Academic Fields:

Art | Digital Humanities | Cultural Heritage 

Theme : The virtuality of Byzantine art visuality

Brief description 

Digital technologies have profoundly changed our approach to creativity and culture. They provide new insights of the way we access and preserve cultural assets, enriching creative capital that fortifies our ability to communicate and interact our cultural identities. Within the context of the cultural heritage, emerging technologies have not yet identified and deployed those elements that could convey the essence of heritage, especially in cultural heritage with monumental features, such as those of Byzantine art, focusing on fresco painting.

Research yielded a variety of databases, visualisation tools, 3D immersive environments, multi-sensor interactions and other simulations, providing platforms for aggregating digitised cultural resources and facilitating their use, in innovative products and services. 

However, even if some theories and practices focus on the semantic content of the cultural asset, either the majority of them is limited to a theoretical basis without applicable results, or is being consumed in technological processes without the possibility of incorporating the prototypical Schema of the specific cultural content. This is due to the lack of an environment that can synchronise the actual and virtual framework and enables an integrated knowledge.

When one notices such gaps in knowledge, practice or understanding during a doctoral or post-doctoral research, it may be time, for one, to get out of the office and find the answers through a field study. 

 

One of the main problems in Byzantine monumental art as a cultural asset is that of its service. Any form of access (analog or digital) to the cultural asset must include, as a key structural element, the production of those processes through which the value of its service is revealed. In the case of digital environment, where the cultural asset is to be reintroduced into a new framework (virtual), the dialectic between the old (context) and the new (hyper-context) must be clear and distinct. Therefore, a completely new framework should be generated from the production of the processes by which the cultural element declares its service.

Every research on cultural heritage and digital / emerging technologies must be based on three axes:

(i) the originality of the research,

(ii) the data available and

(iii) the test, prototype and documentation criteria.

Based on these key axes, it is important to consider what kind of data is being investigated and how it can be processed in research.

With its unique Byzantine cultural repository, the Karouσsos Archive provides a leading cultural content for analysis and processing that can fully support research and ensure its integrity when introduced into the new, digital, context.

The original worksheets from frescoes executed in Byzantine churches, photographs and slides from the study and work process, remain deliberately unpublished, so that they can be used as a first-class resource for cultural heritage research and digital / emerging technologies.

On-site studies of original frescoes and their prototype digital adaptations with parallel guidance and consulting.

Through the 100-year course in Byzantine Monumental Art, the on-site studies of the Karousos Archives provide the validity of the knowledge and include:

· Flexible field tests

· Immediate observation and analysis of a first level cultural good

· Standard structure research

· Consultancy services

Eligibility criteria

The programme is generally intended for interdisciplinary scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates should be at post graduate level ( Masters, PhD, Post-Doc) in the following areas, though not limited to these: Digital Humanities, Visualisation and Data Design, Immersive and Interacting Environments, Digital Narrative, Virtual Reality, Gaming and Interactive Storytelling, etc.

 

Submission Requirements

· Degree degree in the field of Arts (Theoretical or Practical direction)

· Certified registration in a postgraduate program, in an educational Institution or certified post-doc position at a Research Center

· Certified English language proficiency 

· Scholarship or other documented opportunity to cover living expenses during the field research.

· Introductory research paper where the wider cognitive area is defined and also a specific topic is developed.

Place of research

The field research is carried out Karoussos Archives, in Verga village of Messinian Mani at Peloponnese. The Maniot house, which dates back to the late 1800s, became the property of the Karoussos family in 1974. Recently, the house is used for research, lectures, round-tables, as well as for other cultural events. It also provides accommodation to established people of arts & letters for their study or projects.

Applications

The Karoussos Archives receives applications all year round. The evaluation committee meets once a year, in February, to select a total of ten (10) participants for the two annual periods of field research, conducted in April, May and June each year.

The application must include:

· Cover letter

· Detailed CV

· Field research report (1,500 words) (including expected results and their contribution to the overall research)

· Copy of passport

· Two (2) letters of recommendation

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The above documents should be sent electronically to karoussosarchives@gmail.com or by snail mail to: 

Karoussos Archives

8 Evridikis st.

14564 Kifissia

Attica - Greece