Rai Radio Tre and conducts the program Museo Nazionale. He curated several exhibitions on the relation between art, music, theatre and fashion. Among his recent books: Un paese in ginocchio (Guanda, 2011), La syndrome di Michael Jackson (Bompiani 2012), Andy Warhol superstar (Johan and Levi 2012), Siviero contro Hitler (Skira 2014), Ziggy Stardust. La vera natura dei sogni (Add 2016), Bianco tenebra. Serpotta di notte e di giorno (Sellerio 2017), Teatri d’amore (Nottetempo 2018), L’ultima regina di Firenze (Bompiani 2018).   


Thursday 30th April 11.00 am

Riccardo Venturi

Showing the invisible. Visual art after Fukushima.

Within the exclusion area of the nuclear central in Fukushima Daiichi, the Japanese collective Chim Pom organized, in collaboration with the local population, the contemporary art exhibition Don’t’ Follow the Wind. Although the works are installed since 2015, the opening is postponed to the day in which the exclusion area – radioactive, abandoned and unreachable to every human presence since March 11th 2011 – will be accessible to the population again. A future that nobody can forecast and realizable in thousand years. Don’t’ Follow the Wind reflects, within the era of the nuclear Anthropocene, the conceptual art tradition to show the invisible developed during the 1970s.

Riccardo Venturi works in the fields of history and contemporary art critique. He collaborates with ICA Milano, writes for exhibition catalogues and publications and magazines such as “Antinomie”, “Artfortum”, “Alias – Il Manifesto”, “Flash Art”, “doppiozero”. He published Mark Rothko. Lo spazio e la sua disciplina (Electa 2007), Black paintings. Eclissi sul modernismo (Electa 2008) e Passione dell’indifferenza. Francesco Lo Savio (Humboldt Books 2018). Venturi lives and works between France and Italy.




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