This is the first crowdfunded campaign to be set up by the Italian Cinema Foundation['la Fondazione Cineteca Italiana'], and is aimed at the creation of a comprehensive digital catalogue of the works of Antonia Pozzi. It will take advantage of the latest techniques and technologies to present the authentic voice of a poet and intellectual, based on her entire output including published and unpublished works of poetry, prose, private correspondence, photographs and video.
“This project for a catalogue of the work of Antonia Pozzi – says Matteo Pavesi, director of the Italian Cinema Foundation – was inspired by our conviction that younger generations should have a chance to experience the profound sensitivity of Antonio Pozzi through her own eyes. The catalogue is based on the exhibition: 'Sopra il nudo cuore. Fotografie e film di Antonia Pozzi'['The naked heart. Photographs and films by Antonia Pozzi'] which, for all its importance, is nonetheless limited in its physical, geographical, and temporal scope. The comprehensive digital catalogue, on the other hand, offers universal and unlimited access to its contents and is able to reach a wide-ranging public that encompasses younger generations who are more familiar with web-based information. The material contained in the digital catalogue, which in many cases will be seen here for the first time, will be presented in an interactive style, making it possible for the user to establish a unique and personal relationship with Pozzi and her output. Part of this project's importance is in its ability to provoke an emotional response arising from a comparison between Pozzi's poetry and her day to day life, with its existential trials, as documented by her photos, films, and philosophical reflections. Experiencing at first hand the genesis of a poem can stimulate an enhanced emotional response, along with a sense of having established a personal rather than intellectual relationship with the author. It can at the same time form the basis upon which to build a passion for poetry in general”.
Antonia Pozzi (Milan, 1912-1938) was a central figure in twentieth century Italy. Her humanity, her personal difficulties, her philosophical training, and cultural and social interests, together with her friendships and passion for mountaineering and photography became subject matter for her poetry, prose and photography, constituting something of a social and existential seismograph.
Below a masterpiece made by the artists of Studio H-57.
The crowdfunding campaign
Crowdfunding will allow us to set up the server and the digital framework, and to digitalize unpublished photographs and videos from Antonia Pozzi's collection. All of the original material has recently been restored for the exhibition: "Sopra il nudo cuore. Fotografie e film di Antonia Pozzi". Thanks to the digital catalogue, it will be possible to freely explore the entire content of the exhibition, and it will be available to everybody and forever. For this reason we believed it was important to give her admirers the chance to gain access to a virtual catalogue that would enable them to consult her entire output. Crowdfunding seemed to be the ideal method with which to achieve these aims.
The Italian Cinema Foundation
La Cineteca Italiana was founded in Milan in 1947, and since then it has carried out activities aimed at the conservation and appreciation of Italy's cinematic heritage as well as the promotion of Italian cinema at home and abroad; its activities include film restoration and the management of the Spazio Oberdan exhibition space and the Interactive Museum of Cinema['IL Museo Interattivo del Cinema'], one of the most important museums of its kind in Italy, with photographic archives and collections of original film scripts, books, and magazines, along with computer stations where visitors can try their hand at film editing. This last project has been praised in the international press as an example of the public interest that can be achieved by a marriage between technology and serious science. The Cineteca also organizes educational activities and themed exhibitions and events (like the festival: 'Italian Cinema as seen from Milan'), and publishes 'i Quaderni Fondazione Cineteca Italiana'and other volumes.
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Fondazione Cineteca Italiana
La Cineteca Italiana was founded in Milan in 1947, and since then it has carried out activities aimed at the conservation and appreciation of Italy's cinematic heritage as well as the promotion of Italian cinema at home and abroad; its activities include film restoration and the management of the Spazio Oberdan exhibition space and the Interactive Museum of Cinema [IL Museo Interattivo del Cinema].