Academic Research

The Granaries of Memory

The “Granaries of Memory” project is an ambitious scientific and didactic plan whose aim is to collect and re-tell the memories of the world into videos through a complex multimedia archive.

SCIENTIFIC MANAGER: Carlo Petrini, Piercarlo Grimaldi, Davide Porporato

OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Gianpaolo Fassino

PARTNERSHIP: Slow Food Italia (Italy)

WEBSITE: www.granaidellamemoria.it

 

Description

The “Granaries of Memory” project is an ambitious scientific and didactic plan whose aim is to collect and re-tell the memories of the world into videos through a complex multimedia archive. The collected interviews reshape tiny universes that are disappearing through the testimonies of farmers, builders, artisans, entrepreneurs, partisans etc. Seeing this footage we encounter memoirs of reality, of universes that often can’t speak for themselves. Memoirs intended not only as a memento of the past, but as an instrument to re-think and re-shape the future.

The definition “Granaries of Memory” is rooted in the farming world: the store house created after a year of agrarian work, a pantry of first necessity goods to face the long winter time, during which the earth is sterile and doesn’t bear any fruit. The idea for this metaphor was implicitly suggested by Marguerite Yourcenar when in Memoirs of Hadrian she writes the old emperor saying: “Founding libraries is like building public barns, like stashing supplies against a winter of the soul that many clues, unfortunately, suggest is on the way”. The “Granaries of Memory” archive represents a new and fascinating historical-anthropological reading of the world’s knowledge.

 

Publications

FASSINO Gianpaolo, I Granai della memoria: dal Progetto al Laboratorio, in I documenti sonori. Voce, suono, musica in archivi e raccolte, Torino, Regione Piemonte, in corso di stampa.

FASSINO Gianpaolo – PORPORATO Davide, I ‘Granai della memoria’: un’esperienza di patrimonializzazione del territorio tra ricerca e didattica, in Per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale della Campania. Il contributo degli studi medio- e neo-latini, a cura di Giuseppe Germano, Napoli, Paolo Loffredo – Iniziative Editoriali, 2016, pp. 179-193.

GRIMALDI Piercarlo – PORPORATO Davide, Granai della memoria. Manuale di umanità 2.0, Pollenzo-Bra, Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche, 2012.

GRIMALDI Piercarlo – PORPORATO Davide, Granai della memoria, in Organismi. Dall’Art Nouveau di Emile Gallé alla Bioarchitettura. Catalogo della mostra (GAM-Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, 4 maggio-6 novembre 2016), Milano, Skira, 2016, pp. 234-235.

GRIMALDI Piercarlo, I gesti e le parole del mondo, “Slow Food”, n. 55 (2012), pp. 172-174.

PETRINI Carlo, Cibo e libertà. Slow Food: storie di gastronomia per la liberazione, Firenze-Milano-Bra, Giunti-Slow Food, 2013.