Connections between past and future

Conference, Roma

Entrance: via Liguria 20


Entrance: via Liguria 20

The conference will be held in Italian at H18:00 at Istituto Svizzero, via Liguria 20, Rome.
Free entrance, register here.


Connections between past and future: preservation and Innovation in photographic archives

In a world increasingly oriented towards the digital, Istituto Svizzero hosts an event dedicated to the central role of photographic archives in preserving our collective memory. These archives, ever-changing testimonies of history and social evolution, constitute a precious window into the past and significantly contribute to our understanding of the present.

During the event, industry experts will explore the challenges and strategies for preserving and promoting these heritages, with particular attention to experiences gained in Italy and Switzerland. Through the analysis of specific cases, the ways in which the digital transition has influenced the access and preservation of such valuable archives will be highlighted, focusing on mapping, cataloging, utilization, and mediation of content.

What is the impact of digitization on traditional photographic archives? How can digital technologies ensure that these heritages remain accessible and relevant for future generations? And how do the preservation and promotion of photographic archives contribute to strengthening identity and collective memory? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the evening.

The event is organized by Osservatorio culturale del Cantone Ticino, Dipartimento dell’educazione, della cultura e dello sport – Divisione della cultura e degli studi universitari.


H18:00 ― Maria Böhmer, Head of Science, Research and Innovation, Istituto Svizzero, Saluti istituzionali 

H18:05 ― Raffaella Castagnola Rossini, Director Divisione della cultura e degli studi universitari, Verso un ‘musĂ©e imaginaire’ 

H18:10 ― Paola Di Giammaria, Head Fototeca dei Musei Vaticani, Conservare per innovare: le sfide analogiche e digitali della Fototeca dei Musei Vaticani

H18:30 ― CĂ©cile Vilas, Director Associazione per la salvaguardia della memoria audiovisiva svizzera Memoriav, Progetti, strumenti e strategie nel panorama elvetico

H18:50 ― Francesca Fabiani, Head Fotografia Contemporanea dell’Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, Le nuove letture degli archivi storici 

H19:10 ― Discussion and Q&A

H19:30 ― Conclusion

Moderator: Roland Hochstrasser, Head Ufficio dell’analisi e del patrimonio culturale digitale