The human project
MUDEC from 1 May to 7 November 2021
From the first mechanical devices of ancient Greece to the new frontiers of Artificial Intelligence, man has always been attracted to the idea of creating an artificial fellow creature. The exhibition retraces the relationship between human beings and their doubles, revealing to the public the results achieved so far, the extraordinary technological developments and the frontiers of contemporary robotics and bionics. This exhibition, realized in collaboration with leading research institutes such as the Institute of BioRobotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa and the IIT in Genoa, aims to offer a key for the future, with an immersive approach with a technical-scientific, anthropological and artistic scope, revealing how the interaction between man and machine is becoming more and more real.
After presenting the ancestors of robots, ancient masterpieces of technology, the exhibition gives space to modern robotics applied to medicine and neuroscience, i.e. bionics. Visitors will also be able to interact with the “Cobots”, robots able to recognize and trasmit emotions, connoted of great utility and with high social acceptability. The impressive technological progress in these fields, the open perspectives and all the possible implications also carry with them ethical, social and cultural issues of primary importance, on which we need to reflect.
In the picture: Robothespian, 2017 Engineered Arts Ltd Crediti fotografici © Engineered Arts Ltd
Qhapaq Ñan. La grande strada inca
From 9 February to 25 April 2021, the Mudec hosts the archaeological exhibition "Qhapaq Ñan. La grande strada inca”, curated by Carolina Orsini. The exhibition represents an opportunity to showcase the Inca heritage coming from the permanent ethnographic collection of the Mudec and to raise awareness on the archaeological survey and diggings, as well as the latest discoveries made by Mudec researchers along the Inca Trail in northwestern Argentina.
On display approximately 50 Andean archaeological findings picked from the pre-Hispanic-Amerindian collections of the Museum, as well as a rich range of informative material composed of texts and maps.
The exhibition will be hosted in the Khaled al-Asaad space and consists of seven sections: the first briefly introduces visitors to the Inca world: the second casts a spotlight from a geographical point of view on the diversity of the vast Andean territory, followed by an overview of the pre-Inca ancient civilizations; the following sections show the caminos de llanos (plains) and the caminos de sierra, as well as the post stations and the famous suspension bridges built to cross the deep ravines that mark the Andean landscape. Additionally, the Qhapaq Ñan is depicted as the glue of a vast and diverse empire, in which links were vital to control the population, move armies, and collect taxes. The great Inca road is used to this very day and is still an impressive sight in the Andean landscape.
The exhibition ends with a video installation that restores the discovery of an unprecedented stretch of pathway in northwestern Argentina (Molinos, Salta province) associated with numerous sites.
Admission to the exhibition is free without booking.
Pictured: Fragment of female cloak with multi-coloured geometric decorations
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