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Natural Indifference



Natural Indifference

Meeting with poet Italo Testa

The cultural season of the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney resumes in 2019 with an evening dedicated to poetry. The occasion is offered by a trip to Australia of Italian poet Italo Testa, who has been invited as Visiting Professor by the University of NSW to coordinate a Philosophy symposium on naturalism and society.

testa sitoAmong the most recognized voices of new Italian poetry, Italo Testa will discuss his poetic work with Valentina Gosetti (University of New England) and Alice Loda (University of Technology). He will also read some poems from his latest collection, L'indifferenza naturale, as well as from other collections. Poet and philosopher, animator of journals of militant criticism and lit-blog, Testa is author of several collections of poetry that have received several awards, including the Eugenio Montale and the Dario Bellezza awards. Testa will retrace the scenarios of his poetic work, made of lands of passage and lagoons, pioneer plants and uncultivated land. Dotted by a dense presence of animals and plants, industrial debris and mineral waste, the poetry of Italo Testa, from the seminal collection La divisione della gioia (Transeuropa 2010) to the most recent Tutto accade ovunque (2016) and L’indifferenza naturale (2018), constantly reflects on the transformations of the contemporary landscape and incorporates a constant dialogue with the languages of video-art, cinema, music and figurative art.

Italo Testa (1972), poet, essayist and literary critic, lives in Milan and teaches theoretical philosophy at the University of Parma. Among his poetry books: L’indifferenza naturale (Marcos y Marcos, 2018), Tutto accade ovunque (Aragno, 2016), I camminatori (Ciampi Prize - Valigie Rosse, 2013), La divisione della gioia (Transeuropa, 2010), Biometrie (Manni, 2005). He has received the Eugenio Montale and Dario Bellezza awards for unpublished works. His poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish and Chinese and have been included in the anthology Grand Tour. Eine Reise durch die junge Lyrik Europas (Hanser, 2019). Co-director of the journal of poetry, arts and writings L’Ulisse, he is editor of the litle-blog leparoleelecose. He runs the workshop da>verso: transizioni arte-poesia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, dedicated to the interaction between multimedia languages and contemporary art, and the series of art multiples coincidenze. In collaboration with Paul Vangelisti and the Otis College of Design and Art he curates the 2x2 poster journal. He has published several essays and volumes of contemporary philosophy and critical theory, among them Teorie dell’argomentazione (Bruno Mondadori, 2005), Ragione impura (Bruno Mondadori, 2006), La natura del riconoscimento (Mimesis, 2010), I that is We, and We that is I (Brill, 2016).

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:


Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : University of Technology e University of New England

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney