Matera 2019

Ancient future

Would you ever say that an equation can change the way we live and think? Pythagoras and the Bible firmly believed in it. Then came the voices of Copernicus, Kepler, Leibniz, Newton, who confirmed that our ideas, our art, our relationship with the world are strongly linked to theway we count, weigh and measure.

One small gem for Matera, one giant show for humanity. It is 1969 when Neil Armstrong lands on the moon. The whole world is glued to the TV, hands grasping newspapers, the Apollo lands on ground that the poets had only touched in their most visionary dreams.

Quantum mechanics and art: a Nobel Award-winning pair! In this project, led by the CERN of Geneva and the Centre for Space Geodesy, sub-atomic particles and electronic music will perform a waltz in an original production.

Onda is multidisciplinary: sound, seismic and electromagnetic waves.  Onda is multiform: harmonic, rotational and gravitational waves.
Pythagoras had already noticed the transversal fascination of the waves when he maintained that from the observation of a single vibration of the monochord one could discover the microscopic aspects of sound propagation and at the same time study the laws that govern the entire universe.

If distance could be measured in cultural differences, then Japan would be much closer than we imagine. Botticelli’s Venus, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, lasagne, sushi, Japanese pagodas, Sassi di Matera (Matera’s Ancient Cave Dwellings), are just some of the wonders created by these two populations.

Lumen | Social Light is a light shining over Matera, to illuminate the past and future of Southern Italy. But there is more to it. The project consists of two parts, two different ways of producing a single great floodlight. Lumen rediscovers the ancient tradition of illuminations, made for the occasion by the Basilicata community and by some of the most important companies in this sector in Southern Italy. 

History is not simply a series of dates, but a repository of facts, decisions, individual and collective memories: the sequence of moments and events that lead us up to the present and which we often question.

Basilicata? A heritage of land, history and stories, which can be interesting and fun… just like a game! The idea behind 'Heritage in Play' is to raise awareness and appreciation of Basilicata’s artistic and cultural heritage among children, in the name of creativity.

Imagine a symphony orchestra composed of hundreds of elements:  kestrels, white tuff, the eddies of Gravina, the slopes of Murgia, expanses of wild mallow.  This is the story of Matera through the acoustic musical score of its places.