Wednesday 18 dic 2019
ore 17:30-19:00
Palazzo Binelli via Verdi Carrara

Laboratory of the future, a permanent platform for identifying, understanding and discussing contemporary civilisation, starts in Palermo

Saturday, November 23, 2019, in two successive sessions (morning 10.30-13.00; afternoon 14.30 – 19.00) the Laboratory of the Future presents the first in a series of public meetings with intellectuals, scientists, journalists, critics and artists, who will subsequently continue in other Italian cities. It is a full day dedicated to the themes of New technologies, Demography and Democracy which, at this first meeting in Palermo, will be hosted by the Bam Festival (bampalermo.com) and supported by the Sicily Region.

Competence, openness, study and dialogue: these are the pillars on which the Laboratory of the Future is based. It is a project of constant confrontation, a cultural platform with the ultimate goal of discussing and identifying the guidelines of our time. During an historical moment in which it appears to have become incredibly complex to understand the direction in which contemporary society is moving, politics these days demonstrate that it is no longer possible to provide long-term answers. It seems increasingly distant from the major social and cultural issues posed by the technological revolution, from mass migrations to the advance of globalisation. Laboratory of the Future seeks a solution by giving back a voice and space to intellectuals, to those who by trade have the tools to investigate and understand.

The programme of the Palermo event in November 23rd starts off at 10.30, with speeches from Sergio Alessandro, Director of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Evelina De Castro, Director of Palazzo Abatellis, Mayor Leoluca Orlando, and Andrea Cusumano, artistic director of the Bam Festival, a major supporter of the project. There will also be introductory remarks from Fabio Cavallucci, on the motives and methods of the whole LABORATORY.

The first panel, introduced by Giovanna Bernardini and Cloe Piccoli, sees the sociologist Franco La Cecla and the demographer Annalisa Busetti and the expert of cultural geography Giulia de Spuches, tackle the subject of Demography, widening its gaze with respect to the problem of migration, a dramatic but often simplistic argument with respect to the real extent of the question.

The second panel in the afternoon, opened by Tiziana Casapietra and Evelina De Castro, will be dedicated to New Technologies and will star the poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith, biorobotics expert Cecilia Laschi and the philosopher Leonardo Caffo. Together they will discuss the revolutionary impact of digital systems, robotics and Artificial Intelligence on human perception and behaviour.

The day ends with the third and final meeting, introduced by Andrea Cavallari with journalist and curator Lorenzo Bruni, dedicated to the theme of Democracy. This section will present political scientist Damian Tambini, Helen Mountfield, a lawyer committed to civil rights, Fulvio Vassallo, lawyer expert in foreigners’ rights, and philosopher Maurizio Alfonso Iacono. It will be a discussion without prenotions and preconceptions, which will seek to fully re-examine the advantages and disadvantages of this ancient system of government, in relation to great current changes, the advent of new technologies, globalisation and nationalism. The day will end with Giovanna Bernardini and Andrea Cusumano.

Laboratory of the Future seeks to be a cultural movement with the aim – perhaps utopian – to re-discuss and identify the guidelines of our time, taking into account not only the value of specialisation, but also the need for a democratic confrontation open to all (its inclusion also actively contributes to the laboratoriesodelfuturo.it website, which includes developments and in-depth studies). The main objective of the movement is not only to rekindle the debate between members of the public and intellectuals, to reflect on contemporary phenomena whilst avoiding simplifications and emotional suggestions, but also to overcome the renunciation of understanding, which current complexity often triggers and, to freely compare without losing sight of a humane and empathic approach.

Laboratory of Future is a project started by the art critic and curator Fabio Cavallucci and founded on the collaboration of a transversal group of representatives from the world of culture: from the former Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Carrara Giovanna Bernardini, to the critic and independent curator Lorenzo Bruni; from Tiziana Casapietra, Director of the Museum of Ceramics in Savona, to computer scientist and publisher Giovanni Sighele and the artists, musicians, directors and theorists Aleksandra Bolgova, Andrea Cavallari, Huiming Hu, Gian Marco Montesano, Stefano W. Pasquini, Virginia Zanetti.

Competence, openness, study and dialogue: these are the pillars on which the Laboratory of the Future is based. It is a project of constant confrontation, a cultural platform with the ultimate goal of discussing and identifying the guidelines of our time. During an historical moment in which it appears to have become incredibly complex to understand the direction in which contemporary society is moving, politics these days demonstrate that it is no longer possible to provide long-term answers. It seems increasingly distant from the major social and cultural issues posed by the technological revolution, from mass migrations to the advance of globalisation. Laboratory of the Future seeks a solution by giving back a voice and space to intellectuals, to those who by trade have the tools to investigate and understand.

The programme of the Palermo event in November 23rd starts off at 10.30, with speeches from Evelina De Castro, Director of Palazzo Abatellis, Mayor Leoluca Orlando, and Andrea Cusumano, artistic director of the Bam Festival, a major supporter of the project. There will also be introductory remarks from Fabio Cavallucci, on the motives and methods of the entire LABORATORY.

The first panel, introduced by Giovanna Bernardini, sees the sociologist Franco La Cecla and the demographer Annalisa Busetti tackle the subject of Demography, widening its gaze with respect to the problem of migration, a dramatic but often simplistic argument with respect to the real extent of the question.

The second panel in the afternoon, opened by Tiziana Casapietra, will be dedicated to New Technologies and will star the poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith, biorobotics expert Cecilia Laschi and the philosopher Leonardo Caffo. Together they will discuss the revolutionary impact of digital systems, robotics and Artificial Intelligence on human perception and behaviour.

The day ends with the third and final meeting, introduced by Andrea Cavallari and dedicated to the theme of Democracy. This section will present political scientist Damian Tambini, Helen Mountfield, a lawyer committed to civil rights, and the philosopher Maurizio Alfonso Iacono. It will be a discussion without prenotions and preconceptions, which will seek to fully re-examine the advantages and disadvantages of this ancient system of government, in relation to great current changes, the advent of new technologies, globalisation and nationalism. The day will end with Giovanna Bernardini and Andrea Cusumano.

Laboratory of the Future seeks to be a cultural movement with the aim – perhaps utopian – to re-discuss and identify the guidelines of our time, taking into account not only the value of specialisation, but also the need for a democratic confrontation open to all (its inclusion also actively contributes to the laboratoriesodelfuturo.it website, which includes developments and in-depth studies). The main objective of the movement is not only to rekindle the debate between members of the public and intellectuals, to reflect on contemporary phenomena whilst avoiding simplifications and emotional suggestions, but also to overcome the renunciation of understanding, which current complexity often triggers and, to freely compare without losing sight of a humane and empathic approach.

Laboratory of Future is a project started by the art critic and curator Fabio Cavallucci and founded on the collaboration of a transversal group of representatives from the world of culture: from the former Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Carrara Giovanna Bernardini, to the critic and independent curator Lorenzo Bruni; from Tiziana Casapietra, Director of the Museum of Ceramics in Savona, to computer scientist and publisher Giovanni Sighele and the artists, musicians, directors and theorists Aleksandra Bolgova, Andrea Cavallari, Huiming Hu, Gian Marco Montesano, Stefano W. Pasquini, Virginia Zanetti.