“Constellations of Images: ‘The Grande Conversion’ in Cultural Archives” – 27 September 2023


27 September 2023


EPFL Pavilions, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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This event is part of the Narratives From the Long Tail: Transforming Access to Audiovisual Archives Event Series:



The digital era has witnessed a significant transformation in the accessibility and availability of cultural content in various formats, encompassing a wide range of art forms such as visual arts, cinema, literature, music, photography, and architecture. This shift from analogue to digital, referred to as the “grande conversion” by Milad Doueihi, continues to have a profound impact on our engagement with these creative expressions. By approaching this transition from the perspective of users’ expectations and objectives, considering their perceptions and abilities, we gain insights to navigate these changes effectively. This understanding enables us to develop and critically reflect on innovative interface processes that facilitate the emergence of new practices and experiences.

Spinning off the new book Les Devenirs numériques des patrimoines (The Digital Futures of Heritage), this event carefully curated a series of talks drawing on a variety of disciplinary perspectives and examples, showcasing the progress and advantages of working with the ever-changing technologies. Serving as a tantalizing teaser for the upcoming Symposium “New Paradigms for Accessing and Curating Audiovisual Collections”, the aim is to provide a glimpse into the rich and diverse tapestry of ideas that will be explored during the symposium.


14:00 – 14:10    Registration and welcome


14:10 – 14:30    Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Future cinema systems

14:30 – 14:50    Prof. Clarisse Bardiot, Rennes 2 University
    Digging into visual digital traces of performing arts

14:50 – 15:10    Prof. Daniel Foliard, Université Paris Cité
    Visual heritage as big data: on new paradigms and old power structures

15:10 – 15:30    Q&A


15:30 – 15:50    Coffee break


15:50 – 16:10    Prof. Martine Beugnet, Université Paris Cité & Lily Hibberd, Interdisciplinary Artist
    Choreographies of (Re)Scale: the aesthetics of interactive tools for digitized film archives

16:10 – 16:30    Prof. Sarah Kenderdine, EPFL
    Stereo spectacular

16:30 – 16:50    Dr Susan Hazan, Digital Heritage, Israel
    The Dance of the Doppelgängers
    Gen AI for cultural heritage

16:50 – 17:10    Q&A


17:10 –             Guided tour to the Laboratory for Experimental Museology, EPFL

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