Fellows 2009–2010

  • University of Heidelberg

    Dark energy cosmologies and predictions for future experiments

    2009-2010: Fall

    Valeria Pettorino got her Ph.D. in physics in 2005 at the University Federico II in Napoli, Italy, and in collaboration with SISSA, Trieste, Italy. In 2005-2006, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Torino (Italy); she then moved to SISSA in 2007 within the D4 Project. She was named Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Heidelberg, Germany , where she worked from July 2007 until July 2009.
    She works on several aspects concerning cosmology, the study of the content and evolution of the Universe. In particular, her areas of expertise concern dark energy, a component contributing to about 74% of the content of the Universe and providing cosmological acceleration. She investigates this issue from a theoretical point of view, within coupled quintessence theories as well as scalar tensor theories. Furthermore, she investigates effects on observations both within linear perturbations, on cosmic microwave background and at the non linear level, within structure formation, also via N-body simulations. She has recently joined the PLANCK and EUCLID collaborations.

  • Columbia University/NYSPI

    Longitudinal imaging of adolescents at risk for schizophrenia


    Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Developmental and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr Colibazzi's research has encompassed several topics including using fMRI to probe emotional circuitry in humans and exploring structure and shape in the normal brain and in schizophrenia. More recently, Dr. Colibazzi's research has focused on understanding how the adolescent brain changes throughout development and whether this knowledge can help us predict who will develop schizophrenia.

  • SUNY Stony Brook

    The boundaries of conflict: identity, violence, and displacement on the Italo-Yugoslav frontier

    2009-2010: Spring

    Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published numerous articles on institutional development and social dynamics of post-war societies, and in particular on the divergent narratives about the Second World War that have emerged among Istrians living in Italy and in Croatia. Through a US National Science Foundation grant, since 2008 she has been refining a new methodological approach to narrative analysis and has presented her work on narrative as an invited speaker at numerous universities and symposia in the US and abroad.

  • Università di Teramo

    Professionals of rehabilitation: UNRRA officers in postwar Europe

    2009-2010: Fall

    Silvia Salvatici specializes in Modern history with particular emphases on individual and collective memories in post-war societies, women refugees in the 20th century, gender and human rights, and European displaced persons in the aftermath of WWII. She received a PhD in Historical Sciences from the International Post-graduate School of Social Sciences of San Marino University and a PhD in Family and Gender History from the University of Naples "L'Orientale." Among her most recent publications are "Public Memory, Gender and National Identity in Post-War Kosovo: The Albanian Community," in Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes (eds), Oral History and Public Memories, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2008; "Le Gouvernement anglais et les femmes réfugiées d'Europe après la Deuxième guerre mondiale," in Mouvement social, Fall 2008; Senza casa e senza paese. Profughi europei nel secondo dopoguerra, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008. Dr. Salvatici is lecturer in modern history at the University of Teramo (Italy) where she teaches Women's and Gender History. Since 2008 she has been Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of Birkbeck College. During her time at the Italian Academy she will be working on a new research project with the title "Professionals of Rehabilitation. UNRRA Officers in Postwar Europe". With this project she will investigate the gendered re/construction of relief work in the immediate aftermath of World War II, which represents an unwritten chapter in the history of the emergence of welfare, humanitarianism and internationalism during European reconstruction.

  • 2009-2010: Fall

    Salvatore Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. Working across a range of media such as photo-etchings, collage, animation and video, he looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by re-framing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications. 

