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Symposium- The Future of the Past: Digitizing Cultural Property in an Era of Destruction
Start Date: 1/22/2016Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 1/22/2016End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:
The Future of the Past: Digitizing Cultural Property in an Era of Destruction

Symposium: Friday, January 22, 2016, 3-5 pm

Demonstration of the immersive virtual reality project, Nimrud Rising
Friday, January 22, 1-3 pm, Saturday, January 23, 1-5 pm

Shiva Gallery, John Jay College
(entrance at 860 11th Ave., New York, NY, between 58-59th Streets)

Symposium associated with the exhibition “The Missing: Rebuilding the Past”

    In 2015, ISIS created a number of videos whose elaborate production values and sophisticated release strategy over multiple social media channels contrasted with their brutal content – the destruction of cultural heritage artworks and sites by sledgehammers, bulldozers, and explosives. Yet, the same digital and internet technologies that insurgent groups such as ISIS are using for propaganda, recruitment, funding, and strategizing can also be used to monitor, preserve, and even stop the destruction of cultural heritage.

   This symposium offers a roundtable conversation among scholars, artists, and technological pioneers working at the leading edge of digital cultural heritage. They will discuss the promises and perils of new technologies – what will we gain? what might we lose? – as well as explain their visions for the most crucial projects and the most interesting technologies and strategies. Audience participation is expected and encouraged.

  On January 22 and 23, we will also present “Nimrud Rising,” an immersive virtual reality project in beta. The Northern Iraqi city of Nimrud was barrel bombed by ISIL in March. This VR project says no to ISIL’s destruction and seeks to resurrect the city, allowing visitors from around the world to visit using VR goggles and learn about its history and heritage. Presented with the Antiquities Coalition and Learning Sites, Inc.

Confirmed Speakers:

Morehshin Allahyari
(Iranian new media artist/activist)

Peter Herdrich,
(Co-founder of the Antiquities Coalition, CEO of Cultural Capital, CEO of the Archaeological Institute of America, news producer and Writer for TV.)

Donald H. Sanders
(President of Learning Sites, Inc.)

Erin Thompson (faculty member at John Jay College)
Clement Valla (Brooklyn-based artist, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design)
Location Information:
New Building  (View Map)
59th Street and Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY

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