Vaganova Ballet Academy

Information Technology in the Arts - II

November 16 - 18, 2017

Information Technology in the Arts - 2017

Our fine arts were developed; their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. In all the arts there is a physical component which cannot be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. In the last twenty years, neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art. (Paul Valéry [« The Conquest of Ubiquity », 1928])

Not only has Information Technology (IT) been increasingly applied to our current lifestyle – it has actually become our way of living. The arts, as reflecting new processes and movements, inevitably react to recent changes. In what ways does innovation change the art forms we know and are used to? How naturally does IT find its way into our lives? What are the elements felt to be genuinely progressive, and what can we simply not take on, no matter what the circumstances?

These questions will be addressed at the international conference « Information Technology in the arts » which will take place on November 16-18, 2017, in the context of the 6th Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum. It is organized by the Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Saint-Petersburg State University. The conference will deals with issues related to IT as applied to contemporary art forms, danceand teaching, with six different panels: IT and cultural industries; film and multimedia; IT in music and in contemporary composition; contemporary choreography and performance art; IT and teaching; and a round table will focus on transhumanism in culture and the arts. 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; IT in cultural industries.

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 September 30, 2017.

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 October 10, 2017.

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