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Postdoc Research: Dynamic Preservation of Interactive Art: The next Frontier of Multimedia Cultural Heritage (Federica Bressan)


Federica Bressan

Title of research project 

Dynamic Preservation of Interactive Art: The next Frontier of Multimedia Cultural Heritage


Ghent University, Belgium


Marc Leman

Estimated date of completion

January 2019

Previous education and/or work experience 

MD Musicology; PhD Computer Science


This project addresses the theoretical and methodological questions of embodied interaction through body movement and the use of mediation technology, in the context of multimedia installation art. The long-term goal is the definition of a framework for the preservation of interactive artworks, ensuring future re-use and flexible access.

Most multimedia artwork produced since the 1990s is lost due to the lack of adequate preservation methodologies: as a result, the European cultural asset is impoverished and its potential for economic growth is drastically diminished. The intrinsic interconnection of multimedia art with information technology requires a multidisciplinary approach to preservation, involving high-profile cultural and scientific competences.

With this project I intend to integrate my years of experience in the field of audio preservation with advanced competences from user-oriented studies in embodied cognition research, in order to bridge the gap between the world of the arts and multimedia preservation. Qualitative data, obtained with targeted questionnaires and interviews, will be processed and analysed in combination with quantitative data, obtained with state-of-the-art sensing technology (bio-sensors, motion capture, etc.).

Ghent University (BE) is a world-wide reference for embodied cognition research, social music interaction concepts and studies on user feedback, besides providing an innovation-friendly environment where I can broaden my professional network and establish myself as an independent researcher on the European level. During the secondment at the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision (NL), a trendsetting audiovisual archive and house to PrestoCentre, the EU competence centre on digital audiovisual preservation, I will receive additional training on the virtuous liaison between the world of multidisciplinary reserach with that of the creative industries.

This project contributes to the Work Programme H2020 by (1) canalizing advanced competences on the safeguard and the promotion of European cultural heritage, and by (2) bridging the gap between cutting-edge scientific-technological knowledge and the world of the arts, facilitating interdisciplinary innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors (Official Journal of the European Union, L 347/225, Artt. 3a and 5.1).