Sarah Kenderdine

Professor Sarah Kenderdine leads a team of software engineers, artists, and curators, at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. She has created over 90 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide. 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+), exploring the convergence of imaging technologies, immersive visualisation, digital aesthetics and cultural (big) data. Sarah is the inaugural director and lead curator of EPFL Pavilions, an art/science initiative located in a seminal Kengo Kumar building. In 2020 and 2022, she was named in the Museum Influencer List 2020 – The Power 10 by Blooloop and, Switzerland’s Top 100 Digital Shapers by Bilanz in 2020 and 2021.  In 2021, Sarah was appointed corresponding fellow of The British Academy (FBA).

Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double 

Few fields of knowledge are as concerned with the authenticity and provenance of objects as those of museology, curating and collecting. Few domains are as likely to express outrage to fakes as those of Art History. And yet these copies continue to pervade our world, from the art market to fashion to education and exhibition, these replicas of the real have influences we often find hard to articulate. Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double takes up the challenge to pose crucial questions about the potency of digital replicas to absorb audiences in enduring emotional encounters with universal art treasures. 

The presentation begins by outlining some of the core theoretical considerations arising from the application of high-fidelity digital technologies to cultural heritage. The discussion then shifts to examine a series of museum installations that illustrate the themes.

Associate Professor of Economics and Business, Paola Pisano has published two books and over 90 papers in national and international journals.

She was an advisor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of the Minister of Public Administration in the Draghi presidency.

She was Minister of Technological Innovation and Digitization in the Conte presidency and Former Councilor for Innovation and Smart City of the City of Turin. She has high-level national and local experience in strategic policy-making development and implementation in the field of new technologies . Proven leadership and coordination skills. Wide and varied experience of working with the private sector and civil society.

From digital evolution to digital revolution. Technologies in the Cultural Heritage Industry

Heritage can stimulate tourism, benefit local economies, educate about culture and history, and promote social inclusion.  The importance of preserving cultural heritage and enhancing its value is obvious .  Today, technology helps us by providing useful tools to the cultural industry to develop new services, business models and approaches that can increase the sector's prosperity and health. Starting from the state of the art of the use of new technologies in the cultural sector in Italy, some international practical cases will be presented to identify possible future paths. 

A strategy to increase the level of digitisation and technology use will then be presented. 

Paola Pisano

Mario Santana Quintero

Mario Santana-Quintero, is a professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering (Carleton University) in Ottawa, Canada. He is also a Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS) faculty member. Besides his academic work in Canada, he is a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). Along with his academic activities, he serves as Secretary-General of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He is one of the past presidents of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA).

Furthermore, he has been a Getty Conservation Institute scholar. He has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for The Getty Conservation Institute, UNESCO among others. In recent years he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Liege (Belgium), and he is a member of the Association of Preservation Technology College of Fellows.

Can we record to preserve the craftsmens’ intend from antiquity to the present in Cultural Heritage?

What is the real the craftsmen’s’ intend when we digitally record cultural heritage sites, can we develop technologies that allow us to make decisions in preserving the significance and integrity of heritage assets. What are the technological challenges to overcome and the responsibility as heritage recording specialist, what is the legacy we left behind. The lecture will be illustrated by recent case studies from ancient rock arts in the Colombian amazon to a land art site in Tuscany.

Claudio Margottini is the former Scientific and Technological Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Egypt and presently adjunct Professor at UNESCO Chair in the University of Florence (Italy), at Galala University in Egypt and at National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) in Egypt. He has served at the Geological Survey of Italy (ISPRA) and, as adjunct Professor at Modena (Italy) University and Huazong University (Wuhan, China). He is currently the President of International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (Italian National Group). He is trained as an Engineering Geologist (Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 1979, summa cum laudae) and as Engineering Seismologist (Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK, 1983).

Extensively supporting UNESCO and other international organizations all his life long, his major field of expertise embraces the development of engineering geological techniques for the conservation and protection of Cultural and Natural Heritages. With projects in 27 Countries worldwide, during his career he received numerous honors and awards in recognition of his services, mainly in less advantages Countries of the world. He is author of more than 350 publications and books.

Geohazards in the climate change era: a shift in thinking in sustainable management and conservation of heritage sites

Cultural heritage represents the legacy of humankind on planet Earth. It witnesses millennia of people adaptation to their environment, as demonstrated in many monuments, sites and cultural landscapes. Such historical landmarks are subjects to continuous changes and to the influence of modern growth and development. Nowadays, cultural heritages clearly demonstrate the relevance of the impact of geohazards and weathering in a new climate change era and call for the need to rethink ‘sites’ conservation and management plans.

Consequently, geosciences discipline and affiliated empirical research studies and innovations in technology may need to bring new paradigm for the preservation of cultural properties providing a resourceful platform for learning. In the past decades, the shift in disciplines from working inward to opening to inter-disciplinary ways of thinking draws special attention to the added value of merging Arts with Sciences, among other disciplines, for better management and preservation of cultural heritage. That is because if earth sciences and geotechnical engineering are essential in understanding the impacting threats, archaeology and history of art are of basic importance in maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the site. In the meantime, any conservation projected dealing with a cultural heritage should enhance, when possible, traditional knowledge and local expertise, to guarantee the long-term maintenance of the work from local population, then to ensure long term sustainable management.

Claudio Margottini