TEDxMatera > 20 May 2014



Today during the Forum of Communication in Milan were officially presented the event, the program and the guests names of the TEDxMatera.

So we can also announce that on the 20th of May Matera will host TEDx, thanks to the initiative of journalist from Matera Mariapia Ebreo.

Maybe some of you will be wondering what TEDxMatera.
Let’s start from the beginning.
TED is a no-profit organization founded in California about 20 years ago and dedicated to the circulation of “ideas of value” through the formula of the conference; its main purpose is to support and circulate these ideas: the TED Conference is an event held annually in California.
TEDx is the acronym for Technology Entertainment and Design and the x refers to the fact that these events are independently organized from TED but in accordance with its rules: a method that allows to organize local events.

The TEDxMatera wants to bring this kind of experience in the city of the Sassi, a place with a strong historical, artistic and cultural heritage, to facilitate the dialogue among locals and guests.
The event theme is “Ancient Future”, appropriate to a context that bears the signs of the past and wants to innovate itself and look to the future. To host the first edition of TEDxMatera, there could be no better place of Casa Cava, the ‘technological cave’ in the heart of the Sassi, which in itself summarizes the instances that derived from “Ancient Future “.

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The ethnographic research in Basilicata, 1952

Fundo Pinna, musicians, Colobraro - Archivio Sonoro Lucano

Fundo Pinna, musicians, Colobraro – Audio Archive of Basilicata

The Fifties of the last century and the scholars who in those years have attended the Basilicata with the aim of fully understanding the reality of the peasants, were very important for the understanding of Matera and Basilicata.

Among the various experiences there is the ethnological investigation led by Ernesto De Martino with Diego Carpitella, Vittoria De Palma, Franco Pinna and Marcello Venturoli.
The setting of this research took as its point of reference the Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (“Christ Stopped at Eboli”) by Carlo Levi (1945), focused on the everyday life of the peasants of Lucania.
The direct experience of the peasants of Basilicata had a great influence on De Martino, he met them during his stays in Tricarico when he was guest of Rocco Scotellaro.

The fieldwork led by Ernesto De Martino, 30 September – 31 October 1952, had as reference the ideal pattern “from cradle to grave”, in it was summed up the intent to consider different aspects of the culture and life of the peasants of Basilicata.

This research touched the towns of Matera, Grottole, Pisticci Ferrandina Colobraro, Valsinni, Stigliano, Marsico Vetere, Viggiano, Savoia di Lucania and Tricarico.

The sound documentation by Diego Carpitella, 147 tracks were recorded and as a result of this experience Basilicata was considered the cradle of Italian ethnomusicology, and the photographs by Franco Pinna were the most important results of this research.

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3 movies shot in Matera

Choose three movies shot in Matera is not an easy task, on one hand it could be possible to forget some important films, on the other hand film production is varied and encompasses different genres, in this case it could be possible to choose films that are not representatiQuali sono, secondo voi, i tre film più rappresentativi girati a Matera? ve of this variety.

The films that have used the Sassi as a set are many, in the majority they have not been used to represent themselves but to fit stories set in different contexts and times.
The ancient neighbourhoods of Matera began to be used as a movie set in the late 40s and early 50s of the last century, when they were a poor environment, the current films consider and value them in their modern version.

We selected two films and a cinematic genre, they had a different weight both in the history and local culture and in the national and international film industry, and they gave their contribution in the relationship between Matera and cinema.

La lupa (The she-wolf)

“La lupa” (by Alberto Lattuada in 1953 ) is one of the first films shot in Matera. The Sassi are used to represent a Sicilian village and the story, a short story by Giovanni Verga, tells the story of a woman called “la lupa”.
The two ancient neighbourhoods are presented as they were in Per avere un quadro completo delle produzioni cinematografiche realizzate a Matera: clickthe 50s when they were at the center of political and socio-cultural care because of the plight of the people living there and because of the effort directed to resolve this situation.
We suggest you a short fragment of the movie.

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Giovanni Pascoli in Matera

Palazzo Lanfranchi

Palazzo Lanfranchi

Giovanni Pascoli is one of the famous people who have stayed in Matera, and his presence was very prestigious given its role in the Italian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; he began his career as a professor teaching Latin and Greek letters at the Royal Grammar School “E. Duni” (currently Palazzo Lanfranchi) between 1882 and 1884.

He was, in a sense, soft and light, in fact there was a profound relationship between the poet and the city that was hosting him.
His impressions about Matera are derived from letters addressed to his sisters, to Carducci and other figures very close to him: Matera in his opinion was above all a town, a destination for work, that forcing him away from his family.

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3 Romanesque churches in the historic center of Matera

The historic center of Matera, the Piano, a word that has historically been used to contrast this to the Sassi both spatially and socially, is rich in artistic and architectural elements, although the examples that testify styles from the seventeenth century onwards are more numerous, there are beautiful buildings made in previous years.
Above all there are beautiful examples of Apulian Romanesque style.
We suggest those who, according to us, both artistically and symbolically, are among the most important sites of Matera.

1) The Cathedral was built between 1230 and 1270, it is clearly in Romanesque style.
Unfortunately, the Dome can not be visited because there is a renovation, the exterior is accessible and elements that adorn it, including the rose window represents the wheel of fortune, are visible.
The Cathedral stands on a high point from which you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Sassi: so after having admired the exterior of the Duomo, we suggest you to turn and take a look at the view.

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