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Virtual Museum of the Tiber Valley

National Etruscan Museum, Villa Giulia – Rome, Italian Geographic Society, Palazzetto Mattei, Villa Celimontana – Rome. Multi-angle, Virtual Reality application within the project Virtual Museum of the Tiber Valley in collaboration with CNR ITABC.

CNR curator: Eva Pietroni.

Virtual Museum of the Tiber Valley is an interdisciplinary project in which science, technology and art converge in a communicative work that testes new languages beyond the traditional paradigms of Virtual Reality, in order to contaminate them with techniques borrowed from cinema or video games productions.

The Tiber river is seen from various points of view: the geo-morphological environment, the ecosystem, the vegetation and the territorial settlement in centuries; the mythology linked to the river, the rituals and iconography, the Archaeological Landscape, literature and nature. The application allows the visitor to explore four scenarios, sometimes visionary and sometimes more realistic, all regarding different aspects of the Tiber valley and linked to the history and memory of the river. In them, the user can meet characters, interact with images and sounds and live a multisensory experience. He can use body gestures to interact and dialogue with the virtual world: walking, swimming like a fish or fly like a bird.

 

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The project is funded by Arcus and benefits from the institutional collaboration of MiBAC Regional Directorate for Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Lazio and Etruria Southern Superintendency. It is aimed at the creation of an integrated system of knowledge, enhancement and communication of the cultural landscape of the Tiber Valley (archaeological contexts, historical-artistic, natural, anthropic), in particular of the strategic area of Sabina (especially in the area that goes from Monte Soratte to Fiano Romano, and from via Flaminia to Palombara Sabina).

On this occasion E.V.O.CA. started a collaboration with Franz Fischnaller, one of the greatest artists in Electronic Visualization, Digital Media and Interactive Design. The application is permanently hosted by the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome.