Edited by Paola Dubini

Patrimonio culturale
Paola Dubini

What GDP for culture

On October 7, the results of two studies were published that deal with the issue of the relationship between cultural heritage and wealth generation: the second edition of the Cultural and Creative cities monitor, published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Union, that compares 190 cities in 30 European countries,[1] and the Boston Consulting Group study on autonomous national museums, their results and their impact in the first years of their institution after the Franceschini of 2014.[2] The essential message that reached public opinion from the two studies is that state museums ...

palazzo te
Stefano Baia Curioni

Palazzo Te and the Promotion of the Local Territory

Palazzo Te is one of the most important European Renaissance palaces, designed and built by Giulio Romano, first a student of Raphael in Rome, and then invited to Mantua by Federico Gonzaga on the suggestion of Baldassar Castiglione. The commission was sumptuous, and the resulting design is extraordinary. A painter from the Cadore area who was a friend of Giulio Romano, Tiziano Vecellio, would paint the potraits of the three protagonists of the story (one is in Palazzo Te, one at the Prado, and one at the Louvre), almost to immortalize the outcome. The palace grew thanks to the tireless work of ...

museo egizio
Samanta Isaia

Cultural Institutions as Enterprises

“What can the world of industry do for culture?”. This was the question posed in a round table discussion organized by the Turin Industrial Association, an occasion for interaction between local enterprises and the world of culture, in which I recently took part. A first answer seems to be the following: culture is important, it should be protected and supported; business is enlightened and dedicates attention and funding to culture, obtaining visibility and consideration in exchange. It’s encouraging that the industrial world is seeking ways to support culture. Yet I wonder why it is so ...

book faier
Paola Dubini, Elena Raviola

A Clash between Fields

Göteborg, Autumn 2016. The main book fair in Northern Europe, that celebrates 250 years of Swedish constitutional law on freedom of the press – the first in the world – was the subject of incredible media attention. The reason was that the fair admitted among the exhibitors a publishing company that publishes an extreme right-wing organ. The debate in traditional media and social media continued for over 15 months, with the publication of approximately 12,000 articles in all types of media, and more than 18,000 Tweets dedicated to the issue. In this public debate, the episode of the book ...

Semiconductors (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)_Parting the Waves still_2017
Marco Mancuso

New Media Art between Technology, Science, and Industry

In a historical period of growing economic recession and widespread cuts to cultural initiatives, there is an increasing number of artists, designers, creatives, and enterprises – in the areas of ICT and scientific research – who use production processes functional to the creation of “cultural objects” as standardized as possible. The new creative classes, with various types of training and backgrounds, that are not all necessarily institutionalized, are able to create relationships between the industrial world and an ecosystem made up of research centers, laboratories, academies, and ...