International Conference - Im/materialities: Museums between real and digital - Postponed to: 8-9-10 July 2020
Organized by: Museo Egizio, Torino.
The symposium Im/materialities scheduled in Turin from the 8th to the 10h of July 2020, intends to deepen some of the main topics developed and proposed by the temporary exhibition “Archeologia Invisibile” opened in March 2019 and on view until the 6th of January 2020 (now extended through 7th June 2020).
The exhibition explores objects and their own unique history, a sort of biography, whose clues are largely condensed into the very materials that they are made out of. Archaeometry provides information about their materiality that would otherwise be inaccessible and invisible to the naked eye and that allows the researchers to fill the gaps on what is unknown about the history/biography of the objects (who made them, why, when, where, with what materials) in order to define, for instance, the best ways to preserve them.
With more than 40 scientific institutions involved in the project, the exhibition emphasizes the growing collaboration between Egyptology and Natural Sciences in the study of archaeological artefacts and how archaeometry, increasingly employed by Museo Egizio as a standard method to question objects, is changing the way a collection can be explored, preserved and, finally, presented to the visitors.
An openness to disciplines outside Egyptology is an indispensable prerequisite for the debate about these topics. Hence the desire to involve for the conference scholars from many fields of research: physical and cultural anthropologists, philosophers, sociologists, archaeologists, paleopathologists, heritage scientists, museum curators, museologists, AI specialists, and neuroscientists.