Making rock-art visible: new solutions.

In Valcamonica, national and local parks do what they can: guided paths, clear signage and drawings of the figures, guides and guide-books, special arrangements for schools; even provision for blind visitors and occasional night access when artificial light can also bring figures to life. But there is no collected visitor centre, nor museum displays. And when rock-art is displayed, this is usually through conventional photographs and black-and-white drawings. New digital media will present the rock-art in a novel, vivid and effective way.

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Second venue: Cambridge (UK), from the 6th till 24th of March 2013

The second venue of the PITOTI exhibition happens at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge. England. and will open from the 6th of March 2013 till the 24th of March 2013.

The access to the PITOTI exhibition is free.

a guided tour service is available.

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Ambient Cinema

Frederick Baker and Gerald Herlbauer: St Pölten; and independent freelance artist and video maker

Ambient Cinema is an immersive surround experience specially created by Frederick Baker. The audience are placed in the centre of the exhibition space and the film runs across all the four walls, the ceiling and the floor that surround them.

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Tactile Rocks

Marcel Karnapke (Weimar; Bachelor of fine Arts, Bauhaus-University Weimar)

Often museums put the visitors in the passive role of a spectator. People are allowed to look and listen but signs often educate to "not touch" any of the objects. This time it is different. Visitors are invited to interact and explore 3D printed copies from the valley especially with their own hands and senses. Light as well as scale and shadows play the major roles in discovering the intricate details hidden in the ancient rock-art.

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Animations: Making rock-art move

animationMike Kren (St Pölten; and independent freelance digital graphic artist and video maker)

Many figures are rightly described as ‘animated’ in that they show their subject in rapid movement: a running deer, a galloping horseman, a pair of fighting men with their swords and shields high in aggression. Yet they are still pictures.

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Pictures in a landscape: exploring the valley for yourself

Thomas Bredenfeld (Vienna; independent digital artist, painter, photographer and Lecturer at the University Institute of Media Production, St Pölten)

Panorama photographs of the Pitoti in their original locations in Valcamonica show that this is art with a view. This is the beginning of landscape art. Most importantly this exhibit allows the visitor to linger and explore the interaction between the drawings close-up and the huge vistas that they look out upon.

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From sound to pictures: placing art by musical echoes in the landscape

Astrid Drechsler, Hannes Raffaseder (St Pölten; Archaeo-acousticians, University of Applied Sciences, St Polten) & Albin Paulus (Vienna; Ancient music virtuoso and Archaeo-musicologist, University of Vienna).

Nothing travels faster across the whole valley than sound. The Valcamonica has an acoustic as specific and complex as the body of any violin.

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Illuminated images: capturing the subtlety of pecked forms with lighting photography

Hamish Park (London and St John’s College, Cambridge; independent freelance digital photographer)

Usually rock-art figures are recorded by drawing their outline in a simple black against white drawing. But this does not capture the variety of textures, of the art. In fact many art works remain barely visible to the naked eye after thousands of years of weathering. Hamish Park has developed a photographic technique of flash light excavation that allows the viewer to appreciate the nuances of the fine chiselling with which the Camuni produced this art.

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Discovery, recording, exploration

CCSP, Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, Capo di Ponte

Valcamonica is the largest open-air art gallery in the world. An estimated 150,000 images where carved into the sandstone rocks. These where ground smooth by the glaciers during the Ice Age to form perfect canvasses for the Camunian artists to later express themselves.

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