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Culture Moves at the Internet Festival 2019 in Pisa, Italy, 10th-12th October

Image credit: R. Cisneros

The CultureMoves research team – Sarah Whatley, Rosa Cisneros and Marie-Louise Crawley – were delighted to attend Internet Festival 2019 in Pisa, Italy, 10th-12th October. The Festival is the largest Italian event devoted to digital innovation and is organised by the Municipality of Pisa, the Tuscany Region and important research centres such as the University of Pisa, Scuola Sant’Anna, Scuola Normale Superiore and CNR, the Italian Research Agency. The C-DaRE team joined their CultureMoves colleagues from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (PT), IN2 Digital Innovations and the Fondazione Sistema Toscana (IT) for the CultureMoves conference, ‘Moving Culture: Tourism, Dance and Digital Storytelling.’

This conference drew together key stakeholders from the cultural heritage, tourism, education and creative industries, with speakers from internationally renowned organisations such as Pep Gatell (La Fura dels Baus), Milena Popova (Europeana), Alfredo di Liguori (PugliaPromozione), and Sara di Giorgio (CulturaItalia), to discuss new forms of creative and digital engagement, presenting inspiring examples of best practice.

Pi-sa-cdareThe Festival also hosted the opening of Dance (Algo)Rhythms, a video installation for the promotion of the Apuan Riviera region carried out by the CultureMoves project. Conceived and designed by Studio RF (Roberto Fazio), Dance (Algo)Rhythms proposes the creative re-use of digital content to tell the story of a place in a human-computer interactive form. The digital content used in the work was kindly provided by Europeana, the EX APT photographic archive (Provincial Archive of Massa-Carrara) and by the historical archive of the Marble Railway (Municipality of Carrara). The general public were invited to visit the installation, enter into a relationship with the digital content, and by their movements, modify it, giving life to new artistic forms. During the Festival, on the evening of 11th October, live dance performances took place within the video installation during which classical, historical and hip-hop dancers transformed the main elements of the Apuan Riviera – mountains, marble quarries and coastline – into a digital scenography.

Amy-Voris-PerchThe C-DaRE CultureMoves team hosted a series of LabDay workshops. In early November, we met with artists, researchers, practitioners and dance experts across the north of the UK (Leeds / Slanjayvah Danza); Manchester / Anton Mirto; Amy Voris) to undertake theoretical and practical explorations of Europeana and the CultureMoves digital storytelling and dance annotation tools (MovesCollect, MovesScrapbook, MotionNotes).

On 7th November, the CultureMoves team also led an interactive workshop on the online tools at One Dance UK’s international conference in Salford, Re:generations 2019. The team also presented at the InDialogue 2019 conference in Lincoln.

You can read more information on the CultureMoves project on their website.