Research areas

  1. Informatics are more and more looking at the arts. This phenomenon opens up new and extremely relevant ways to approach and study the cultural industries and in particular the visual arts, the performing arts and cinema. The web offers opportunities to learn through dedicated portals containing information and databases on the visual and performing arts. Also, such tools allow us to pursue research activities, communicate, teach and assess teaching. At the same time, multimedia technologies can elaborate images and create virtual repositories (museums, exhibitions, performances) that foster a growing consumption of cultural goods. Since Italy is the hub of art studies, it could take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies, to develop a new way of studying and communicating the artistic heritage; by innovating traditional research, which is based on formal and historical methodology, Italy could maintain its important role for the studies of art history. Furthermore, robotics and three-dimensional and moving images are opening up promising horizons for museums; elaborating images is extremely significant for art history studies and applied arts studies, as well as for the film industry and the performing arts.
  2. New technologies applied to research, in particular in the arts, theatre and cinema, have enabled many cultural and research centres to create web-sites, portals and specific programmes that allow an in depth view and analysis of texts, museum visits, photos etc.

According to the two research areas described, the PHD has worked and will continue working in the future, on the following activities:

  1. PHD students cooperate with the Laboratory for the analysis, research, preservation, technologies and economics of the arts, in particular with the group managed by Sonia Maffei, professor at Bergamo’s University, member of the scientific committee of the LARTTE portal and member of the PHD Board
  2. Implementation of the Fo.S.C.A portal created by the PHD course, which develops subjects related to artistic literature and art critiques history. Also, through F.o.S.C.A. the PHD cooperates with the Città Digitale project which is promoted by the Office for research and new tecnologies of Genoa's Municipality (Assessorato ai Saperi e all’Innovazione).