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VIII Edition:

HOMO DEUS

From 6 April to 19 May 2024

Pigorini Palace

Pigorini Palace

Strada della Repubblica, 29A, Parma

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HOMO DEUS is the key word of the eighth edition of PARMA 360 Festival of contemporary creativity , curated by Chiara Canali and Camilla Mineo , scheduled in Parma from 6 April to 19 May 2024. In an era of great prosperity for Western civilizations , but at the same time recently unstable, humanity of the future will have to face new problems related to climate change, habitat change and resource management. Yuval Noah Harari , one of the greatest contemporary intellectuals, philosophers and popularizers, in his essay “ HOMO DEUS. A Brief History of the Future ” announced some of the challenges that will shape humanity in the 21st century, from robotics to biotechnology, from genetic engineering to Artificial Intelligence.

Through the works of some of the most important contemporary artists, the festival's exhibitions will investigate issues related to overcoming the anthropocentric dimension of man in favor of a techno-humanistic (or trans-humanist) and data-centric vision. Homo Sapiens , as we know it now, has now completed its historical journey and, replaced by Homo Deus , will have to put these new technologies at the service of scientific progress for the biological and spiritual survival of man.

Five large exhibitions of painting, sculpture, illustration, digital art and new media are set up in dialogue with churches and historic buildings in the city of Parma, in a route spread across the territory which aims to enhance the historical-artistic heritage of the city and to propose to the public new visions and perspectives of contemporary creativity.


Promoted by the cultural associations 360° Creativity Events and Art Company, PARMA 360 Festival has received the patronage and contribution of the Municipality of Parma , the patronage of the Emilia-Romagna Region and is supported by a wide network of public and private partners.

The main floor of Palazzo Pigorini , an eighteenth-century building frescoed with mythological scenes by Francesco Scaramuzza, hosts the "Survival" exhibition by Piero Gilardi (Turin 1942-2023), in homage to the Master of Arte Povera - recently deceased - ante-litteram ecologist and among the most influential Italian authors of the post-war period on an international level. The exhibition project, curated by Chiara Canali, recounts Gilardi's journey starting from his complex relationship with Nature , the subject of his work, and with Technology , which influenced its techniques and models of use. Since 1965 Piero Gilardi began creating " nature rugs " with the aim of stimulating the sensorial perception of the natural environment in future society, re-proposed through artificial "domestic devices". Works of art that realistically and meticulously represent life-size three-dimensional sections of soil and landscape ( fig plants, palm groves, sunflowers, cabbages, pumpkins, peaches... ), carved in expanded polyurethane and painted with synthetic pigments, up to the limit of hyperrealism. They are painted sculptures that should not be passively contemplated, but must interact sensorially with the user's body, to welcome it and be touched, heard, walked, experienced.

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