Maria Luisa Frisa
Maria Luisa Frisa is interested in the complexity of contemporary imaginary and in breaking down the boundaries of arts, fashion, design, architecture, graphics and communication; she tries to transmit it in her university activity, in fashion critic and
indipendent curor ones. She curated exhibition such as: Uniforme. Ordine e disordine (Uniforms. Order and Disorder, 2001), Excess. Moda e underground negli anni Ottanta (Fashion and the Underground Scene in the Eighties, 2004), Lo sguardo italiano. Fotografie italiane di moda dal 1951 a oggi (The Italian Gaze. Italian Fashion Photography from 1951 to Today, 2005),
Human Game. Vincitori e vinti (Victors and Vanquished, 2006), ControModa: la moda contemporanea della Collezione del Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Contemporary Fashion in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection, 2007), Simonetta. La prima donna della moda italiana (Simonetta. The First Lady of Italian Fashion, 2008), Pasquale De Antonis. La fotografia di moda 1946 – 1968 (Fashion Photography 1946 – 1968, 2008). She conceives indipendent fashion magazines and publishing for Alta Roma Fashion on Paper (2009) Festival. Since 2003 she has been working on the itinerant project Laboratorium, a name that groups together a changing nucleus of people who experiment different aesthetic strategies within communication processes. She is director of the “Mode” collection for the Marsilio publishing house, dedicated to fashion ideas and figures. She is director of the Fashion Design Degree Course at the Faculty of Art and Design in Venice (University Iuav).
Stefano Micelli is Associate professor of innovation technology at the Ca' Foscari University. In 2011 he published the renown essay "Futuro Artigiano" (The Future Crafstmanship) with Marsilio Editore.
Ileana Chinnici has completed some works on the life and the scientific activity of Angelo Secchi (1818-1878), one of the founders of astronomical spectroscopy. She has written two contributions for a book on Secchi edited by Aldo Altamore (Università di Roma 3) and, in collaboration with Antonella Gasperini (INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence), has edited the correspondence between Angelo Secchi and Pietro Tacchini (1838-1905), who established the Italian Spectroscopical Society in 1871. Both books will be published in 2012. Moreover, during the next winter, she will spend three months in London to study the spectroscopic materials kept at the Science Museum – a research project financed by the Science Museum and supported by the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo.
Born in 1984, she is a graduate actress of the Accademia D'Arte Silvio D'Amico in Rome. She has worked mostly in Theater but also in Cinema with Cristina Comencini and Luca Miniero. She took part in the Shakespeare's "Midsummer night’s dream" directed by Carlo Cecchi at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto and with Director Walter Le Moli in Theatre La Fenice in Venice and Napoli Teatro Festival. She is the founder of the self-produced "Teatro a casa tua" piéce, a live theatre performances at your home on demand.
In 2012 she was the tutor of a monthly workshop in Jakarta Fringe Festival for the Pondok Taruna Orphanage in Indonesia.
She often reads and plays Franca Valeri's monologues.
Pietro is a farmer, an agriculturer in the sicilian land called Lo Zucco province of Palermo, His Agriculture Education program started years ago to "engage" kids in local, sustainable agriculture.
His entrepreneurial activity has been highlighted by a recent documentary film Lo Zucco, the wine of the son of the King of French, a story of a legenday wine made in 1986 in this rich land. In his mansion he seeks to ensure a multifunctional agriculture as a key element of regional sustainability and as a future value to save our country, he plans many initiatives, creates urban-edge Agricultural area and provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach.
Achille Bonito Oliva
Achille Bonito Oliva born in Caggiano (Salerno) in 1939. He took part in the Fano del Gruppo 63 meeting with his first book of poetry Made in mater, 1967. In Rome he started with adventure as an art critic and teaches contemporary art at the Faculty of Architecture at the University La Sapienza.
He has curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the Italian participation at the 7th Paris Biennial (1971), “Aperto ‘80” (1980), “Avanguardia transavanguardia 68-77” (1982), “13th Paris Biennial” (1985), “Dakar Biennial” (1998).
He was also the curator of the 45th edition of the Venice Biennial (1993): “Punti cardinali dell’Arte”. Achille Bonito Oliva has received the Knightship for the Order of Arts and Literature of the French Republic (1992), the “Europa Festival” prize at Locarno (1995), the “Festival di Giffoni Vallepiana” prize (1996). Cultural consultant for the Campania Region and Naples City Council. Director of the Annali delle Arti for the Campania Region and consultant for the arts of the Fondazione Orestiadi of Gibellina.
Arianna Occhipinti was born in Marsala, and her history into the vineyards began in 2004, when, finished her Viticulture and Oenology studies in Milan, she decided to go back to Sicily. She started from one hectare of vineyard. Now she manages a company 10 times as much, divided between management of vineyards, cellar production and marketing. She lives in Vittoria and says to love what she does and the grapes of her land, Frappato and Nero d’Avola: “I found myself in their expression, in their harmonious and various being. Maybe long-lived, I admire their strenght of conducting themselves both into past and future at the same time”. At the end of March 2013 her new book "Natural Woman" will be published by Fandango Libri.
After her studies in architecture, she started on photography with her master Frederick Clarke at the Ligustica Academy of Genoa. A strong relationship with several Architecture studios has brought many essays and articles in worldwide magazines and books. She recently directed also a Documentary Film about Genoa.
Open Governance Supervisor and Lean Innovation Coach @ Cocoon Projects. Stelio is a value seeker, a sea lover and an innovation projects professional. He's fond of lean continous improvement and open collaborative structures. Coaching or investing, he's always on the run for the next challenge in Value Driven Innovation.
Born in Palermo in 1983. In 2007 he graduated with honors in construction engineering and architecture. He worked at "5+1 AA" design studio, in Genoa and Milan and in 2009 at "CMC" design studio in Turin. In 2010 he completed the second level master KlimaHaus in Bozen with a design thesis concerning the urban/energy plan for the self-suffiency of Lampedusa island. In 2011 he began a phD in applied physics at the Palermo University. In 2012 he was phD visiting student at the MIT SENSEable City Lab with a "Istituto Superiore Mario Boella" fellowship. He co-wrote TrafficO2 (sustainable mobility system for communities); in 2012 the project won a prize in the Italian competition "Smart cities and communities and social innovation". Currently he's involved in the activities of the civic startup PUSH.