Day 2 - Tuesday, 12 July

Title: The Sky is the Limit - A global approach to digital textual scholarship: The Coronelli’s Celestial Globe

Abstract: The Marciana National Library holds the first set of 3 ½ foot celestial and terrestrial printed globes made by Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) and bequeathed to the Venetian Republic in 1689. Uncommon textual objects, the globes are a perfect example of the possibilities of a global approach to digital textual scholarship. The celestial globe, printed on laid paper gores - subsequently mounted on plaster over a wooden structure - is of particular interest as it presents unique features, including numerous manuscript insertions, that lead to its identification as a prototype.

Title: Leaving Venice - Editing a manuscript of Marco Polo’s travels

Abstract: The session will provide an overview of digital philology methods, based on the case study of manuscript Bodleian Library 264, including an illustrated copy of the travel report of the Venetian explorer Marco Polo. After a presentation of the manuscript, students will discuss which of its features should be included in a digital model. Then an actual digital edition of the manuscript will be shown and discussed. Based on the latter, the instructors will introduce: the basics of TEI XML textual markup; issues related with the intersection of the document material structure and the abstract textual structure; the TEI Guidelines; the encoding of named entities (people and places).

Title: The Remains of the Text - Natural Language Processing

Abstract: The first part is devoted to a linguistic study of Italian, Latin and Greek astronomical texts both in prose and in verses. Students will learn how to perform morphosyntactic analysis by applying computational linguistics methods and instruments. The second part consists of a “hands-on” session in which students will work on the Musisque Deoque Platform for the intertextual analysis of Latin poems on astronomy and nature.

Day 3 - Wednesday, 13 July

Title: St Mark’s square

Abstract: Spolia are artifacts dating back to Antiquity and inserted in the urban fabric, as architectural elements and/or decorations. Venice is a remarkable example of this phenomenon; two places in particular are important to understand the significance of spolia as symbols of power: St. Mark’s square and the Arsenale. During the morning, the participants will be guided in discovering the “stones of Venice”, nowadays endangered for various reasons.

Title: Arsenale

Abstract: Digital technologies can offer tools and solutions to address the issue of the endangered CH, in particular through the so-called “digital copies”. SfM offers the possibility of fast and low-cost acquisition of 3D spatial data of artifacts, buildings and landscapes, using simple overlapping pictures. After a short introduction to the basics of SfM, participants will conduct their own survey of one of the ancient marble Lions in front of the Arsenale.

Title: Digital Technologies - From image acquisition to point cloud and 3D models

Abstract: During this workshop, participants will learn how to process the images acquired during the morning using the SfM Agisoft Metashape software, in order to produce 3D models of the spolia.

Title: Public engagement and cooperative learning

Abstract: This workshop will focus on the development of good practices for management and promotion of the endangered CH in Venice. Participants will be working in groups using either digital models or printed replicas of the spolia to develop four distinct media outcomes, which will be disseminated via the VeDPH communication channels:

  1. Social media: post /meme for Instagram and Twitter
  2. 3 minutes double interview targeting broader publics/li>
  3. 3 minutes TED talk for specialist audiences
  4. Virtual exhibition with panels using the kunstmatrix software

Day 4 - Thursday, 14 July

Title: Making the Renaissance Public: the example of Hidden Cities apps

Abstract: Drawing from two research projects, Hidden Cities (see www.hiddencities.eu) and Florence4D (www.florence4d.org) this class considers how digital history methods are creating new research opportunities, while at the same opening up new ways to engage the wider public. Spatially-determined research questions encourage us to think about how meaning is constructed from the triad of spaces-objects-people, while spatial technologies (GIS, GPS, 3D modeling) allow us to shape innovative responses to those questions, ranging from interactive map interfaces to locative interpretation delivered on handheld devices. In so doing we are discovering new things about the material culture of public space in the Renaissance, but also making that research directly available to the public.

Title: Museums and Public History. From collections to users-oriented Museums

Abstract: Over recent decades museums have radically transformed, adjusted and re-invented their principles, policies and practices. Traditional museum definition no longer seems to reflect the challenges, manifold visions and responsibilities of museums facing contemporary societies. Authoritative and generally accepted definitions of museum do not longer fit the role of museums in terms of public expectancy. Aim of the lesson is to show the potential and limits - conceptual, financial and contextual - of this approach through some examples and experiences of the Italian context: among them, some experiences of the mixture of Digital and Public History developed by Italian cultural institutions.

Title: Displaying historical violence. The case of Inquisition and torture museums

Abstract: Exhibitions and museums on the Inquisition are usually focused on the trial procedure, which involved torture. This form of violence is typically exhibited through torture devices in recreated prisons. In Italy, such trend is well represented by torture museums, which tend to exhibit contents related to the Inquisition by providing a narrative that reproduces the power semantic of the ruling institution. Through the case study of the Steri Palace in Palermo, I will provide an example of a different curatorial choice, which leads the visitors to focus on a different perspective: a form of collective knowledge about early modern confinement rooted in the captives’ experience that modifies the positioning of the visitors.

Title: Visit to M9 Museum

Abstract: M9 belongs to a new generation of museums. For the very first time, a museum narrates the compelling history of the 20th century. A century that saw great and small changes: from evolutions in everyday life to momentous social, economic, environmental and cultural changes. State-of-the-art technologies and immersive displays help visitors learn about the past, understand the present and imagine the future.

