TrasiMemo (museum) is an innovative cultural project designed to promote sustainable rural living by giving prominence to “hidden” local skills, in collaboration with local people – the guardians of their own heritage – institutions, and cultural heritage professionals. The project promotes cultural production and craft activities that would otherwise risk becoming marginalised.
Working in partnership with people skilled in a variety of very diffrent fields, with the direct participation of the craftsmen and women themselves, museum exhibits have been created (both virtual and physical) in order to communicate these realities via both traditional and multimedia means, with the aim of taking the visitor on an inclusive and poignant journey.
TrasiMemo presents the craftsmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation as solid resources for the future of Trasimeno, and as a constituent element of local community cohesion. Visitors are encouraged to explore this process of self-rediscovery and consider the dynamics of the local community’s relationship with the territory, through the tales and testimonies of the people themselves. These stories become a prism through which to consider the potential of the territory and its inhabitants, a way to talk about possible forms of future local development.
The project analyses cross-sections of twentieth century culture through the use of an immersive space with an emphasis on manufacturing and craftsmanship that combines tradition and innovation. It identifies the common ground connecting the tangible objects and intangible knowledge of the past with contemporary practices: the artisan tools on display are often identical to the tools still used today, and the recorded voices of the protagonists (set down on paper or in audio files) speak across the generations.
TrasiMemo has no intention of simply preserving objects locked away in glass cabinets, collecting and storing items in order to contemplate an idealised past: it is, rather, an open, collaborative, interactive space, where the heritage on display, composed of memories, personal and family histories, spoken testimonies and so on, is revitalised to look towards the future. The exhibition anticipates a participatory relationship with visitors: a space of playful and lively interaction that stimulates the experience of discovery and facilitates learning.
TrasiMemo is designed for and belongs to everybody: it belongs to the artisans, and to anyone with memories of local knowledge; it belongs to the people who live in the area, contributing to the creation of a living, dynamic territory; it belongs to the heritage professionals who, through their research, strive to safeguard memories in their various forms, organising them into narratives for the future; and it belongs to the visitors who decide to enrich their experience of Trasimeno by finding out more about the intricate relationship between its inhabitants, its landscapes and its local resources.
The exhibition evokes the feeling of an archive. However, visitors don’t peruse documents or files, but stories and practices divided into four broad fields: iron and metals, wood, cotto, and fabrics. Four display cabinets, one for each theme, face four large information panels, which function as guides to help visitors explore the archive. The visitor is invited to use the exhibition to discover the layers of memory hidden in the tablets, in the drawers of the display cabinets, in the archive chest of drawers, in the writing on the walls… Between the virtual content and the physical exhibits visitors can learn to recognise the signs of craftsmanship that characterise the surrounding landscape, and learn to appreciate its complexity and fragility.
There are large panels on the walls of the exhibition room that serve as a guide to the exhibits, to help visitors navigate the themes covered in both the multimedia content and the physical exhibits themselves.
The panels are divided into different sections. There is an introductory section, followed by three sections covering different concepts: working practices and craftsmanship; secrets and tricks of the trade; and the relationship between the work and the territory. Together, these concepts unite the life stories of the protagonists with how their interventions have moulded the local landscape, villages and towns.
In the Archives Room you can visit the Online Bank of Memories. Here you can explore all the virtual contents, which are constantly growing; whether in text, video, audio, or photographic format.
Trasimemo is constantly evolving, and visitors are invited, if they want, to expand its memory with their own contributions.
Running workshops is an essential element of the concept of the Memory Bank as a place to meet up, share ideas, and launch, promote and support cultural initiatives.
TrasiMemo is a flxible space suited to a wide variety of activities, and organises educational, research and practical workshops, exhibitions, public meetings, and conferences, as well as seminars, games and recreational activities.