    His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including “I giovani che visitano le nostre rovine non vi vedono che uno stile,” at GAM, Turin, (2009), Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague (2009), Nul, Foxy Production, New York (2008) No Room For the Groom: An Exhibition with Douglas Sirk, Herald St, London (2007) among others. During his stay in New York Arancio will focus his research on the study of the archives related to the New York World's Fair of 1939 and its machine-age Utopian visions, combining them with the rigorous aesthetic of Berenice Abbott' s scientific “Super Sight” photographs which are part of the Photography Collection of The New York Public Library's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

  • Uppsala University

    Prudenti: Machiavelli and Tocqueville on liberty, empire, and justice

    2009-2010: Fall

    Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University, Department of History of Science and Ideas. He is author of Machiavelli and Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and several major articles on Machiavelli and Renaissance political thought, including "The Two Myths of Civic Humanism," in Renaissance Civic Humanism: Reappraisals and Reflections (Cambridge University Press, 2000). In the past, he has held fellowships at Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Stanford Humanities Center and The National Humanities Center.

  • Università di Palermo

    Post-war reconstruction and regional development. World Bank development policy in Italy, 1947–1967


    Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Global Development and Finance

    Michele Alacevich is a research fellow at the University of Palermo, Italy. His research interests include the political economy of international organizations in historical perspective, the contemporary history of economic development and financial institutions, the role of economic advisors in international relations, and the history of development economics in the twentieth century.
    Michele obtained his Ph.D. in Economic and Business History at the University of Milano in 2006. His Ph.D. thesis was published as The Political Economy of the World Bank:The Early Years, by Stanford University Press, 2009 (originally published in Italian in 2007 by Bruno Mondadori and forthcoming in French, Russian and Spanish). He has also co-authored, with Daniela Parisi, Economia politica. Un'introduzione storica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009, and is the author of several articles published in scholarly journals on the history of economic institutions and ideas after World War II. Michele has been a consultant to the World Bank for historical research.
    At the Italian Academy, Michele will work on his next book on the policies for regional development after World War II and the World Bank loans to Italy, from 1948 to1965. This book is the final outcome of his research program at the University of Palermo on regional economic backwardness in historical perspective and the Italian Mezzogiorno, and will appear in the series of historical studies of Banca d'Italia, published by Laterza.

  • 2009-2010


    Born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1977, Meris Angioletti lives and works in Milan and Paris. She graduated in Fine Arts from the Academy of Brera in Milan and has participated in numerous workshops including (Idea Bank/ the Energy Clothes at the FAR in Como and Modelmania, with Olafur Elisson in Venice).

    Recent solo shows in 2009 include I describe the way and meanwhile I am proceeding along it, Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento (upcoming); Ginnastica Oculare, GAMeC, Bergamo; Il Paradigma Indiziario, Care of, Milan; Haunted, Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Salerno (2008).

    Selected group shows include The Filmic Conventions, FormContent, London; Just in the Dark, Mercati di Traiano, Rome; T2-Le 50 Lune di Saturno, Turin; VideoReport Italia 2006-2007, GC.AC Monfalcone; Echo, Transpalette, Bourges; Heavier then air, ITCA_Re-reading the future, Prague Triennial, Prague; Pavillon#7, Palais de Tokyo (mezzanine), Paris; Artetica-descrivere il resto, Porto Cesareo (LE); Art4Lux, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Guest Room, Straatgalerij-Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; M.M.M. Milano-Melbourne-Milano, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.

    In 2005 she was artist-in-residence at the Centre de Récollets – Dena Foundation in Paris. In 2006 she worked in Maastricht within the program MapXXL- Pèpinières Européennes pour jeunes artistes, where she realized, in collaboration with a psychiatric hospital, Travel Tales, a radio-play reconstructing the memories of a patient affected of Dromomania. She was artist-in-residence at Le Pavillon-Laboratoire de création du Palais de Tokyo, Paris for the edition 2007/2008 and short-listed for the prize The Spirit in any condition does not burn – 7. Premio Furla 2009

