Digital Training, Creativity and Museum Communication. The New Professions for Cultural Heritage

Example of digital exhibition layouts © Cristina Barbiani
Example of digital exhibition layouts © Cristina Barbiani

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23 June 2022
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


Cristina Barbiani, scientific head of the Digital Exhibit Master’s course at the IUAV University of Venice, will introduce the new possibilities of digital technology for the creation of multimedia and interactive systems, combining knowledge and technologies related to ‘computer vision’ and aimed at the creation of museum displays, for design, architecture, multimedia and performing arts.


Cristina Barbiani

She is an architect with a PhD in History of Architecture and the City, Science of the Arts and Restoration at the School of Advanced Studies in Venice. She holds a degree in Design and Production of Visual Arts from the IUAV University of Venice. She is the scientific head of the Master Digital Exhibit at the IUAV University of Venice. She has a transversal education between architecture and multimedia and performing arts completed by study periods at New York University and MIT in Boston.

Art as a Method of Experimental Preservation

The Ethics of Dust: Doge’s Palace as exhibited in the Arsenale, 53rd Venice Art Biennale, Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2009
Dirt, Dust and Ruins, exhibition at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2013
The Ethics of Dust, exhibition at the Museum of Yerba Buena, San Francisco, Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2016
Distributed Monuments, latex and dust, Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2022

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7 October 2022
Online on Zoom / Onsite at ARCHiVe
2pm — 4pm (CET)


This talk discusses Jorge Otero-Pailos’ approach to art as a method of experimental preservation and argues for its relevance in imagining a future for the existing built environment centred on mutual care. Jorge Otero-Pailos draws from a series of recent works in which he employs material residues of buildings and sites – including airborne atmospheric dust, waterways, traces of sweat, and body sounds – to render their invisible meanings visible. In particular, he focuses on his Ethics of Dust series, explaining how he uses art as a method for the experimental preservation of dust, the kind the atmosphere deposits on buildings. This important historical and environmental record usually goes unrecognized. The artworks in The Ethics of Dust series isolate dust and make it tangible by transferring it from the surface of buildings onto translucent casts. Jorge Otero-Pailos also presents a selection of dust casts taken from the Doge’s Palace, Westminster Hall, and other buildings around the world, and discusses the unexpected histories that each of them unveils. He connects the dots between these punctual histories to outline a larger concept they all contribute to, namely that of atmospheric heritage.
The talk is also a presentation of Jorge Otero-Pailos’ book Historic Preservation Theory: An Anthology, Readings from the 18th to the 21st Century.


Jorge Otero-Pailos

Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, he is an architect, artist, and theorist specializing in experimental forms of preservation. His work as an artist has been commissioned by and exhibited at major heritage sites, museums, foundations, and biennials, including Artangel’s public art commission at the UK Parliament, the Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Galerie Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, SFMoMA, Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Frieze London, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Fashion and Textiles between Digitisation and AI

Prato Phygital, MIMIT-funded project for the development of 5G technology
Midjourney, outcome of 'Fashion editorial with models' prompt, 2023
Acne Studio, F/W 2020 men's collection in collaboration with Robbie Barrat and AI, 2020

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11 April 2024
Online on Zoom
3pm — 5pm (CET)


The online course, curated by Elisabetta Cianfanelli, Paolo Franzo, Leonardo Giliberti, and Margherita Tufarelli (University of Florence), investigates the digital transition taking place in the fashion system and the implications of the diffusion of artificial intelligence in creative and production processes.

Through the presentation of a series of research projects and case studies, the ‘phygital’ landscape that has been characterising the textile and clothing industry in recent years will be analysed. It will explore how, in this evolution, archives are being transformed into multi-sensory and multi-vocal datasets that can be drawn on through algorithms to create new content, thanks to a redefinition of professional skills and design methodologies.


Elisabetta Cianfanelli

Full professor in Design, she has been president of the master’s degree course in Fashion System Design until 2023.

