The Researchers' Night of Ca’ Foscari University opens the doors to the public with a brand new format. Thanks to the direction of Science Gallery Venice, the strong interactive character of research installations, all shaped on the theme INVISIBLE and divided into four macro areas: worlds, dangers, forces and barriers. The transversal theme will bring to light aspects of research that do not reveal themselves to the senses but that are equally significant and have a strong impact on our lives, on society and on the planet.
The research installations presented investigate some crucial aspects of Ca’ Foscari Global Challenges, such as climate change, inter and multicultural relations, accessibility rights for the disabled, conservation of cultural heritage and complex systems.
A large number of artistic and cultural initiatives will be held during the opening evening. We will listen to stories of invisible citizens during LIFE IN WAITING, an event promoted by the Ca’ Foscari International Center for the Humanities and Social Change in collaboration with the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship of the US pavilion of the 2018 Architecture Biennale. We will host writers like Igiaba Scego and Alberto Toso Fei and associations that support minorities waiting to see their human rights recognized.
The old Ca’ Foscari palace will be animated, later on, by a Symphonic concert for database during which the database of three Ca’ Foscari researchers will play and light up the historic building. Then we will experiment an interactive dance performance for computer vision based on neural networks with which the public will be able to interact.
Thanks to the collaboration with INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) we will also host the interactive artwork Lead Angels 1.0 by Frederik De Wilde. The piece of art inaugurates the Art for Global Challenges cycle displaying an artistic approach to interdisciplinary research in the typical Science Gallery style.
The meeting between researchers and the public will last from the traditional night to a whole week, thus allowing visits by primary, secondary and high schools in the area. There will also be visits to the main Venetian museums by Marie Curie fellows and activities for children and families organized by Europe Direct of the Venice Municipality, to help children understand the importance of being and feeling European citizens.
During the opening institutional greetings Ca’ Foscari will also award the prize for research and the one related to the contest "Fly your idea with digital", organized by the Career Service within the LEI project. The same day the Arctic exhibition - Interactive journey to the North Pole organised by the CNR - National Researcg Council and the exhibition CYFEST - Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness will also be launched.