Guided by the key-words that have spelt the four evenings of the festival, readers will go back to the birth of the shape of clouds and cities with Luca Mercalli e Gianni Bondillo; they will be able to read again the smartness of the ckicks by Giorgio Vallortigara and of the language of other animals told by Neri Marcorè; they shall reflect on the sounds of space with Andrea Possentiand listen to the stories and images shaping the music by Arturo Stàlteri; the fill find out new recipes and a funny, fascinating and scientific way of working with food thanks to the experience by Arabeschi di latte and Davide Cassi.
Literature too is given space with the readings by the actress Stefania Carlesso (listen to the podcast), with the adventures of the Cane di Pavlov told in the theatrical play by Pierantonio Rizzato and Igi Meggiorin based on the text by D. Lamberti and with the sounds of nature, discovered thanks to the contribution by Voci di Piante.
The notes by Arturo Stàlteri on the piano and his Concert for the Moon (watch the video) can be listened in the Dvd enclosed in the publication. Besides two Notturni from the CD Child of the moon. Dieci notturni e un’alba, there is also an unpublished An Ending by Brian Eno, played by Stàlteri on the piano and live recorded at villa Caldogno on April 18th 2009.
Beyond music, in the dvd there are the photographs, video and podcast of the festival. Listen to the thoughts and dialogues between science, architecture, music and art through the podcast of the meetings:
Luca Mercalli, climatologist. “A cloud is an ambigous shape, it is not an object as it assumes its identità only when viewed from a distance. By doing so the cloud is given the ideal form and substance, but nerby or from within it is formed by ice crystals at high altitude or by water droplets at low altitude…”
Gianni Biondillo, architect and writer. “I live with a deep conflict of interests: I cannot ever understand whether I have been invited as an architect or as a writer. I am often asked what an architect has to do with literature. How do these two disciplines come together?…”
Giorgio Vallortigara, neuroscientist. “It is commonly believed that there is a relation between words and thoughts despite the essence of this relation remains largely unknown. Different approaches can tackle this problem. The strategy I personally pursue is to study those creatures who, despite their ability to communicate each other in a complex manner, do not have anything similar to the verbal language: these creatures are the other animals…”.
Neri Marcorè, actor. “Some animals sneak into someone else’s home, profiting from shell as the hermit crab does. I will do the same this evening. Listening to these examples and watching those animals behaving in a such civilised and linear way, I suddenly thought about our politicians and asked myself: why don’t we bet everything on a chimpanzee?…”
Andrea Possenti, astrophysician. “Human kind has always been interested in sky because watching the sky arouses feelings of quietness and serendipity. In the past ages, however, goals connected to the daily life played a role too: the creation of calendars to follow natural cycles allowed the survival of communities. Nowadays technology allows us to watch the sky in a new fashion, but we have two different reasons for doing so compared to the ancients…”.
Arturo Stàlteri, musician. “How does a musician come to write the concert for the moon and which is the inspiration behind it? After the speech by Andrea Possenti, it is really reductive to talk about my memories as a child, about my immaginative way of watching the moon and the stars, but maybe this is the contribution I can give…”
The collection proposes again the materials of the two competitions “Racconta lo spazio” for the high schools of the Vicenza Province and “Architetture dello spazio” for the primary schools of the Caldogno istituto comprensivo (VI).