She is co-responsible for CU 2 of the Doctorate of National Interest ‘Design for Made in Italy’, scientific responsible for UniFI of the inter-university research centre ‘Fashioning AI’ and director of the journal Fashion Highlight.

Paolo Franzo

PhD at Iuav, he has been a researcher in fashion design at the University of Florence since 2023.

His international and transdisciplinary research activity focuses on the ecological and digital transition in fashion, in particular on pre-consumer waste in the textile-clothing industry and AI in fashion design.

Leonardo Giliberti

He is a PhD student at the University of Florence within the PON Research and Innovation programme with a thesis on the role of artificial intelligence in fashion design and its production processes.

He carried out a research period at the Lisbon School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon

Margherita Tufarelli

PhD, she is a researcher in fashion design at the University of Florence. Her research interests concern the opportunities and impacts of digital transformation on design, production and communication processes in the textile and fashion industry.

Her most recent research projects include: Prato Phygital and E tex – The haptic Library.

Fashion and Textiles between Digitisation and AI

Computational Museology: Cultural Heritage and the Digital Museum

Double Truth, Sarah Kenderdine, 2021
Jazz Luminaries, Montreux Jazz Digital Archive, Sarah Kenderdine, Andrew Quinn, Davide Santini, Kirell Benzi, 2019
Travelling Kungkarangkalpa, Sarah Kenderdine, Peter Morse, Cedric Maridet, 2017
Look Up Mumbai, Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw, 2015

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4 April 2024
Online on Zoom
3pm — 5pm (CET)


Computational museology is a scaffold that unites machine intelligence with data curation, ontology with visualisation, and communities of publics and practitioners with embodied participation through kinaesthetic interfaces. Computational museology empowers cultural organisations to link all forms of culture and materiality: objects, knowledge systems, representation and participation. Research at the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) reaches beyond object-oriented curation to blend experimental curatorship with contemporary aesthetics, digital humanism and emerging technologies.

This lecture curated by Sarah Kenderdine explores key themes including interactive archives and emergent narrative, deep fakes and blockchain sovereignties, embodied knowledge systems and performative interfaces and scientific visualisation for museums in the age of experience. She will also give an overview of EPFL Pavilions exhibitions and focus the discussion on Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double.


Sarah Kenderdine

She researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. In 2017, Sarah was appointed professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland where she has built the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+). Sarah is also director and lead curator of EPFL Pavilions a new art/science initiative. In 2020 and 2022, she was named in the top 10 of the Museum Influencer List by Blooloop and in 2020 and 2021, Switzerland’s Top 100 Digital Shapers by Bilanz. In 2021, Sarah was appointed corresponding fellow of The British Academy. Her upcoming book is Deep Fakes: A Critical Lexicon of Digital Museology (2024).

Creative Access and Digital Innovation

© Carolyn Lazard, A Recipe for Disaster (still), 2018
© Liza Sylvestre, Captioned-Channel Surfing (still), 2016
© Kamran Behrouz, Avatars and faces - creature comforts, 2022

23 January 2024
Online on Zoom
4:30pm — 6:30pm (CET)


  • Virginia Marano | University of Zurich and MASI Lugano


The event features four professionals and experts in the fields of accessibility and emerging digital innovations: Virginia Marano (University of Zurich and MASI Lugano), Nina Mühlemann (Artist, Bern Academy of the Arts), Kamran Behrouz (Visual artist), Saverio Cantoni (Visual artist) and Georgina Kleege (University of California, Berkeley). The event explores the role of new digital technologies from an artistic and academic perspective, delving into issues related to digital knowledge and spatial fruition. Guests and the participating group will have the opportunity to discuss and initiate a discussion on the points of convergence between art, scientific research and digital innovation with a view to new strategies for accessibility and inclusion.

The online panel discussion is curated by Virginia Marano, a Fondazione Giorgio Cini fellow in the PNRR–PEBA project for the Removal of Physical, Cognitive and Sensory Barriers in Cultural Sites (EU-funded grant – NextGenerationEU).

