Interfacce popolari (Folk Interfaces) is an open source collection of experiments investigating the utensils of southern peasant culture that global and hyper-technological modernity has stripped of any interaction metaphor and conceptual model. By digitising the tools of folk tradition with an apparatus of microcontrollers, sensors and software applications that manipulate the data produced, the research aims to preserve the mimic memory contained within them and theorise new paradigms of interaction.
Handing down is open source
The process of rebirth in the form of tangible interfaces creates a bridge between the abyss of the oldest traditions and the vanguard of innovation. Each artefact becomes a poetic conduit to new reflections on preservation and modernity, to be matured within an extended open source laboratory within rural communities that preciously protect the memory of the past and continue to hand it down.