Il Senso delle Stelle II: March 11-22, 2024

The third and final phase of GRASPING THE COSMOS consists of "Il Senso delle Stelle II", an artist-in-residence project within the PhD School "Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation" which was held at GGI on March 11-22, 2024.

The selected artist is Daniela De Paulis who combines performance, sound and video and focuses on the concept of space in its broadest meaning, through the filter of radio astronomy, neuroscience and cosmology. The outcome of her stay in Arcetri is the production of an exhibition for Villa Galileo, in dialogue with the history of the place and the topics of the school. In her first solo exhibition in Florence, De Paulis investigates the interactions that keep the Universe alive with the aim of transporting us from a geocentric and anthropocentric perspective to a cosmic one, in which we can find assonances between the nature of space and our existence on earth.

Curated by Valeria D'Ambrosio, the exhibition is accompanied by a rich satellite program that, including guided tours, workshop activities and meetings with experts, allows the public to delve into the scientific topics that inspired the exhibition works. Pietro Centorrino and Franco Bagnoli are in charge to lead the public into the exploration of fascinating areas such as dark matter, moon bouncing, quantum cryptography and neuroscience with the Divagation Workshops and Science Fiction Dialogues. Full program and more details (ITA only)

"Il Senso delle Stelle II" is made possible thanks to the contribution of all the research institutions on the Arcetri hill: the "Sistema Museale di Ateneo", the INFN Galileo Galilei Institute, the National Institute of Optics, and the INAF Astrophysical Observatory.

The Sense of Stars is also made possible thanks to the contribution CC3M - Third Mission Coordination Committee of INFN

Residency and Opening - Video

Merging Art and Science Art and Science at Villa Galileo, Sept 30,2023 to Nov 26, 2023

For the second phase of GRASPING THE COSMOS, a project born from the collaboration between Sistema museale d'ateneo di Firenze and GGI, Villa Galileo participated in the X edition of the French biennial La Science de l'Art. Organized by the Collectif pour la Culture en Essonne, for the first time in twenty years, the biennial goes beyond French borders and finds an international venue at Villa Galileo where European artists and scientists are collaborating on hybrid projects between art and science.

The two artists selected from the international call Maeva Ferreira Da Costa and Tina Salvadori Paz have succeeded one another between France and Italy to create new works through the dialogue between science, history of science, artistic practices, and society. The common thread of the two exhibitions has been the theme of TIME, which inspired a collective reflection on the most recent discoveries in the fields of cosmology and quantum physics, and their intercorrelation with society and our way of understanding time. The two artists conceived their exhibitions, which lasted from October 14 to November 26, after a residency at Villa Galileo which ended on September 30 with an open studio.

Curated by Valeria D'Ambrosio, the exhibitions aim to undertake a reflection on the most recent discoveries in the fields of cosmology and quantum physics and have been accompanied by a satellite program to approach the scientific contents that inspired the artists, thanks to the collaboration with scientists coming from some of the major research centers in Europe, such as the INFN, the INAF, the Sorbonne Université, the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, the University of Heidelberg and the Aalto University of Helsinki. Through a series of laboratory and experiential activities, physicist Pietro Centorrino has guided the public into a journey through time between past, present, and future without age limits.

Residency and Open studios

This new phase has been enriched by two important local collaborations with the Museo Galileo and the INAF - OSSERVATORIO ASTROFISICO DI ARCETRI The event included in the program of Florence Art Week, BRIGHT - NIGHT IN FLORENCE | European Night of Researchers, and as an initiative from off calendar of L'Eredita' delle Donne 2023 festival.
The project was realized with the contribution of Fondazione CR Firenze in collaboration with LikeYou.


On Saturday, October 14th, at Villa Galileo, we inaugurated "Cosmogonic Orchestra" the first solo exhibition in Italy by the French artist Maeva Ferreira Da Costa, which concluded on October 29th. The exhibition reflected on the interdependence between various anthropological narratives associated with the birth of the universe and the multiple ways in which scientific data cyclically attempted to surpass theories of the past in search of increasingly demonstrable solutions. The exhibition was enriched by numerous experts who told captivating stories on the origins of the cosmos, the several possible physical explanations for the origin of time, the cosmic background radiation, and how we use our past to build our own identity.

Our theoretical and technological tools provide us with an increasingly clear image of the "origin", but they also reveal physical limits that hinder the understanding of a phenomenon so deeply connected to ourselves, which has fascinated scientists, artists, and inspired cosmologies and theories to the limits of the imaginable.

Cosmogonic Orchestra

On Saturday, November 11, we inaugurated "An Entangled Time Machine" a solo exhibition by the Italian artist Tina Salvadori Paz. The exhibition explores various research perspectives on time and the act of measuring it, visualizing them through mechanical and electronic devices that, together with visual elements, suggest alternative ways of conceiving the relationship between the past, the present, and the future. The exhibition takes also a quantum physics perspective, introducing concepts such as the superposition principle and entanglement. concepts such as the superposition principle and entanglement.

On this occasion, the satellite program focused on the present and the future. Many experts from various disciplines took turns to discuss how we define our present time. We discovered that this parameter, so inherently human, could arise from a quantum phenomenon like entanglement but also that our definition of the present can change: shifting from the environmental cycles and celestial bodies' position to the incredibly precise atomic clocks.

