Culture 2017

Bioconstrutions in Bamboo and Mediterranean Reed: The Canya Viva Method
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by Margherita Bertoli and Matteo Mannini (CanyaVivaItalia) Generally considered invasive because of its high reproductive capacity and adaptability, the Mediterranean reed (Arundo donax L.) is a plant with the major structural and artistic potential: its abundance and renewability and its mechanical properties offer the opportunity to use it as material for construction, with a freedom of expression that allows you to create organic and innovative forms. It is undeniable that the characteristics of the space in which we move, affects our behavior: the creation of organic places, natural and characterized by curved line stimulates internal states related to the association,...
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Fermentation: a Way to Reclaim our Rights to Wellness
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by Sandra Duuren and Alessandro Cocco In our vision fermentation is a way of reclaiming our rights to healthy food. An act of empowerment or even rebellion. Rebellion against a system that makes it increasingly difficult for its population to have access to healthy and real food. Fermenting foods and eating them gives us the opportunity to be in charge of our own health. We believe that a big part of being healthy lies within the food we consume. Our society has developed in a way of putting the authority of our health outside of ourselves. Not only does a doctor...
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Mandala: Weaving the Centre
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by Sara Chandana Benegiamo The seminar aims to spread the ancestral and curative art of Ojos de Dios Huicholes, native of Mexico, and mandala as universal symbols used by different cultures in the world. Ojo de Dios means "God's Eye" which for the Huicholes people is the Sun. Donating an Ojo de Dios is equivalent to giving a protection object and wishes: "May the Eye of God watch over you and help you to see Beyond the visible reality ". Nothing prevents it from being used as a purely decorative object. In the workshop there will be an explanation of...
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PARQUEBAMBU /Perù: a playful space between participation and solidarity
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by Francesco Poli LAN Parque Bambu project aims to implement a playground with bamboo, natural and recycled materials for the primary school of Jerusalén de Miñaro, the small indigenous Nomatsiguenga community of the Peruvian Amazon. The Semillas project - Associaciòn para el desarrollo sostenible and LAN - Natural Architectural Laboratory, is self-funded through a creative crowdfunding and attended by illustrators all over the world who have donated their own images to the project. These are original creations, inspired by the personal inspiration of each artist in evoking the rich and kaleidoscopic peruvian cultural imaginary. Thanks to the valuable collaboration of...
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Indoor anti-pollution Plants
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by Loretta Bisegna It is common to think that closed environments are a safe shelter against air pollution, but it can actually be up to 5 times more polluted. Moreover  we spend about 90% of our life in closed environments for which the quality of the air is an indispensable element for our well-being. Fortunately, the indoor plants help us, improve the aesthetics of the environment and play an indispensable role in the process of air purification, eliminating many of the present poisons, without being aware of it, at home. During the workshop we will learn to know them, to...
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Damanhur: The Ecology of Spirit – An Ethnographic Experience
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by Giorgia Gaia The Ten Commandments and the Genesis inform us about how to behave in the relationship between humans and encourage to proliferate and conquer Earth. Considering how the three Abrahamic religions have influenced Western culture and the perceptions that individuals have of themselves in the world, it is not surprisingly that the decline of mainstream religions corresponds with the progress of ecological ideals, often related to a rebirth of new spiritualities. Individuals are experimenting new autonomous spiritual and religious ‘gnosis’ and rediscovering nature religions, considered for centuries as primitive cults. Simultaneously, important changes are occurring in the social...
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Tarot: the Dwelling of Oneself
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by Katia Ciocca There is a magic in the Tarot that fascinates, makes curious and often surprises those who enter into this magical world; because the Tarot can explain the present, predict the future and help to elucidate the cause of the problems of the psyche. Following Jung’s theory on symbols, we understand that the Tarot are receptors, conductors and transformers of energy. Their symbols stimulate higher intuitions, interpreted as signs. Approached with meditative awareness, they facilitate psychological and spiritual growth, without the use of words. The Tarot provides a mean of accessing the unconscious and allows us to know where...
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Psychedelic literature: from the Books of the Dead to the Summers of Love
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by Vanni Santoni The idea behind "Psychedelic literature: from the Books of the Dead to the Summers of Love" is to provide the audience with a journey through ages of written words, bringing back to light the  entheogens role and different states of consciousness which had a great impact in the development of sacred texts as well as beloved works of poetry and fiction. From the ancient egyptian and tibetan books of the dead to middle-age visionaries, from the hemp of Gargantua and Pantagruel to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, from drug-inspired "poètes maudits" such as Baudelaire and Rimbaud to the...
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Forms of vision in literature from St. Ignatius of Loyola to Aldous Huxley
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by Federico di Vita The theme for the vision went through the whole history of literature, significantly characterizing areas of spiritual transcendence, those of fantasy, up to the twentieth century mystical descriptions explicitly based on the assumption of psychotropic substances. An element that is surprising, in the critical analysis of texts produced in different moments and for radically different reasons, consist in certify how the epiphanic event structures recur according to a scheme and an evolution similar and recognizable. In this lecture we will analyze the reasons and the phases that characterize the structure of the vision in the literature...
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