The Digital Invasion of Sicily #digitalinvasions

I participated to a couple of “Digital Invasion” events in Sicily this week. It is an outstanding and growing initiative. ‘Invasioni Digitali’ (Digital Invasions) are mobs of people who support museums and cultural heritage by ‘invading’ them and then documenting the experience on blogs and social media. The official website has a very interesting manifesto.  Here the parts I like most: “Each ‘invasion’ is meant to create new forms of conversation about arts and culture, and to transform the cultural heritage into something that is ‘open, welcoming and innovative.” ….. “We believe that the application of the new forms of communication and shared multimedia to the cultural heritage is a fundamental opportunity to boost the transformation of the cultural institutions into open platforms for the circulation, exchange and production of value” …… We believe that art becomes knowledge when it’s shared.” This week, thanks to the event, I discovered a fascinating archaeological site, the so called Temple of St. Basilio. A greek hypogeal structure with 30 pillars. It seems it dates back to the first Greek colonization of Sicily and its use it’s not clear; a sanctuary, a fortress, a reservoir. There is not a definitive answer. The site was documented by  J. Houel (1785) in one of his famous drawing of his Sicilian travel.

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J. Houel (1785), drawing of the so called St. Basilio Temple. Digitally invaded May 4th 2014.

It was the occasion to meet up with delightful people, special thanks to the event’s organizers.

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Mount San Basilio, Lentini, Sicily; The May 4th digital invaders.

Here some of my shots.

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Mount San Basilio, Lentini, Sicily; the digital invasion mob.

 

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Mount San Basilio, Lentini, Sicily. The cealing of the hypogeal structure and the stairs on the foreground.

 

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Mount San Basilio, Lentini, Sicily. The cealing of the hypogeal structure and the stairs on the foreground.

 

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Mount San Basilio, Lentini, Sicily. Inside the hypogeal structure.

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5 Comments

  1. Karen May 5, 2014 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Hi! I hope you are doing well! We should meet up for that granita sometime to catch up.
    This is an amazing initiative! Would love to take part in such an event. Thanks for sharing your experience And tell, me, how do I join?

  2. antonino May 5, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Hi Karen, nice to hear from you! Definetely, I want to catch up with you either. Any time in Aci Castello is fine. Unfortunately the Digital Invasion is just two weeks long event and yesterday was the last day. But let’s see what we can do in 2015! We can even organize our own invasion

  3. Moshe Caine May 10, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    “Dig­i­tal Inva­sion”, has a much nicer ring about it than “physical invasion”, and a much nicer purpose too.
    Great idea.

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