The project, born in 2020, finds its raison d’être in the research of anthropologist Gragory Bateson.
“What structure connects the crab with the lobster, the orchid with the primrose, and all four with me? What about me with you? And all six of us with the amoeba on one side and the schizophrenic on the other?”
With this question ours, he drew attention to the interdependence of the humanities, proposing an aesthetics of relationships whereby different disciplines, from physics to psychology, from anthropology to biology, find their meeting point in beauty. Can a rose inform the punctuation of an interaction?
A formula this is dynamic, an “interacting dance” ours would say, in which observed and observer are in constant exchange. There is no hierarchy that holds. It speaks of nodes and relationships, of networks, which in unison resonate together, producing Meaning/Beauty. Do not think in terms of division, but in terms of reconciliation. Better than reallocation, a computer term related to the space/memory of a hardware, which well indicates the need for recombination of knowledge that is needed today. Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, are the symptoms of New Humanism, hybrid disciplines that reconcile themes once belonging to the humanities (emotion, perception, consciousness) with those of the mathematical sciences: physics, chemistry, biology. Hence, the need for new categories, for a new approach to information that keeps in mind not only the mind but also the body.
Food for thought in this second edition is the nursery rhyme quoted by R. Feyman during the fifteenth convention of the National Teachers Association, New York (1966). Later appeared in The Physics Teacher, pp. 313 (1969).
“To the jolly centipede, wanted the toad one day to mock.
And asked him, “Tell me man, do you know which foot you have to lift?”
He thought, turning red,
stumbled and ended up in a ditch:
If he knows, he can’t do it.”
Participants in the meeting of this II edition are:
Carlo Bozzo, Set Designer and Artist
Pierpaolo Cannistraci, architect and artist
Alessandro D’Ercole, lawyer and artist
Irene Maria Giorgi, Dancer and Movement Coach
Manuel Grillo, Artist and Designer
Gerardo Lo Russo, Artist and Director of the Accademi Dei Romani
Janine Claudia Nice, Artist
Daniele Tavernelli, Mathematician and computer scientist
Michela Tobiolo, Artist
Each participant in the meeting was sent to make a 10- to 15-minute speech on the above topic.
This will be followed by a repeat showing of the video recording of last year’s roundtable (Year 2020) from December 18 to 24. Concurrently, the solo exhibition of artist Manuel Grillo.