Laura Chiesa

Yale University

Fortunato Depero's Multidimensional Spatial Inventions in New York


Laura Chiesa received her Laurea in Philosophy from the University of Pisa and a D.E.A. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. In October she will receive her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. She is currently a lector in the Italian Department at Yale University. She translated Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler's Ecografie della televisione into Italian. Her article on Italo Calvino and Georges Perec, "Multiple e contrastanti emozioni tra città e puzzle," is forthcoming in the Romanic Review (Fall 2004). At the Italian Academy she will research Fortunato Depero's spatial inventions during his stay in New York (between 1927 and 1930), focusing on the theatrical, architectural and visual dimensions of his work, and situating it within the context of other works of the same period.