This Android application has been primarly developed for the painting exhibitions of Prof. Alberto Pelagalli, an Italian artist. I also used a different version of this work as the final project of the “Telematics Applications” course during my Master’s degree course in Computer Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II.
The app is designed as a client-server architecture and developed in
Java. It is composed by several parts, as shown in the sidebar, and is only in Italian language.
The gallery (Italian: Galleria) is the main functionality of the app. It represents the core of the multi-experiential visit at the painting exhibition: for each artwork, there is a song and a specific description associated to it, which aims to immerse the visitor in the picture.
The displayed example represents a flutist wearing a costume and the painting is titled “Spensieratezza” (i.e. lightheartedness). The associated song is “Hakuna Matata” by Elton John from “The Lion King” with the following description:
“Hakuna Matata” is a sentence in swahili language (the national language in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda) and it can be translated as “no worries”. Popularized by the famous Disney animated movie “The Lion King”, the hakuna matata philosophy invites us to forget the problems of the past and focus optimistically on the present. The proposed song is the version sung by Timon, Pumbaa and Simba; with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, it received an Oscar nomination for Best Song and is ranked 90th in the American Film Institute’s list of the best American film songs.
The critique functionality (Italian: Critica) includes comments to the painting exhibition written by three local representatives:
- Prof. Mario Luigi Luciani, the school manager of the institution where the first exhibition took places;
- Prof. Marialuisa Lancia, a journalist;
- Dr. Emanuela Patriarca, a poetess, historian and cinema critic.
In the consideration functionality (Italian: Riflessioni), there are thoughts written by the students of Prof. Alberto Pelagalli, one for each mood.