Pistoia – Dialogues on Man, the festival of contemporary anthropology, presents its seventh edition, focusing on “Humanity at play. Society, culture and games”. Dialogues aims to offer the widest possible audience of all generations the tools to confront and decipher the reality in which we live.
Culture springs from a form of play (as Dutch historian Johan Huizinga wrote), so play is not merely an activity for children, though it is crucial for their healthy mental development. Play is central to culture because humanity is built through simulation, invention/fiction and mimicking situations. Anthropologists, philosophers, sociologists, scientists, psychoanalysts and people from the world of sport join in discussions, conferences, shows, films and the occasional game to talk about rules and discipline, but also pleasure, happiness, rationality, gambling, adventure and risk-taking, simulation and strategy, learning and evolution. Play is found in all societies, in a myriad of different forms, travelling through societies, being transformed as it goes, generating opportunities for integration and the “creation of culture”. After all, as Umberto Eco put it, play is “one of the fundamental human needs”. So come to Pistoia and “play along” with a visit to Ferdinando Scianna’s solo photographic exhibition, created especially for Dialogues.

 

1
Pier Aldo Rovatti

Playing the Game

may fri 27, 2016 – 5.30 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 – admission free
2
Davide Tortorella

From TV quizzes to game shows: the plot of play on television

may fri 27, 2016 – 7.00 p.m.
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
3
Massimo Recalcati

The game of life

may fri 27, 2016 – 21.15
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
4
Gioele Dix reads Stefan Zweig

The Royal Game

may fri 27, 2016 – 9.30 p.m.
Manzoni Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
5
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Introduced by Ranieri Polese

Screening of the film: The Great Sinner

may fri 27, 2016 – 22.30
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
6
Eva Cantarella

The Olympics and play in ancient times

may sat 28, 2016 – 11.00 a.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
7
Alberto Nocentini

Between etymology and enigmatography: in search of the game-playing foundations of linguistics

may sat 28, 2016 – 12.00
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
8
Davide Zoletto

The game of hospitality

may sat 28, 2016 – 12.00
Sala Maggiore, City Hall
 admission euro 3.00
9
Dario Maestripieri

The evolution of play in monkeys and humans

may sat 28, 2016 – 15.00
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
10
Matteo Rampin

When the game gets tough: sport, mind and fatigue.

may sat 28, 2016 – 4.00 p.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00
11
Alessandro Piperno

Vladimir Nabokov’s vertiginous games

may sat 28, 2016 – 5.30 p.m.
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
12
Christian Bromberger

Football as a “deep game” packed with meaning

may sat 28, 2016 – 5.30 p.m.
Sala Maggiore, City Hall
 admission euro 3.00
13
Marco Aime

Playing the stock exchange: risk-taking and witchcraft on Wall Street

may sat 28, 2016 – 6.30 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
14
Stefano Bartezzaghi

Play: “an irrepressible human need”

may sat 28, 2016 – 21.15
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
15
Arturo Brachetti

The magic game of the imagination

may sat 28, 2016 – 9.30 p.m.
Manzoni Theatre
 admission euro 7.00
16
Directed by Elio Petri. Introduced by Ranieri Polese

Screening of the film “The Tenth Victim”

may sat 28, 2016 – 22.30
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
17
Run by Artemisia Associazione Culturale

Play in Pistoia. A treasure hunt through the city.

may sun 29, 2016 – 10.30 a.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
18
Marco Dotti

The corruption of play

may sun 29, 2016 – 10.30 a.m.
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
19
Anna Oliverio Ferraris

Play to learn how to live. The value of play in childhood

may sun 29, 2016 – 11.30 a.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00
20
Antonella Sbrilli

Art’s perspective on play

may sun 29, 2016 – 15.00
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00
21
Luca De Biase

Play in the infosphere: the dominion of videogames

may sun 29, 2016 – 4.00 p.m.
Sala Maggiore, City Hall
 admission euro 3.00
22
Stefano Bartezzaghi with Davide Tortorella

Crosswords on play

may sun 29, 2016 – 16.30
Piazza della Sapienza
 admission euro 3.00
23
Adriano Favole

Bingo! Play and cultural creativity

may sun 29, 2016 – 5.30 p.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00
24
Marco Tardelli, Bruno Barba and Sara Tardelli

What’s important is to play: the values of sport

may sun 29, 2016 – 6.30 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00
25
Directed by Robert Rossen. Introduced by Ranieri Polese

Screening of the film: “The Hustler”

may sun 29, 2016 – 20.00
Bolognini Theatre
 admission euro 3.00