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

On Digital Application

Adriano Olivetti e la bellezza exhibition, 2018-2019 © Cristina Barbiani
© camerAnebbia
© Klaus Obermaier
Tríptiko. A vision inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, 2019

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6, 11, 13, 18 October 2022
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)

the course

The four lectures represent an illustrative sample of the many possible declinations of digital applications in the various fields of arts and culture. The intention is to show the different practices, the different creative and production processes, and the tools used behind these different types of artistic products.
The lectures range from the theme of digital installations for the valorisation of Cultural Heritage, to the creative and artistic approach aimed at narration and storytelling, passing through different forms of creativity and artistic expression, always starting from innovative tools and experimental techniques.


October 6, 2022

Navigating Art Archives

  • Matteo Cellini

Matteo Cellini, part of the CamerAnebbia collective from Milan, explains how some of the many interactive installations are produced from museum archive materials, incographic and documentary sources, and works of art from some of Italy’s most important collections. The lecture explores the techniques used to generate visual landscapes, through retouching, post production and real time rendering techniques, which can be used through touch screens and large-scale video projections.

October 11, 2022

From Classical Art to Digital Art. New forms of narration

  • Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

The lecture focuses on the presentation of a number of multimedia works – short films, commercial projects and video installations – in which a story is told through the use of digitally processed works of classical figurative art. All stages of production, from the conception of the project to the final realisation, are then addressed and explored.

October 13, 2022

New tools, new ideas. Interactivity between the Digital and the Physical

  • Klaus Obermaier

The appointment with artist Klaus Obermaier is dedicated to investigating how digital tools can be used as an exploratory medium for artistic research, and how new technologies can generate forms of interactivity that somehow relate the physical dimension of the body to the digital dimension of artistic creation.

October 18, 2022

Digital exhibits. Multimedia and interactive devices for Cultural Heritage

  • Cristina Barbiani

Cristina Barbiani, scientific head of the Master Digital Exhibit at the Iuav University of Venice, explores in this lesson the different technologies behind multimedia and interactive installations, which allow, through a work of visual ‘translation’, to narrate and return scientific investigations, historical research data and results of archaeological surveys, through some realised examples.


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.

Matteo Tora Cellini

Born in Florence and raised in Brussels, after graduating in design at the Milan Polytechnic and a metrise in Sculpture at La Cambre, he trained at Studio Azzurro. There he met Marco Barsottini and Lorenzo Sarti, with whom he founded camerAnebbia in 2014, investigating the relationship between art, science and new technologies. This research leads to the creation of immersive and interactive interventions that live in the spaces of numerous cultural institutions including Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Gallerie d’Italia, Mudec, Muse.

Stefano Rino Tagliaferro

Born in 1980, he lives and works in Milan. He graduated from ISIA d’Urbino and IED-European Institute of Design in Milan. Over the years he has had experience as art director, visual artist, graphic designer, animator and 2D composer to realize video art, commercials, short films, fashion videos, videomapping, videoprojections and videoinstallations for exhibitions, museums and special events. In 2013 he cofounded KARMACHINA, a studio of visual design. He has taken part in several contemporary art exhibitions in New York, Paris, Sapporo, Moscow, Berlin, Milan receiving international awards in many festivals.

Klaus Obermaier

Since more than three decades interdisciplinary artist, director and composer, he creates innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations, highly acclaimed by critics and audiences. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He is visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice and at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) teaching interactive arts and performances.

Giacomo Verde (1956-2020). From the techno-artist’s archive to book, exhibition and movie

Renzo Boldrini with Giacomo Verde and a friend © Giallo Mare Minimal Teatro Archive
Portrait of Giacomo Verde
Scene from "Il gatto con gli stivali. Un racconto per il digitale" © Campsirago Residenza
Giacomo Verde/Giallo Mare Minimal Teatro, "Hansel & Gretel Tv" © Giuseppe Murador and Giacomo Verde Archive

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9, 16, 23, 30 November 2022
Online on Zoom
4pm — 6pm (CET)


  • Anna Maria Monteverdi | Università Statale, Milano
  • Tommaso Verde | Game Designer
  • Flavia Dalila D’Amico | Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • Vincenzo Sansone | Università Statale, Milano
  • Raffaella Rivi | Videomaker

the course

Giacomo Verde (Cimitile 1956 – Lucca 2020) in forty years of artistic activity has dealt with different languages such as street theatre, video art, painting, drawing, performance, Net Art with the idea of investigating contaminations between media to create works in which different artistic techniques coexist in an “artivist” spirit.


The course, curated by Anna Maria Monteverdi, is structured in 4 meetings and is held in Italian.

November 9, 2022

L’archivio di un artivista. Giacomo Verde (1956-2020)

  • Anna Maria Monteverdi
  • Tommaso Verde

November 16, 2022

Attraversamenti: le ultrascene di Giacomo Verde

  • Flavia Dalila D'Amico

November 23, 2022

Giacomo Verde: il teleracconto e i suoi doppi. La reinvenzione di una tecnica videoteatrale per bambini.

  • Vincenzo Sansone

November 23, 2022

Dall'archivio al film

  • Raffaella Rivi
1/4 L’archivio di un artivista. Giacomo Verde (1956-2020)
2/4 Attraversamenti: le ultrascene di Giacomo Verde
3/4 Giacomo Verde: il teleracconto e i suoi doppi. La reinvenzione di una tecnica videoteatrale per bambini.
4/4 Dall'archivio al film

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.