The Museum Lab of the Research Centre on Interactive Media and Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE)
The Future of Technology in Museums
Georgios Artopoulos, Cyprus Institute
Ioanna Hadjicosti, Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
Antigone Heraclidou, The Museum Lab, RISE
Marinos Koutsomichalis, Cyprus University of Technology
Maria Shehade, The Museum Lab, RISE
Evanthia Tselika, University of Nicosia
Abstract: In recent years, a growing emphasis is placed on the possible applications of new technologies in museum environments and on the potential advantages that such applications can have on the overall visitor experience. Within the growing emphasis that is being placed on the visitor-oriented museum (in contrast to the collection-oriented museum), digital technologies have been used in many museums in an attempt to cultivate a ‘virtual dimension’ in many aspects of the museum operation: from conservation and digitization of the collections to the education and enjoyment of the visitor through experiences that go beyond the museum actual space and collection limits. This panel discussion is organized by the “Museum Lab” of the Research Centre on Interactive Media and Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE) which is dedicated to the exploration of potential applications of interactive and emerging technologies inside and outside museums and other heritage sites.The aim of the panel is to bring together museum professionals, historians, museologists, researchers and artists to discuss and re-imagine possible uses of technology in museums and the ways such technologies can be used to provide transformative and immersive museum experiences. Moreover, the panel will discuss the challenges that are currently faced or might be faced by the use of such technologies and will investigate ideas on how to overcome these challenges and use emerging technologies in creative ways. The panel discussion will consist of five-minute presentations by the panel participants followed by a guided discussion with the audience.
- Georgios Artopoulos is Assistant Professor at the Cyprus Institute. He works on immersive virtual environments, urban modeling and simulation for the study of public space, built heritage, and the creative exploration of historical narratives. He led the Digital Cultural Heritage community in the context of the H2020 VI-SEEM project, and is the Coordinator of the Working Group “Digital Practices for the Study of Urban Heritage” of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) European Research Infrastructure Consortium. Georgios holds a Master of Philosophy (2004) and a PhD, both conducted at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (2005-2010), with a Doctoral Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK. Previously he was employed by the University of Cambridge, University of Melbourne, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Ioanna Hadjicosti is the Curator of the Collection of Manuscripts and Rare Books of theBank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the Director of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. She has the responsibility to design and implement the new strategy, organize the yearly program of events and supervise the research programs of the Museums and Collections. She also participated as a researcher in various European programs receiving the Best Practice Award for the Grundtvig Workshop ‘Modern Views of Greek and Roman Antiquity’, by the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig 2011-2012. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a BA in Greek Philology and a Classics specialization. She studied with the Scholarship of the Institute of National Scholarships of Greece (Ι.Κ.Υ.). She then pursued her studies in Classics at University College London (UCL) where she was first awarded the MA in Classics, followed by a PhD (thesis title: Aischylos and the Trojan Cycle: The Lost Tragedies). Her research is multidisciplinary combining literature, theatre studies, archaeology and history and her research interests mainly include ancient drama and epic poetry.
- Antigone Heraclidou holds a PhD in Modern History from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. She is the author of Imperial Control in Cyprus: Education and Political Manipulation in the British Empire (2017) and co-editor of Cyprus: from Colonialism to the Present: Visions and Realities. Essays in honour of Professor Robert Holland (2018). She has taught History modules at the University of Cyprus, the Open University of Cyprus and the European University of Cyprus. She worked closely with several museums in Nicosia during her post as Officer at Nicosia Tourism Board. She is now a Research Associate at the Museum Lab MRG at the RISE. Her research interests include Cyprus’ colonial history, decolonisation, education and cultural heritage.
- Marinos Koutsomichalis (Athens GR, 1981) is a media artist, scholar and creativetechnologist. His practice is hybrid,nomadic, and ethnographic, involving field-work, creative coding,critical theory, making, live performance, workshopping,research residencies, ‘Doing-It-With-Others’, and hands- onexperimentation with materials and technologies of all sorts. He has hitherto publiclypresented his work, pursued projects, led workshops, and held talksworldwide more than 250 times and in all sorts of milieux: from leadingmuseums, acclaimed biennales, and concert halls, to industrial sites,churches,project spaces, and underground venues. He has held researchpositions at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology(Trondheim, NO) and at the University of Turin (IT), and has taught at the University of Wolverhampton (Birmingham, UK), and the Technical University of Crete (Rethymnon, GR). He is now a Lecturer in Multimedia Design for Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol, CY).
- Maria Shehade is an Expert Scientist at the Cyprus University of Technology and a Research Associate at the RISE Research Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies. She obtained her PhD from University College London. Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Negotiating cultural property disputes: bridging the gap between theory and practice, a way forward’, focused on the development of a strategic framework for negotiating cultural property disputes. She also holds an MA in Heritage Management from UCL, a BA in History, Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens and a Certificate in Negotiation from the Institute of Leadership and Management (UK). She has worked as a Research Associate in research projects, both in the UK and Cyprus, as a teaching assistant at UCL and as guest lecturer at the University of Nicosia. She has received several scholarships from the National Foundation of Scholarships of Greece, the UCL Graduate School and the Leventis Scholarship Foundation, which funded her doctoral research.
- Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert is associate professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She is the leader of the “Museum Lab” group at RISE (Research Center of Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging Technologies) and the coordinator of “Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab” of CUT. Her research interests include museum studies, visual sociology with an emphasis on photography, and new technologies in museums. Theopisti has published widely on museums and photography, is the co-author of The Political Museum (Routledge, 2016) and the editor of Museums and Visitor Photography (MuseumsEtc, 2016), Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (co-editor, Routledge, 2017), and Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity (co-editor, I.B.Tauris, 2014). She received her PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the recipient of several scholarships and awards including a Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice (USA), a Fulbright Fellowship (USA) and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award (UK).
- Evanthia Tselika is a visual arts researcher/writer, producer and assistant professor at the University of Nicosia. Her practice led research is focused on urban context, conflict transformation, community processes and socially engaged art practices. She develops and researches participatory art practices within the context of segregated cities and has worked, exhibited and collaborated with various art centres and museums locally and internationally. She is involved in co-producing socially engaged art projects and research, such as the Interreg Balkan Med funded programme Phygital (Greece- Albania-Cyprus, 2017-2019) or the European Cultural Foundation Shaping Common paths (2017-2018). In 2019 a collective volume publication she is co-editing on contemporary art and Cyprus is due to be published by Bloomsbury. http://evanthiatselika.com.