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EVA CONFERENCES MIRRORING, REFLECTING & AMPLIFYING ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’. EVA MOSCOW 2007. EVA Conferences International University of Florence EVA Conferences International. James Hemsley, Vito Cappellini, Monica Kaayk,. jrh/mmk/nov’07. INTRODUCTION. EVA = EVE, Adam’s wife

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Eva conferences mirroring reflecting amplifying culture x technology

EVA CONFERENCESMIRRORING, REFLECTING & AMPLIFYING‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’

EVA MOSCOW 2007

EVA Conferences InternationalUniversity of FlorenceEVA Conferences International

James Hemsley,Vito Cappellini,Monica Kaayk,

jrh/mmk/nov’07


Introduction

INTRODUCTION

  • EVA = EVE, Adam’s wife

  • EVA also originally = Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts

  • Now EVA = Electronic Imaging, the Visual Arts & Beyond.


Paper focus

PAPER FOCUS

  • EVA’s role in Mirroring, Reflecting & Amplifying

    N.B. Polycentric Technology R&D and Diffusion

  • Face-to-Face meetings still important [even with Internet] for establishing trust for cross-border relationships

  • Role of CULTURE in inspiring Technology R&D, not just a passive receiver sector

    NB. Culture x Technology ‘CxT’ indicating the ‘Two Way Street’.


Organisation of talk

ORGANISATION OF TALK

  • The Origins of ‘Culture x Technology’ in Europe

  • The EVA Conferences, A Brief Historical Overview

  • ‘Culture x Technology’: Future Perspectives & Scenarios

  • EVA Conferences, the future …

  • Conclusions.


The origins of culture x technology in europe

THE ORIGINS OF ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’ IN EUROPE

  • During the mid-’80s

    (1) Scientific Work in Laboratories of Major Galleries & Museums e.g:

    • National Gallery, London

    • Central Research Labs of the French National Museums [in the Louvre].

  • Supported by University Researchers e.g. ENST, Paris, Ecole National Superior de Telecom

Major Inspiration for the VASARI Project, first EC Computer Project on Culture for the EC.


The origins of culture x technology in europe1

THE ORIGINS OF ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’ IN EUROPE

(2) Bold Visionary French Efforts for Museum Visitors

  • 1986, Opening of the Musee d’Orsay

  • Use of Still New PCs

  • Very Courageous

  • At End of Visitor Route through the Museum

Second Milestone in Museum Visitor Information Systems, ‘Microgallery’ at the National Gallery, London in 1991.


The origins of culture x technology in europe2

THE ORIGINS OF ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’ IN EUROPE

(3) Pioneering use by Artists of Computers

  • Important Start – Now Widespread

    N.B. History is Vanishing, especially Computer Hardware. Important to Preserve

  • Examples in Britain – see CACHE Project

  • In Germany & Internationally, e.g. ZKM Karlsruhe

  • Russian Examples, to discuss

  • Cache Link (Possible?)


The origins of culture x technology in europe3

THE ORIGINS OF ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’ IN EUROPE

(4) Early Computer Use for Art History

  • Education & Research

  • Notable Research for Finding/Matching Images Visually

  • Example MORELLLI System

  • William Vaughan, Birkbeck College, University of London

  • Precursor of many such efforts in CBR Content- Based Research

    - Still an active R&D Area, especially for 3D Art Works

    - ‘Intelligent Systems’


The origins of culture x technology in europe4

THE ORIGINS OF ‘CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY’ IN EUROPE

VASARI PROJECT COMPUTERS

100s of EC R&D ICT PROJECTS in 1990s

Helpful in Worldwide ‘CxT’ Applications

  • RAMA - TELECOMS

  • NARCISSE - MULTIMEDIA

… and FIRST EVA Conference held in London July, 1990

Acronym: Visual Arts System for Archiving & Retrieval of Images

Giorgio VASARI – Renaissance ‘Father of Art History’

VASARI


The context

THE CONTEXT

  • 1992 – Maastricht Treaty ‘Culture’ as a ‘European’ topic for Action

  • ‘Convergence’ of Computers [Information Technology], Telecoms & Multimedia [3 separate EC Programmes]

  • ‘Peace Dividend’, both sides of ‘Cold War’

  • Technology Development

- Display

+ + +

  • Web

  • Scanners

  • Storage

  • Software


International highlights

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Russia + + cf. First EVA Moscow 1998 + +

  • North America: Ahead in Technology; follower initially in the Cultural Sector

  • Japan: a Distinctive Japanese Way- Consumer Electronics/TV in a key role in 90s - Subsequently Joined International ‘Mainstream’

  • Rest of World - RoW: Some in lead positions e.g. Australia, others joining later.


