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The Museo Omero Exhibition at Cerná Hora, Moravia, is a foretaste of the main show in Prague

The “Umano Divino” project

The Italian Embassy in Prague, the Museo Omero, the Italian Cultural Institute.

The Municipal Library, Cerná Hora: 27 September – 26 October 2008.

Set in the historic heartland of Moravia, Cerná Hora welcomes the “Human Divine” exhibition which was inaugurated in the Municipal Library on Saturday 27 September, and looks forward to the Prague show.
This exhibition was proposed and organized by Fabio Pigliapoco of the Italian Embassy in Prague, the Italian Cultural Institute, Prague, and Roberto Farroni, director of the Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona.

Cerná Hora is a traditional, friendly, typical mountain town, home of the oldest ‘real-beer’ brewery in the Czech Republic, the “Pivovar Cerna Hora” founded in 1298 and managed by Jiri Fusek. The past here is interwoven with a lively dynamic present.
Mr Fusek is also president of the European Non-industrial Brewery Circuit and has promoted numerous cultural events relating to the cinema, in his town. He visited the Museo Omero last summer, and was very impressed with the unique idea behind our slogan “Toccare l´arte con noi si può”(roughly You can touch art with us).

It was during his first meeting with Roberto Farroni that the idea of including Cerná Hora in the Museo Omero exhibition arose, and it was decided that hold it over the last weekend in September during the annual cultural Festival. The Cerná Hora exhibition, curated by Massimo Di Matteo, architect, includes a wide selection of works (copies and originals) from the Museo Omero: from the “Poseidon of Cape Artemisio” to the model of the Parthenon, from the Renaissance “San Pietro” and “Rondanini” Pietàs by Michelangelo to the contemporary sculpture “Della Santa natura il Santo” by Vittorio Morelli. These works are accompanied by several fascinating works by Felice Tagliaferri, an internationally known non-sighted sculptor. His hands are guided by an incredible tactile ability and have created such unforgettable characters as “La nonna del sud” and “La donna nel vento” in clay and marble.
The show was created in collaboration with iGuzzini Illuminazione and the SONS (a Czech association corresponding to the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially-sighted), with the support of Unipol and Lucesole Trasporti.
All the works on show can be touched and explored by hand. They are also accompanied by Braille panels and audio guides.

Present at the official opening ceremony on Saturday 27 September were: The Italian Ambassador in Prague, Fabio Pigliapoco; RobertoFarroni accompanied by a delegation from the Museo Omero (Aldo Grassini, Daniela Bottegoni, Annalisa Trasatti); Massimo Di Matteo, exhibition curator; Felice Tagliaferri, sculptor; Jirí Fusek of the Cerna Hora brewery; Umberto Rinaldi, director of The Italian Cultural Institute, Prague.
This cultural event enjoys the support and patronage of the President of the Marches Regional Council, and the patronage of the Province of Ancona and Ancona Municipal Council.
“Umano Divino” is a project which culminates in the large exhibition in Prague which will run from mid November.

Bright Ubuntu, a barrier-free open source operative system

Logo of the Project

The non- and partially- sighted will be able to enjoy free, easy access to the computer and all its programmes thanks to a system which is equipped with a voice synthesizer and magnifying glass.

Presented in a press conference on Monday 14 July, the “Bright Ubuntu, a barrier-free Open-Source Operative system” project aims to create and promote a free, user-friendly operative system for the non-sighted as well as for other types of disabled user.

The idea
Mirko Montecchiani, head of the Youth Section of the Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti Marche had the original idea. Maurizio Mazzieri, a volunteer working with that association provided invaluable help, as did the Rotary Club of Ancona.
Mirko, who loves travelling and art, is very aware of the difficulties inherent in integrating the blind into society. He has managed nevertheless to involve the staff of the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Gestionale e dell’Automazioni (DIIGA) of the Università Politecnica delle Marche, headed by Prof. Luca Spalazzi as well as the Director of the Museo Tattile Statale Omero of Ancona, Roberto Farroni.

An open-source operative system which is also free, designed for the non-and partially- sighted.

The Bright Ubuntu operative system will be created by the DIIGA staff by customizing the existing Ubuntu open source system, so as to render it Bright, that is functional for the non- and partially- sighted by equipping it with the necessary software and eliminating the superfluous.
The logo, which is the ufficial Ubuntu logo created by Emeline Moreau, sums up the project’s aim of overcoming the Digital Divide. It represents three children, one of whom is holding a white stick, hugging each other. Each child has different coloured eyes: blue, brown, green.


It is precisely this basic idea that set the project entirely within the Cohabitat – Asse Human bit – guidelines thus enabling it to receive a substantial contribution from the Provincia di Ancona towards its creation. At the press conference, Carlo Maria Pesaresi, Chairperson of the Cultural Department, was pleased to point out the relevance and innovative nature of this project which blends technology with culture.

The community and the network

The system can be downloaded free of charge from a specially created internet site, which includes a forum for exchanging opinions as well as on-line support (similar to the Wiki encyclopedia) which explains how to install and use the system.
When the University finishes their part of the work, the Museo Omero staff, together with a group from the Unione Italiana Ciechi, will evaluate and test the system.

The Museo Omero’s multimedia point

A multimedia point featuring Bright Ubuntu will also be set up at the reception area in the Museo Omero so that visually handicapped visitors can access all the information, simply, directly and without help.
It will also be possible to download the operative system, with all the useful links and references, from the Museo Omero internet site .

The final event

The project, which began in May will finish 25 October with a special day where Bright Ubuntu will be presented, promoted and distributed.