Discovering the Vaso Re (the R Duct)…, that guiding thread between water and fire

The renewed interest in the historical value of the Vaso R (the R Duct), which has seen the local authorities undertake in recent years the acquisition of some productive factories in order to turn them into museums and public buildings and the creation of the didactive route that runs across the course of the pipe as a museum element widespread on the municipal territory of Bienno, represent a new attitude of preservation and improvement of the handicrafts, of which is necessary to rediscover the importance also through the description of their evolution stages.
In this sense has to be interpreted the preservation project, that even if it affects a limited number of points it wants to offer itself as the representation of the renewed interest in an infrastructure of a similar value.

We are convinced that a preservation project, although it is accurate and involved in strategies, it is not sufficient by itself to guarantee the active persistence of a system, that has largely lost its primary productive function, except in unusual events of habitual permanency, without being able to start a profound process of use and collective enjoyment (tourist-didactive), as essential has been rediscovered the active museum system, in which there is to be reflected the identity of its own inhabitants.
In other words, it is necessary to develop a new system of exact microinterventions in the level of detail, able to reactivate the popular imagery of the community that through these new minimal but significant presences, considered as allusive and memorial desirable surplus, can support the authenticity of the system, on which attention is drawn.
That is to say, that with a double targeted operation (the preservation project of the existent and the project of the new that is intended to join the first), through the mutual confrontation, could enhance the features that characterize the territorial resource.
The new events, that have been proposed to be achieved, have been conceived as small exemplary “windows” open to the history, aimed to give rise to new folk tales able to stimulate the active rediscovery of the local traditions.
These are small new narrative inserts of material culture that intend to involve conceptually and emotionally with the old always new audience. There have been identified twelve “stations” of a loving route, each of them dedicated to the commemoration of as many ephocal seasons through which the history of Bienno has passed.
Like the Duke of Auge in “The Blue Flowers” by Raymond Queneau, the visitor who covers the Vaso R (the R Duct) going up from the valley to its “sources”, is ideally cast for next steps backwards ( rebours), in the long times of its history itself until the far and mythical prehistory of the ancient inhabitants of the Camonica Valley.
Marco Dezzi Bardeschi

1st Station – The intervention of reclamation and development (today)
2nd Station – The productive abandonment (the early postwar period)
3rd Station – The rearrengement of the Vaso R (the R Duct) (the early twentieth century)
4rth Station – The collapse of alpine economy: the emigration (the nineteenth century)
5th Station – The important emergent families (from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century)
6th Station – A period of a great political transformation (from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century)
7th Station – The new protagonists in the Carolingian period: the monks of Tours (774AD)
8th Station – The barbarian invasions and the domination of the Longobards (568 - 774AD)
9th Station – The development of the rhaetian civilization (16 - 568AD)
10th Station – The Rhaetian civilization (850BC - 16AD)
11th Station – The birth of the first villages (2800 – 850BC)
12th Station – The presettlement (until 8000BC)

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