Catania, Art is Science scholars confronting an interdisciplinary method to enhance the cultural heritage

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The interdisciplinary nature of the humanities and scientific sciences at the service of the diagnostics, conservation and enhancement of the immense Italian cultural heritage that the whole world envies us.
A “new” multidisciplinary approach typical of archeometry that combines science, culture and society to be made known among researchers from universities and research institutions and applied in museums, archaeological sites and historic buildings.

Issues on which scholars and researchers from all over Italy have discussed during the work of the eighth edition of the review “Art is Science”, scheduled these days at the Benedictine Monastery.
An initiative – organized by the Italian Association of Archaeometry in collaboration with the University of Catania – which was opened by the rector Francesco Priolo.

“The Italian cultural heritage, which boasts 55 Unesco sites, 4 thousand museums and 6 thousand archaeological areas, represents a socio-economic driver of fundamental importance for the country and the academic and scientific world in this field must play an important role by combining transversal skills.
It is no coincidence that today there are professors, researchers and students from different degree courses and sectors: from cultural heritage to information technology, from engineering to physics ”said the rector at the opening.

“In this context, our university boasts, in addition to various degree courses, the presence of the School of Specialization in Archaeological Heritage of Syracuse founded in 1923, second only to the Italian Archaeological School of Universities – he added -.
On a scientific level, there are numerous researches in the field: from the application of innovative sensors and devices for the microclimatic and structural monitoring of works of art and historic buildings to the absolute dating of historic buildings, from Color Rendering in 3D reconstructions of works of art to various multidisciplinary projects and among these the excavation in the garden of via Biblioteca, a new way of archeology and participatory construction of the local identity “.

“There is also no lack of research supported with funds from the PNRR, such as the Samothrace program and the Changes project that also affect cultural heritage” concluded the rector before the greetings of the director of the School of Specialization in Archaeological Heritage Daniele Malfitana, the coordinator of the Doctorate in Cultural Heritage Sciences Pietro Militello and the Research Delegate Salvo Baglio.

Following the professor of the University of Calabria Mauro La Russa, as president of the Italian Association of Archaeometry, highlighted “the role of Catania in the dissemination of the new interdisciplinary methodology of humanistic and scientific skills and subjects of the use of applied sciences to cultural heritage “.
“In recent years, thanks to this review, we have involved 60 Italian cities as well as universities, research bodies and superintendencies with the aim of enhancing research and disseminating the results among scholars and experts in the sector as well as citizenship in order to to create a continuous and constant exchange of information ”he added.

“At the University of Catania there has been for years a” widespread “group of researchers belonging to various departments who consider the approach based on the integration of the experience and skills of each one to be successful for the solution of problems concerning diagnostics, conservation and the use of cultural heritage also within collaborations, born thanks to the Italian Association of Archaeometry, with colleagues from other locations “explained Prof.
Anna Gueli, member of the organizing committee together with Dario Allegra, Giuseppe Politi, Filippo Stanco , Giuseppe Stella, Simona Todaro and Carlo Trigona.

“Also thanks to their presence we have created this edition of Art is Science, the first totally in presence after the pandemic – adds the teacher -.
The event was characterized by the enthusiasm of the students and young researchers who collaborated in all phases of the organization.
The main objective was to highlight the role of research for the study and enhancement of cultural heritage assets, with particular attention to the identification of degradation phenomena, to monitoring for preventive conservation and risk assessment as well as to the use also virtual.
And the Benedictine Monastery, with the Night Choir, the clock corridor and the Levante Cloister, was the best setting that Art is Science could have at the University of Catania ”.

The works included two sessions, the first chaired by Giovanni Li Volti of the Catania University with speeches by Valentina Venuti (University of Messina), Sabrina Grassini (Polytechnic of Turin), Paola Fermo (University of Milan), Carlo Trigona, Giuseppe Stella and Giuseppe Margani (University of Catania).
In the second session, chaired by Luigi Ingaliso of the Catania university, Delia Chillura Martino (University of Palermo), Alessandro Re (University of Turin), Salvo Baglio, Daniele Malfitana, Anna Gueli, Dario Allegra and Simona Todaro (University of Catania) spoke ).
During the two days, numerous demonstration workshops for the initiative “The Benedictines teach the Science of Art” fascinated those present as well as the guided tour of the Benedictine Monastery by Officine Culturali.

News from Sicily 2022-06-20 10:50:00

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