Tradition anew!
Biennale of Western Balkans, Ioannina, Greece

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Talks, Workshop, Screenings

International Museum Day ICOM · The future of tradition

Documenting cultural heritage and artistic creation -interdisciplinary approaches, contemporary media

In light of the International Museum Day and this year’s subject, which was chosen by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), “Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition”, the Biennale of Western Balkans along with the working group “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Media” of the History of Art Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts in the University of Ioannina, are organizing a day of talks, workshops and screenings.

The proposed initiative is linked with the activities of the 1st Biennale of Western Balkans that took place on October 2018 in Ioannina and intends to further examine already suggested topics, such as digital aspects of cultural heritage, concepts of openness and community values. The programme aspires to open up a project on-the-go that will keep on exploring cultural heritage in relation to technology, communities and new media.
Wednesday, May 15th 2019

Programme .

Schedule, Events

Talks

12:00 – 14:30
Silversmith Museum, Its Kale, Castle of Ioannina

Statement

Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

``tradition anew``

[introductory speech] Christos Dermentzopoulos –  Professor, School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina, Director of History of Art Laboratory & Director of the Biennale of Western Balkans

“From informatics for culture, to cultural informatics”

Manolis Wallace – Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Peloponnese & Director at ΓΑΒ LAB – Knowledge and Uncertainty Research Laboratory

“Establishing national infrastructure for open, interoperable and reusable digital cultural content for research, education and creative industries”

Georgia Angelaki – National Documentation Centre, Research Associate

“Meta-typologies: the museum”

Polyxeni Mantzou – Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering DUTh & PALIMPSEST programme

“Visual Ecotopias: Towards an ecology of cultural heritage through contemporary art”

Victoria Ferentinou – Assistant Professor, School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina

“Approaching sites of dark cultural heritage through artistic creation: The ECHO Program (European Cultural Heritage Onstage)”

Nikos Pasamitros – PhD Candidate of International Relations, Panteion University & InterAlia Research Manager

Workshop

 17:30 – 19:30
Pyrsinella mansion, 5 Papazoglou str. & Aravantinou

 

“What-the-hack?!”

Revekka Kefalea, Project Manager at Inter Alia, Inspirer & Curator of GLAM Hack

Screenings

 20:00 – 22:00
Pyrsinella mansion, 5 Papazoglou str. & Aravantinou

Granica / Border (21’) - 2010

Directed by: Yana Nikolova
Production: Bulgaria

The fairs (15’) - 2017

Directed by: Ioanna Neophytou
Production: Albania-Greece

Off-History (19’) - 2014

Directed by: Selini Halvadaki
Production: Greece

Dark Vein (20’) - 2019

Directed by: Stratis Vogiatzis & Giorgos Samantas
Production: Greece (Caravan Project)

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Wednesday, May 15th 2019

Tradition anew !

The talks are accompanied by an educational workshop and a curated program with short film screenings, that link tradition to its contemporary aspects and manifestations.

Talks

New ways of documenting and promoting cultural heritage of various communities, while reflecting on established types, perspectives and methodologies.
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Workshop

Through the workshop, participants will learn about various digital documentation platforms of cultural heritage and experiment with good practices of creative content re-use.
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Screenings

The screenings programme aims to present the anthropological and artistic representations of tradition focusing in the Balkans, through contemporary cinema.
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Silversmith Museum, Its Kale, Castle of Ioannina (12:00 – 15:00)

Talks

The programme includes a series of talks from new as well as distinguished scientists, researchers and creators, who come from various disciplines and explore cultural heritage through interdisciplinary approaches and contemporary media.
The conference will be introduced by an announcement from the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece and by a welcome speech by Dr. Christos Dermentzopoulos, Professor in the School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina, Director of the History of Art Laboratory and the Biennale of Western Balkans.
Manolis Wallace - Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Peloponnese & Director at ΓΑΒ LAB - Knowledge and Uncertainty Research Laboratory

“From informatics for culture, to cultural informatics”

The recent technological developments in the areas of documentation, analysis and projection, have created new grounds for synergies between history, culture, art and technology. Which is, however, the element that defines the success, or not, of these synergies and what is the looming future of the area?
Georgia Angelaki - National Documentation Centre, Research Associate

