The outbreak of Covid-19 in Italy brought some heavy government dispositions, and we entered a very special quarantine where we cannot go out unless we need to buy food, drinks, tobaccos, newspapers and medicines and only around our home. We can also, in the region of Rome, Latium, do sport but only around your home (only walking or running). How distant from your house you can go is highly discussed since nowhere official is written and some people can run 10/20 Km a day without effort. The police controlling and stopping people to verify where they are going suggested 300 m circa. Now these rules are no suggestions, we are controlled from morning to night also by helicopters and drones.
But this interest me only partially. What matter is this extreme quarantine which asks new questions and needs new doubts to find unexplored paths that bring us in the future, that give us back our dignity of human beings and the intellectual freedom we fight for.
That’s why I thought about going Virtual.
It’s a try but I like always to play hard in life.
It’s a risk but I’m fully taking it.
I have a background working in music (I studied also cinema history in University) and the soundtrack video of this project was my first thought. It took me one month to realize it: the first month of quarantine. I found an epic music, simple but effective, of a young composer (you can find the credits on the video). But the first problem I met was the shock I underwent. Because after you’re for 10 months in a year almost every day the
living voice of your city, of its history, of the ancient travelers and of the everyday life poetry, the separation from the very stones you were giving your voice to is a shock.
That’s also why it brings you in a virtual tour from the Tiberine Island, the only Island on the Tiber river and the very reason why Rome was grounded here, through some of the most famous historical hills and highlights and on the queen of the Ancient Roman Roads to my modern neighborhood and home. It’s like a connection between what was my everyday then and my everyday now but it’s also a future promise because from this new point of view we can get only new perspectives and perhaps reconquest the city in a deeper way.
This original soundtrack video is too long to accompany a virtual tour but I thought it was important to publish it fully at least one. I hope you like it too…