Intrigue ` Venise
A game of spies
Valentina Dal Cin, Egidio Priani, Ca’ Foscari,
Sami Arpa, Yannick Rochat, EPFL
11 october 2013
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The end of the Republic of Venice
1789 : French revolution
1797 : Venitian Republic ends
Emigration from France :
in Venice enlarges.
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”... sapendosi che sotto il titolo di emigrati si
trovino in camino molti cattivi, e sospetti
”... we know that there are many bad and
suspicious people who are about to arrive under
the covered name of emigrants...” [ANF, AF III.
90. Venice. 13 July 1794.]
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Historical and digital goals of the
Social : mapping a community of foreigners
Political : role of French immigrants into
Visuals : GIS, dynamical social networks.
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”[il governo sa] quanto un tal uomo ` inquieto, torbido,
audace, quanto si sforza a suscitare a fomentare i
disordini nell’antica sua patria, che ha tradita, e
abdicata, quanto ` colpevole verso di Lei, e quanto
ancora ` pericoloso per i Paesi ove viene soﬀerto.”
”[the government knows] how much that man [Comte
D’Antraigues] is agitated, turbid, audacious, how he
forces himself to instigate uprisings in his homeland,
which he betrayed, and abdicated, and how much he is
guilty towards it, and how he is still dangerous for the
countries in which he is tolerated.” [ASVe, Collegio,
Esposizioni principi, f. 178. 11 May 1796. ]
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Whom was meeting the Comte D’Antraigues at
night near the Spanish Embassy with a letter
from the King of France ?
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Why did the dentist Pinot have dinner with the
French Ambassador on a regular basis ? Why
was he intimate with Augereau, a General of the
French revolutionary army close to Napoleon ?
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Why did the military oﬃcer Goujon try to
murder a Venitian supporter of the revolution ?
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Three years project
PhD student 1 : digitization, semantic
extraction of the nature of social links, GIS,
PhD student 2 : archives, historical
knowledge, GIS, network analysis
Post-doc supervising and doing the link
with Venice Time Machine project.
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