How do values travel through Art?

The VAST project invites audiences to find out by participating in an experiential workshop on values, hosted at the MOMus – Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The workshop will take place on Sunday 17 September 2023 at 13.00 at the Museum’s premises and will last for an hour.

The activity is hosted by MOMus on the occasion of the photographic exhibition ‘Eyewitness’ of the leading photo journalist Yannis Behrakis.

*Pre-registration is not required! We will be expecting you at the museum premises.

The VAST project participated in DARIAH Annual Event 2023: Cultural Heritage Data as Humanities Research Data between 6-9 June in Budapest, Hungary.

The VAST project actively engaged in discussions, talks and presentations regarding the project’s methodology and objectives. More specifically, on Day 1 our team was located at the poster area where they had the opportunity to present and discuss on “Digitizing the values of cultural artifacts” & “Integrating museum activities on ICH with data-driven research on early modern scientific texts”.


Moreover, VAST partners presented an abstract in session 6: “Exploring Digital Heritage: Innovations in Digitization and Data Services” and Dr. Maria Dagioglou, of coordinator NCSR Demokritos, gave an informative talk on the “The VAST methodology & workflows for experience digitisation”.


The DARIAH event was an enriching experience that provided us with valuable feedback and in-depth knowledge on significant topics, such as: Sustainable workflows for data management and curation, Imagining experimental data spaces for cultural heritage and Advancing digital methods for cultural heritage analysis.

In the frame of the International Museum Day 2023, celebrated on May 18, the VAST project participated in the activities of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), with a joint educational activity along with the national Greek project House of Greek Ideas’ titled: Do values travel?.

An educational activity addressed to high school students and adults regarding values and how they are communicated and perceived by today’s citizens. Participants engaged in an interactive and experiential workshop inspired by the ancient tragedy of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Participants were invited to become part of the story in an interactive way, as judges, and were asked to decide whether Antigone was innocent or not based on the values depicted. As a follow up activity, they were encouraged to create their own mind map regarding the values represented by Antigone’s character.

The activity took place under the VAST Pilot: Values in Ancient Greek Drama.

The activity was hosted at the National Centre for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’ and was included in the ICOM Greece activities on the theme Museums, Sustainability & Quality of Life.



VAST partners held one more physical plenary meeting, this time in Athens, Greece at coordinator’s NCSR Demokritos premises between 17 – 19 May 2023. The partner meet-up was enriched with field visits, workshops, presentations discussions and hands on sessions about the project.

On the first day, partners visited the innovative digital exhibition of partner House of Classical Greek Ideas, which is located in the building of the Athens Conservatoire, in the heart of Athens. In this space, the philosophical ideas of ancient Greek philosophers are revived in model exhibitions where visitors engage in a philosophical experience. The exhibits utilize cutting-edge technologies such as smart interactive digital walls, touch screens, visit customization tools and applications that collect data and feed it back into the visitor experience.

In this first exhibition namely Eudaimonia meets Democracy VAST partners had the opportunity to reflect on abstract ideas and values and ponder on the ever-current theme of how we can “live well together”.

On the same day, the next stop was at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where museum curators gave VAST partners a private guided tour of the museum’s permanent collections as well as the ReThinking Conflicts temporary exhibition which is set up in the frame of the H2020 project ReInHerit .

The museum tour concluded with a hands-on workshop regarding the values that derived from the artifacts seen earlier in the day.

On the second day, partners met at NCSR Demokritos’ campus where presentations on the status of all work packages took place and partners engaged in productive discussions.

On the third and final day, partners participated in additional hands-on workshops, engaged in fruitful conversations and set the project goals for the coming months.


Within the context of the VAST Pilot focusing on the Values in Ancient Greek Drama, the VAST project organised on 10 May 2023 an educational activity titled ‘The moral dilemmas through the heroes of the ancient tragedies” at the 2nd High School of Gerakas, in Athens.

During the activity, collaborating researchers of NCSR Demokritos Dr. Dora Katsamori and Ms. Konstantina Giovanopoulou encouraged the 46 students to reflect upon the concept of values and their importance in decision-making through the project’s educational activity, which entailed interactive activities and brainstorming sessions.

