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Kastrignàna

The Ethnographic Museum of Pasts and Futures houses a collection of about 30 objects and artefacts that tell the past, present and futures, both likely and unlikely, of Castrignano de’ Greci.

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Role: Tutor, Editor
School: Scuola Open Source
Year: 2014

Kastrignàna – the Ethnographic Museum of Pasts and Futures houses a collection of about 30 objects and artefacts that tell the past, present and futures, both likely and unlikely, of Castrignano de’ Greci.

Traditional toys and video-interviews, ancient tools and musical instruments, virtual postcards, electronic embroidery and syncretic niches serve to tell key stories about Castrignano. Griko, a native language on the fringe of extinction. The evolution of Pizzica, a traditional dance. Migration from the town to Northern Italy and Switzerland and from Africa and the Middle East to the town. Water, as a source of both conflict and cooperation. Technology, as a propelling force towards an alternative future.

By collecting the stories of the city and its inhabitants from 2000 BC to AD 2100, Kastrignàna operates as a platform for debate around what Castrignano once was, what it is today and what it might become, in one or more futures, not necessarily consistent with each other.

The objects exhibited in Kastrignàna were collected, imagined and built during XYlab, a two-week workshop that took place in the Baronial Castle of Castrignano de’ Greci from 16 to 31 July 2014. The museum opened for 24 hours on 31 July 2014.

As the tutor running the Storytelling section, I teamed up with Paolo Patelli and Giuditta Vendrame from the Social Interaction section and Ruggero Castagnola from the Arduino section to create the objects together with the participants.

Tutors: Paolo Patelli, Giuditta Vendrame, Ruggero Castagnola
Designers: Luiz Romero, Jacopo Atzori, Aaaron Gillett