Day 5 - Friday, 15 July

Title: A new wave of museology

Abstract: The session will focus on the digital strategy implementing the museum collection's perception for communication and research purposes. The introduction will open up to the new form of cultural object that has acquired both a physical and a digital identity thanks to the technological application. The Grimani Palace Museum will be the case study to delve deeper into this consideration. The results of the digital communication activities and the presentation of a VR360 project will be the means to reflect on a diversified and complementary access to the museum's collection.

Title: Introduction: The museum as phygital environment

Abstract: The digital strategies adapted to the museum space and the art collection correspond to a multi-factor reading combining immersion and a new perception of the online art collection. By defining the digitised art object, we can take into account Digital Art Work for NFT platforms and consider it as a “phygital” object, both real and digital. Whether it is a replica of the original artifact or a new digital cultural object, it's currently under debate.

Title: Identifying ourselves: the social media activities of Palazzo Grimani Museum

Abstract: What are the strategies to make known a "young" museum which is apparently unusual only in the panorama of the cultural offer of the city of Venice? To build a clear, compelling identity, of course.But the biggest challenge is to get people to recognize it as a living and reactive entity in the territory in which it's located. Using some examples, we will look at the Museum's social communication before, during and after the pandemic.

Title: Tribuna VR360

Abstract: The most important pieces of antiquities of Palazzo Grimani in Venice were located in the extraordinary room called “Camerino delle Antichità” (Chamber of Antiquities), known nowadays as “Tribuna”. Tribuna Grimani VR is an experimental project, whose goal is to show a range of innovative ideas and technologies and new technical tools for VR shooting. It is made of 2 high-resolution 360 photos at different heights and a panoramic drawing.The characteristics of Tribuna Grimani allow us to show how a conscious use of technology can enhance the perception of a work in its space, both in situ and off-site. As a result, it facilitates interpretation and increases the value of personal experience.

Title: Dive into Digital Art collection

Abstract: This session will present current online databases for the search, indexation, and sharing of online images. The discussion will focus on digital visualization and comparison methods as well as indexing tools for the digital humanities, with a focus on database collection building and metadata insertion for digital images.

Title: Lyon16ci and 1516 projects

Abstract: The Lyon16ci and the 1516 are two publicly accessible databases of illustrations printed in the 15th and 16th century, resulting from a collaboration among the Equipex Biblissma, the VeDPh and the VGG in Oxford. They can be searched using an image as a search query as well as using text keywords for searching metadata assigned to the illustrations. Such a visual and text search capability allows research scholars to track and investigate the production, use, circulation and copying of woodblocks, iconographic subjects, artistic styles, within 15th and 16th-century printed illustrated editions. The databases are publicly accessible and accept contributions of new illustrations and metadata from research scholars from all over the world.

Title: Prometheus art database

Abstract: Prometheus is a distributed image archive which currently connects 114 databases from different image based disciplines with 2.8 million images in total making these images and the respective metadata available for research. The presentation will focus on challenges and perspectives of connecting heterogeneous databases, e.g. optimizing image information retrieval, metadata, visualization and other features.

Title: Media Artivism and Public Engagement

Abstract: In this session we will approach the origins and development of Activism in Media Art from an epistemological framework and through the study of a selection of case studies focused on some current trends: invasive technologies and the ethics of surveillance, eco literacy and sustainable development, gender issues, political and social injustices.

Title: Media Artivism & Expanded Information

Abstract: From a Media Archeological methodology, we will understand what is Media Artivism and how important is the connection of Artistic Activism with Investigative Journalism in the Postdigital Age. We will explore the role of data visualization, immersive installations and interactive projects based on the use of new media and the Internet as instruments of awareness and social protest. There will be paid special attention to Contemporary Art practices based on hacktivist and intercreative procedures aimed to give visibility to uncover realities in traditional media.

Title: Control+Space

Abstract: A particular aesthetic of databases and computing takes shape out of a lineage from conceptual and systems art. One of the most radical practices of this machinic language is "repetition". Repetition has served artists to emulate the machine, to investigate anti-narrative forms but also to play with the linearity of time-based systems, which in today's technological world have found a performative side (using sometimes irony, sometimes an open confrontation) in new media concepts such as surveillance, constant geo-tracking, and a different idea of space.

Title: Serious Games: Artivisim and Ecology

Abstract: The growing impact of ecological consciousness in the public sphere has reached different creative industries in the last 15 years. Videogames are no exception. Serious games have addressed some of the most recurring social concerns. However, the main challenge has been and still is reaching big audiences that usually prefer mainstream video games. This presentation examines the cross-fertilization processes between artivism and the industry of video games related ecological awareness.

Title: Horror, Art & Gender: Politics and the Body

Abstract: The audiovisual essay “Horror, Art & Tender: Politics and the Body” explores the relationship between diverse contemporary films and art works, establishing how their representational templates intertwine to deliver subversive approaches to the body and subjectivity. It studies the gender politics of this cinematic & art works to scrutinize how they question some of the building blocks of heteronormativity. Consequently, they point to an understanding of how the human body and mind may function beyond the dominant dictates of today’s social fabric.

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