L’Encyclopedie

CustomerDe Agostini Multimedia – Club d’Investissement Media
SubjectMusic, Science/Technology
PurposeConsult/ Resource, Educational
Year1996
FormatCD ROM

Entire corpus of the planches of the Encyclopédie by Diderot and Alembert on CD-Rom. The work consists of two principal, interconnected sections: a collection of the planches, the precise, indexed collection of all the plates, and a gallery of the era, an area of easy access to the work with animated contextualization of the content of the plates. The colour images have been obtained from an original copy of the Encyclopédie using a sophisticated digitalization system, using cold light in order not to damage the books. Music from the time of the Encyclopédie (six of the selected excerpts were actually composed by musicians close to the Encyclopaedists), specially recorded by the ‘Il Ruggiero’ instrumental group using period instruments, has been chosen as the soundtrack for the pictures. The design for Newton’s cenotaph by Etienne Louis Boullée, the architect of the circle of Encyclopaedists, and a truly emblematic monument to reason, has been chosen as a powerful symbol for the CD-Rom interface. Newton’s cenotaph has been reconstructed in 3D from the original drawings by Boullée preserved in the National Library in Paris.

 

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PREMIO MÖBIUS MULTIMEDIA Lugano 1997

Finalist, Lugano 1997

‘Flinging these beautiful tables gives us the sense of what the Illuminism was. Fixed in its beautiful paintings the work of anonymous artisans is added as the winning formula of happiness and social progress’, Panorama, ‘The illuminism become electronic. The Encyclopédie on disk’, Franco Brevini, 09.01.1997

Presentation at the Institut of French Culture in Naples, 1997

Presentation at Simposium ‘L’opera d’Arte nell’epoca digitale – conservazione e divulgazione dei Beni Culturali Invisibili’, Future Show, Bologna 1996