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DIMYMYDI Seminar: Digital Literacy in Art Education


The DIMYMYDI Digital Literacy in Art Education seminar aims to highlight the tension between traditional teaching methods and the ever-changing digital landscape. Through a series of lectures, we explore how digital tools can enhance art education by fostering a comprehensive artistic ecosystem. One where digital technologies can be manipulated and their profound impacts on both the arts and society can be critically explored.

The evening kicks off with an introduction to the Erasmus+ project DIMYMYDI by Tarja Nieminen and Gerard Fox. Kristi Fekete will discuss digital intimacy and its impact on artistic expression from a feminist perspective, followed by Boris van den Eynden and Lieven van Speybroeck, who will present assignments speculating on the electronic trainee device's imagination. Finally, Janna Beck and Annelise Cerchedean will launch their new publication called Framed, which emerged from a broad research into immersive experiences, collaborative creation and public interaction. The book can be found online via >> THIS LINK.

The seminar is part of the EU-funded project Digital Mythologies - Mythological Digitalities, coordinated by the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. It is free and open to everyone.

Participate by registering via >>THIS FORM!


– 18:30: Reception
– 19:00: Introduction to the DIMYMYDI project (by Tarja Nieminen and Gerard Fox)
– 19:15: Lecture 1: Kristi Fekete
– 19:45: Break
– 20:15: Lecture 2: Boris van den Eynden and Lieven Van Speybroeck
– 20:45: Book launch: Janna Beck and Annelise Cerchedean
– 22:00: Wrap up


Digital Mythologies – Mythical Digitalities aims to explore and develop digital tools for art tutors and artists, with a focus on the theme of Mythology. Over the course of three years, each partner country organizes a workshop for students. The workshops study myths, their historical and current position in the social and political creation of meanings in the context of technological explosion. Each workshop uses local mythologies as a starting point (mythological creatures or objects, gods etc.), and contains lectures on historical and current incarnations of mythology in local cultural production and artifacts. Through these workshops, students will have the opportunity to engage with mythological concepts in a meaningful and creative way, ultimately contributing to a greater appreciation of the enduring power and relevance of mythology in
contemporary society.

Digital Mythologies – Mythological Digitalities is led by Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and involves Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology (Dublin, Ireland), ASP Art Academy (Katowice, Poland), DA Academy of Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium).


Kristi Fekete's practice is a suggestion of a feminist, intersectional interpretation of digital intimacy and its influence on expressiveness. It is also an expression of a struggle. Digital as a topic has become a vast, terrific landscape of sublime, towering over our everyday lives. Even when trying to approach it from different angles, one easily becomes overwhelmed by the discourse surrounding it. Its language swings between utopian and dystopian tones. In the lecture Kristi shares her personal experience of situating oneself within a digital research — how situated knowledge can help with anchoring an artistic practice.

Janna Beck and Annelise Cerchedean will launch their new publication called Framed. This flipbook, created by Janna Beck and Annelise Cerchedean, is complemented by a digital counterpart crafted by Frankie Frrrankie (ANH LE) and Kristí Fekete, and published by Track Report of the Academy. It emerges as a collaborative outcome of the research projects 'GrowingGifs,' 'Framed,' and '&Co,' all of which converge to foster immersive experiences and promote public participation and interaction. While the publication endeavors to serve as a comprehensive culmination of these efforts, it humbly acknowledges the inherent challenge of fully encapsulating the breadth of the research. Conceived as a collective effort to remain in line with the overarching spirit of the research, this publication embodies collaborative synergy.

Boris van den Eynden and Lieven Van Speybroeck present a number of assignments in which speculation about the imagination of the electronic trainee device is central.