In order to provide access to intangible heritage displayed in the “Civico Museo Etnografico Giovanni Podenzana” in La Spezia, I made videos in Lunigiana. These were aimed at showing the region, its resources and traditional craftsmanship – very useful elements for understanding the wonderful objects on display. It was a stimulating professional experience because of the strength of the project idea developed by the coordinator.
To create the multimedia contents of the new layout of the “Franco Ferrero Ethnographic Museum of Western Liguria” in Cervo, I filmed the objects on display, not at the museum itself, but during their practical use in the countryside. This was also a very pleasant job. It gave me the opportunity to meet people who were willing to give their contribution to a place of culture by sharing their actors… often animals from their farms or trees from their olive groves! The videos are presented in LIS and subtitled in English and French. Most importantly, we can finally see some of the famous “Zappette” (Lit. Hoes) that crowd ethnographic museums in action! Alive and vibrant. Lights, camera, action!
The documentary video, made for the “Ethno-historical Museum of Witchcraft” in Triora, had perhaps the most original and most unexpected objective. The audience coincided with the protagonists of the story: Piero and Francesca. Piero left Triora when he was young. He led a fulfilling life far from Italy and didn’t return to Triora (together with his wife Francesca) because of the pandemic (it was the year 2020). Triora aims at honouring them, through its museum. At the same time, it wants to offer all visitors a unique insight into the walls, streets, fountains and alleys of Piero and Francesca’s “Town of witches”.
How can this be better explained? A short video offers a taste of three productions, which can be experienced by visiting the museums. I will be happy to provide more details on the work done (equipment, method, time, resources, technologies, etc.).