Students engaged in interactive activities and brainstorming, which resulted in the creation of customised posters focusing on the prioritisation of values that guided the tragedy heroes (Creon and Polynices) through their final decisions.

With the creative collaboration of the school’s teachers and the students, the activity provided a fresh view of how values emerging from ancient tragedies are perceived in modern society today.

In the context of the VAST project Pilot, which focuses on Ancient Greek Drama literature, the VAST Team was hosted at NOESIS Science Center and Technology Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece on 28 April 2023.

During the activity, Dr. Dora Katsamori collaborating researcher of coordinator NCSR Demokritos, encouraged the 44 students from the High School ‘Apostolos Pavlos’ to reflect on the concept of values and their role in decision-making, through brainstorming and interactive activities using exhibits from the NOESIS digital archive as a starting point.

Then, through an excerpt from ‘Antigone’ tragedy, the students annotated the text and created mind maps interlinking moral values between the past and the present.

With the creative collaboration of the High School Director and the students, the activity provided a fresh view of how ancient values emerging from this Greek Tragedy are perceived in modern society today.

We would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to both the NOESIS Museum and to the NOESIS Education Officer, Mrs. Maria Karnezou for their warm hospitality.

Partners NCSR Demokritos, Museo Galileo (IMSS) and University of Milano (UMIL) represented the VAST Project at the ExICE – Extended Intelligence for Cultural Engagement Conference that took place on the 15th March 2023 in Bologna, Italy.

During the interactive poster session of the event, partners’ representatives showcased three VAST posters, explaining the VAST objectives, the developed digital tools, and the way they can be used by stakeholders in the cultural heritage domain.

Additionally, during the main event, the VAST project coordinator G. Petasis presented the VAST project, focused on the conceptual findings produced during its implementation and participated in open dialogue with the audience.

A few words about the event
The ExICE- Extended Intelligence for Cultural Engagement Conference raising as a key question ‘How should we interact with cultural heritage?’, it appealed to academics and museum professionals working in disciplines involving the application of novel ICT to cultural heritage, museums data management infrastructures, arts professionals, and scholars interested in digitally-mediated Cultural Engagement and its impact upon curation, teaching and learning, and social cohesion and inclusion.

VAST Project, in the context of the Pilot focusing on the Scientific Revolution Texts, organized an educational activity in the 2nd High School of Gerakas in Athens, on 4 April 2023.


During the activity, VAST project collaborating researcher D. Petakos of NCSR Demokritos presented to 46 students of the 2nd grade the theories of Galileo and Aristotle through the project educational activity ‘Clash of the Titans: Aristotle meets Galileo’. The students then engaged in interactive activities and brainstorming, resulting in the creation of mind maps that interconnect moral values between the past and the present.

With the creative collaboration of the school’s teachers and the students, the activity provided a fresh view of how values emerging from scientific revolution texts are perceived in modern society today.


In the beginning of April 2023, VAST participated in the 13th Conference “Cutting Edge Technologies in Educational Practice” organised by the Avgoulea-Linardatou Schools, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. VAST project collaborating researchers Dora Katsamori and Lida Arnellou presented the VAST educational approach and the educational materials and exhibits created during the project’s implementation.

The presentations focused on the use of cutting-edge technologies in the field of intangible cultural heritage providing hands-on activities and tools to educators and museum curators for their everyday work.

For more info about the conference and its program (in Greek) click here 

The team of NCSR Demokritos (VAST project coordinator) realised a field visit to the premises of partner Museo Galileo (IMSS) in Florence Italy on Thursday 16 March 2023.

During their visit, the team of NCSR Demokritos had the opportunity to be guided through the fabulous exhibits at Galileo Museum by its highly knowledgeable museum curators (and partners in the project) Marco Berni, Elena Fani, Carmen Gagliardi and Ilenia Ulivi, whilst exchanging views and ideas on the design of VAST’s educational activities.

A very big thank you goes out to the staff at Galileo Museum for the beautiful experience!