Who is ultimately in charge?

Author Silvia Rizzo

Plumwood’s model

Anthropocene, as Professor Jim Fleming recalled during the very first lecture, has been proposed as the name of that geological epoch that is the period of Earth history during which humans have decisive influence on the state, dynamics and future… Continue Reading →

do we really need humans to explore space?

Imagining the Space is always fascinating. Space travels has gone from fantasy to reality in just fifty years. All human progresses make me wonder where we will be fifty years from now. Trips to the Moon, humans in Earth orbit,… Continue Reading →

EC November 22

I found the presentation by Ana Carden-Coyne really interesting. “The Sensory War, 1914-2014” is an exhibition that came from a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery. It focused on a century of artists responding to modern war…. Continue Reading →

Photoshop “heals” the picture

This lecture allowed us to see not only nature but also the body as a kind of landscape. It was interesting to explore the relationship between cosmetic surgery and the American visual culture. Plastic surgery, at first, was intended for… Continue Reading →

A new language for a new literature

To better understand the Italian literature during the 60s and 70s one should look at the social and economic context of Italy during that time. On the one hand, we have the economic “miracle”, which designate that period of sustained… Continue Reading →


There is a strong connection between mythology and nature. Professor O’Neill pointed out how ancient civilizations were subject to natural changes and how much they relied on nature. They loved nature to such an extent that they invented gods, who… Continue Reading →

Focus on the human nature

At the start of his lecture, Charles Traub quoted Aaron Siskind when he said “the only nature I am interested in is my own nature”. But these words where promptly denied by his works that showed us his actual interest… Continue Reading →

Futurists and the modern, figurative art

Futurism marked a breaking point with earlier artistic traditions. Futurists tried to modify the reality in which they lived, to involve audiences in their artistic process. They wanted to change the world, to rebuild it. Any separation between the artist… Continue Reading →

The sound of Western civilization

These lectures were enlightening. Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh provided us with clear examples of how economy, geography and even taste changed, over the past years, due to human behavior. Nowadays we take for granted all our technological devices that make our… Continue Reading →

Painting vs Poetry

Is painting really better than poetry? “While poetry extends to the figuration of forms, actions, and place in words, the painter is moved by the real similitudes of forms to counterfeit these forms”, Leonardo da Vinci says. Which is a… Continue Reading →

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