27th Berlin EVA – Conference


29. November – 01. December 2023

Cylinder Seal, Ident Nr. TH B 0557 © Vorderasiatisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Photo: Olaf M. Teßmer


Game-changing technologies are at the heart of the EVA-Berlin 2023 conference. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain and XReality applications are the innovative drivers in the ecosystems of the cultural sector, in creative industries and in artistic production. Haptic components of a work can be made tangible and pictorial representations can be put into appropriate words. A landscape painting gains an acoustic horizon of experience as a soundscape, or it is embedded in a game setting as an animated weather backdrop.

The educational mission in cultural institutions benefits from these possibilities. There are fundamentally new ways to interact with the audience and to address a broader public. Multimodal access and personalized communication services support the inclusive demands of today’s visitors and open up for a barrier-free perception also by disadvantaged or impaired audiences. At the same time, innovative technological tools have become firmly established in the fields of documentation, conservation and reconstruction. Machine learning tools ranging from linguistic analysis of historical records to OCR on handwritten texts are already providing valuable metadata for documentation. Digital twins are successfully utilized in the conservation and restoration of artworks to analyze damage, to suggest restoration methods, or even to plausibly reconstruct the colors and textures of destroyed artifacts.

However, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Generatability’ also entails serious risks. The new coexistence of man, machine and objects predictably dissolves familiar ties to the factual, to the material testimony of the artefacts and to the physical presence at the scene of the real. This raises questions of credibility and verification. Who are we actually talking to when entering into dialogue with an algorithmic counterpart?

The 27th EVA-Berlin Conference invites you to present current positions and practical application examples on these topics. Innovative contributions are welcome for the conference and for application-oriented workshops. Novel procedures, technologies and products can be presented at an exhibition at the same time.

As part of the international EVA Conference Network, the Berlin event is a platform for international exchange and European cooperation.

Location: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum am Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz 8, 10785 Berlin (Directions)

Focus areas and topics
  • Imaging: digital image acquisition methods in 2D and 3D
  • Visualization: from dataset to user interface
  • Modelling: 3D models and replicas between point clouds and dust clouds
  • Narratives: stories between curator and AI
  • Performing Arts: e-installations, dynamic video and digital concert halls
  • Event Formats: Collections between selfies and instawalks
  • Strategies: Digital Asset Management, documentation and metadata standards
  • Credibility: Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Certificates
  • Licensing: Open Access, NFT and commercial industries
  • Inclusion: multi-modal and multi-sensory transformation
  • Cybercrime: Phishing, bots, and fakes in the digital CH
  • Initiatives, collaborative projects and cooperations for
    culture: Europeana, DDB, specialist and collaborative portals

As part of the network of EVA conferences International located in FlorenceJerusalem, London and Paris the 27th EVA event in Berlin is a platform for transnational exchange and European co-operation.

Participants from: 
  • Museums, libraries, archives and performing arts institutions
  • Ministries of culture and education, museums and heritage organisations, other cultural institutions
  • Research institutions for image processing, computer graphics, information and media sciences
  • Suppliers of multimedia and image processing systems, hardware and software, online information services, databases

The conference EVA Berlin 2023 is to be held by the National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage with the dedicated support of the German Center for Aerospace e.V. – Institute of Optical Sensor Systems. It owes its programmatic impulses to the close cooperation with Eva-Conferences International and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg.