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Intangible Meetings | Talks during BoWB 2018

Intangible Meetings
by the Art History Lab, University of Ioannina and the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Greece

The “Intangible Meetings” are intended as presentations and on-stage dialogues that survey, analyse and debate aspects of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), offering a multi-vocal and interdisciplinary perspective.

Find info on the conditions to participate here.
See the analytical programme of the conference here.
Download the analytical time specific programme here: Intangible Meetings Agenda


The programme explores the emerging landscape of ICH in research and applied knowledge, with a focus on the European and Balkan region. The Intangible Meetings bring together cultural workers, theorists, artists and technologists, with the aim to consolidate contemporary definitions of ICH, its conceptual framework, art and creative practices, as well as examine new technological approaches along with existing and potential digitalities of ICH.

ICH initiates from the Convention adopted by UNESCO for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.” (art. 2, UNESCO, 2003).

ICH designates the immaterial forms of everyday culture and is also denominated as “Living Heritage”, including inherited, intetemporal traditions as well as current urban and rural manifestations that are incorporated into contemporary expression. Up until now, ICH can be discerned in five domains, Oral Tradition and Expression, Performing Arts, Social Practices and Festive Events, Knowledge and Practices, and Traditional Craftmanship.

Communities, local cultures and generic memory can be considered the linchpin for the emergence of ICH, nevertheless ICH is transmitted, remediated, curated, utilized and safeguarded through a complex actors’ network and a wide participatory system.

The ephemeral, multi-versioned and performative actualities of ICH pose theoretical and technological challenges for its documentation, sustainment and re-enactment. They extend to more interdisciplinary practices and reinforce immersive modes of experiencing them, exposing also the potential to new forms of representation and institutionalization, like virtual museums.

The Intangible Meetings include but also go beyond the following themes:

  • Good practices in sharing authority between institutionalized agency and ICH bearers/communities
  • New conceptualizations and critical approaches of ICH
  • Protocols and standardization of ICH for management, risk assessment and evaluation
  • Virtual Museums for ICH
  • Public engagement strategies with ICH through digital means
  • Digitalities of ICH and media art (VR, AR, interactive)
  • New technologies, processes and instruments for working with ICH