AOA | ARCHiVe Online Academy
2024 — 2025 Programme

September 2024

Access to image-based resources in the context of the International Image Interoperability Framework

Online Course (3 lectures / 6 hours, ITA and ENG)
curated by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Factum Foundation

Access to high-resolution image-based resources is fundamental for research, scholarship, and the transmission of cultural knowledge and creativity. IIIF supports the uniform presentation of images of cultural heritage items, allowing for display, manipulation, measurement, and annotation by scholars and students worldwide. Although initially conceived in libraries and primarily used by academics, IIIF also benefits a wider public.
During this course, the new Digital Library of Fondazione Giorgio Cini will be officially presented: it is IIIF compliant and based on contentDM, a software to store and display digital collections conceived by OCLC.

October 2024

2nd Workshop Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice

Onsite (3 days / 19 hours, ITA e ENG)
curated by ARCHiVe Centre

The workshop is focused on the application of contactless and high-resolution digital technologies for the documentation of archival and library assets. Lasting 19 hours, the workshop will introduce participants to specific digitisation and post-production techniques and methods that ARCHiVe has experimented with in recent years in the context of projects developed both in Venice and abroad. The workshop will be held in person and will be based on a learning-by-doing approach, alternating theoretical and practical training. It is open to a selected group of participants (students and professionals with diverse backgrounds). A certificate of participation will be provided to the participants. Included in the participation fee will be the accommodation at the Vittore Branca Center residence on San Giorgio Maggiore Island as well as an ACTV pass for the entire stay.

October 2024

Technology and Cartography

Online conference (2 days / 8 hours, ENG)
curated by
Factum Foundation and ARCHiOx

Technologies, both recent and historic, have continuously evolved, transforming the representation of space and geography, and shaping new forms of consciousness and knowledge. Concurrently, digital technologies are revolutionising access to and research of cartographic materials, whether analogue or digital. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrate previously unrelated information and, when combined with artificial intelligence and deep learning, facilitate the analysis and presentation of vast amounts of data that were previously impossible to process. Simultaneously, also 2D and 3D digital recording technologies and GIS are employed together to document rare maps, globes, and other cartographic materials, enhancing research and playing a crucial role in the decision-making processes of restoration and enhancement projects. 

October 2024

Artificial Aesthetics

Online Class (2 hours, ITA)
curated by Emanuele Arielli

The use of artificial intelligence (AI)-based systems in the creation and interpretation of artworks raises questions concerning authorship, originality, and aesthetic perception. While machine learning algorithms can generate visual, musical, and literary works that emulate traditional styles, there is the dilemma of whether such creations can be considered genuinely artistic or merely technical reproductions. This topic also explores how technology can extend or limit human understanding of beauty, proposing a critical reflection on how AI-generated art challenges established aesthetic categories. Artificial aesthetics, therefore, invites reconsideration of the definitions of art and creator in the digital age, offering new perspectives on the evolution of art and its cultural and social impact. Additionally, the ethical implications of these developments will be considered.

November 2024

Collective Artificial Intelligence: Large Language Models and Human Sciences

Online Class (2 hours, ITA)
curated by Cristiano De Nobili

This lecture provides an overview of recent advances in LLMs emergent abilities focusing in particular on multi-agents collective behaviour. This refers to the collective (artificial) intelligence that emerges from the cooperation and interaction of several different agents. Multi-agent architectures show promising results for tasks where several ideas/feedback are needed or when the complexity of the problem requires collective intelligence. This is an exciting field where Physics, Computer Science and Sociology intertwine. Countless are the applications in Human Sciences and Human-machine interaction.

December 2024

Art and Innovation, a new idea of archives

Online Course (2 lectures / 4 hours, ITA and ENG)
curated by Valentino Catricalà

The course focuses on the relationship between art and innovation, on how artists, using media that are changing our societies, not only open up new reflections on media but also create new practices that impact the world of innovation. Therefore, the point of interest of the research is not only how the world of art can develop through technology but also how the world of innovation can benefit from the relationship with artists. These issues will be developed through case studies with a focus on artists who use databases and archives, to understand how archives reinterpreted by artists can be a source of technological innovation.

January 2025

Access to Materials in Digital Archives, Copyright and Related Rights: the Archivio Progetti IUAV as a Case Study

Online Course (2 lectures / 4 hours, ITA and ENG)
curated by Barbara Pasa

The course will begin with a presentation of the Archivio Progetti IUAV, followed by a description of some of its collections of interest for industrial design. In relation to these, the legal issue of copyright and related rights (for example photography) will be addressed, particularly focusing on the use of digitised materials from the archive (such as photos, projects, etc.) with some examples of best practices adopted by the Archivio Progetti IUAV.

February 2025

Contemporary Art Animation Studio 2025 By Federico Solmi

Online Course (2 lectures / 4 hours, ITA)
curated by Federico Solmi

The Contemporary Art Animation Studio is a hands-on class geared toward students who wish to learn how contemporary artists use animation techniques in the context of fine art. New York-based Artist Federico Solmi will demonstrate methods used in his studio, a process which integrates gaming, digital and VR technology with traditional painting and drawing techniques to create narrative moving image works. The class will analyse how contemporary artists and Solmi himself have taken long-standing animation techniques and placed them into the context of fine art. Topics such as storyboarding, 3D software, production planning, stop motion, rotoscoping, collage, motion capture, and more are all potential subjects. In this course, animation and art will be hybridised in a personal way to each student’s practice, with a focus on formulating an original relationship between process and concept. A section of the course will also be dedicated to exploring new digital marketplaces like NFT Platforms and the blockchain.

March 2025

AI and Heritage: Practical Skills for Extracting Information from Historical Documents

Online Course (3 lectures / 6 hours, ENG)
curated by Digital Humanities Laboratory of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

This series of three lessons aims to equip participants with practical skills for efficiently transforming historical and archival documents into digital resources. It is designed for young researchers as well as professionals such as curators, conservators, and cultural heritage specialists. The first lesson will introduce key concepts including annotation, transcription, tagging, and linking with external knowledge databases. Participants will learn how to prepare documents for extraction processes, using case studies from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s documentary collections. In the second lesson, we will learn to assess the quality of dataset extractions based on the work completed between sessions. The third lesson will focus on publishing results online, with a particular emphasis on using geographic interfaces to enhance accessibility and usability and preparing them to be resources for AI methods.

March 2025

Generative AI for Fashion, Art and Design

Online class (2 hours, ITA)
curated by Marcella Cornia

The advent of Generative AI has revolutionised creative domains such as fashion, art, and design, offering innovative tools and unprecedented creative possibilities. This talk will delve into the capabilities of generative models, particularly focusing on the increasingly popular text-to-image architectures, and explore the transformative impact of these technologies on the fashion industry and creative processes.

April 2025

Education, Engagement and Practice through immersive digital experiences

Online Course (4 lectures / 8 hours, ENG)
curated by Factum Foundation

Large amounts of data, information and complex outputs are often challenging to be presented or represented in class, on websites, public databases or exhibitions, and the search for appropriate ways to convey a message is a topic long debated throughout human history, especially in relation to new technologies. The course delves into the latest possibilities offered by digital technologies to experience education, information, and data (re)presentation through engaging immersive media.