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P.E.L.P. ep. 5: Naming the first stones, lots of music, and teenage Mauro

While the preparation of the milestone event for our little participatory lithology exercise [1] is under way….

..music is flowing, both in the form of our Lithobags, and thanks to Pietro “Raman” Crivelli from Piloni (Southern Tuscany). Peter is sending us before sunset either a song or a painting (e does both), asking to republish them and spread around to wish the universe a good night (see this link). Then:

20.4.2007, Scalvaia (SI)

Monday 20:

Tuesday 21:

JBCM in Ludwigsburg, Germany (June 1, 2019)
  • The Jug Band Colline Metallifere published its first track on Bandcamp.com (see article).
  • The Jug Band Colline Metallifere was invited to do something at a May 1st celebration event. More details will follow.
  • 13th anniversary fo the first fundraiser for the palla a 21 to Chicago mission. In Scalvaia. i finanziamento della missione della palla a 21 a Chicago. A Scalvaia. More photos found on another external HDD (just kidding…it was the same one). Yet more memories emerge, for those who were there, and yet more incredibly strange characters appear, for those who were not there: see article, with the same note as above for non-Italian-reading folks.

Thursday 23: In the vault of New York’s Natural History Museum a portrait of teenage Mauro Tirannosauro was found. The shot is just after he had is first scooter. You can tell from the light in his eyes…this was around 70 million years ago: see the article. The portrait is also on sale by Tattistampa (same link)…Ben Stiller ordered ten copies.

Friday 24: The Participatory Lithology interactive map is online, thanks to Francesco Marucci: http://www.pibinko.org/participatory-lithology-the-map/

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Participatory Lithology: the Map

About the project: http://www.pibinko.org/participatorylithology/

  • In the search window below you can type something, and the system will tell you if the project is related to places or people whose names contain what you typed. Even a single character will do.
  • Clicking on the name, or nickname, of a participant, a new window will open with additional information on that person, if available (if not, you will see the main role he/she is covering, either as collector, classifier, entertainer, or sponsor).
  • You too can be part of the project. Check out the roles linked above, and write to introduce yourself.

For more information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org.

Here come the first participatory lithology samples with a name

[Recommended music for this article: Movin’ on Up, from the Mar. 26, 2019 branobag]

Our “little participatory lithology exercise, started on March 21 from Tatti, Southern Tuscany by the pibinko. org network, the Jug Band Colline Metallifere, with geologists from various regions to classify domestic mineral collections is developing.

The workflow requires for each sample: at least one photo by a collector, at least two agreeing reviews by the classifiers, at least on song each day from the entertainers, and support by sponsors here and there.

Mauro Tirannosauro, the outsider we needed

With an approach strongly based on co-design, attention by various media, and the incredibly strange presence of a T-Rex following various aspects of our work, and occasionally singing, the project is gradually unfolding. Starting from a base team of ten people in Tatti, after four weeks it has engaged in participation about 35 folks, spread across five Italian regions. We have some 250 samples on the radar, and about 60 songs related in various ways to rocks, stones, and minerals, with both lists growing. The songs are broadcast via daily articles on the “Lithobag” series of articles by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (surely in Italian, when possible also with an English translation).

A map of participants as of April 8, 2020.

After one month, it is finally possible to review some of the samples at the end of their review chain, with a lot of music in the background. You may see them either from the main gallery, with a beige background, while the samples still being reviewed have a white background. As an alternative, you may use this link. Please note that in the pilot phase of the project the sample pages are presented only in Italian (depending on audience response and sponsorship we will be glad to propose them also in English). At this point, entries are being validated day by day, so the list of “beige” samples will gradually grow.

Participatory Lithology continues, between resilience, a pinch of structured post-dadaism, and looking sometime around mid-May to present the final results of its pilot phase.

For information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org or +393317539228 (SMS or Whatsapp)

Apr. 13, 2020:Participatory Geology project in time of Covid-19 | Italy

An article on Participatory Lithology for the Culture360 site of the Asia-Europe Foundation:


Note: the article was sent to ASEF on March 25, so it does not account for various developments occurred over the following couple of weeks, but it is perfect as an introduction.

For updated news:

Lithology: Public and Geologists Collaborate (Science Connected, Apr. 13, 2020)

An article by Andrea Giacomelli (pseudonym used by Jack O’Malley when he plays as environmental engineer) about the Participatory Lithology project, written for Science Connected Magazine: https://magazine.scienceconnected.org/2020/04/lithology-public-and-geologists-collaborate/

Per more information:

Participatory Lithology: the map as of Apr. 8, 2020

[recommended soundtrack for this post: I have some rocks by Mauro the T-Rex]

We are not in a race, nor have we area manager KPIs to monitor, but it is interesting to share a first map showing where collectors, classifiers, entertainers, and sponsors are operating for Participatory Lithology. This is a project we started on March 21 from Southern Tuscany with the pibinko.org network and the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills Jug Band).

Right now it is not so relevant to expose the differentiation of participant roles. We can say that there are about 30 folks spread across seven Italian regions. For more information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org.

If you don’t know who is the character in the background, please follow this link.

Participatory Lithology, end of week 2: here comes geojazz

This was initially sent via our mailing list distribution and is being reposted here.

Hello, I hope you are well.

In Tatti (Southern Tuscany) the sun is shining and a lot of music is spinning around. We just published the daily Lithobag, and [CUUUUT…TOO MUCH INFORMATION].

Some of you may have seen updates via social media, but I like the idea of a weekly summary for our project, at least in these first stages.

The project is receiving international attention, for example by the Science+Technology+Arts inititiative by the European Union.

Concerning the household collections: several sample photos are arriving, mostly from outside Tatti, and out of Tuscany. In addition, other families from Tatti who didn’t know about the project at first have expressed their interest to join.
To avoid overloading the system, we have adopted some basic queue management strategies, but if you sent a sample photo over the past two weeks please be assured that it will be examined.
In parallel, we had other classifiers raising their hand to help. Some from Cagliari, Sardinia, some from Sterzing/Vipiteno, South Tyrol. These are people that we have never met in person, so we are seeing a familiar pattern.

Interaction #1 ‘This story is really cool, I’m in!’. Interaction #2. …takes a bit of time to be triggered and actually operate in the project.

On one hand this is easily motivated by everybody’s daily business and worries. On the other hand, there may be second thoughts (These guys are out of their mind!). With the pibinko.org we have been living in projects like this since 2006, so we are comforted by the fact that it could be no different, and we “keep on keeping on”…

In the meantime, Cristian from Torino, one of the classifiers since day 1, has conducted his review of over 90% of the current samples (some 200 items), and others will follow.
The developments in the entertainerment team have been very good. Last Thursday we published a geojazz tune featuring Liliana Cafiero: Tatti and its stones.
We are working on a third song, and we have received the first response to the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band call for an English mother-tongue vocalist. This came from South Africa, and we are now brainstorming in the team to see how we may collaborate.

Last, but not least, we remind you that it is possible to support the Participatory Lithology project in various ways, as explained in the page for prospective sponsors.

Best regards, and stay safe!


P.S. Mauro the T-Rex is on the loose.