International Art and Innovation in Museums Seminar (AIMs 2024)
                              June 24–26, 2024, St. Petersburg, Russia

Communication between the audience and the museum within the exhibition is closely related to the art of storytelling. New approaches to telling these stories are associated with the possibilities of multimedia and digital technologies. Their use in museum exhibitions provides viewers the opportunity for a deeper interaction with the context embedded in the exhibition, creating a personal connection with the presented material.

The goal of the seminar is to discuss the current state, prospects, and directions of using digital technologies in museums. Thus, the event serves as a platform for discussing the impact of digital technologies in the museum environment and implies the presence of two components - practical cases and scholarly analysis.

The target audience includes exhibition curators, IT specialists producing digital and multimedia content for museums, art historians, and cultural experts. As part of the seminar, there is a planned component dedicated to projects by young professionals. Students and graduate students enrolled in programs related to this topic are also invited to participate.

Working languages are Russian and English.

The key directions of the international seminar

We are inviting submissions for presentations related to the contexts of engaging the audience within the exhibition through the use of multimedia technologies. Thematically, the seminar is divided into four directions:

Interactive Exhibition Design: Exploring how multimedia technologies contribute to creating interactive and engaging exhibition designs that captivate the audience.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiences: Discussing the utilization of virtual and augmented reality technologies to enhance the viewer's immersion within the exhibition space.
Digital Storytelling in Museums: Focusing on the art of digital storytelling and how it enriches the museum experience, making it more dynamic and compelling for visitors.
Audience Participation and Feedback: Examining strategies and technologies that facilitate audience participation, feedback, and interaction within the exhibition context, fostering a more inclusive and dynamic museum environment.

The decision to include a presentation in the seminar program is determined by the review of abstracts (200-500 words) conducted by the seminar's program committee. To initiate this process, authors are required to submit an application via email to aim-seminar@yandex.ru, including their full name, presentation title, and abstract. The submission deadline is no later than April 15, 2024.

In the event that the report aspires to be included in the academic component of the seminar, there is a possibility for the paper to be published in the conference proceedings of IMS (Russian Index of Science Citation, Scopus). Detailed information about the publication status can be found on the page. Please note that the deadline for submitting articles for double-blind peer review by the international program committee of the conference is earlier, set for March 25, 2024. Further details are available at https://ims.itmo.ru/submission.html.

The seminar organizing committee

  • Irina Mamonova, Ph.D. in Art History, exhibition curator, senior lecturer at the Department of Information Systems in Arts and Humanities, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • Anna Chizhik, Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, multimedia director, associate professor at the Department of Information Systems in Arts and Humanities, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • Katarina Cokrlic, exhibition designer, Department of Information Systems in Arts and Humanities, St. Petersburg State University, Serbia/Russia.

The events of the IMS conference take place at the Congress Center of ITMO University (9 Lomonosova Street) from June 24 to June 26, 2024.

For more detailed information and participation conditions in the IMS-2024 conference, please visit: http://ims.itmo.ru/, https://ims.itmo.ru/eng/.
Email: ims@itmo.ru