The class is held in English and has live American sign language (ASL) interpretation by First Choice Interpreting Service.


Virginia Marano

Holds a PhD in art history from the University of Zurich. She is the coordinator and co-founder of the research project “Rethinking Art History through Disability” at the University of Zurich. Currently, she is fellow researcher at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice and works as curatorial assistant at MASI (Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana), Lugano.

Kamran Behrouz

They are a Non-binary Visual Artist, born and raised in Tehran, currently working, and living in Zurich. Their PhD, entitled ‘Cosmopolitics of the Body’, uses posthuman critical theory as a navigational tool to examine the boundaries of bodies and humanity’s embedded and embodied cultures. Kamran saturates the Queer Identity throughout their art, in order to draw a cartography of belonging and displacement.

Nina Mühlemann

Is an artist and scholar based in Zurich. They are currently working as a postdoc on the SNF-funded research project “Aesthetics of the Im/Mobile” at the Bern Academy of the Arts, researching im/mobile practices of disabled artists. In 2020 Nina Mühlemann and Edwin Ramirez founded Criptonite, a crip queer theatre project that centres an aesthetics of access.

Georgina Kleege

Is a blind writer and disability studies scholar who recently retired from the University of California, Berkeley, and now lives in New York City. Her recent books include: Sight Unseen, Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller and More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art.

Saverio Cantoni

Is a white-passing cyborg, disabled –oral Deaf– artist based in Berlin. Situating their practice in the sonic space, Saverio is working through the lenses of crip theory, queer theory and disobedient archives, with the aim to destabilize existing power structures and to rethink the normative understanding of sensorial experiences. Saverio is actively participating in the Sickness Affinity Group (SAG), a group of art workers and activists who work on the topic of sickness/disability and/or are affected by sickness/disability.

Building the Historical Archive of the Future: the case of Heritage Lab

Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas
Hitstorical images from the photo archives © Italgas

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13 November 2023
Online on Zoom
3pm — 5pm (CET)


Online class on the challenges of the Corporate Digital Archive, digital formats, integrated processes and the role of  the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The seminary is dedicated to the potential of a digital company archive and the methods of preservation and sharing, in particular of the extensive documentation tracing the history of the Italgas company.

Digital transformation and technological innovation — which are Italgas’ main drives in the energy transition — are at the heart of Heritage Lab. The centre is committed to achieving several objectives, including the systematisation of the historical archive and the management of the current archive, the sharing of digitised documents and their conversion into big data, through a highly automated acquisition cycle thanks to the use of artificial intelligence algorithms for post-production and optical character recognition (OCR).


The Heritage Lab model

  • Katya Corvino

Heritage Lab is Italgas’ digitisation museum-laboratory, developed entirely in-house with specialised machinery, technologies and skills from the field of cultural heritage and applied to the massive digital acquisition of Corporate and Industrial Heritage. Their heritage consists of 3 linear kilometres of documents, and it is digitised by a team of specialists, composed of 4 archivists in charge of identifying and selecting the documents, 2 palaeographers with expertise in ancient texts, 3 librarians cataloguing the material, and 15 operators, who carry out the digitisation and append metadata.

Digitisation stream

  • Matteo Allasia

The digital transformation process can be illustrated with a sequence of nine steps, from the premises of the Italgas Historical Archive, to the cataloguing of documents on the xDams platform, and the selection of the most valuable bulks for digitisation.

At the Heritage Lab laboratory-museum, we select the most appropriate digitisation system based on the document’s format and type.
The scanned images are processed through the Time Machine server, which derives the compressed images from the master copies and applies measurement and OCR scripts. The user copies are then imported into xDams and enriched with a set of metadata, which adds meaningful narratives to the material.

Building the Historical Archive of the Future

  • Daniela Marendino

Building and feeding the Historical Archive, with the creation of a shared procedure for identifying, preserving and substituting paper documents, is essential to the management of the documentation flow of the current archive.

Heritage Lab has established a new procedure for the management of analog documents and is working on the creation of a new classification and record preservation system, and a management manual, together with an internal communication campaign to raise staff awareness.

