This paper discusses the possibility of representing research activity as a narrative path starting from an experimentation field. The aim is to test and verify connections between social space and the construction of images of the world through the building and perception of specific language in the narrative dimension of research. The field work we present has been carried out as an installation art in Borromini’s Crypt in Rome, and is the example of rendering the story-dimension of research through a medium, a narrative technology in constant progress and evolution. In this way research activity can be presented as ascent and descent, as a mix of light and darkness, in multiple symbolic ways and different values. The Research and Inhabited Image Project (RIA) is in this dimension conceived as a story of stories, not as a research communication work.

Author/Artist Bio

Sveva Avveduto, is research director of the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the Italian National Research Council. Her main research interests concern science and education policy and are focused on studies on higher education and research and particularly on human resources for science and technology, gender issues, science and society, new media and social aspects of technology. She is the Head of the CNR Research Unit on Human Resources and Knowledge Society. She is an Italian delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD), Paris, for the activities stemming from the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy. She has worked and is currently working, in the several European projects and Networks funded by the European Commission as chief scientist at Italian level. She has been a professor at the Graduate School ‘Socialtrends’ of the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. She has taught at the Master on Science, Technology and Innovation at the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione in Rome and Bologna. She is the author of many books and articles.

Fabio Fornasari is an architect and artist who carries out activities dealing with projects that place the ‘displaying’ and ‘telling’ at the center of the work on ‘museological’ or museum installations and exhibition projects. He participates in cross-media projects studying the role of images in human culture in a continuous relationship between art and science. He made the Nineteenth Century Museum- Modern Art Gallery (2006) in Via Palestro - Milan, the Museum of the Twentieth Century (2010) in Milan, at the Arengario, the Caracalla Museum in Rome and several exhibitions i.e. on the Emperor Augustus at Scuderie del Quirinale. He has been a professor at NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts - Milan and at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Urbino "Carlo Bo". He has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.

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