C. Moulherat - musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Material & Virtual Bodies

Multimedia technologies in the visual arts (EVA Paris 2018)

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA Conferences) and the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, in partnership with the Sorbonne Université, are organising an international, inter- and multi-disciplinary symposium on the application of multimedia technologies in the field of visual arts, museums, cultural, scientific and archaeological heritage.

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Founded by James Hemsley, Kirk Martinez and Anthony Hamber in London in 1990, the EVA (Electronic information, the Visual Arts and beyond) conferences are held annually in Berlin (Germany), Florence (Italy), Jerusalem (Israel), Saint-Petersburg (Russia) and Canberra (Australia).

The musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, a pioneering institution in the application and development of new technologies for the study and conservation of collections and is hosting the first EVA PARIS 2018 conference together with the Sorbonne University. This international conference will look at the different ways in which the digital revolution is changing our perception of the body, space and time.

How digital innovations modify the different scientific disciplines: medical anthropology, archaeology, art history and architecture?
What is the impact on professionals and actors of art, museums, cultural mediation in society,

Indeed, medical anthropology, which uses physical, medical-legal and social approaches, allows us to reconstruct in a very precise way the state of health of past populations. How have these new technologies reduced sampling and considerably developed the virtualisation of stored data and scientific results? In certain specific cases of software, facial recognition and biometrics give a face to the past. At the same time, biomedical techniques can also be used to study the hidden or invisible side of museum objects.

Archaeology sets up innovative technological infrastructures, resulting from 3D engineering to explore sites, objects... 3D modelling allows the reconstruction of destroyed sites of a world architectural heritage. The memory of places and objects becomes alive again for a large public.

In art history, paintings become animated, collections, museums and cultural heritage become virtual. Immersive exhibitions project the viewer into a new experience over time and history. This journey through space and time provides a strong cognitive and sensory experience giving rise to collaborative games.

New digital forms redesign spatial environment in architecture, what are convergences between human and nature, reality and virtuality?
How do these innovations change the construction, classification and ordering of our world? These new tools are revolutionizing the way people create and consume. This conference is aimed at a wide audience of researchers, manufacturers, mediators and students, with a view to offering new perspectives.

The challenges of digital technology will be questioned: artificial intelligence, connected objects, big data and new service platforms.


    • Philippe Charlier, Director of the Department of Research and Education, musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.

    • Nathalie Ginoux, Lecturer (HDR) in Art History, and Celtic Archaeology, Sorbonne-Université, Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

    • Christophe Moulherat, Head of Collections Analysis, musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac

    • Bertrand Triboulot, Archaeologist-Design Engineer at the Direction régional des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France.

    • Dany Sandron, Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology of the Middle Ages, Sorbonne-Université, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

    •  Jeanette Zwingenberger, Art Historian, Professor at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and independent exhibition curator.


    Anna Gianotti-Laban, Scientific events manager at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac: anna.laban@quaibranly.fr +33 (0)1 56 61 70 24

  • Place:   Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • TimeSlots:
    The Wednesday 19 December 2018 from 09:30 to 18:30

    The Thursday 20 December 2018 from 09:30 to 18:30
  • Public:   Researcher, student, All publics
  • Categorie : Symposia
  • Free entry (subject to available places)
    Gratuit (dans la limite des places disponibles)