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Calvino is in the City, dialogues between science and literature

Within the framework of the joint initiative with the Enrico Fermi Research Center, the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Rome proudly presents “Calvino is in the City,” an event dedicated to the author of the “Invisible Cities,” one of his most well known masterpieces, which is highly celebrated and remarkably relevant for an era where the debate on the future of cities becomes more pressing.

 

Calvino’s combinatorial kaleidoscope lends itself well to glimpsing a myriad of possible worlds and aligns perfectly with the need of science to identify new futures and solutions. Notably, one of the foundational themes of the joint CREF-SONY initiative is that of the adjacent possible-the exploration of a space, often ineffable, found at the interface between what François Jacob defined as the “actual” and the “possible.”

This interface exists between our past or present experience and what we might experience in the near future, as individuals or as communities/species. This theme is further explored in various directions, including that of cities and, particularly, how to make them more sustainable, livable, and equitable.

The event will begin with the reading of excerpts from the book, followed by an initial commentary with a scientific flavor. Subsequently, other guests will share their perspectives, opening the discussion and perhaps delving deeper into Calvino’s narrative, vision, insights, and transversality. The event will take on the form of a genuine and multi-voiced dialogue, where syntaxes intertwine and listen to each other.

 

In addition to Vittorio Loreto, Director of Sony CSL – Rome and Physics of Complex Systems lecturer at La Sapienza University in Rome, there will be contributions from Laura Guglielmi, journalist and writer, also an expert on Calvino and author of the book “Calvino and Sanremo”; Andrea Prencipe, Rector of LUISS Guido Carli University and author of the books “The Cybernetic Viscount” and “The Rampant Innovator,” accompanied in the narration by Manuela Cherubini, a director, actress, and expert in scientific narratives.