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SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2021: reservations for "LIBRA: una storia futura" are open

20 August 2021

Leggi qui la versione in italiano (The show will be held in Italian)

In the near future, when the night sky is blighted by internet satellites, middle manager Virgil makes a disturbing discovery: the ads he’s running for the satellites company hide a mysterious pattern that might be responsible for the pandemic of compulsive shopping his wife is also suffering from. Will the help of a teenager and AI be enough to solve the riddle? 

From 8 to 12 September, the Miramare Castle in Trieste and the Fortress of Gradisca will be transformed into exceptional videomapping sets with "LIBRA: una storia futura". "LIBRA: una storia futura" is born from the collaboration between SISSA astrophysicist Roberto Trotta and the director Gigi Funcis. Thanks to holograms, visual effects, artificial intelligence and actors, the show brings together theater and astronomy, science and fiction, questions on the present and reflections on the future. LIBRA's exceptional guests will be Carlo Rovelli, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, and the archaeo-astronomer Ed Krupp... in very special video appearances. 

LIBRA is organized by SISSA as part of the fifth edition of the SISSA Summer Festival, in collaboration with the Museo Storico e il Parco del Castello di Miramare and the Italian Ministry of Culture, with the patronage of Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Associazione Science IndustriesComune di Duino Aurisina, GAL Carso, Imperial College London, together with Invisible Cities, Dispar Pixels, Delta Process, SISSA Medialab, Vitamina T are also part of the project. The event is a pre event of Sharper - Notte Europea dei Ricercatori, Trieste.

LIBRA's dates

"LIBRA - multimedia theatre": 8 September 2021, 9.00 pm - Castello di Miramare (Ts); free entrance, Mandatory reservation  at this link

"LIBRA  - multimedia theatre": 9 September 2021, 9.00 pm - Castello di Miramare (Ts); free entrance, mandatory reservation at this link

“LIBRA - behind the scenes” - A science&art conference - 10 September, 9.00 pm – Sistiana Infopoint (Ts); free entrance, mandatory reservation at this link;

"LIBRA  - multimedia theatre" 12 September, 9.30 pm - Fortezza di Gradisca (Go); Info and booking at this link: Festival Invisibile Cities

At the end of the shows Science Industries Association will present an observation of the night sky.

To attend the events, the Green pass is required.

LIBRA's credits

Story by Roberto Trotta, Gigi Funcis; screenplay by Gigi Funcis, Giulia Corallo; review by Roberto Trotta, Lorenzo Acquaviva; actors: Lorenzo Acquaviva, Lucrezia Fantini, Davide Rossi; holograms and AI by Gigi Funcis; techical consultant for the holograms by Federico Petrei (Deltaprocess); costumes by Giulia Coralla; scenic design by Gigi Funcis, Giulia Corallo; photography by Diego Fantoma; actors in the videos: Luciano Roman, Igor Horvat, Davide Dolores, Giuseppe Di Simone, Paolo Fagiolo, Marta Dalla Via, Lorenzo Zuffi, Anna Zago, Lucia Dalle Carbonare; extras in the videos: Roberto Trotta, Alice Padoan, Fabio Cinti, Nora Bentivoglio, Alessio Crivellato, Daniela Comparin, Simone Mari, Daniele Rigon; with the friendly participation of Carlo Rovelli, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Ed Krupp; videos by Fantomatic Agency, Dispar Pixels, Gigi Funcis, Daniel Bertacche, Emanuele Polga, Igor Horvat, Giuseppe Di Simone; boom operator: Alessio Crivellato; production and pre-editing by Giulia Corallo, Gigi Funcis, postproduction&CGI: Gigi Funcis; music by: Eterea Post Bong Band, Gigi Funcis; sound design by Gigi Funcis; head of the project: Roberto Trotta; production manager: Gigi Funcis; Production assistant: Giulia Corallo; SISSA administration manager: Alice Padoan

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LIBRA is a pre-event show of the Notte Europea dei Ricercatori SHARPER Trieste


Sharper is funded by Europen Commission  for the 2021 European Researchers' Night - Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. GA 101036106