Prismatica -Episode 1: Ecomuseo Mare Memoria Viva
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Prismatica -Episode 1: Ecomuseo Mare Memoria Viva

February 26, 2020


I was born in Palermo, so I have a strong relationship with Palermo, really strong. I love this city, this place.. not only because this is the place where I was born, but also because of its beauty. so to find something new that is at the same time continuation and innovation yes, memory.. because you cannot forget yourself! We are our memory. Small experiences, little projects that can be replicated to have an influence on wellbeing, on the lifestyle of the people. maybe my mum would understand it in this way I think. Especially with a short path.. that foresees a greeting to that sea that for many centuries has been welcoming us as a sicilian population and that has an incredible history -So, have you ever heard about this museum, Mare Memoria Viva?- -No!- -Honestly no! There is a museum about.. the sea, the memory of the sea. It is a pity that it is not advertised, this museum- -But… is it possible to visit it?- -Of course! It is open! And it is also free- -Perfect!- -Ah, also free?- -Yes!- It is a community project that studied, through participative methodologies and audio-visual and cultural material production The relationship between Palermo and the sea. And this place has been one of the first.. this Eco museum is one of the first project where has been important to renew the relationship with the sea. I wanted to do something for this place but someone told me: our association take care of monuments! And I used to say: “well, but why can’t we consider the sea a beautiful and amazing monument? even if it is not made by humans, God made it… it is an amazing monument We mapped the communities. For about one year and half we crossed the districts on the sea the hamlets and we met dozens of people who told us their stories that now we narrate here The history of the relationship between Palermo and the sea is not a story, let’s say, taken for granted, because it is also a fundamental witness of the urban and social changes within this city since the post-war To come back here has a meaning for me because I wanted to recover something from the past, but not in order to cry on it. without regrets, but in order to try to try to do something for this place that when I was a child was.. beautiful! Bathing! With crowded bathing establishments! I took here some pictures of that time This relationship with the sea was strong during the fifties I used to come here when I was a child. All the people of Palermo used to come here on Sunday, to eat In a restaurant that was really famous, on the stilts and it was called “Spano'” The bathing establishments, Virzi,Italia.. And people used to bathe, this was the bathing area of Palermo. In the last three years we have structured an education program quite important, we address schools of this city, and every year the number of schools increases because this place is really welcoming and it is interactive so kids can touch and run. This is a large place and it can welcome a high number of kids and it narrates a story that nobody knows we have been welcomed by a woman, I do not remember her name from Clac association that run the ecoumuseum on the one side, she let us free to live that place, there was an exhibition there were some projected interviews within a documentary that narrates who used to live our sea with myths and legends related to our sea. So, we had our personal space and at the same time she was really hospitable and kind she gave us information about the place and its function within the city A relationship with the sea is missing because bathing is still not possible, people from Palermo go to Mondello They do not come here to swim For me this museum is.. a chance to rebirth I strongly believe in what I do and I believe in Mare Memoria Viva because from our willing we are reaching ambitious goals thanks to our motivation! Thanks to our respect for this city.. because thanks to Mare Memoria Viva, we are able to see some beauties that today are difficult to see We have a constant relationship with the new generations It is a welcoming place where we can invite associations to hold their meetings This is an important experiment because it gives attention to a part of Palermo that has been completely forgotten and ignored in the past 30 and 40 years so let’s say that this is a daily battle but it has a high value very strong This is a battle, let’s say, fought at the bottom, so it is… a slow process, this is not something that gives results short term, in few months This is difficult to understand because it isn’t a museum with objects People use to go to a museum looking for objects instead, we offer them memories However in this moment everything is an experiment the administrative procedures are missing, because everything is new, this is something never done before so, everything is going to be built In order to reinforce, the museum.. regarding people of my same age, or however 20-30 years, people called “young” the museum should be more Accessible, for example having a bike path, not impeded by the bridge on the Loreto river small and dangerous, we can say that It should give the possibility to see the sea, because this is an Ecomuseum of the sea that effectively look at the sea but it does not touch it Slowly we are trying to find this this lost world, it was lost, and now we are giving birth to this place let’s say that it is changing, it is not changed still This place has changed because there was an high level of degradation For me, the strong symbolic and real value that gives attention to a part of city that went out from the imagination of people from Palermo, while once upon a time it had a core role I believe in Mare Memoria Viva because It is really a work from the bottom

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