Eva history

EVAHISTORY

1st EVA London July, 1990

Annually in London, move to UCL in 1991 & National Gallery 1992-1996

UK

Beginnings & Growth

European Continent

Berlin, Florence in mid 1990s + + +

International

Moscow, Gifu (Japan) & Los Angeles 1998+ + +


Eva conferences 1990 2007

EVA CONFERENCES 1990-2007

MOSCOW

Glasgow Edinburgh CambridgeLONDON

Kiev

BERLIN

Montreal

Cambridge New York

California

Texas

WarsawPrague Vienna

Brussels Paris Laval

Gifu Beijing

FLORENCE

New Delhi

Thessaloniki Athens

Madrid

JERUSALEM


Eva conferences 2007

EVA CONFERENCES 2007

Moscow

Jerusalem

Moscow is the largest of all the EVAs

Berlin

London

NB: EVA has notreceived any financial support from the ECSince 2004

Florence


Culture x technology future perspectives 1

CULTURE x TECHNOLOGYFuture Perspectives (1)

Geographical

NB. Mozambique example

‘Widening’

DIFFUSION

Social

eg. Disabled & Hospitalised

Sectoral

... Like Ripples Across a Stream ...

eg. Performing Arts


Deepening raising technology

‘Deepening’ [Raising] Technology

CULTURE x TECHNOLOGYFuture Perspectives (2)

OPTIMISTIC

Three SCENARIOS

PESSIMISTIC

MIDDLE ROAD


Culture x technology future perspectives 3

CULTURE x TECHNOLOGYFuture Perspectives (3)

Technology Develops Rapidly e.g. Haptics / 3D / Intelligent Systems / Grid ++ +

Applications in Challenging New Fields eg. Performing Arts, Literature

OPTIMISTIC SCENARIO

BIG Cultural Data Sets eg. Prague City 3D Model

Culture Inspiring Technology R&D

NB ‘Disruptive’ Advances

‘Polycentric’ Advances at Very High Level e.g. China & India


Culture x technology

CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY

KONDRATIEFF WAVE THEORY

PEAKED CIRCA 2000

PESSIMISTIC SCENARIO

ALL ‘LOW-HANGING’ FRUITS PICKED

MAINLY ‘HIGH-HANGING’ FRUITS LEFT


Culture x technology1

CULTURE x TECHNOLOGY

Technology Progress ‘Reasonable’

Incremental Developments Continue Steadily

MIDDLE SCENARIO

Some ‘Disruptive’ Technology Advances

High Polycentric Technology Advances


Eva conferences the future in 2008 six events

EVA CONFERENCES THEFUTUREIN2008, SIX EVENTS

Moscow

Jerusalem

Berlin

Vienna

London

Florence


Towards the 100 th eva conference

TOWARDS the 100thEVA CONFERENCE

EVAs in 2009

80th EVA MOSCOW 2007

6 EVAs in 2008

6 EVAs in 2010

+

+

+

=98

If 2 more EVAs held in 2008-2010 then EVA Moscow 2010 will be the 100th. Possibilities in Latin America, Australia, Eastern Europe, Middle East. … Volunteers Welcome!


Towards the 100th eva challenges

TOWARDS the 100th EVA CHALLENGES

  • Each EVA is Financially Independent

  • Key Issue - Raising more money. [NB Florence very successful].

FINANCIAL

C H A L L E N G E S

ORGANISATIONAL

Crucially Dependent on Chairs & OrganisingGroups

EVA London leadership transition successful. James Hemsley, nowHonorary Chair

Succession challenges will occur


Conclusions

CONCLUSIONS

EVA CONFERENCES HAVE HAD A ROLE IN:

Helpng the CxT community to see itself

MIRRORING

Enabling wider CxT Community to see progress

REFLECTING

Intellectual Reflection

AMPLIFYING

‘RAISING THE VOLUME’


Eva conferences mirroring reflecting amplifying culture x technology

EVA 2007 MOSCOW10th AnniversaryCongratulationsto all those who have worked so hard over the years on all the EVA Eventsand particularly those who have made this the10th Anniversary event… andmost of all a very special Thank You to NadezhdaBrakker & Leonid Kujbyshevwithout whom EVA Moscow would not have been possible


Eva conferences mirroring reflecting amplifying culture x technology

Thank Your For Your Attention

James,Vito & Monica

EVA Conferences & University of Florence


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