Luca M Damiani
Author/Artist - Kiss&Arrow : "A Kiss to the Way We Are - An Arrow for Direction" - [Art + Op:Poetry&Questions]

Intellectually Monstrous

'Intellectually Monstruos' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 -
'Intellectually Monstrous' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 -

It is




“It depends on the context”

– Heads of HARVARD,

Penn and MIT,

answer to a simple question:

“Is calling for the genocide of Jews

against your codes of conduct?”.

The New York

Republican Representative

Elise Stefanik

asks as one direct query.


To our incredolous ears

all 3 College Heads

say: “it depends”.

“It depends on what???”,

another question follows,

and yet another answer:

“If the speech turns into conduct”.

Into conduct?





OK – we have a serious

problem here,

which is not just a few students

or a few professors.

Here it’s the whole

skeleton of a system

we all thought

was intelligent and correct.

We need to assess our laws,

we need to sack these people,

they urgently need a rehabilitation

programme of morality and ethics.

It is just shocking,

I am so angry,

I am so disgusted,

it makes me sick.

I call them

Intellectually Monstrous,

and I am actually

struggling to find other words.

How can we really change

this horrific reality

we are now finding

ourselves in?

And if you have any

other words for these

University Heads (with no head),

please say.

About the Author
Luca M Dami­ani is an Artist, Author and Uni­ver­si­ty Fel­low, focus­ing his ongo­ing cre­ative prac­tice and research on dis­abil­i­ty, neu­roscience, technology and nature. His work also crosses over with human rights and social design. Luca has a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty (52% impair­ment of cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem func­tion) and has had var­i­ous visu­al art books and aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles pub­lished, as well as being exhib­it­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly. Luca has worked and col­lab­o­rat­ed with insti­tu­tions such as BMJ Med­ical Human­i­ties, Mozil­la, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, BBC, Sci­ence Gallery, Com­put­er Arts Soci­ety, Dis­ney, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Lon­don, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Jewish Book Council, TATE, V&A and more.
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