Vaganova Ballet Academy

Information Technology in the Arts

International conference in the context of the year of Russian cinema

1-2 December 2016

 Information Technology in the Arts

Information Technology (IT) is playing an increasingly major role in our lives, changing them radically if discreetly, making them both simpler and more sophisticated. As the flagship of all that is new and original, the arts inevitably respond to scientific and technical innovation. To what extent do such innovations contribute to the expression of new meanings in today’s art forms ? Should they be applied directly, or do we instead need to take time to reflect upon them? Do contemporary artists really need to draw upon IT or are they merely creating effects, perhaps blurring what is essential to art ?

The international conference «Information Technology in the arts» will take place on December 1-2, 2016, in the context of the 5th Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum. It is organised by the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Saint-Petersburg State University, with the cooperation of University Paris 8. The conference will address issues related to applying IT in contemporary art forms, in dance and in teaching, involving five different departments: dance and film; film and multimedia; IT in music and in contemporary composition; contemporary choreography and performance art; IT and teaching.

The main themes dealt with will be the following: IT in film; contemporary dance and multimedia; surround sound; virtual reality; interactivity; contemporary music; new sound space; computer-based compositions; new composition techniques; electroacoustic music; digital performance; experimental art; IT as applied to teaching creative disciplines; distance teaching; virtual education.

Papers can be given in English, French or Russian.

Proposals must be submitted as a Word file (.doc), and must include the following:
– full name;
– country and institution;
– e-mail address;
– Title of paper;
– abstract (no more than 350 words).

Abstracts should include all the information necessary to allow the Programme Committee to assess both the originality of the argument and of the proposal and its potential as a conference paper. Following acceptance, abstracts can be changed in view of their publication in the conference programme.

Proposals should be submitted as attachments by email to by 20 October 2016.

Everyone submitting a proposal will be sent a confirmation email; if this has not been received within five days, please send the proposal once again.

All those who have submitted a proposal will be notified of its acceptance or rejection by 25 October 2016.

Travel and living expenses are at the cost of the participants (both speakers and attenders).