Art Space Image

The importance of image in science and art

April 24, 2017
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Image: Paris photographed by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (ESA/NASA credits)

Time: 10.00

Venue: Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Paris - 50, rue de Varenne, Paris (France)

The images, together with speech and writing, are the fundamental means to communicate, but they use a code that has an universal value only partly; indeed, this code is also based on conventions created by the circumstances and by environmental characteristics of the context they are referred to.
The implicit exceptionality in new communications from space and in space could therefore present new problems but also unexpected occasions, not only for the technique of creation and transmission of pictures but also for the different way of conceiving and interpreting them, both by those who send them and by those who receive them. Transmitting pictures does it mean to send information but also to exchange ideas and thoughts, not excluding emotions and art expressions: with the linked limitless expansion of horizons and communicative potential that technological innovations allow.

This is going to be discussed in the meeting in Paris on April 24 at the headquarters of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

The event begins with a reflection on the role of representation and design, graphics and image in art and science, to get to communication by social networks and to deal with the theme of collective art.

The focus is the presentation of the APP SPAC3, the application connected to the VITA space mission with the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

The event will be attended by, among others, the master Michelangelo Pistoletto, the president of the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana Roberto Battiston and the Cabinet chief of the European Spatial Agency Elena Grifoni Winters.

On this occasion, it will be presented the digitalXY project, launched two years ago by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the Universit of Trento ( and developed in full compliance with University policies on open access to research results, as well as the XY magazine published in digital form on the University of Trento OJS platform. XY is a suitable tool and place of fruitful collaborations in the field of projects and publishing involving visual culture. The goal of the Parisian event is to bring together the different knowledge implicated in issues regarding the outer space (that is, technology, astronomy, computer science, scientific and artistic illustration and, obviously, mathematics and science of representation) to understand the ways in which each of them and all together contribute to extend the cultural significance of the images.

They will be present:

  • ESA European Space Agency
  • ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
  • Rivista XY Rassegna critica di studi sulla rappresentazione dell’architettura e l’uso dell’immagine nella scienza e nell’arte
  • il maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto
  • Città dell’Arte Fondazione Pistoletto

Event organized by Alessia Bennani, correspondent of the digitalXY project


Event realized under the patronage of Embassy of Italy in Paris, France
Event supported by:

  • Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori
  • Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Roma e provincia
  • Biennale Spazio Pubblico 2017