Managing the digital heritage of business archives

  • Giovanni Michetti

The speech will cover the topic of the digital heritage of business archives, focusing in particular on the following points:

– Not just paper: digital objects as archival documents;

– The business archive as an integrated system;

– Digital formats;

– Management and preservation processes in the digital environment;

– The role of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Matteo Allasia

A Heritage Lab expert, he was a fellow at the ARCHiVe Centre, and was then a Regesta.exe contributor for Heritage Lab Italgas. Graduated in Classical Literature and Communication, with a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University, he is a digital humanist at the service of corporate cultural heritage. He collaborates in the digital transformation process of the Italgas Archive and works on the maintenance and development of digitisation machines and algorithms for automatic post production.

Katya Corvino

Head of Heritage Lab Italgas, she was also responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility at Italgas. Graduated in Political Science with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, for 30 years in the Eni Group, then Snam and finally Italgas, she has gained 20 years’ experience in the field of relations with institutions and the territory. For 7 years she was responsible for Relations with Local Authorities in the Snam group. Over the years she has also dealt with relations with European institutions as Snam’s representative for the European Union in Brussels.

Daniela Marendino

With twenty years of experience as a professional archivist, she has worked in public, private and corporate archives. She is the curator of the collections of the Italgas Historical Archive, where she oversees the preservation of the documentary heritage and the preservation of the company museum collections, the Library and the Emeroteca, as well as the valorisation of the historical heritage of the Italgas Group companies. She monitors and manages the flow of documents in the historical and current archives, preparing preservation lists and procedures for discarding them.

Giovanni Michetti

Associate Professor of Archivistics at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, he has also taught at the University of Urbino and the University of British Columbia. An expert in digital archives, he deals with document management, descriptive models, digital preservation and new technologies applied to archives. He is chairman of the ‘Archives and document management’ sub-committee in UNI (the Italian standards body) and represents Italy in some ISO working groups on archives and document management. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Council on Archives.

Across the Planet. The Past and the Future of Libraries

De scientia venandi per aves, MS 446, fol. 1r (1450 –1475) © Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
Treatise on falconry, MS arabe 2831, fol. 1r (1444) © Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Kitāb na‘t al-ḥayawān, MS Or. 2784, fol. 229r (13th century) © British Library, London
MEFA digital archive, ContentDm view

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14 September 2023
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


  • Factum Foundation
  • University of Oxford


Cristina Dondi, Professor of Early European Book Heritage at the University of Oxford, where she also leads the 15cBOOKTRADE project, will present a research on the lost Benedictine Library that was once part of the monastery at San Giorgio Maggiore, now home to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and ARCHiVe – Analysis and Recordings of Cultural Heritage in Venice. The monastery was suppressed in 1806 and its rich collection of manuscripts and incunabula was dispersed. Dondi and colleagues have identified the location of over 180 important works and continue to add new titles as they are located in museums, libraries and private collections.

While Dondi’s research is focused on a disbanded library, the work of the Middle-East Falconry Archive (MEFA), commissioned by the Mohammed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund (MBZRCF) and carried out by Factum Foundation based within ARCHiVe, is centred on bringing all known medieval Arabic manuscripts on Falconry together online in one place.

Carolina Gris (Factum Foundation, Madrid-Venezia) will present a summary of the first two years’ work and discuss the role of IIIF and inter-library sharing to make specialist areas of interest available to a wider audience of both scholars and general interest users. This approach to the creation of specialised repositories of knowledge is paving the way to a new future for libraries and library users.


Cristina Dondi

Cristina Dondi is Professor of Early European Book Heritage, and Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. She is also the Secretary of CERL. In 2009 she created the international database Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI). She is the editor of Printing Revolution and Society, 1450-1500. Fifty Years that Changed Europe (Venice, 2020, open access), and, together with Dorit Raines and Richard Sharpe, of How the Secularization of Religious Houses Transformed the Libraries of Europe, 16th–19th Centuries (Turnhout, 2022).

