In this historically and artistically rooted setting, a group of researchers from Telecom Italia and other companies explore the impact of technological evolution on the world of tomorrow.
This symbiosis between art, history and technology becomes the stage on which Riccardo Perale offers his works to the emotion of the public. I believe that it is a particularly appropriate stage in harmony with the artist. Riccardo has managed to blend art and technology to transfer his emotions to us, and probably goes further, managing to arouse new and personal feelings in each of the visitors who will have the opportunity to let themselves be moved in these images of Venice transformed into paths of light.
When we were given the opportunity of giving a frame to this exhibition we needed only a quick chat with him to understand how close his "artistic invention" was to our technological ecosystems.
Almost as if to minimise his work, Riccardo told us that he used a "little camera" for the photos, nothing sophisticated, and a "simple" graphic processing program on a "normal" home computer.
Now, that "little camera", really within the reach of anyone with its 5 million pixels, would have been a dream for a few only 5 years ago and impossible 10 years ago. As for the "simple" graphics program, it performs more data processing operations to transform a single photo in the work that Riccardo has created than were performed during an Apollo mission in the 1960s to take a man to the moon. In addition, his "normal" computer, similar to those we all have at home, has more processing capacity than a 1980s supercomputer that at the time would have occupied several hundred square metres.
In the end, however, Riccardo is right to minimise the machine, the program and the computer – the technology, to put it bluntly. Precisely because it has been successful it has disappeared off our radar. It has achieved success, however, in that it has become part of our way of life. Here we find the true values and the yardstick by which to measure technology.
However, emotion is not technological, but essentially human. And this would not be possible without Riccardo's eyes and thoughts. Interacting with technology, his hands have been able to give a shape to emotion that enables them to communicate it.
We could not have found more fascinating evidence of this symbiosis between emotion, communication and digital technologies.