The Genealogy of the Modern Gaze: From Bruschelli to Christopher Columbus

Hosted by the Italian Institute of Culture at the Italian Embassy in Berlin, Franco Farinelli will discuss the fields of Geography and Cartography

October 11th, 2022
Emily Ball, News from Berlin
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On Wednesday 12th October 2022, the Italian embassy will host Franco Farinelli for a deeper insight into the history and geography of the world, alongside cartography, taking place at the Italian Cultural Institute from 19:00 to 22:00. 

530 years ago, Christopher Columbus first reached America on the night of the 11th/12th October 1492, using the new method of seeing cultivated in Florence. This would form the basis of modernity, and its most important concepts: subject, object, space, cause, and effect. The basis of this was the Florentine rulebook of perspective, with the ground-breaking construction of the whole world on one single map. This achievement of its time has now evolved into the modern challenge of transforming this two-dimensional map into a three-dimensional globe.

The lecture will be hosted by Franco Farinelli, who is a professor of Geography at the University of Bologna, where he was also the leader of the department of philosophy and communication studies. He has also been the president of the Italian geography association. He taught at the University of Geneva, Los Angeles (UCLA), Berkeley (UCB), Paris (Sorbonne) and Mexico City. His studies have renewed the field of geography and cartography, while also becoming the central focus of western cultures. He has published many books, including Geography: An Introduction to the Models of the World (2007), The Invention of the Earth (2007), and The Crisis in the Field of Cartography (2009).

The conference will take place in German, as a collaboration between the Gemäldegalerie and Skulpturensammlung, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin and the Italian Embassy.


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