Post-ALphabetic Interactive Museum using Participatory, Space-Embedded, Story-Telling


The PALIMPSEST project is a public urban space proposal that embeds digital technologies in physical space, in order to enhance our relation to cultural heritage; revive past and lost instances of the public space and provide a playful and yet meaningful experience of the renovated and hybrid, public urban space. PALIMPSEST proposes the creation of an animated, open-air, city museum constructed into an augmented condition. It emplaces digital cultural assets collected through crowdsourcing, in the city’s open space, eluding alternation between digital and physical and opting for combination and hybridization. It proposes an urban intervention that combines the analogue with the virtual space through a sequence of overlapping layers configured by urban and mainly transparent, interactive and responsive, art installations.

The PALIMPSEST project was presented as a research project to a European Commission call for Reflective societies: cultural heritage and European identities, in May 2015, from a Consortium with numerous investigators and professionals from different fields. The coordination of the project was assigned to Athena RC (Coordinator of the project: Polyxeni Mantzou); and the Consortium was composed by: ETSAM, Superior Technical School of Architecture, UPM, Spain; Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; New technologies Laboratory, Faculty of Communication & Media studies, School of Economics and Political sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities), Plymouth University, United Kingdom; Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal; TWT GmbH Science & Innovation, Germany; Faculty of Fine Arts, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. The proposal has not been selected for financing.