Working hard for the talking models!

Working hard for the talking models!

BRIEF UNESCO4ALL uses technology for an inclusive cultural tourism, but technology needs the knowledge of experts on cultural heritage:
let’s discover what is happening behind the scene of our project!

EU UNESCO4ALL TOUR project aims at enabling blind and visual impaired people to have a fuller experience of cultural heritage. How? A part of the answer is: «Thanks to technological tools provide by Tooteko!». In fact, our innovative system allows cultural heritage to speak: sensors and one special ring communicate with user’s smartphone through a dedicated app.

But… that is not enough. Technology need to be fed by the knowledge of experts : our tools can communicate only if someone knows, what that cathedral or that statue are. And that is what we are doing, nurturing our innovative machines by the reputated expertise of our curators.

Our project focuses on 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Alhambra Palace (Spain), the Rila Monastery (Bulgaria), the Cathedral St James (Croatia), the Basilica of Aquileia (Italy). In this moment, we are engaged in the selection of the subjects, i.e. deciding which audio informations will enrich the tactile exploration of our models.

For each site, the set-up will be made of 3 boards: 1) general location through the plant 2) focus on a detail 3) close-up of the detail.

Let’s discover the plan of our very special explorations!
Cathedral of Aquileia :

1) Map of the Basilica complex including the bell tower and baptistery;

2) Focus on the peacock mosaic (itself a symbol of the resurrection);

3) Peacock mosaic: close-up of the mosaic.

Let’s zoom on the mosaic:

Our experts inform us that peacocks often appear in early Christian art as a symbol of the Resurrection and Eternal Life. This information will be provided to users through audio device, together with other reliable contents.

Alhambra Palace :

1) The lions’ patio;

2) The zoom on the fountain;

3) Focus on the lions in 3D.

Here let’s focus on our lion:

“Some research suggests that the 11th century lions of the Lion Fountain came from the house of the Jewish vizier Yusuf ibn Nagrela (d. 1066)”, we’re informed. Good to know also for our technology!
Cathedral St. James in Sibenik :

1) The plan of the church;

2) Focus on the door of the Lions;

3) Detail of the statues of Adam and Eve.

Let’s have a look at the plan of the church:

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The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik is a Renaissance style architecture. But users will learn much more about that, with the audio contents realized thanks to our Croatian curators.

Rila Monastery :

1) The general plan of the monastery;

2) The façade of the church;

3) An element of the cycle of frescoes.

Here is a detail of the frescoes:

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Completed in 1846, the frescoes are the work of the famous Bulgarian muralist Zahari Zograf and his brother, the icon artist Dimitar Zograf. Here a detail, which audio contents will help to put in context.

EU UNESCO4ALL TOUR is working hard for the talking models, and soon people will hear evidence of that!

Contact us via:

Marika Mazzi Boém – Coordinator (partnership and info)
Senior Project Manager – X23 Srl

Elia Vlachou – Communication Manager

Fabio D’Agnano – WP4L (Tooteko Ring and Technology info)
Team Leader – Tooteko Srl


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