Rediscovering an ancient fortress in an Italian medieval town through a permanent video installation
The Culture Ministry of the city of Perugia asked Daring House to develop an immersive video installation capable of attracting visitors to the hidden rooms of the Rocca Paolina historical building.
A forgotten secret
As many other European towns, Perugia has gone through industrialization with peculiar effects of urban planning on the traditional structure of the city.
For some strange reasons, the historical “Rocca Paolina” fortress had ended up being a mere passage structure between a large parking and the high-town, as Perugia is located on a hilltop.
The efforts of the City Council have been aimed at assigning a new role to the Rocca, starting with the installation of a massive sculpture by Alberto Burri, il “Grande Nero”, in 2015
An immersive experience
The goal of the installation was to portrait the story of the Renaissance in Perugia through a mix of emotion and information
Renaissance was brought to Perugia by a noble outcast named Braccio da Montone, who had left the town years before due to power struggles between the most powerful families in the area.
Braccio conquered the city by force and soon invited artists from all over Italy to let Perugia embrace the new era: a time of wealth and development.
The “Perugia Folgora” video installation succeeded at attracting visitors at the Rocca Paolina, with the work being displayed every and a relevant press response. The City of Perugia is currently working with Daring House for additional installations of this kind.
“Perugia Folgora” is an immersive video installation created by Daring House on a concept by Stefano Casertano and Monica Manganelli.
VFX & Animation: Antonio Padovani
Sound effects: De Falcon Studio – Berlin
The video is permanently visible at the Sala del Caminetto, Rocca Paolina
Opening hours 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
It sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and very neatly and simply arranged; the only difficulty was, that she had not the smallest idea how to set about it; and while she was peering about anxiously among the trees, a little sharp bark just over her head made her look up in a great hurry.
- Corriere dell’Umbria – “La Magia della storia di Perugia in un filmato”
- Quotidiano dell’Umbria – “Perugia Folgora, alla Rocca Paolina una spettacolare video installazione”
- Umbria 24 – “Tuffati nel Medioevo perugino: video immersione nella Perugia del tempo”
- Piacere Magazine – “Un viaggio fantasy tra innovazione e tradizione”