“Establishing national infrastructure for open, interoperable and reusable digital cultural content for research, education and creative industries”

The talk will focus on the presentation of SearchCulture.gr, the national accumulator of cultural content, as well as on the importance of adopting minimum common standards of interoperability and openness from cultural institutions that implement digital works, for the development of a single digital public space with particular value of reusability in education, research and creative industries.
Polyxeni Mantzou - Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering DUTh & PALIMPSEST programme

“Meta-typologies: the museum”

Museums are one of the most illustrative architectural typologies of the objectified, alphabetic, modern world. We are currently witnessing an entangling of traditional typologies, which also affects the museums. New ways of organizing and taxonomizing the world and novel perceptions of where subjects are placed in it, make imperative the redesign of the museum.
Victoria Ferentinou - Assistant Professor, School of Fine Arts and Sciences of Arts

“Visual Ecotopias: Towards an Ecology of Cultural Heritage through Contemporary Art”

According to international bibliography, natural environment is inextricably linked to tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The talk examines the collaboration between artistic practise, ecological theory and environmental activism in contemporary art, through examples that were presented in the “Visual Ecotopias” symposium, which was part of the programme of the 1st Biennale of Western Balkans. The main purpose is the critical reflection on the sustainable use of aspects of cultural heritage by contemporary artists who attempt to raise environmental issues.
Nikos Pasamitros - PhD Candidate of International Relations, Panteion University & InterAlia Research Manager

“Approaching sites of dark cultural heritage through artistic creation: The ECHO Program (European Cultural Heritage Onstage)”

The talk is based on the idea of the empowerment of cultural heritage in a community level and on the approach of dark heritage and history, through artistic creation as a means of reflection on collective traumatic experiences. The case of the ECHO Program is unfolding, which took place in Bitola (North Macedonia), in Novi Sad (Serbia) and Veliki Preslav (Bulgaria).
Pyrsinella Mansion, 5 Papazoglou str. & Aravantinou (17:30 - 19:30)

Workshop

What-the-hack?!

In the context of the workshop, participants will become acquainted with: (a) digital archives and repositories of cultural heritage (e.g. Europeana, OpenGLAM, SearchCultutre), (b) Creative Commons licenses, and (c)good practices of creative reuses of digital cultural heritage. In addition, with the use of online image processing programmes and tools, they will create their own derivative artworks.

Requirements: Laptop with charger & basic computer and online skills.

Pyrsinella Mansion, 5 Papazoglou str. & Aravantinou (20:00 - 22:00)

Screenings

A collaboration with Balkans Beyond Borders, Inter Alia and Project Caravan. The screenings programme is presented by Vasiliki Maltasoglou, communication manager of Balkans Beyond Borders

Directed by: Yana Nikolova Production: Bulgaria, 21’, 2010

The sense of humaneness, of neighborhood, of being separated by one border, one language, one nationality. Are our mentalities different? What we have been recently in view of what we are today.

Directed by: Ioanna Neophytou Production: Albania-Greece, 15', 2017

A 2-channel video documentary, presenting the story of two villages (Ayia Marina and Kossovitsa) that used to be one, but were separated by the border line between Albania and Greece. The video traces the story of this separation through the summer fairs that since 1990 unify again the inhabitants in a revelry.

Directed by: Selini Halvadaki Production: Greece, 19', 2014

The documentary investigates the current economic and social crisis of Greece as well as the mechanisms that construct our private and collective memory, through the history of an unfinished building.

Directed by: Stratis Vogiatzis & Giorgos Samantas Production: Greece (Caravan Project), 20', 2019

The film is about a pilgrimage, which begins from the city Bitola (or Monastiri in North Macedonia) and the cemeteries that can be found around the city· it continues in various villages in Pelagonia area that have suffered war and displacement. Then follows the arch of lignite, the transformation of the scenery, the villages that were eradicated due to the mining process. Following the regional practice of incorporating warfare findings into new structures, the film goes beyond formal history, constructing through fractures, a memory that is still unshaped, doomed to not be heard, an anti-memory.

News .

Learn more about the events of International Museum Day ICOM and the organisations taking part in the Biennale of Western Balkans.

The future of tradition

“Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition” was chosen as the main theme for International Museum Day 2019 by ICOM
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