Museum Week: #inspirationMW

Continuing this Museum Week blogging (which at least as prompted me to post twice in a week!), today the theme is ‘inspiration’. So, I decided to keep it simple and think about the 5 most inspirational museum experience I’ve had:

1) Crimes de Sang, at the Musèe d’Histoire de la ville de Luxembourg

This is surely the most shocking and challenging exhibition I’ve ever visited, but from a museological perspective it was equally fascinating and interesting for the great use of interactives, multimedia, and participatory practices. Continue reading “Museum Week: #inspirationMW”


Museum Week: #souvenirsMW

This week is Museum Week, and today’s theme is museum souvenirs – and, as all my family and friends will tell – this is one of my worse weakness. Let’s just say that when I was around 6-7 years old, there was a regular family trip to a regional tourism fair: while my parents would dream future holidays, I was always scouring the stands for leaflets on local histories … Continue reading Museum Week: #souvenirsMW

‘Big data, Better data?’ workshop

Last Monday, I had the chance to participate in the workshop ‘Big Data, Better Data’, organised by the Culture Metrics research project. So, here my ramblings inspired by it, but for a precise review of the workshop and other related posts check the project blog.

During this workshop, I presented my work on the spinning statuette, an Egyptian statuette recorded spinning on itself in its case in the Manchester Museum. The video went viral in summer 2013 and I am examining online and on site reactions to the episode in a chapter of my thesis. Presenting this work in a Big Data workshop was an interesting experience, since in the past I had presented it at archaeology conferences, focusing on the influence of popular representation of archaeology emerging from social media comments (at TAG Bournemouth 2013) or on the use of the notion of ‘magic’ to explain the statue’s rotation (at TAG Manchester 2014).

This time, instead, I was supposed to discuss it as a sort of big data case-study: I guess I was totally surprised to be invited to this workshop, since I’d never thought before I was actually dealing with big data. And indeed, this was one of the questions that emerged in the discussion: is my analysis really based on big data? Continue reading “‘Big data, Better data?’ workshop”

New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace

The restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, began in September 2013, was concluded last summer when the statue was redisplayed on the monumental Daru staircase.

IMG_3553The project (here the details) was in itself very interesting for its successful use of crowdfunding: out of the 4 million Euros needed, 1 million had been donated by individual donors, over a period of three months, through the ad hoc platform Tous mécènes! (which is now still in use for other crowdfunding campaigns by the Louvre).

This week, it has been announced a new fantastic exhibition on this statue, detailing the new data emerged from the project: it will be open until June, and it really looks like a must go! Continue reading “New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace”

Skiing and Big Data

This year a new free app by Dolomiti Superski allows checking your own performance after a day of skiing and establishing your ‘wellbeing factor’.

Once you have inserted the code on your skipass ticket, the app will show you a short animation with all the lifts you have taken. Briefly, you can reconstruct your skiing day based on when you have checked in at a lift: the only data needed is your skipass number, because the system checks your skipass ID with the data collected at the barriers. Obviously therefore, it won’t tell the exact slopes you’ve done: it is impossible for the system to know whether you were skiing on the right or left of the lift, which slopes in succession have you done (especially given the wide range of possibility offered by all the Dolomiti Superski carousels). Continue reading “Skiing and Big Data”

Manchester TAG 2014: Session ‘Cataloguing Magic’

Originally posted on Cataloguing Magic:
Cataloguing Magic: The Complex Biographies of Ritual Objects in Museum Contexts Organisers: Ceri Houlbrook, Natalie Armitage, Chiara Zuanni (University of Manchester) Following the success of ‘The Materiality of Magic’ session at Liverpool TAG 2012, this second session aims to further establish ‘magic’ as a term and subject on the archaeological agenda. Despite its simple definition in the Oxford English Dictionary,… Continue reading Manchester TAG 2014: Session ‘Cataloguing Magic’

Commemoration of Lindow Man at Lindow Moss (guest blog by Chiara Zuanni)

Originally posted on Lindow Manchester:
Dawn ceremony at Lindow Moss On the 1st August, it was the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man, who was found during peat-cutting at Lindow Moss. To commemorate the event and raise awareness of the current state of the bog a walk was organised by Wilmslow Transition Group, on the early morning of Saturday 2nd August. As a… Continue reading Commemoration of Lindow Man at Lindow Moss (guest blog by Chiara Zuanni)

Scripting the Globe: Exhibition opening

Originally posted on Institute for Cultural Practices:
In December we had the opportunity to co-curate the “Scripting the Globe” exhibition with Dr Francesca Billiani and Dr Mila Milani. Our involvement began when we received an e-mail soliciting Museology-based students to collaborate with the Italian Studies department on this project. Four Masters Art Gallery and Museum Studies students volunteered: Krista Goodfellow, Sonia Llewelyn, Michelle Kenner, and… Continue reading Scripting the Globe: Exhibition opening

WWI on Monte Zugna

I had already blogged about the big trench reconstructed on the Monte Zugna, an Italian WWI trench which was facing the Austrian one (also included in this WWI heritage project).

At a lower level on the side of this mountain, there is a second route centred on the WWI: these are the panels indicating it (unfortunately only in Italian). On a two-hours afternoon hike, it is possible to cross twice both the former Italian and Austrian lines, encountering almost 30 signs of the devastations of the war in this relatively small area. Continue reading “WWI on Monte Zugna”

WWI and reconstructions: Monte Zugna

During the Easter break, I visited again the WWI trenches and fortifications on Monte Zugna: these were the first Italian war against the Austrian Punitive expedition in Spring 1916. In this post, I want to discuss the case of the so-called “trincerone” (big trench) which has been restored, as part of the centenary commemoration initiatives. There was an intense debate on the local press, with few … Continue reading WWI and reconstructions: Monte Zugna

WWI centenary

There are many reasons why I am now interested in the First World War centenary commemoration: in this section of the blog, I aim especially to focus on the case-study of Trento. This province became Italian with the first world war and the battlefields extended all over its territory. At the moment, I plan to research more how the material remains of the war, so easy to … Continue reading WWI centenary