Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action IF DAPHNET


“Dynamic Preservation of Interactive Art: The Next Frontier of Multimedia Cultural Heritage”

About the project leader

MSCA IF DAPHNET foto Federica Bressan

Federica Bressan (1981) is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University, where she leads a research project on interactive installation art under the Marie Curie funding programme H2020-MSCA-IF-2015 ( She holds an MD in Musicology and a PhD in Computer Science. She previously held a post-doctoral research position at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, where she coordinated the laboratory for sound preservation and restoration (

The core of her research lies in the study of the relationship between historical audio recordings and their digital (digitised) representation – a relationship which is not only very complex, it also develops over time (context, digital philology, hermeneutic implications of encoding cultural objects). She is also co-founder of the University startup Audio Innova, for which she has designed and developed software modules to automatize preservation routines and controls for data integrity verification.

She has published her work in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has participated in several international research projects, involving some of the finest sound archives in Europe. She is active in science popularization with articles and presentations, and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH: She is General Chair of the International Workshop on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Multimedia Archives (2015, 2016:

The project

MSCA IF DAPHNET logoThe project addresses the theoretical and methodological questions of embodied interaction through body movement and the use of mediation technology, in the context of multimedia installation art. The long-term goal is the definition of a framework for the preservation of interactive artworks, ensuring future re-use and flexible access. Most multimedia artwork produced since the 1990s is lost due to the lack of adequate preservation methodologies: as a result, the European cultural asset is impoverished and its potential for economic growth is drastically diminished.

The intrinsic interconnection of multimedia art with information technology requires a multidisciplinary approach to preservation, involving high-profile cultural and scientific competences. With this project I intend to integrate my years of experience in the field of audio preservation with advanced competences from user-oriented studies in embodied cognition research, in order to bridge the gap between the world of the arts and multimedia preservation. Qualitative data, obtained with targeted questionnaires and interviews, will be processed and analysed in combination with quantitative data, obtained with state-of-the-art sensing technology (bio-sensors, motion capture, etc.).

Keywords: Interactive Art, Multimodal interaction, Embodiment, Embodied cognition, User-oriented studies, Multimedia archives, Digital humanities, Digital philology, Gender equality


The main objective of this project is to define a framework that describes how people interact with multimedia art installations.

    Role of Ghent University

    Ghent University is the beneficiary partner in this project.



    Dr. Federica Bressan
    Department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies

    Phone number: +32 (0)9 264 4132
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