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New technologies for cultural heritage: the Italian experience

By Mariam Chanishvili
Friday, September 28
The seminar "Immersive exhibitions and storytelling: involving the public, giving new life to the past" - was organized by the Italian Embassy in Tbilisi and the National Research Council (Cnr), in collaboration with Tbilisi State University and Georgian National Museum.

The event took place on September 26 at Georgian National Museum.

“This event is all about the art of storytelling from the series of workshops, which aim at protection and promotion of cultural heritage. We are working on organizing other workshops associated with museum design, transformation and conservation of urban spaces,” said Ambassador of Italy to Georgia Antonio Enrico Bartoli.

The Ambassador thanked National Research Council of Italy and Georgian institutions involved in this initiative.

The guests were welcomed by David Lordkipanidze, Director General of the National Museum of Georgia.

“We are trying to work together in this field with Italy, which has a vast experience in cultural heritage management. By using modern technology, we present our unique heritage," said David Lordkipanidze.

Marco Cappellini, who is a graduate in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications and Telematics of the University of Florence, with a thesis on the VASARI scanner, was one of the panelists during the workshop. He has been involved in many European Projects with Uffizi Gallery.

His presentation “Immersive and interactive digital exhibitions: a new experience with art” – was followed by the presentation by Giorgio Genta -“Exploiting augmented and virtual reality for storytelling”.

Giorgio Genta was another panelist, who is a Vice President and CIO - Chief Innovation Officer at ETT S.p.A, which is an international Creative and Digital Industry, specializes in Innovation Technology and Experience Design.

Other panelists were Renato Saporito, Roberto Scopigno and Laura Longo.

The workshop organized by the Italian Embassy took place within the frames of the International Festival of Science and Innovation.

Cnr is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.