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<nettime> Ubiquitous Pompei: the future of the city, created by high school students

Ubiquitous Pompei: the future of the city, created by high school students

Dear friends and colleagues,

we are very happy to inform you about this event:


The (digital) future of the city of Pompei, created by high school students.

This event is the result of a project during which high school students
were introduced to a set of technologies and methodologies through which
they could create ubiquitous content using Augmented Reality and QRCodes.


Students were invited to imagine the digital future of their city,
designing end-to-end concepts in which the whole city became a space for

4 wonderful projects emerged:

- a tool for participatory administration of the city, in which citizens
use augmented reality to publish their ideas onto the city, classifying
them as "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" and, thus, expressing their visions on
how to change their city

- a peculiar tourist guide, in which the city is narrated directly by
citizens of all ages, who produced videos in which they tell the stories of
this beautiful land in a way in which you will never find in classical
tourist guides, and published directly onto city spaces using augmented
reality, allowing you to experience the story and life of the city in a
novel, emotional way

- an augmented reality map to allow people to discover the places and
events of christianity in Pompei: the city is well known for its pagan
roman history. But how many people know about its engaging history in

- an incredible ubiquitous book dedicated to the ancient "social networks"
found in Pompei's ruins: romans engaged in ubiquitous chatter, too! Ancient
versions of Twitter and Facebook can still be found on the walls all around
the ruins of roman Pompei, where people inscribed graffiti messages about
their daily life and full of useful information; An augmented reality
application allows you to read these graffiti by framing them in your
smartphone and, thus, translating them from latin into your own language;
discover the lives of ancient Pompeians and engage an experiment in
atemporality, as using the application you are able to comment the ancient
graffiti and open up a dialogue across all time

we are particularly happy to being able to present this project to you all:
in the current state of crisis hitting Italy, being able to actually give a
good news such as this one is like a breath of fresh air and a energetic
drive for our hopes and visions.

The city administration has been incredibly collaborative, the schools,
teachers and students embraced this possibility with enthusiasm and desire
to learn and express their ideas, and MediaDuemila Journal (the organizers
of the "McLuhan meets Pompei" series of events for the celebrations of
McLuhan's Centennial) have been wonderful enablers of the whole process.

So, if you are around Pompei in these days consider dropping by: the
augmented city is full of icons, representing the will of young students to
reinvent their reality.

all the best,

Salvatore Iaconesi


Art is Open Source


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