Fusing Art and Modern Technology

Artem Smolin, Head of Chair of Engineering and Computer Graphics, presented two papers. One showcasing a multimedia re-enactment of the play “Seagull” premiere at Alexandrinsky Theatre on 17 October 1896. The other, a 3D reconstruction of Fedorovsky Town’s refectory.

"This is one of few conferences devoted to culture, contemporary art, architecture and design, where you can meet experts in different areas of the humanities and arts. In addition, the conference proceedings are indexed in different databases including SCOPUS and Web of Science. This is an opportunity to present our work at an international level, to compare our achievements with the achievements of our colleagues, to understand what is happening in present-day humanities," said senior lecturer of the Chair of Engineering and Computer Graphics, Lidia Korpan, who spoke under "Architecture and design" and "Philosophy" topics.

According to Lidia Korpan, she especially liked the presentations made by Lithuanian researchers, dedicated to photography and advertising in the 1950s-1960s. She found it interesting to see how carefully the Lithuanians preserve and study the past.

Irina Tolstikova, Head of Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities spoke about the role of social networks in the cultural space and the influence of public attitudes on the shape of architectural styles of the twentieth century. In her paper "Contamination of cultural meanings in 20th Century architecture", special attention is given to how architects looked for a way to unit and harmonise function, design and form. For the "Philosophy" topic, she also highlighted the main trends in the development of cultural distinction processes and overcoming cultural boundaries in the virtual space.

Hans van Der Berg, a postgraduate student of the Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities presented a regeneration of the philosophical perspective of the composer and thinker Alexander Scriabin and his role in Russian religious-philosophical Renaissance of the early twentieth century.

"I really enjoyed Vera Sabotkina’s speech, Moscow Humanitiarian University Professor, on the problems of interdisciplinary discourse. I was also impressed with Professor Vinicio Busacchi from the University of Cagliari and his paper “Critical hermeneutics and the Paradigm of the Text”. The conference was filled with workshops and performances that allowed for more informal discussions with colleagues", – said Irina Tolstikova.

Artem Smolin, Anna Spiridonova and Lidia Korpan held a workshop whether they explored some of the achievements of project Video360Production from the Department of Technological Management and Innovations. The participants tried different virtual reality headsets through which they looked at the Peacock clock in the Hermitage, took part in a virtual tour of the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg and went to concerts. Artem Smolin also showed those who were interested an interactive virtual tour-guide through the Korela Fortress Museum in 4D.

According to those from ITMO University who participated in the conference, the main outcome of the event was finding new contacts with peers and potential future partners. A number of participants in the Vienna conference expressed interest in the international multidisciplinary conference EVA 2016 SAINT PETERSBURG, which will be held at ITMO University on 23-24 July.  At the conference, specialists and scholars of humanitarian and technical disciplines will be able to exchange experiences, ideas and plans related to culture and technology.