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The `Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding’, a lecture by Franco Berardi as part of `The State of Things'


'Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding'

Thursday, 8 September / 18:00

Laboratorio Occupato Morion, Salizada San Francesco della Vigna, Castello 2842, Venice

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce 'Movimento Studentesco and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding', a lecture by Franco Berardi within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’. 

The 'Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding’

In 1968 the relation between Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Student Movement in Italy was a troubled one. In the midst of the controversy, Pasolini was accused by the students of being a populist representative of a backward culture, nostalgic of a legendary pre-modern time. This paper will argue that, from today's perspective, things seem different, and Pasolini can be understood not to have been looking to the past but to the distant future that is now our present: an age characterised by barbarianism and of ignorant aggressiveness. Today, in the age of the televisual and financial dictatorship, reading Pasolini is a way to retrace the genesis of Italy's present.

About Franco Berardi

Franco Berardi
(b.1949, Bologna, Italy) founded the magazine A/traverso (1975–81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice (1976–78). After being involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, Berardi fled to Paris, where he worked with philosopher and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis during the 1980s. He currently teaches social history of the media at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and is the founder of the European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI) which was inaugurated in San Marino in May 2011.

About ‘The State of Things’

`The State of Things’ is a series of public lectures that will be held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.