Carolina Gris

Carolina Gris is responsible for coordinating and implementing 3D digitisation projects for Factum Foundation in Italy and other locations in Europe.
She has taught theoretical and practical workshops on digital preservation, and has lectured and published on new modes of access to cultural heritage. She has managed the Middle East Falconry Archive (MEFA) since 2021.

Across the Planet. The Past and the Future of Libraries

Gazing Machines

Quayola Pleasant Places, Glow Festival Eindhoven
portrait of the artist with red digital background
Quayola Portrait © Skino Ricci
Quayola, Sculpture Factory, Paradise Art Space, Asymmetric-Archaeology, Seoul_South-Korea, 2018-2019
Quayola, Remains, HOW Art Museum, Asymmetric Archaeology, Gazing Machines, Shanghai, 2019

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12 December 2022
Online on Zoom / Onsite at ARCHiVe
4pm — 6pm (CET)


A lecture by Quayola, artist who employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Landscape painting, classical sculpture and iconography are some of the historical aesthetics that serve as a point of departure for Quayola’s hybrid compositions. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audiovisual performance, immersive video installations, sculpture, and works on paper. His work has been performed and exhibited in many prestigious institutions worldwide including V&A Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; National Art Center, Tokyo; UCCA, Beijing; How Art Museum, Shanghai; SeMA, Seoul; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Ars Electronica, Linz; Sonar Festival, Barcelona and Sundance Film Festival.

Also a frequent collaborator on musical projects, Quayola has worked with composers, orchestras and musicians including London Contemporary Orchestra, National Orchestra of Bordeaux, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Vanessa Wagner, Jamie XX, Mira Calix, Plaid and Tale Of Us. In 2013, Quayola was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica.


Davide Quayola

Born in 1982 in Rome, he quickly tried to get away from the Italian capital and its historical iconography, choosing to move to London at the age of 19 to seek new subjects, a new language and a new way of expression. In 2005, he obtained an art degree from the University of London. Through his enigmatic videos, Quayola creates hybrid spaces of animated painting and sculpture. Using a procedure of audio-visual performance, drawing, photography and software programming, he explores a fine line between the real and the artificial.

The Third Thing. On Digital Photography

Jaipur #8 © Ljubodrag Andric
Bundi #1 © Ljubodrag Andric
Villa Farsetti, Treviso #12 © Ljubodrag Andric
Venezia, Fondazione G. Cini #9 © Ljubodrag Andric
Japur #30 © Ljubodrag Andric
Napoli, Casa Morra #11 © Ljubodrag Andric

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26 April 2023, 4pm — 6pm (CET)
27 April 2023, 9am — 1pm (CET)
Online on Zoom / Onsite at Fondazione Giorgio Cini


Two days dedicated to the digital image and its role in the contemporary world, through the work method of photographer and artist Ljubodrag Andric. His research investigates the relationship between space and architecture and revolves around the re-contextualisation of the urban landscape.
The programme includes a lecture and a photographic promenade around the spaces of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.


April 26, 2023

On Digital Photography

Starting from an investigation into the technical evolution of photography in the digital era, Ljubodrag Andric proposes a reflection on the current over-production of “weightless” photographic images, as much due to their ephemeral nature as to their lack of adherence to a narrative of reality.

April 27, 2023

Photographic Promenade

Symposium around the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in order to explore the methodological part of the artist’s work and the themes raised during the previous lecture from a practical point of view.


Ljubodrag Andric

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1965 into a family of artists, Andric started his involvement with art and photography at the age of 15. He studied humanities at the University of Belgrade, then dedicated himself entirely to photography in 1987. At age 21 Andric received his first professional commissions of mostly architectural photography. He had his first exhibition – at the gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade – at the age of 23. In 1987 Andric moved to Rome, Italy where he had successful studio practices in both Rome and Milan over the following 15 years, before moving to Canada in 2002. He won numerous international awards.


On Digital Photography by Ljubodrag Andric