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Address: Via Senese 68 , Florence

Date: Friday 17 September 2021


Festival of meetings and video projections


Curated by Valeria D'Ambrosio

The talks begin at 7 pm and will be held in Italian and English
The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 9pm

The critical and emergency condition of the times in which we live requires us to ask ourselves what are the ways of survival of the planet and of everything that derives from it, first of all our species. The birth of the Earth dates back to about 4.560 billion years ago, but it is only from 70,000 years ago that humans have spread over much of its surface, appropriating 54% of the land that has been occupied since 97. , 6% of people, with a density of 78.5 men per km2. This is the "great leap forward", ie the extinction of almost all existing mammal species, the production of food with the invention of agriculture and the introduction of livestock, technological development and the increase of populations, all factors that contributed to the birth of the so-called human civilization . Since then our planet has experienced a rapid and inexorable decline for the sacred purposes of progress and well-being, seen from an exclusively and essentially anthropocentric perspective.

What if it were a form of kleptocracy widespread at all levels of society, that is, a generalized mode of management and power based on theft and perpetrated by every single individual to the detriment of the Earth? What if we had put in place a real systematic dispossession of earth's resources for the purpose of growing but unstable and temporary prosperity ? In less than 100,000 years, the development of humanity has coincided with the progressive disintegration and exhaustion of its source of existence and subsistence and today more than ever, in an era of absolute and unmanageable precariousness , it becomes necessary to combine different knowledge in the attempt to find possible solutions .

CLEPTOCRAZIA is a festival of confrontation between art and science that aims to deepen and disseminate information on the roots of the current environmental crisis due to a form of socio-economic management of the planet of a capitalist , patriarchal and colonialistic nature . Through a cycle of projections and meetings between international artists and well-known scientists, six macro-themes relating to the Anthropocene will be explored, from a term coined in 2000 by the Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen, the current geological era characterized by a constant increase in the impact of anthropogenic activities on the terrestrial environment with consequent alterations of the natural balance .

For the entire duration of the festival, Villa Romana will also host an exhibition of videos and documentaries by the six invited artists which will be accompanied by an editorial product created in collaboration with TAB | Take Away Bibliographies. On the occasion of the festival's finissage , Dutch artist Jasmijn Visser will present an unpublished performance-lecture .


Antonello Pasini is a climatologist physicist of the CNR, professor of climate physics at the University of Roma Tre and scientific popularizer. Develop and apply mathematical models for the study of recent climate change. He has published numerous articles in international journals and various popular books. He is the author of Il Kyoto fisso , the first Italian blog on climate that won the National Award for scientific dissemination in 2016.

Armin Linke is a photographer and filmmaker who combines contemporary image processing technologies to blur the line between fiction and reality. Working with his personal archive and other multimedia archives, Linke investigates the processes of formation of the natural, technological and urban environment in which we live, challenging the conventions of photographic practice. He is currently professor at ISIA Urbino and artist in residence at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut.


Riccardo Mastini is a researcher in political ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is policy advisor for the international Green New Deal for Europe campaign and expert reviewer for the IPCC's sixth assessment report. He is a member of the Research & Degrowth academic collective and of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance international network. Previously he worked as an activist for Friends of the Earth Europe and as a consultant for international environmental organizations and government agencies.

Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann are a duo of multidisciplinary artists whose work focuses on the intimate alliances between knowledge and power and the transformations related to technology in Western culture. Their research ranges from science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science and art. Their works have been exhibited in museums, galleries and alternative spaces internationally. Beate Geissler received the Humanities Fellowship from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she teaches art. Oliver Sann is a professor in the Photography Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Andrea Bonisoli Alquati is a professor of environmental toxicology at California State Polytechnic University. Her research analyzes the ecological effects of human environmental contamination, with particular reference to the variability between individuals and between species in susceptibility to the effects of pollutants and in the capacity for evolutionary response. He has organized or participated in over ten research expeditions to Chernobyl and Fukushima. He also dealt with the ecological consequences of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and chronic contamination by heavy metals and various organic pollutants.

Angela Melitopoulos is an artist, filmmaker and researcher in the field of time-based arts who produces experimental video installations, video-essays, documentaries and sound works. His work focuses on themes such as migration and mobility, memory and storytelling to reveal mnemonic and micropolitical processes through documentation. He collaborates in political networks in Paris, Italy, Turkey and Germany and has published texts and articles in Europe, especially in collaboration with the sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato.


Chiara Boschi is senior researcher at the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources of the National Research Council of Pisa (IGG-CNR). He holds a Masters in Geology from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a PhD from ETH-Zurich (Switzerland). His main scientific interests are the water-rock interaction processes. In particular, it deals with the mineralogical sequestration of CO2 in serpentinite rocks and its application at an industrial level for the mitigation of climate change.

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in the public space and films on themes relating to the economy, democracy, racism, climate breakdown, forms of resistance and social alternatives. He has made 36 films which have been screened in numerous events organized by social movements, art institutions and film festivals. Ressler has exhibited in solo shows at CAAC, Seville and SALT Galata, Istanbul and has participated in the biennials of Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Quebec (2014), Jeju (2017) and dOCUMENTA14 (Kassel, 2017).


Ferdinando Boero is professor of Zoology at the University of Naples Federico II, Associate of CNR-IAS, President of the Dohrn Foundation, member of the European Marine Board, Vice-president of the Marevivo environmental association, member of the Scientific Council of WWF Italy and Pro Natura. He has coordinated numerous national and international research projects and has published many articles and books on marine biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, marine protected areas, evolution, scientific communication and sustainability. He is currently taking care of the realization of the Darwin Dohrn Museum of the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Naples.

Michelle-Marie Letelier is a visual artist whose multimedia installations, photographs, videos, drawings and objects narrate the anthropic transformations of natural resources and are accompanied by a wide-ranging interdisciplinary research on the landscapes in which their exploitation takes place. and their speculation. His works examine political-economic, historical and cultural aspects and carry strong socio-political connotations mainly linked to globalization, the growing scarcity of raw materials and the crisis of the neoliberal model. He has exhibited in biennials, galleries and museums around the world such as the Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Bienal Sur 2017 (Buenos Aires) and Fondazione Cini (Venice).


Ilaria Dorigatti is a lecturer and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the MRC Center for the Analysis of Global Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London. It uses mathematical and statistical models to characterize the dynamics of transmission of emerging pathogens and evaluate the potential impact of new interventions. His research focuses on epidemic analysis and transmission modeling. Since January 2020 he has been dealing with SARS-CoV-2. He is a member of the Imperial College Covid-19 Response Team and, in collaboration with the University of Padua, has analyzed the data collected from sequential surveys on the population of Vo '.

Jasmijn Visser is a Dutch artist and researcher. Complexity is at the heart of his practice, especially in relation to the geopolitical conflict. In the age of the internet, the perception of our world as well as the experience of time has changed. To interpret this change, Visser explores the ordering, aesthetics and narrative models of geopolitical cases and proposes new forms of framing complexity through long-term research in the field. He is currently pursuing a PhD on Complexity Applied to Climate Change at Rachel Carson Center in Munich and Westminster University in London.

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