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Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The conference is aimed at examining the ‘grid’ as a cross-disciplinary theme with a multiplicity of expressions in terms of definitions, concepts, perceptions, representations, and histories. The ‘grid’ has played a significant role in shaping the spatial imaginaries of a wide range of fields: from Hippodamus of Miletus to the Cartesian revolution in mathematics, from the visual arts to archaeology to 'smart cities' and artificial intelligence. As the 'grid' has become an all-encompassing term, signifying a vast array of infrastructural and communication networks through which contemporary life is mediated and controlled, it is commonly viewed as a quintessential symbol of modernity. The conference strives to explore a new horizon of relationships and fusion of the ‘grids’ in these areas as manifested between humans, between machines, and between humans and machines ‒ bridging philosophical, cultural, pedagogical, technical and ethical issues.

Announcement

Argument

The conference is aimed at examining the ‘grid’ as a cross-disciplinary theme with a multiplicity of expressions in terms of definitions, concepts, perceptions, representations, and histories. The ‘grid’ has always played a significant role in shaping the spatial imaginaries of a wide range of fields: from Hippodamus of Miletus to the Cartesian revolution in mathematics, from the visual arts to archaeology to 'smart cities' and artificial intelligence. Hence, there is no single essence of the grid, and the conference is open to all associations between orthogonal frames and ordering devices, between geo-coded networks and technical operations, via off-the grid situations.

As the 'grid' has become an all-encompassing term, signifying a vast array of infrastructural and communication networks through which contemporary life is mediated and controlled, it is commonly viewed as a quintessential symbol of modernity. This conference strives to explore a new horizon of relationships and fusion of the 'grids' in these areas as manifested between humans, between machines, and between humans and machines ‒ bridging philosophical, cultural, pedagogical, technical and ethical issues. The conference will in this way foster a fruitful dialogue concerning the grid among researchers, practitioners and artists.

Allow us to also draw your attention on the exciting 3D digital art exhibition "Gridded Fabric(-ations)" that will take place in parallel to the conference (see program for exhibition's prelude).

Participation

Last May, HIT's Department of Multidisciplinary Studies was supposed to host on campus an international conference entitled "The Multidisciplinary Grid 2020". With great regret, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was cancelled. As an alternative, the conference will be held online on November 23rd 2020 -- attendance is free, registration through the invitation's attached link is required.

Registration and further information: https://www.hit.ac.il/sites/en/grid

Program

Monday, 23 November 2020 [GMT+3]

Opening 10:00–10:30 

  • Welcome and greetings Prof. Eduard Yakubov, President, HIT
  • Opening remarks Dr. Nava Shaked, Head, the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT

10:30-11:00   Keynote lecture Data Science – A Primary Enabler to an Academic Grid Professor Niv Ahituv, Collar School of Management, Tel Aviv University

Session I: Educational Environments of the Grid | 11:00-12:00

Duet A

  • Deployment of an Educational Grid Enhanced by a Humanoid Robot (HR): A Showcase of an Implementation in a Team-Based Training Dr. Dan Kohen-Vacs and Prof. Gila Kurtz, Faculty of Instructional Technologies, HIT
  • Storytelling in Virtual Reality: A Multidisciplinary and Immersive Experience with a Grid Methodology for Students Tom Peeters, Kristof Timmerman, Dr. Silvia Van Aken, Jeroen Cluckers, Dr. Wannes Heirman, and Frederik Marain, AP University of Applied Science and Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)

Duet B (in parallel)

  • Learning in the Grid: The Socio-spatial Processes that Shape Learning in the Digital Era Dr. Hagit Meishar-Tal, Faculty of Instructional Technologies, HIT What if…? Chemistry-Art Fusion in Action Dr. Debora Marchak, Science-Teaching Department, the Weizmann Institute of Science & Ort Arad Highschool

Session II: Gridded Plans and Architectures | 12:00-13:00

Duet A

  • Practical Town Planning, Urban Art, and Geography: The Grid Specialized Prof. Renato Leão Rego, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, State University of Maringá, Brazil
  • Centrifugal versus Processional: Divine Power and Mundane Power in Ancient Chinese Funeral Grids Dr. Shaoqian Zhang, Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History, Oklahoma State University 

Duet B (in parallel)

  • Rediscovering Cerdá’s Grid Plan Arch. Daniel Azerrad, Ariel University's School of Architecture
  • The Gridded Society: Residential Patterns and Social Mobility in Spanish American Cities in the 18th Century | Dr. Hillel Eyal, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT

Virtual tour at HIT's multidisciplinary Vitrina Gallery|

  • 13:00-13:30 A visit at the 3D digital expo: Gridded Fabric(-actions) Prelude: Dr. Liora Bigon, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT

Session III: The Grid – Artistic Impressions | 13:30-14:30

Duet A

  • The Grid in Sound: How the Tools Shape Us Prof. Dr. Josef (Seppo) Gründler, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences
  • Between Technological and Aesthetic Grids: Philosophical Challenges Posed by AI Artists Sagit Alkobi Fishman, Independent Digital Artist & New Media Scholar

Duet B (in parallel)

  • The Grids of Computational Art Production, or: On a Convergence of Artist, Instrument Maker, and Fabricator | Frank Bauer, Elsa-Neumann PhD Fellow, Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning, Berlin University of the Arts LEGEND: Art as a Grid of Truths and Lies Arch. Tamer Lev-On, Faculty of Design, HIT

Session IV: Grids of Biology and Technology | 14:30-15:30

Duet A

  • Bio-Inspired Grid Strategies for Collective Coordination Dr. Sayfan G. Borghini, Faculty of Design, HIT
  • Meditation on Biology and Technology: Mechanisms as a Grid Dr. Amos Bardea, Faculty of Engineering, HIT

Duet B (in parallel)

  • Locating Facilities by the Properties of the Hexagonal Regular GridDr. Shai Gul, Faculty of Sciences, HIT and Prof. Reuven Cohen, Mathematics Dept., Bar-Ilan University
  • Measures of Well-Being and Technology Intensity in a Grid Framework Prof. Arik Sadeh, Faculty of Technology Management, HIT

Open Circle | 15:30-16:00

  • Discussant: Prof. Dr. Andreas Zehetner, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ)

Places

  • Holon Institute of Technology
    Holon, Israel

Date(s)

  • Monday, November 23, 2020

Keywords

  • grid, architecture, visual arts, biology, education, artificial intelligence (AI)

Contact(s)

  • Liora Bigon
    courriel : liorin [at] hotmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Michel Ben Arrous
    courriel : benarrous [at] arc [dot] sn

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« The Multidisciplinary Grid 2020 Conference », Study days, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, https://calenda.org/816901

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