In-class Talk with Daniele Balicco:

Bruno Munari about Design and Writing

Monday October 17 - 10-11.15am
Schmitt Hall 202

Based on brilliant Italian designer Bruno Munari’s 1977 book Fantasia, the presentation focuses on the relationship between invention, creativity and imagination in visual communication.

Daniele Balicco is Visiting Fellow in Theory and Critical Studies at the EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) of Paris. His theoretical work lies between cultural history, aesthetics and economics. In his first book - Non parlo a tutti. Franco Fortini intellettuale politico/I Don't Speak to Everyone. Franco Fortini, a Political Intellectual (Roma, 2006) - he analyzed the relationship between political power, the aesthetic dimension, and financial capital. He has continued to focus on this topic as the editor of a special issue of Allegoria (2014) devoted to Edward Said as a political thinker - Lotta politica e riflessione estetica in Edward Said / Edward Said between Politics and Aesthetics. These themes are also central to his more recent work as editor of the volume Made in Italy e cultura. Indagine sull'identità italiana contemporanea (Made in Italy and Culture. Inquiry into the Contemporary Italian Identity, Palumbo 2016). He also works as a freelance journalist for the newspaper Il Manifesto. He lives in Rome.