Digital Mythologies - Mythological Digitalities
The Erasmus+ International Strategic Partnerships project "Digital Mythologies-Mythological Digitalities", led by the Department of Graphic Design together with partners from five countries, is almost halfway through! The project was initiated by Aalto University (Finland), which has climbed to a respectable sixth place in the global ranking of art and design schools. The project partners are Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania), Aalto University (Finland), Katowice Academy of Art and Design (Poland), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin (Ireland) and the Royal Academy of Art and Design in Antwerp (Belgium).
During the three-year project (2022-2024), each partner country - Poland, Lithuania, Ireland, Finland and Belgium - will host an international student workshop with five students from each school. The event will analyse and interpret myths, highlighting their historical relevance in today's social and political meaning-making in the context of technological diffusion. Using the cultural resources (myths, mythological creatures, gods, etc.) of the countries where the workshop takes place as a starting point, lectures will be given on the historical contexts of mythology as well as on contemporary interpretations in the production of creative industries and art/design artefacts.
Mythology: the game
The first workshop took place in Katowice, Poland, from 31 March to 8 April 2022. The theme of the workshop was Mythology: the game. Working in international groups, the students shared their country's cultural experiences, conceptualised the content of the ideas and presented the dynamic media projects at the Young Agrafa event.
The second took place in Vilnius from 18 to 24 September. The theme of the workshop was Mythology: Spirituality. The theme relates to the living heritage of paganism in Lithuania and the contemporary practices of neopaganism as a subculture for the younger generation or a religion for the older generation. The Augmented Reality flaps created during the workshop were presented at a public event in the History House of the National Museum of Lithuania. The results of the Vilnius workshop can be seen in the presentation video.
The third workshop took place in Dublin, Ireland, from 4 to 11 March. The theme was Mythology: Identity, and related to the historical and political contexts that have shaped Irish national identity. The results of the workshop, developed by international student groups, were presented at the National Archaeological Museum of Ireland. Students will also take part in workshops in Belgium and Finland. These will be accompanied by exhibitions and other dissemination events.