Curated by: Viviana Panaccia
From 16 May, the exhibition "Fragility and Beauty" will be back at the National Museum of Science and Technology - Taking the pulse of our planet from space ", promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), which will propose in a new setting the most recent images of the Earth taken by satellites. The exhibition, curated by Viviana Panaccia, aims to create a link between scientific research, space and public technology on the subject of climate change and sustainable development, their impact on terrestrial ecosystems and the consequences on the planet's future.
The increasingly precise vision of the satellites is the undisputed star of the exhibition. Through the new images, the visitor can embark on a journey that will lead him to explore the most extraordinary and remote places on Earth, and will be able to "touch" the most obvious and least known aspects relating to the environment and climate change.
The satellites, irreplaceable tools for the diagnosis of these changes, send us a cry of alarm about the fragility and vulnerability of our planet: frequent and increasingly extreme climatic phenomena, polar ice caps, melting temperatures and consequent drying up, lack of access to drinking water for many populations. The exhibition starts with an examination of the rapid growth of the world population and shows the regions and megalopolises in which in the coming years it will be more sustained. With the help of a touch table you can see in detail the impacts of the overcrowding of the planet on its ecosystems, both regarding the exploitation of natural resources (water, forests, agricultural land) and the release of waste and greenhouse gas emissions. It will be possible to know the state of the polar ice caps, the processes of melting ice and the state of the oceans. The exhibition itinerary concludes with a look at the contribution that satellites can make to achieving some of the main sustainable development objectives - SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the United Nations for 2030.
The exhibition uses images and multimedia installations of great suggestion and visual impact, which aim to emphasize the need for a change of course in human development processes, for sustainable growth that meets its needs without compromising the future of the new generations. A video installation, inspired by the television series "One Strange Rock" and signed by Darrel Aronofsky for National Geographic, will offer the opportunity to reflect on the future of our Planet.