Entangled Time Machine

We are inevitably connected to a multitude of different time scales, all these relationships generate our time, and we can take care of them, what is care if not dedicating time? All of this has provided us with a glimmer of hope for a more shared future, a future of care, where we can dedicate our time to ourselves, our neighbors, our faraway ones, and our environment that supports us and is strongly affected by us.
"We are not a grain of sand inside an hourglass, we are a seed nurtured by the earth."

GRASPING THE COSMOS is a project created with the contribution of Fondazione CR Firenze as part of the "GGPaths: sentieri di scienza in Arcetri" project co-financed by the Tuscany Region and curated by Valeria D'Ambrosio and Pietro Centorrino.

Exhibition, Apr 22, 2023

''Il senso delle stelle'' is the first part of ''Grasping the Cosmos'', a project born out of the collaboration between the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics (GGI) and the Sistema Museale di Ateneo (SMA) to create a cultural program in dialogue between art and science at Villa Galileo, the house where Galileo lived the last eleven years of his life (1631-42).

And it is here that the first artist residence was held in March 2023 for the production of an exhibition project through a confrontation between contemporary artistic languages and scientific disciplines.

The young italian artist Federica Di Carlo whose work spans various fields of physics and astrophysics, was selected for this first experiment. During the residency, the artist participated in the GGI ''Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation'' school of advanced PhD training

Among the topics covered and elaborated during the school, in dialogue with young theoretical physicists from all over the world, the artist had the opportunity to deal with basics concepts and experiments of gravitational waves, neutrinos, dark matter, galactic and extragalactic cosmic rays and gamma rays.

Valeria D'Ambrosio is the curator the exhibition dedicated to the restitution of this hybrid residence between art and science and aimed at recounting some of the most fascinating theories about the nature of the cosmos.

The general public can freely enjoy Villa Galileo and its gardens every Saturday from April 22 to May 13. Titled ''Tendo a esistere'', Federica Di Carlo's project focuses on the continuous and incessant movement of information traveling into and beyond the Earth's atmosphere through light and cosmic radiation. These "celestial messengers" are ghostly, silent, elusive and often invisible particles that come from more or less remote sources, such as the Sun, distant stars, black holes to the primordial expansion that gave rise to the universe. During the opening days of the exhibition, scientists will take turns for four consecutive Saturdays in the rooms of Villa Galileo to recount methods, tools and perceptions that enable us to understand the great "Book of Nature."

A rich collateral program, curated by Pietro Centorrino, will also allow the public to explore and experience Galileo's scientific method on the occasion of the 400th anniversary celebration of "Il Saggiatore" (1623).

The Sense of Stars is also made possible thanks to the contribution CC3M - Third Mission Coordination Committee of INFN

Award Ceremony, Feb 20, 2020

Evento conclusivo della tappa fiorentina del progetto di divulgazione Art&Science across Italy con premiazione delle migliori opere artistiche - esposte nella mostra I colori della scienza - realizzate dai ragazzi di licei artistici e scientifici di Firenze e della città metropolitana.

Sep 2, 2021

"What Next?" nasce dalla passione e dalla voglia di aprire le porte del mondo scientifico ai giovani per condividere il fascino della ricerca e delle meraviglie ancora nascoste, o inspiegate, della nostra realtà. Diversamente da quanto l’immaginario comune è solito suggerire, il mondo della Fisica non si riduce a calcoli noiosi ed infiniti. In Fisica la matematica è un linguaggio: la bussola utilizzata in un viaggio fatto di scoperta, intuizione ed avventura verso frontiere che il mondo della ricerca si propone di descrivere, svelare, risolvere. Lo spirito che dà vita all’iniziativa "What Next?" è quello di mostrare da vicino la vera essenza della Fisica attraverso la quotidianità di una realtà prestigiosa, quale l’INFN, dove team di scienziati si occupano di studiare le interazioni fondamentali. La giornata di "What Next?" al Galileo Galilei Institute, durante lo svolgimento del workshop "New Physics from the sky", offrirà l'opportunientà di incontrare fisici teorici di livello internazionale ed entrare nel mondo del loro lavoro. Proseguirà poi con la visita alla "Villa Galileo" dove il padre fondatore della fisica moderna trascorse gli ultimi anni della sua vita. Il metodo sperimentale di Galileo è alla base della ricerca in fisica. Le idee del fisico teorico vengono verificate dagli esperimenti che a loro volta sono di stimolo per nuove idee. Questo è il tema centrale della discussione della giornata al GGI, guidata da Stefania De Curtis e Giacomo Sguazzoni con interventi di giovani ricercatori sperimentali dal Cern e di una ricercatrice teorica da Oxford. I partecipanti racconteranno l’esperienza vissuta in un cortometraggio che sarà presentato nell’ambito di numerosi eventi organizzati in varie città d’Italia a conclusione dell’iniziativa con la partecipazione di personalità di spicco del mondo della scienza e della società.

Speaker Title Type Useful Links
Giulio Nazzicone Introduction to "What next? Giovani che raccontano il futuro" Introduction Slides
Filippo Sala Confronto e dialogo con uno degli organizzatori di Workshop "New Physics from The Sky" Introduction
Visita Villa "Il Gioiello" Discussion
Federica Devoto Conversazione con vincitrice premio "Milla Baldo Ceolin" Discussion
Roberto Seidita (Unifi & INFN) & Mattia Lizzo (Unifi & INFN) Conversazione con Roberto Seidita e Mattia Lizzo Discussion
Stefania De Curtis Alla ricerca di nuove particelle Seminar Slides
Giacomo Sguazzoni Fotografare l'invisibile Seminar Slides