Franco Battiato, Nicoletta Braschi
Franco Battiato, Etta Scollo
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Who can still use the word “avantgarde“ without betraying a smile? Is “avant-garde“ one of those words belonging to the archaeology of culture, as though one were speaking of the Phoenicians who have given us the letters of the alphabet? Or is it a word which, living as it does in our everyday language, designates something that is still alive and operative, albeit as something to do with a utopian or vaguely dreamlike aspiration? And the real “Avant-gardes“, those that swept through the 20th century, what have they to do with the latest avant-gardes, the “neo-avantgardes“, the Gruppo ’63, with the “Transavanguardia“. And with Giotto? And more, what have they in common with a heart surgeon who patents an edge to edge system to operate on the mitral valve or with a young woman studying new forms of polymers to build houses in space? Umberto Eco, Rossana Rossanda, Ludovico Corrao, Vittorio Sgarbi, Achille Bonito Oliva, Angelo Guglielmi, Nanni Balestrini, Enrico Ghezzi, the heart surgeon Ottavio Alfieri and many others: each of them, having been stimulated by the questions of the philosopher Eugenio Lio, try to guide us through this gleefully exploded qui pro quo (“misunderstanding“) of the avant-garde.