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Thursday, 3 November 2016

stories of the street - part I - Berlin 1989-1998

I have always loved to travel.
Both in my personal & professional life I have the luck to often move, to meet people, to smell new odors, to taste unknown aromas & flavors, to find my curiosity at every street corner. I have always been fascinated by what the stories of the streets, by the signs that history leaves on its skin. Since I ever remember, I started to take pictures of the skin of the world, as I like to think.

Two things happened in 2015 that lead me to plunge back into old pictures &memories of the Berlin's zeitgeist. On the one hand, the talk with my friend & writer Fabio Geda, who was & still is writing "Berlin", a beautiful series of books for boys/girls (but not only for them). At about the same period, it came the idea which I then shaped & transformed into the project "i Dig Stories" on the digital storytelling. These two events led me to meddle with old photographs. It was a moment to have the idea to turn them into short videos to share an emotional state, together with the historical & visual memory.
With such a prologue, I deliberately started by sharing "my" Berlin, a city which is always spectacular, I experienced just after the fall of the wall in the early 90s. 
As we can say, opportunity are there to happen, to make history, & change history.

"Stories of street" is a series of videos that I will edit in the coming months.
The first part is dedicated to Berlin, the city where I lived in the decade from 1989 to 1998. I choose not to have any spoken narration, as I want the video to be an emotional tribute to the history of those years; to the change; to the curiosity for life; to the people I met, who opened up & changed my way of seeing things; to the city where everything is possible.
The video is available here:

A couple of suggestions:



  • "Berlin" is a series of book written by Fabio Geda & Marco Magnone, telling the story of a Berlin without adults & with no rules, where heroes are the girls & boys divided by gangs, who fight & ally, hate & love, in the continuing struggle for survival. In addition to books, the site berlin-libro offer many extras: the diaries of the leading characters; the publications of the "SO36", a newspaper introducing to city-life of in the 70; maps of the city, to know the places in which they develop the characters' stories. I absolutely recommend to read these books to all: to kids, & to the kid-part who sit somewhere in the adults.
  • the project "the Dig Stories - stories educational learning facilities" keeps on with its activities & publication of the methodological guide Digital
    storytelling (available in English both for online consultation as a free download). In last months, the experiential workshops were completed in the different Eu countries involved in the project; the video that were produced during these workshops will soon be available online. Finally, during the recent project meeting in La Spezia, it was planned & built the framework for the forthcoming publication of the toolkit on digital storytelling

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