In autumn 2022Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters – the first long-term, contemporary art programme, established by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii – launches its first printed publication as well as a new yearly programme of Digital Fellowships, whose inaugural participants are seven international artists, designers, thinkers, and researchers: FormafantasmaAllison KatzMiao YingLegacy RussellAnri SalaRose Salane, and Sissel Tolaas. Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters was conceived in 2020 by Massimo Osanna (General Director of Italy’s National Museums) and Andrea Viliani (Director of the Museum of Civilizations, Rome), and since 2021 it has been overseen by Gabriel Zuchtriegel (General Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii). 

The programme is curated by Andrea Viliani and Stella Bottai with Caterina Avataneo. Project Management: Laura Mariano.  After the first two years of activities – focused on reconfiguring the archaeological site of Pompeii as a foundation for alternative forms of knowledge, forming through a multiplicity of functions, and studying and sharing the multiple cognitive potentials of Pompeii and the episteme of its “archaeological matters” – Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters is now developing a new step of its research platform launching Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters – Digital Fellowshipsa new yearly programme, facilitating artistic and curatorial research within Pompeii’s uniquely trans-temporal, multi-species, and deeply entangled context. The first and unique framework of this kind at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the Digital Fellowships promote and foster plural forms of engagementinterpretation and accessibility to Pompeian heritage and its multiple histories through the technological episteme of our time, as well as empower the transformability of matters, critically exploring what matters have become, or could become, within our digital epoch. 

Moreover, in autumn 2022 will be released the first printed publication edited by Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters and published by Silvana Editoriale. Conceived as both the culmination of and a further reflection upon Pompeii Commitment‘s foundational activities (December 2020–June 2022) on the digital research centre pompeiicommitment.org., this upcoming catalogue Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters: 2020-2022 brings together and celebrates the contributions of over sixty international artistscuratorswritersactivistsand archaeologists.

Archivi e Depositi del Parco Archeologico di Pompei © Giovanna Silva, Humboldt Books. Courtesy l’Artista


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