Christmas: water, earth and air

By on 15/11/2018 in blog | 0 comments

Christmas, water, earth and air. Such a strange title to present the Christmas Markets in Zero Branco, not far from Treviso. Let’s try to make a little order (that’s what I usually say, since my starting point is always  chaos) and give meaning to these words.                         Christmas: this is clear. I am talking about December 15 and 16 markets. Less clear (presumably completely obscure) the three natural elements. Our story begins at the end of 2016, December to be precise, just over a month from the earthquake affecting Central Italy. Since that December we have been travelling a lot, our last “landing” was Bolognola, in the province of Macerata, a few months ago.   Water Bolognola is very small, about 150 inhabitants. It is the smallest and highest municipality in the Marche region. Although tiny, Bolognola is divided into three groups: Villa da Capo,...

An early Christmas Carol

By on 05/10/2018 in blog | 0 comments

Shortly before Christmas, in a tiny little town, high up in the mountains where there was a very strong wind, a Santa Claus’ helper was thinking about how he could cheer  up the tiny little town. This small, small town is called Bolognola, lately it has been a bit shaken up but now it’s pretty good! Thinking and thinking again and again,  today and  tomorrow, he decided to call Santa Claus. He called him in a small town, a bit bigger than Bolognola, in the plains. There was no wind there but some fog indeed. Sometimes it snows and in the plain 10 cm of snow are so many! Last year it  snowed just before Christmas. You have to know  that the inhabitants are a bit clumsy (they are not used to snow) and to move around they  needed a 4X4 sleigh! The helper and Santa Claus wrote to each other via chat (and yes… even Santa Claus has become technological). They decided that...

Mapping. Sile river, stories of water

By on 19/07/2018 in blog | 0 comments

The Sile is rather unusual, it is a river that “rises” from the depths of the ground with pools of limpid and vital water, a network of springs, called “Fontanassi”. “Fontanasso” You can get to know the Sile in two ways: experiencing its water, in a canoe or small boats, on foot or by bicycle. For our activities we have started to map two paths, (virtual tours available at the bottom of the page) accessible for the disabled for most of their itinerary. As a consequence we have also started to explore the natural environment  surrounding  us. The first path, where the Sile is originated, or rather “rising”, is “La Porta dell’Acqua“ near  the Gran Bosco dei Fontanassi. It is less frequented than the second one the “Burci cemetery” but, on the other hand, less crowded means much more relaxing. Undoubtedly the...

It’s a kind of magic…

By on 27/06/2018 in blog | 0 comments

I have heard so many times the word magic during my stays in Marche and Umbria, magic meaning a peculiar characteristic, uniqueness of the Sibillini territory. This peculiarity was highlighted during Concita De Gregorio’s interviews to the “Women of the Sibillini” too. Most of the women’s answers on the meaning of “home” and “future” after the earthquake, were connected in an essential way to the territory women belong to. I, as an external “character” and not involved in that specific place, started thinking about this topic. I asked  myself “what would I tell a tourist to convince him/her to visit these places?”                 I thought about it for a short time but. As I tend to base my  judgments on parameters as much objective as possible, the word magic has begun to be unconvincing. To be more precise I do not...

Stories: from Veneto to Sibillini

By on 05/06/2018 in blog | 0 comments

How did we get from Veneto to the Sibillini? And then back again? Are there any common aspects that connect those territories? For sure there are stories of people and territories Visually absolutely nothing. The two regions (to be precise three: Veneto, Marche and Umbria) are different, take a look at these photos. The Dolomiti, although mountains, certainly do not resemble more ancient and gentle Sibillini. Our lagoon, our rivers are quite another thing … And yet, there are common things. These things are the stories, stories related to the territory and connected  to people.   The first time we arrived at the very center of the earthquake area we were in Norcia, December 10, 2016. I can remember that date very well as from that date the stories of Progetto Re-Cycle and those of Local Guides (volunteers who update the maps in Google Maps) have started interacting. The LG are...

Re-Thinking Humans

By on 20/03/2018 in blog | 0 comments

Re-thinking Humans: si può arrivare al paradosso di ri-pensare, ri-progettare l’essere umano? La spinta continua verso l’innovazione tecnologica deve comunque poggiare su basi umanistiche? Oppure l’essere umano si sta “evolvendo” e si sta trasformando in “corpi da progetto”, dei cyborg? Sono ovviamente delle provocazioni per sollecitare delle domande. Il Quaderno 7 – Re-thinking humans. Il design nella progettazione del post-umano – è un quaderno quasi “fantascientifico”, troverete infatti alcuni esempi tratti da due note serie televisive: Black Mirror e Altered Carbon che offriranno uno spunto “narrativo” per osservare  “ l’ evoluzione della progettazione, in particolare delle tecnologie applicate al corpo umano e agli spazi antropocentrici, e di come i canali di intrattenimento popolare contribuiscono a trasmettere e formare un immaginario tecnologico attraverso la...