UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


[ONLINE] Leveraging XR for the Promotion of Art and Cultural Heritage

14 May 2024, 3:30 pm–4:45 pm

sloane lab 2024 series

Sloane Lab and HDSM Darmstadt are pleased to welcome Dr Stella Sylaiou (Dept of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics of the International Hellenic University, Greece)

This event is free.

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Marco Humbel, UCLDH Associate Director (ECR)

This presentation describes the use of digital tools in the development of platforms for the promotion of arts and culture, with emphasis on the framework used for categorizing and contextualising artworks/artefacts. The presentation draws on the CREAMS project, which employs XR as a fulcrum for enhancing more meaningful engagement with contemporary art virtual exhibitions through curatorial innovations as well as the inclusion of multimodal contextual material. Frameworks for creating a nexus of resources that add context to exhibited art are developed, with respective data classification approaches. Moreover, we will discuss the inclusion of artefacts’ aspects related to intangible heritage, such as pertinent narratives, histories and functions. What connects polysemic artworks, as well as artistic interpretations of history, is the need to create classification approaches that can adapt to the specificity of exhibits or catalogued material whose indispensable part is either a spiritual dimension or a poetic/ambivalent nature of the artwork, that call for more inclusive framing of culture-related digital platforms that aim at more meaningful audience engagement.  

Register for the Zoom event and view the full seminar series programme: https://critical-creative.eventbrite.co.uk

The Sloane Lab Seminar Series is convened by Marco Humbel (Sloane Lab & UCLDH), Nadezhda Povroznik (TU Darmstadt), Julianne Nyhan (TU Darmstadt & UCL) and Andrew Flinn (UCL). Administrative support is provided by Lucy Stagg (UCLDH & UCL IAS).

This joint virtual seminar is co-hosted by University College London, TU Darmstadt, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum.

The symposium is funded by the Towards a National Collection programme (Arts and Humanities Research Council) as an activity of the Sloane Lab Discovery Project.

About the Speaker

Dr Stella Sylaiou

Assistant Professor in Photogrammetry and Virtual Environments at Department of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics of the International Hellenic University, Greece

Her research area is digital heritage, with an emphasis on virtual museums. More information about her research projects can be found at https://www.sylaiou.com/research-projects/