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One of the pillar projects of the Matera 2019 cultural program is I-DEA, conceived as an "archive of archives and collections", a public institution devoted to the investigation and representation of the rich cultural and anthropological history of the Basilicata region through exhibitions, performances, research programs and an online digital platform.

To draw inspiration, compare and share useful practices and know-how to launch and implement the I-DEA project, the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation and the DiCEM (Department of European Cultures and of the Mediterranean) of the University of Basilicata have organized the "Food for Art - Archives as a driver for 2019 creative communities" international conference, that will be held on 11th -12th September 2017 at the Casa Cava in Matera.

The practice of using materials from public and private collections in exhibitions is rapidly growing at both European and international level. Among the best-known and most interesting examples, there are works by artists such as Armin Linke (conference host), Erik Kessels, Hans Ulrich Obrist and the operations carried out by major European museum institutions such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Basilicata is fertile ground for this type of operation: Basilicata is a region of collectors, and over the decades countless individuals, citizens associations, private organizations, public institutions and foundations have assembled unique archives and collections dealing with every aspect of Southern and Italian culture, from contemporary art to tourist ephemera and from 20th century cinema to farming tools. I-DEA will provide a platform for the discovery and interpretation of these archives. Its institutional mission will first and foremost be to assist the keepers of archives in the task of preserving their collections as a repository of collective memory for the region. Secondly, it will undertake the task of indexing contents according to a common archival structure as well as making materials available online to facilitate research. Thirdly, it will establish a platform in Matera for public exhibitions that cut a cross-section through the materials contained in this “archive of archives”, finding new relationships and establishing new interpretations of history and culture in the South.

I-DEA is in part inspired by the "Rolywholyover A Circus" composition for museum with which the composer, writer, philosopher, and visual artist John Cage transformed the Philadelphia Museum of Art into the setting for a constantly changing array of art, performances, film and video screenings, readings, and special programs using elements borrowed from approximately 30 other museums. Going beyond the understanding of the museum as a static space for the preservation of cultural artefacts, through the notion of a museum as a public platform for discussion and interpretation, I-DEA is an alternative paradigm, to create a process of interpretation that will be intentionally subjective rather than scientific, in which guest curators will be invited to propose their own interpretations in the form of temporary exhibitions that explore the history, culture and anthropology of Matera, Basilicata and Southern Italy.

The international conference program is open to anthropologists, museum directors, curators of archives and collections, experts of creative commons, local and international curators, and will be divided into four sessions with presentations by national and international experts: archives, a common good to be shared: ethics, accessibility, usability; anthropology and archives; artistic practices and archives; archives and museums of the third millennium. The conference will also be enriched by performances, screenings and workshops on the reinterpretation of the most varied archive materials that become a source of inspiration for artists, anthropologists, writers, thinkers, composers, philosophers and designers.



11 September


Welcome and Greetings

Aurelia Sole, Rector - University of Basilicata, President - Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation
Raffaello de Ruggieri, Mayor of Matera
Patrizia Minardi, Manager of the Culture, Tourism and international cooperation systems Office – Basilicata Region
Maria Carolina Nardella, Director – Puglia and Basilicata Archive Superintendence
Laura Moro, Director of Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation – Ministry of Culture

Introduction to the Conference
Rossella Tarantino, Development and Relations Manager Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation


1. Archives, a common good to be shared: ethics, accessibility, usability
Moderator: Véronique Ginouvès, Responsable de la Phonoteque MMSH - Maison méditerranèenne des sciences de l'homme, CNRS -Aix-Marseille Université

Collective memory and archives are part of a common heritage: in order to disseminate them and to face ethical issues, a clear legal framework is necessary. Experiences and practical tools to foster access to archives and to improve the participation of users will be presented during the session.

Jean-François Bert, Institut religions, cultures, modernité (IRCM) de Université de Lausanne
Lorenza Bravetta, Minister of Culture Advisor for the development of the National Photographic Heritage - Ministry of Culture
Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Institut des Sciences de la Communication CNRS, Paris Sorbonne-UPMC
Dirk Houtgraaf, Strategic Advisor Information Management - Ministry of Education, Culture and Science & Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Netherlands
Francesco Piersoft Paolicelli, Open Data Expert, OpenGov Advisor
Marzia Piccininno, ICCU - Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information


2. Anthropology and archives
Moderator: Pietro Clemente, Univerity of Florence, Onorary President – SIMBDEA

The voices, sounds, texts, images and stories of everyday life are stored in the archives. They reflect the forms of life: of other and collective cultures.

 Camillo Brezzi, National Diary Archive Foundation - Pieve S. Stefano
Piero Cavallari, Central Institute for Sound and Audiovisual Heritage
Francesco Faeta, University of Messina
Daniele Jallà, President - Guelpa Foundation and ICOM Italia Board
Francesco Marano, DiCEM – University of Basilicata
Nicola Scaldaferri, University of Milan


Food for Art: Workshop
Conducted by Mauro Bubbico

Introduction - Vita Santoro, DiCEM – University of Basilicata

Images exist when they are watched. The universe of the visible is represented by a world of submerged and forgotten images, until someone takes them in order to re-edit them and to project them into the future. They are fragments of traditions, cuts of visual curiosities close to home or distant in history, they are burning fires of unbreakable feelings. They are lists of visions. They have glowing colors. They want to re-emerge with a kind of exalted and liberating kindness. They fire up us.


Performance "Il paese dei diari" (The land of diaries) by Mario Perrotta
(produced by National Diary Archive Foundation - Pieve S. Stefano)

12 September


3. Artistic practices and archives
Moderator: Joseph Grima, Scientific Director - Open Design School

The archives as a scientific tool, as forms of collective memory and cultural resources. Over the years, the relationship with the archives has continuously changed because of the different fields in which they are used. The session aims at studying the different forms of access to the archives, thus finding out how art and technology can use them to make them accessible to larger groups of people.

Linda Fregni Nagler, Artist
Marco Ferrari, Artist
Armin Linke, Photographer and Film-maker
Vincenzo Padiglione, Sapienza University of Rome, Director of «Antropologia museale»
Massimo Torrigiani, Contemporary art centre of Bari


Food for Art: Workshop
Conducted by Luca Acito

"We will play" with films and audiovisuals from local archives to explore creative possibilities and to give new life and new audience to the traces from our past


4. Archives and museums in the third millennium
Moderator : Paolo Verri, Director - Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation

The concept of museum and cultural space is changing. Due to the development of intangible heritage archives, museum feel the need to change and adapt to new languages.       

Ian Boelen, Eindhoven Design Academy
Alessandro Bollo, Director - Polo del '900 Foundation
Ekaterina Golovatyuk, Architect/Researcher
Marta Ragozzino, Director - Polo Museale della Basilicata
Mario Turci, Director of E. Guatelli Museum and Museum of the uses and habits of the people of Romagna


Ferdinando Mirizzi, DiCEM - University of Basilicata


11 September - 17.00
From Pieve’s Archive: Egidio Mileo, “Vivere e scrivere dalla Basilicata.
Storie di andata e ritorno” (Living in and writing from Basilicata. Outbound and Return stories) (Edizioni Giannatelli, 2017)

11 e 12 September - 17.30
Documentary Film “I diari della Sacher” (The Sacher Diaries) by Nanni Moretti (2002)