1 Dec 2023 17:00 - 19:00 GR 06/07, English Faculty, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP


An event organised by Cambridge Digital Humanities


Lily Díaz-Kommonen is Professor in New Media at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Since 1998, she has led the Systems of Representation research group that works in visualisation and virtual reality for culture and heritage.


Social cohesion is a pervasive topic in our societies where social media tools are often regarded as sources of chaos and division. In this lecture I will discuss two research projects involving design, digital technology tool development and the cultural heritage sector. One of the projects is the interactive historical reconstruction in virtual reality of the Pavilion of Finland at the 1900 World Fair in Paris (2006-2023). The creation of this structure realised by local artists and intellectuals, underscored the historical reality of Finland as an independent nation with its own culture, language, and narratives. The other project was realised during the years 2020 – 2023 and we developed a virtual reality prototype for a Pop-up VR Museum based on objects from the collection of Design Museum Helsinki. Among the questions dealt with in both these studies is whether it is possible to use design and digital tools together with cultural heritage to promote social cohesion.

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This event will be followed by a drinks reception. The room is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs for this event please get in touch. We will do our best to accommodate any requests.

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