  • Università di Cassino

    Damage Detection of Large Scale Structures under Seismic Ground Motions

    2009-2010: Spring

    Maura Imbimbo is Associate Professor of Structural Analysis and Design at the University of Cassino. She received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II. From 1996 to 2003 she received fellowships and grants from the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research and from the Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.). In Fall 2004 she was a Fellow at Columbia's Italian Academy; in 2002 and 2003 she was visiting scholar at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics of Columbia University; and during 2000 she was visiting scholar at the Departamento de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Unversitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. She was the local manager for the research project "R.C. structural elements strengthened in shear by FRP: theoretical and experimental modeling and structural health monitoring," supported by the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research. She was a member of the Scientific Committee for doctoral theses and the Tribunal for doctoral theses at the Departamento de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Unversitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (2002-2003). She is the author of more than 60 papers published in international technical journals and conference proceedings. Her main research areas are base isolation, innovative material (FRP) for the strengthening of structures, modeling and analysis of masonry structures, dynamic identification and health monitoring.


  • Collège de France


    Distinguished Senior Research Scholar

    Officer of the Légion d'honneur
    Commander of L'ordre national du Mérite
    Commander of the Palmes Académiques
    Commander of Arts and Letters
    Honorable Academician of the Accademia Clementina
    Honorable Academician of the Académie d'Aix-en-Provence
    Member of the Accademia dei Lincei (1997)
    Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy

    Born in Marseilles on 10 June 1932, Marc Fumaroli spent his childhood and adolescence in Fès. His mother was his first teacher. He completed his secondary education and Baccalauréat in Letters at the Lycée Ville-Nouvelle in Fès. He completed his higher education at the Lycée Thiers in Marseilles, at the University of Aix-en-Provence and at the Sorbonne. He passed the Agrégation in Classical Letters in 1958. He did his military service at the École militaire interarmes de Cõetquidan and in the 6th Artillery Regiment in Colbert in the Constantinois between September 1958 and January 1961. He was pensionnaire of the Fondation Thiers from September 1963 to August 1966. He was elected assistant of the Faculty of Letters at Lille at his return in 1965, and Doctor of Letters at IV-Sorbonne in June 1976. During the same month he was elected master of conferences at the Paris IV-Sorbonne, succeeding Professor Raymond Picard. Director of the journal, XVIIe siècle (1976-1986) and member of the editorial board of the journal Commentaire (1978-1995), under the directorship of Raymond Aron until his death in 1983 and thereafter under that of Jean-Claude Casanova. 

    In 1986 Marc Fumaroli was elected professor of the Collège de France, to which he was presented by the poet Yves Bonnefoy and the historian Jean Delumeau, and was granted the chair entitled "Rhetoric and Society in Europe (16th-17th centuries)." In 1977 he participated in the foundation of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, over which he presided between 1984 and 85, and organized the Third International Congress at Tours in the last-mentioned year. He served as director of Centre d'étude de la langue et de la literature françaises des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (Paris IV-C.N.R.S.) from 1984-1994. From 1993 to 1999, he was president of the Association pour la sauvegarde des enseignements littéraires (S.E.L.) founded by Mme. Jacqueline de Romilly. After 2000 he succeeded René Pomeau as president of the Society of Literary History of France. He has presided over the Association of the Friends of the Louvre since 1996. In October 2006 he succeeded the Lord Chancellor Gabriel de Broglie as the president of the Interministerial Commission of Technology. 

