A Regola d’Arte – Rediscovering the pleasure of practical knowledge among science, technology and culture

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What do comics and gardening have in common? What connects rock music and the philosophy of love? The design of everyday objects and the language of science?

Science, Design, Gardening and Love: from April 16th to 19th, 2010 in the Palladian Villa Caldogno, near Vicenza, within the festival A Regola d’Arte. Rediscovering the pleasure of practical knowledge among science, technology and culture promoted by Observa – Science in Society and the Municipality of Caldogno. The central theme is the rediscover of “knowledge” and “crafting”, between culture and practical abilities.

Debates innovation and development are at risk of remaining abstract, leaving out the dimension bridging “knowledge” and “crafting”, culture and practical skills. This theme is particularly central for the area of Veneto and its rich tradition of first class practical knowledge embodied in worldwide famous artifacts. It is sufficient just to mention how precious it was, for a scientist like Galileo, to be able to draw from the outstanding practical experience of the “peritissimi artefici” (the most expert craftsmen” – like he called them) of Venice Arsenal.

The pleasure connected with a well crafted object (“A Regola d’Arte”), as anybody who has been engaged in a manually skilled activity knows, is a source of gratification that goes beyond monetary reward as such.

Scientists, designer, philosophers, comic book authors, musicians and writers will be called upon to discuss these issues with the public; concerts, dance and films will animate Villa Caldogno during the evenings; open workshops will offer to children and adults the opportunity to explore the pleasures of ‘well crafting’ things under the guidance of leading masters; cocoa and pastry tasting will also be among the proposed activities.

Among the guests: the physicist and cognitive scientist Massimo Piattelli Palmarini and the designer Paolo Ulian, the writer and specialist gardens Pia Pera and Silver creator of Lupo Alberto, Umberto Curi historian of philosophy and the songwriter Cristina Donà.

In occasion of the festival the exhibition Il Vivaio a Regola d’Arte: cataloghi e medaglie tra ‘800 e ‘900, curated by Elena Macellari and Federico Maniero, will open on April 15th at 6.00 p.m., with a dialogue about botanical collection, Biblioteca Internazionale La Vigna, Contrà Porta Santa Croce 3, Vicenza. The exhibition will be open until May 14 in the opening hours of the library.

Information, contact and press office: Giulia Mascarello, Observa – Science in Society, tel. 0444 305454; e-mail: comunicazione@aregoladiarte.it

How to reach Villa Caldogno

To view or listen to some excerpts of the third edition of Science and Society meet in Architecture, listen the podcast and watch the videos of the evenings.

Programme

Friday, April 16th

8.30 p.m.

Inauguration

Marcello Vezzaro, Mayor of the Municipality of Caldogno

Costantino Toniolo, Councillor for Culture, Municipality of Caldogno

Fabio Gollin, Councillor for Education, Municipality of Caldogno

Massimiano Bucchi, Observa – Science in Society

Incipit

Danza a Regola d’Arte Compagnia Blu

SCIENZA E DESIGN

A REGOLA D’ARTE

Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, physicist and cognitive scientist Paolo Ulian, designer

Following

A Regola DJ: DJ night in Villa with EneaDJ


Saturday April, 17th

6.30 p.m.

Workshops

A Regola d’arte

to children and adults: gardening, comics, biology and cork sculpture (limited places)

Happy hour a Regola d’Arte

Meeting with master craftsmen, curated by CNA Vicenza

ore 20.30

Il Giardino della Musica, Tetrachordcelloquartet performs music by Battisti, Cajkovskij, Beatles, Bach, Bizet

IL GIARDINO

A REGOLA D’ARTE

Pia Pera, writer, specialist gardens

Silver, comic book author, creator of Lupo Alberto

Giuseppe Pellegrini introduces, Observa – Science in Society


Sunday April, 18th

6.00 p.m.

Totalmente, teneramente, tragicamente

The most beautiful love scenes of film history, curated by Alberto Brodesco

L’AMORE

A REGOLA D’ARTE

Umberto Curi, historian of philosophy

Cristina Donà, singer and rock autor

Federico Neresini introduces, Observa – Science in Society

L’Amore del Gusto: cocoa’ workshop-tasting, curated by Università del caffè di Trieste

Il Vivaio a Regola d’Arte: cataloghi e medaglie tra ‘800 e ‘900

Exhibition curated by Elena Macellari and Federico Maniero.

Inauguration April 15th at 6.00 p.m., with a dialogue about botanical collection, Biblioteca Internazionale La Vigna, contrà Porta Santa Croce 3, Vicenza.

The exhibition will be open until May 14 in the opening hours of the library.

Free entrance


THE PLACE

Villa Caldogno (1565), attributed to Andrea Palladio, perhaps represents the best example in the Vicenza area for the restyling and refurbishing of a classical Venetian Villa. An impressive intervention directed by Caldogno’s Council in collaboration with Institutions, Public Authorities and private sponsors, during the last decade, led to the complete architectural refurbishing of the Villa and to the restoration of the stunning internal frescos, attributed to Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, Giovanni Battista Zelotti and Giulio Carpioni. The Villa’s complex, with the surrounding park and the Annexes, hosts the cultural formation circle C4 – Centre for Contemporary Culture Caldogno.

How to reach the villa

By car:

A4 exit – Vicenza Ovest, follow the signs for Schio-Thiene and take the state road. About three kilometres before Vicenza, in Motta di Costabissara, at the crossroads to Schio-Thiene, turn right in direction Caldogno and follow the signs for Villa Caldogno and town centre. look at the map.

By public transport:

da from Piazza Matteotti, in Vicenza’s town centre, take the number 9 bus, direction Caldogno. Get off in Caldogno, Piazza della Chiesa. The Villa’s area is just off the main Piazza.

A Regola d’Arte is an iniziative promoted by Observa – Science in Society and by Comune di Caldogno, with Biblioteca Internazionale La Vigna, Università del Caffè di Trieste, CNA Vicenza e Provincia di Vicenza, Abaco Architettura e Associazione Giovani Architetti Provincia di Vicenza (VAGA), with the contribution of Palladio Industrie Grafiche Cartotecniche e Istituto Regionale Ville Venete and with the collaboration of Librerie Galla, Hotel Vergilius, Tipografie Campisi, Corriere del Veneto, Loison Pasticcieri, AutoTransfer, Falkensteiner Hotel and Resort.

Special thanks to Flavio Albanese, Nadir Bertacche, Anna Buccio, Silvia Carnio, Patrizia Cazzaro, Roberto Cibin, Stefano Corsi, Nicola Crovato, Simone Cuomo, Daniela Doremi, Ottavio Menara, Emanuela Minnai, Francesco Morana, Barbara Motterle, Francesca Ponzecchi, Enea Saccozza, Giuseppe Santonocito, Chiara Segafredo, Cristiano Seganfreddo, Monica Zagallo, Massimo Zancan.

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