ENIGMA HELVETIA tells its story

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Job # 7606 ENIGMA HELVETIA tells its story

Posted Date
May 14, 2008 @ 17:03
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May 19, 2008
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Job Description

A storytelling application for an exhibition now on-going in a museum in Lugano: Enigma Helvetia. The application will be available online.

The voice tone should be narrative, descriptive.

Important information about output:
- The narrative is made of a sequence of stories. Each story in the sequence should be saved separately in mp3 format and named after the name of the story (1, 1.1, 1.2, ...), with 128 kbps Sampling Rate & , 44 kHz frequency
- no musical background
- the file name, the name of the story, should NOT be read; ONLY the story contents should be read.

Thank you!

Please find a portion of the script below for audition purposes. Full script available in attachment.

1. “Enigma Helvetia”: the exhibition

‘Enigma Helvetia’ (created in Lugano, Ticino, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland) seeks to unravel the inherent contradiction between reassuring stereotypes about the everyday life of the Swiss and their artistic creations, often surprisingly anguished.
A contrast, therefore, underpins the exhibition, organised jointly by the Cantonal Art Museum and the Villa Malpensata Museum of Modern Art, two prestigious cultural institutions of the City of Lugano. This partnership is emblematic of the emerging Cultural Pole.
The multidisciplinary team of curators (from art historians to anthropologists) have put together a show that is original in conception and even startling for its ability to match up expressions of high art with objects from everyday life.

1.1 Enigma Helvetia and its contents

Enigma Helvetia is first of all an art show, with paintings, sculptures, installations, etc. But it isn’t solely an art show. It also provides an analysis of the history, identity, and above all the everyday life of the Swiss. Therefore it puts on show objects and installations that denote some of the salient (perhaps stereotyped) features of Swiss culture: accuracy, cleanliness, conscientiousness, and so forth. Yet, these soothing features (components of the Swiss myth and its legend) clash quite strongly with some dark expressions of Swiss artistic production.
The conflict between uplifting stereotypes and Swiss art underpins the whole exhibition.

About the Client

TEC-Lab (Technology Enhanced Communication Laboratory) is a research lab within the Faculty of Communication Sciences of USI, the University of Lugano (Switzerland).

The main focus of the laboratory is to interface technical and humanistic research in the field of new technologies for communication. In particular, TEC-Lab stresses the role of the users themselves, not considered as the periphery of a system, but as the centre and goal of every communication effort.

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