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Pasolini Roma

Thinking Differently

Pasolini and the Critique of Mainstream Culture


More than anything else, Pasolini is a heterodox thinker. His concern is the process of material and spiritual homogenisation in post-war Europe as fruit of the expansion of consumer capitalism and the mass media. In this context, he reflects on the eradication of differences in lifestyles and cultural substrata while simultaneously criticising the tendency to uniformity in the life plans of a new middle class which is limited to the same ever more dehumanising horizons. Faced with this new social reality, Pasolini denounces the violence and totalitarianism inherent to capitalism, shuns standard, socially acceptable thinking and seeks to lay bare the contradictions and hazards of this new way of life.

The CCCB presents these debates as part of the “Pasolini-Roma” exhibition with a view to considering our world through Pasolini’s works and raising the question of how a transgressive critique of mainstream culture might be possible today.


Monday 17 June at 7 p.m.

Can we still be subversive?”

Alfredo Jaar, visual artist, architect and film maker

Miguel Morey, Emeritus professor of Philosophy, University of Barcelona

Presented by: Gisela Llobet, lecturer in Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

The documentary The Ashes of Pasolini by Alfredo Jaar (2009, 38 min.) will be screened.


Tuesday 25 June at 7 p.m.

“Life on the fringes: against cultural homogeneity

Jordi Balló, lecturer in Audiovisual Communication at the Pompeu Fabra University and curator of the “Pasolini-Roma” exhibition

Javier Pérez Andújar, writer

Julià de Jòdar, writer

Presented by: Ingrid Guardiola, lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Girona, and cultural manager


Monday 1 July at 7 p.m.

Poetry to the marrow

Pasolini: A discussion and poetry recital.

Josep Maria Lluró, essayist and secondary school History teacher

Enric Casasses, poet, playwright and translator

Arnau Pons, poet, translator and essayist

Carles Rebassa, poet

Presented by: Martí Sales, writer and translator


Tuesday 9 July at 7 p.m.

Pasolini, friend of prophetic thinking"

Dacia Maraini, writer, playwright and poet

Presented by: Xavier Albertí, theatre director and composer

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