    He was a visiting professor at All Souls College, Oxford in 1983 and a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1984. He has taught and delivered lectures in numerous universities in the United States (most notably at New York University, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Princeton, Houston, Los Angeles). Invited by Allan Bloom, he delivered a series of lectures in the division known as the Committee for Social Thought in Chicago of which he became a member, with the status of a professor of the university 'at large', where he teaches two months a year. He has been invited to lecture at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., most notably in the Fifteenth Anniversary Lecture Series. He returned there in March-April 2000 to deliver the six Mellon Series Lectures of that year. He gave the Casal Lecture at the University of London and the Zaharoff Lecture at the University of Oxford in 1991. Each year in May he gives a series of lectures at the Istituto di Studi Filosofici founded and directed by M. Gerardo Marotta, and participates frequently in the congresses at the Cini Foundation in Venice. He has received invitations from most Italian universities. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Naples (Federico II) in 1994, from the University of Bologna in 1999, from the University of Genoa and the University Complutense in Madrid in 2004, and the University Complutense in Madrid in 2005, and his courses at the Collège de France have twice been given in Italian universities: the University of Rome in 1995-1996; and the Scuola normale superiore in Pisa in 1999-2000. Since his youth he has considered Italy his second homeland, and is proud of counting among his innumerable friends there, Professor Tullio Gregory, Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Rome - la Sapienza. He is a member of numerous learned societies in France and abroad. He is an associate member of the British Academy, member of the American Academy of Science, Letters and Arts, member of the American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, member of the Accademia dei Lincei (since 1997), and he is president of the Société littéraire de la France, and a frequent collaborator in the Revue. He regularly contributes articles to daily and weekly newspapers in France and abroad. In 1982 he received the Monsieur Marcel prize from the Académie française and in 1992 its Critique award. He received the Balzan prize in September 2001, the Lafue prize in 2002, and the Mémorial and Combourg prizes in 2004. 

    On March 2nd 1995 the Académie française elected him to the sixth chair, in which he succeeded Eugène Ionesco. In 1998 he was elected to the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres in the chair left vacant by Georges Duby.

  • National University of Mongolia

    A comparative study of social life and religious beliefs in Italy and Mongolia

    2009-2010: Fall

    Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Culture and Religion

    A professor at the National University of Mongolia (NUM), she got an M.A. at Saint Petersburg University's Faculty of Philosophy in 1983 and a Ph.D. at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in 1995. In 1983-1995 she was a researcher at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy; since 1996 she has lectured on "Buddhist philosophy," "Philosophy of religion," and "History of Mongolian religion and philosophy" to the Philosophy and Religion Studies students of NUM. She has published seven books and more than 40 academic articles.

  • 2009-2010: Spring

    Luca Trevisani has exhibited throughout Italy, Europe, and New York. Recent solo shows include NIMKat Montevideo in Amsterdam; Identitiy is a Cloud at Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza; The Truth is that Truth Changes, Pinksummer, Genova; and a show at MARS, Milan. He has also shown at Mehdi Chouakri and Kunstler Hous, Berlin; Klaua von Nichtssagend Gallery, NY; Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; New Galerie de France, Paris; Ca’ Pesaro, Venice; and Castello Sforzesco, Milano. He has participated in screenings and festivals such as Cumulonembo + Volksbuhne, Lambretto, Milan, with Riccardo Previdi and Bahnhof; Tettonica a placche, Neon fdv, Milano with Stefano Mandracchia, Simone Tosca and Massimo Carozzi. He has had residencies at NIMK/Montevideo in Amsterdam (2009) and Kunstlerhus Bethanien, Berlin. In 2007 he won the Premio Furla prize for Art. In 2006 he was selected for the Premio Artegiovane Milano e Torino.

  • Università della Tuscia

    Conservation and documentation of new media art. Italian tradition and international strategies

    2009-2010: Fall

    Laura Barreca has taught at the Faculty of Architecture, University "La Sapienza", Rome, as professor of the Course of History of Contemporary Art, in 2009. She is Assistant Professor of the Chair of History of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Conservation of Cultural and Artistic Heritage, University of Viterbo. She works as external consultant for the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, for the Land Art project "Sensi Contemporanei" (Basilicata 2009). For the MAXXI-Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo she is curator of the project "Committenze contemporanee", in collaboration with UniCredit Group and Galleria Borghese. Since 2007, she worked as Junior Curator at PAN|Palazzo delle Arti Napoli. Since the completion of her Ph.D., she has been writing articles and papers, and has been invited to present lectures in several conferences (Madrid 2007; Montreal 2008; Rome 2008-2009) about "Conservation and Documentation of New Media Art".

  • Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio

    Palladio and War

    2009-2010: Fall and Spring

    Kress Foundation Italian Academy Fellow

    Director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara (1994 -2002), and the University of Milan (2005). In 2008, he was Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellow at Villa I Tatti, Florence. His broad interests center on Renaissance architectural history, with a particular emphasis on Venetian architecture and on the culture of the Antique in the Renaissance. Among his publications are: Palladio Privato (Venice 2008 and Berlin 2009); PALLADIO (exhibition catalogue, edited with Howard Burns; London 2009); Vincenzo Scamozzi 1548-1616 (exhibition catalogue, edited with Franco Barbieri; Venice 2003).

  • Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

    The banning of a culture: intellectuals, illiterates, and censorship in Counter-Reformation Italy


    Giorgio Caravale (Ph.D. 2000) is Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Roma Tre. He was Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, Villa I Tatti (2006-2007). He has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Rome "Sapienza" (2001-2003), Fondazione Luigi Firpo in Turin (2003-2005) and Fondazione Michele Pellegrino in Turin (2005-2006). He was a short-term fellow at the Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation of Geneva (2004), at the University of Madison, Wisconsin (2005), and at the Newberry Library of Chicago (2007). He is the author of many articles on book censorship and the Roman Inquisition and three volumes: L'orazione proibita. Censura ecclesiastica e letteratura devozionale nella prima età moderna (Florence, Olschki, 2003), Sulle tracce dell'eresia. Ambrogio Catarino Politi (1484-1553) (Florence, Olschki, 2007), and Il profeta disarmato. L'eresia di Francesco Pucci nell'Europa del Cinquecento (in press). He is currently working on a long-lenghth book on ecclesiastical censorship and Italian culture in the early modern age.

  • Università di Bologna

    Memory and political culture: a comparitive perspective

    2009-2010: Spring

    Gianfranco Pasquino (1942) graduated in Political Science from the University of Torino, supervisor Norberto Bobbio, and specialized in Comparative Politics at the University of Florence under the guidance of Giovanni Sartori. In 1975, after teaching at the University of Bologna and Florence, he became full professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna. He has also been teaching for more than thirty years at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University. In 1974-75, he was Lauro de Bosis Lecturer in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard. In 1978-79, he was Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. He has been visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C., and at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the Fall Term of 1999, he was Fellow of the Juan March Institute in Madrid. In the Spring of 2001, he was Fellow of Christ Church College at Oxford and in 2007 of St Antony's, Oxford. He is life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
    Among the founders of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, he was its managing editor for seven years and co-editor for three years. Editor of the bimonthly journal Il Mulino (1980-1983), he is on the editorial board of several academic journals, notably: the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, European Political Science, Parliamentary Affairs, Revista Argentina de Ciencia Politica.
    He has written widely on Italian politics and on Comparative Politics, most recently Sistemi politici comparati (2007, 3rd ed.,translated into Spanish and Portuguese) and Le istituzioni di Arlecchino (6th ed., www.scriptaweb.it). He has co-edited the Dizionario di Politica (3rd ed. ,2004) and edited Strumenti della democrazia (2007) .
    From 1983 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1996 he served as Senator of the Italian Republic. He received two degrees ad honorem from the University of Buenos Aires and from the University of La Plata. In 2005, he was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. At the Italian Academy, he plans to write a book on the Theory of Political Development.

  • New York University/Columbia University

    Neuroimaging of reward processing and decision-making


    Franco Pestilli obtained a B.A. from La Sapienza University, Rome (Italy), specializing in Experimental Psychology and Artificial Intelligence. For his doctoral research, he worked in the laboratory of Marisa Carrasco at New York University, New York (USA).
    Since his PhD, he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Neuroscience of Columbia University, New York (USA), and as a Visiting Scientist at the Riken Brain Science Institute, Wako (Japan). He is currently working in the Laboratory of Vincent Ferrera at Columbia University. His research focuses on distinguishing the effects of attention and expected reward on behavior and neural response. In life, one attends to stimuli that are behaviorally relevant, and often relevant stimuli are those that will predict rewards. For this reason, the effects of attention and that of expected reward on neural response can be easily confounded. Pestilli is investigating how the neural mechanisms dedicated to control attention and predict reward interact to affect one's decisions.

  • Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Università La Sapienza

    Spanish physicians in Rome between Renaissance and Counter-Reformation. Protagonists, practices, and the circulation of knowledge (1492–1598)


    Author of several papers on early modern medical culture and practices in Sixteenth-Century Rome, she received her Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Università La Sapienza in 2007. Before coming to the Italian Academy she was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (2008/2009), Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (2007/2008), and member of international projects such as the program Sciences et capitales européennes : revisiter les origines de l'espace public des savoirs (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle) - Young Researchers Programme 2006-2009 ANR-France.

  • Princeton University

    Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind


    Mellon New Directions Visiting Scholar

    D. Graham Burnett is an editor at Cabinet magazine in Brooklyn, and a member of the faculty at Princeton University. His training is in the history and philosophy of science, and he is the author of four books, most recently Trying Leviathan (Princeton) which was awarded the 2008 New York City Book Award and the Hermalyn Prize for Urban History.

  • Università degli Studi di Milano

    Theatre, simulation, and mirror neurons

    2009-2010: Spring

    Chiara Cappelletto is currently Assistant Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Milan from which she holds a Ph.D in Philosophy in 2003 (The synoptic view. Essay on nature of form in Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought).
    In 2001 she received a grant "for continuing education of young excellent students" at the University of Milan. She spent a year at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, invited by George Didi-Huberman to take part in his seminar and to the workshop "Morphologies", focusing on link between Aesthetics and Natural Sciences. In 2003 she took her Diplôme d'Études Approfondies at EHESS on the concept of Darstellung in Aby Warburg and Ludwig Wittgenstein (supervisor Fernando Gil).
    In 2004, her book Il rito delle pulci. Wittgenstein morfologo [The flea's rite. On Wittgenstein's Morphology] obtained the ninth Castiglioncello Philosophy Award (president of jury Paolo Rossi, section "Young scholars, Antonella Musu").
    In 2005/2006 she held an one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Philosophy Dept. of the University of Milan (Aesthetics and Morphology in Wittgenstein. Origins and prospects). Her work focussed on the Wittgensteinian development of Goethe's morphological paradigm, relating sciences with culture.
    Since 2006, her research deals with the study of empathy and fiction in performing arts, taking in account the new perspectives in neuroaesthetics. Her most recent book is then devoted to Neuroestetica. L'arte del cervello [Neuroaesthetics. Brain's Art] (2009).
    She is currently developing theatrical researches. She has recently edited and prefaced Scena e dramma [Stage and Drama] by Waldemar Conrad and she is the author of several essays on aesthetics of theatre.

  • 2009-2010: Fall

    Alice Cattaneo’s spatial interventions carry an idea of vulnerability through meticulous gestures that play out in a dimension between stasis and chaos. As in these unbalanced architectures in her videos, her actions put in motion chains of micro-moments that simultaneously defy gravity and explore areas of structural instability. The images she creates are, in their bare simplicity, fragments that explore complexity through specific actions. Both in the video and in the architectural interventions the logic is that of the stage machine. In the theatre, the machine should vanish behind the stage, but here it shows itself openly. 

    Cattaneo studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan (2008); MADRE Museum, Naples (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2007); and Analix Forever, Geneva (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, and MOCA, Chicago (2009) and Fragile, Terres d’Empathie, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne (2009). 

    During the residency in New York, Cattaneo’s research will investigate two different experiences of urban reality: The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin, a philosophical vision of the 19th Century in Paris, and the Russian Utopia Museum, a virtual archive containing 480 unbuilt architectural prospects. Identifying New York as a polymorphic context where it is possible to relocate connections between experienced and imagined situations, she will focus on the idea of the fragment and the urban landscape as visions of an imaginary space suspended between reality and the theater.