Sottsass Virtual Exhibitor is a project started in 2016 and still ongoing thanks to a collaboration between CSAC -Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione of the University of Parma and VisitLab -Visual Information Technology Lab-CINECA, with the contribution of Emilia Romagna Region and Parma Municipality.
The main goal of the project is the valorization of visual and design archives through a multiplicity of actions: study of design history through the archives, cataloguing and digitization of archival funds, valorization and dissemination through exhibition activities and digital environments.
In 2016 CSAC launched its triennial research projects focused on the study and valorisation of a selection of funds and collections. The Ettore Sottsass jr. was one of the selected funds, because of its relevance: more than 14.000 drawings, images, maquettes, objects and documents donated in 1979 by the author, and not yet catalogued online. In the same year started a PhD Research project titled Memory and archive in motion, financed by Emilia Romagna Region, as part of the broader project Computing, Culture and Society: percorsi di studio e formazione nell’epoca dell’umanesimo digitale, coordinated by the University of Bologna. The focus of Memory and archive in motion was the reactivation of the archival ‘treasury’ related to Ettore Sottsass, preserved by CSAC of the University of Parma, through an exhibition (Ettore Sottsass. Oltre il design, 2017, CSAC, Parma) and a digital ‘environment’, realized with the collaboration of VisitLab Cineca.
Accessibility, Narratives and Digital Archives are the keywords of the project, focused on the enhancement of cultural heritage, tangible and intangible, such as the design archives, thanks to the design and sharing of knowledge production centered on research, cataloguing, digitizing and design of digital environments.