For the final presentation of my artistic research for 'Scipio's Dream' in Rome, I will be re-recreating through augmented reality the first flight in history over ancient Rome, in the Parco Archeologico di Centocelle, a section of the Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica. The original flight was demonstrated by the Wright Brothers on the 15 April 1909 at the Parco di Centocelle and it was documented as the first aerial footage in history. For the presentation in Rome, I will be using archive video material of the 1909 flight provided by the Italian Military Aviation to recreate the experience of the flight by matching the original landmarks shown in the B/W archive footage with the landmarks in the landscape of the Parco di Centocelle. The augmented reality simulation will thus take the visitors attending the 'Exploded View' exhibition to the Parco di Centocelle where they will be able to experience the flight virtually. For the exhibition at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam in April-May 2020 I will be using the 1909 B/W aerial footage of the Wright Brothers' flight, combined with other archive video material of the Earth seen from Space, filmed by early satellites from the 1960s to the 1990s. The aerial footage will be also combined with visual poetry created in collaboration with artist and researcher Nicolas Vermeulin and based on the text of 'Somnium Scipionis' by Cicero. The last stage of the project will take place after the conclusion of 'Exploded View' in 2021 and will recreate the actual flight by the Wright Brothers, using a replica of the original plane used in 1909, the 'Flyer', built especially for 'Scipio's Dream' and taking off from the runaway still crossing the Parco di Centocelle. The flight will record once again the same view filmed in 1909, with the archeological sites surrounding the Parco di Centocelle against the backdrop of the wings of the Flyer, thorugh a poetic association between past and future.
Daniela de Paulis works together with Daniela Alcadia, urbanist and researcher at the Università Roma Tre, Rome.