Italo Calvino: Six Memos for the Digital World

02Dec11

While not directly related to the work of Marshall McLuhan, this lecture is by McLuhan Centenary Fellow Paolo Granata fom the University of Bologna and is supported by the McLuhan Legacy Network…….AlexK

ITALO CALVINO: SIX MEMOS FOR THE DIGITAL WORLD

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present the lecture Italo Calvino: Six Memos for the Digital World by Paolo Granata

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 – 6:30pm 
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto 
Free admission 
Infoline: 416-921-3802 ext. 221

Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude, Visibility and Consistency are so-called “Lezioni Americane”, Six Memos for the Next Millennium– six keywords, qualities or values – that Italo Calvino was due to deliver in the context of the Harvard Charles Eliot Norton lectures in 1985-86, but left unfinished at his death. Read today, the Six Memos, are “not just literary proposals”, but part of the new social and cultural sensitivity that emerged at the end of the 20th century. In this lecture through a series of impressive examples, Paolo Granata explores the spirit of Calvino’s Six Memos, probing a new interpretative plot that reveals the sensory component of the digital world. 

PAOLO GRANATA is professor of Digital Catalogues for Cultural Heritage at the Post-Graduate Specialization School for Art and Historic Heritage at the University of Bologna. Since 2008 he has also taught Multimedia for Cultural Heritage at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2001 he authored the book Arte in Rete, the first rational guide on the art resources on the web ever published in Italy. In 2003 he founded the MultiLab educational laboratories on Humanistic Computing for the University of Bologna (Faculty of Humanities). Since 2005 he has worked for the research programme on Italian video art Videoart Yearbook. L’annuario della videoarte italiana, promoted by the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Bologna. His latest book, Arte, estetica e nuovi media, (2009), is a summary of his work for an interdisciplinary approach to new media. Currently, he is Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, McLuhan Program (Centenary Visiting Fellowship). www.paologranata.it

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