Italy of the Future
Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco, 12 July – 23 August 2013.
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The exhibition ‘Italy of the Future’ aims to display Italy’s cutting-edge contributions to international cultural, scientific and technological developments, thereby promoting an international understanding of contemporary Italy, emphasising strategically important facets thereof – such as research, industry and medicine – which have traditionally been less known to the greater public.
The exhibition comprises various thematic areas, each of which expands upon an aspect of the 26-minute film ‘Italy of the Future’, which is shown on a large central screen. The ‘thematic islands’ are dedicated to: Robotics; Transportation; Nuclear physics; Medicine and diagnostics; ‘The Big Four’ (Apparel and fashion; Automation and mechanics; Furnishing and design; Agriculture and food); Research and entrepreneurship; Aerospace research; and Cultural heritage and restoration.
Through dedicated terminals displaying examples (objects, images, video and so on) of the technologies represented in each thematic area, participants will have a ‘hands-on’ experience and the chance to develop a multi-faceted understanding of Italy’s most recent contributions in these fields. The exhibition’s aim is not to replace the image of Italy as a nation dedicated to art and literature, but to add another complementary image, namely of a country which is also rich in technological and scientific resources, and consequently, opportunities for investment and research.
The event is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with some of the most important Italian research institutions: the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa.
Please click here to register for the exhibition opening on the 12th of July, 6:30pm, at the Italian Cultural Institute.
Photos from the exhibition ‘Italy of the Future’ at the IIC San Francisco.
Archaeology. On the left: map of Italian archaeological missions worldwide, with videos, text and photos describing individual digs and finds. On the right: virtual rendering of the Regolini-Galassi Etruscan tomb, as it was when first opened. Use your body as a cursor to navigate through the tomb’s passageways and select objects to hear more about them.
Particle physics exhibits. Learn about the Gran Sasso particle physics laboratory, have a hands-on experience of items used in the OPERA experiment, and simulate high-speed proton collisions which release subatomic particles. This is how such particles as the Higgs boson are investigated.
Exhibits dedicated to advances in solar panels (some are flexible and others are made from fruit juice!) as well as titanium-based art and a novel method of detecting carbon dioxide in bottles without resorting to the wasteful but previously necessary method of opening a representative sample of bottles.
Cloth which disinfects and cleans itself using sunlight, and advances in naval engineering. Luna Rossa, currently competing in the America’s Cup regatta, was tested and optimised at INSEAN (the Italian naval research institute), one of the largest such facilities in the world, with pools and water tunnels to test hydrodynamic properties.
Soft-bodied robots inspired by the octopus, robots which can see and learn, robots able to navigate rough terrain independently, and robots which come to your house and sort waste for recycling: these are some of the recent Italian contributions in the intriguing field of robotics!
Italian medical advances include prosthetic bone made from treated wood (it works better than plastics) and systems to rehabilitate injured wrists and ankles. Come and try out the ankle rehabilitation system for yourself: it’s harder than it looks!